Tag Archives: John Seigenthaler

The Last Chapter in the Wikipedia Tale?

By | December 11, 2005

So we now know who was behind the Wikipedia Seigenthaler entry : the prankster has confessed. It started as a joke and ended up as a shot heard round the Internet, with the joker quitting his job and Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, suffering a blow to its credibility. A man in Nashville, Tenn., has admitted that, in trying… Read More »

The Lessons of Wikipedia

By | December 5, 2005

The Seigenthaler/Wikipedia case is attracting attention from strange quarters. I’m not sure what it means, but it’s fodder for pondering on the nature of truth, falsehood and deliberate obfuscation. From OfficialWire, there’s this piece: “It’s Your Story…You Tell It Anyway You Want On Wikipedia”: After four months, Seigenthaler was finally able to get Wales to remove the offending… Read More »

The “Danger” of Wikipedia: “volunteer vandals with poison-pen intellects”

By | December 1, 2005

An interesting piece in Editor & Publisher on The Danger of Wikipedia, that quotes a USA Today piece written by John Seigenthaler, a retired journalist who served as Robert Kennedy’s administrative assistant in the early 1960s, says that a very personal experience has convinced him that “Wikipedia is a flawed and irresponsible research tool”: Seigenthaler writes that a… Read More »