Should We Trust Wikipedia?

http://en.wikipedia.org/ A free content, multilingual encyclopedia written collaboratively by contributors around the world. The site is a Wiki – anybody can edit and add to an article. Offers quick understanding on controversial issues. Strong in current affairs.

Here’s what it says about Canada’s ex Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien:

Born in Shawinigan, Quebec, as the 18th of 19 children (a number of whom did not survive infancy) to Willie Chrétien and Marie Boisvert, Jean Chrétien studied law at Université Laval. Chrétien would later make light of his humble origins, calling himself “le petit gars de Shawinigan,” or the “little guy from Shawinigan.”

How about what it says about PET, another ex Canadian PM:

Trudeau was interested in Marxist ideas in the late 1940s. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he was a supporter of the social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation party — which became the New Democratic Party. During the 1950s, he was blacklisted by the United States and prevented from entering that country because of a visit to a conference in Moscow (where he was briefly arrested for throwing a snowball at a statue of Stalin) and because he subscribed to a number of leftist publications. Trudeau later appealed the ban, and it was rescinded.

So, If we listen to Colbert, we could all go and edit PET’s page on Wikipedia and say he was arrested in Moscow for pissing on a Stalin shaped snowman….. he had created in the middle of Red Square. I wonder how many edits we would need in order to get this up. Who moderates Wikipedia? Do they have an agenda? Seems like they often block users.
Here’s what it says about Normand l’Amour… soon to be deleted:

assertion made but sounds fishy

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Normand L’Amour is a french-canadian Folk singer who sings about all kinds of events about life. His subjetcs cross all kinds of stuff; from animals to cities, from love to hate, from clubbing to hiking, etc. He is reknowned for only one big hit up to date: L’Achigan (Do-Do-Du-De-Le Remix). Normand L’Amour lives in Drummondville in the french-speaking province of Quebec in Eastern Canada. He is also famous for appearing in a show called Babu by Montreal’s musical TV Channel Musique Plus. L’Amour can be easily seen from Highway 20 passing through Drummondville, launching near a Motel & a Gas Station where he sells copies of his 60 studio albums, recorded in only 8 years of work.Formore information, listen to Musique Plus or go on http://www.musiqueplus.com.

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