Wikipedia Kills Page Linking Obama Slogan to Socialist Movement
Dear wingnuts: try Schafly’s “Conservapedia” — your agitprop lies will be accepted there.
The effort to get Wikipedia to include articles on the socialist roots of the Obama-Biden campaign’s slogan, “Forward,” ended in failure on Tuesday.
The article, linking the Democratic slogan to uses of the title “Forward” by various leftist publications, had become a subject of interest among some publications on the right, including The Daily Caller and commentators like Neal Boortz. Many people then weighed in on the page itself, adding material that suggested a far-left connotation to the slogan.
After a debate among readers who also cast votes on the issue, the Wikipedia administrator essentially killed the page by having it redirect to the general article on the Obama-Biden presidential campaign; all that is left of the original article is the simple statement: “On April 30, 2012, the campaign announced that its slogan would be ‘Forward.’”
After a similar debate, another Wikipedia article “Forward (generic name of socialist publications)” — with its examples of titles like Eteenpain, a Finnish-American Communist newspaper, and Avante!, produced by the Portuguese Communist Party — was simply deleted.
Wikipedia’s decision became news before it was even made: The Drudge Report last week issued a call to arms to its readers, linking to the “Forward” article under the headline “WIKIPEDIA mulls deleting entry on Obama-Biden slogan…”