Wikipedia:Wikipedia as a press source 2008

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  • Derrick, Evan (2008-02-25). "REVIEW: REVIEW: [sic] U2 3D". MovieZeal.
    "According to Wikipedia, U2 is doing this for experimentation and not for profit, and U2 3D will not be released in 2D format, either to theaters or to home video."
  • Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo was cited in an Op-Ed piece by Andrew Swerlik of The Emory Wheel - "For those of you curious about just how the above is actually proper English, the best place to go would be Wikipedia, which actually has an article on the sentence that includes diagrams, pictures of buffalo and an mp3 file of somebody reading the entire article out loud, “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo”’s and all." [2]
  • Odell, Michael "This much I know" The Observer Magazine February 3, 2008
    "I looked myself up on Wikipedia once and I was interested to learn that I had once dated Viv Albertine of The Slits. This is fascinating but untrue. I've never met her. I wish I had."
  • Wales, Matt. "Dead Space Preview." IGN. February 7, 2008. link
    "According to Wikipedia, 'in physiology, dead space is air that is inhaled by the body in breathing, but does not partake in gas exchange.'"
  • Wignall, Mark, Another Jamaican shining - in the South Pacific] The Jamaica Observer, 10 February, 2008[[3]
    • "There are few places which invoke the word 'exotic' quite like the Kingdom of Tonga. It is the only archipelago (Archipelago) in the Pacific Ocean (Pacific_Ocean) never to have been formally colonised. It lies south of Samoa (Samoa) and east of Fiji (Fiji) and is about a third of the way between New Zealand (New Zealand) and Hawaii (Hawaii)...According to Wikipedia, 'Women and men have equal access to education and health care, and are fairly equal in employment, but women are discriminated against in land holding, electoral politics, and government ministries. However, in Tongan tradition, women enjoy a higher social status than men, a cultural trait that is unique among the insular societies of the Pacific."
  • Alexander Ovechkin was cited by Zinser, Lynn. "From Russia With Verve: It’s Ovechkin." The New York Times. 13 February, 2008. [4]
    "[Ovechkin's] falling-down-and-shooting backward goal as a rookie is an endless loop on his Wikipedia entry."
  • The parody newspaper The Onion discussed Heath Ledger's wikipedia page in "Area Man Honored To Be One Who Added Death Date To Heath Ledger's Wikipedia Page." [5]
- "Blake Yardley, 34, told reporters Monday that he felt extremely humbled to have been the individual who, amidst the chaos and sadness of actor Heath Ledger's recent untimely passing, had the foresight and due reverence to add the death date to the star's Wikipedia page."
In fact, visit Steve's Wikipedia page and there is an entire section entitled "Backlash against stingrays". "In the weeks following Irwin's death," this states, "at least 10 stingrays were found dead and mutilated, with their tails cut off, on the beaches of Queensland, prompting speculation that they had been killed by fans of Irwin as an act of revenge."
  • Dick, Thom. "EMS Dirty Secret" EMS Magazine. February 2008. [7]
    "An addiction is a recurring complusion to engage in some specific activity, despire harmful consequences to an individual's health, mental state or social life."


  • Howley, Kerry. "Artifact: The World Needs Citations." Reason Magazine. March 2008. [8]
    "Nothing conveys Wikipedia’s openness to revision quite like “[citation needed],” the bracketed phrase sprinkled throughout its pixellated scrolls."
  • Spencer, Robert. "Wikipedia and Robert Spencer." Jihad Watch. March 6, 2008. [9]
    "my Wikipedia bio ... is relentlessly biased, and the negative spin is thoroughgoing."
  • Showtime Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode "Breast Hysteria".
references article Topfreedom, displaying the Wikipedia page.[10]
References Six degrees of separation, and uses lead Image (Image:Six_degrees_of_separation.png).


  • Gonzales, J.R. "The joke's on Miss Ima." Houston Chronicle. April 1 2008[11]
    Seems the folks at Wikipedia are having a little fun at Ima Hogg's expense this April Fools' Day.
  • Soria, Chester. "Wikipedia remembers Ima Hogg". April 1, 2008 . [12]
    Anybody who is worth their salt about Houston history knows Ima Hogg. You don't even need to be a Bayou City scholar in order to know of Ms. Hogg. Case in point, Wikipedia is shining a spotlight on the notoriously named philanthropist as its featured article of the day.
  • McCarthy, Caroline. "Wikipedia fudges the truth for April Fools' Day". April 1, 2008. [13]
    Whoever wrote the fake Ima Hogg bio might want to think about pursuing a career in screenwriting. It sounds more amusing than any of the movies I've seen recently...
  • Walsh, Scott "Teen swim star in bully claims" Herald Sun. April 6 2008 [14]
    The bullying allegations against Seebohm - daughter of Glenelg 300-game Hall of Fame SANFL player John Seebohm - came to light after an entry appeared on information-sharing website Wikipedia
  • As it happens, a Google search for “Heritage Foundation” produces millions of links. The first two go directly to the think tank’s own website. The third, however, leads to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia. This winter, Wagner was surfing around Wikipedia to see what it said about her employer. Soon she found herself reading the entry for Heritage president Edwin Feulner. “It was full of errors,” she says...“The author was obviously hostile to us,” she says. “It wasn’t even remotely neutral.”
  • Anybody who searches the Internet for information about candidates can’t avoid bumping into Wikipedia. On a Google search for “John McCain,” the Wikipedia entry comes in second — just below McCain’s presidential-campaign website and just above his Senate-office website.
  • McCain’s entry is locked, which means that ordinary users of Wikipedia can’t change its content. The same is true for a handful of other entries, including those on President Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.
  • In the current issue of Education Next, Michael Petrelli of the Fordham Foundation complains that Wikipedia’s entry on school vouchers contains an abundance of negative commentary...Shortly after Petrelli published this observation, a Wikipedian added it to the school-voucher entry... “I guess it means that Wikipedia seems to be self-correcting,” says Petrelli.
  • If Wikipedia’s openness is its primary strength, it’s also the website’s greatest vulnerability. In 2005, John Seigenthaler, a former journalist and Department of Justice official, learned just how far the mischief can go.
  • In 2006, the Lowell (Mass.) Sun revealed that the staff of former Democratic representative Marty Meehan had removed a reference to the congressman’s broken term-limit pledge. Other members of Congress have had their entries whitewashed by their employees, including Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein of California (a mention of a campaign-finance fine was expunged) and Republican senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota (who apparently didn’t want anybody to know he was a “liberal Democrat” in college).
  • The burnishing was bipartisan. Yet loads of entries carry an ideological slant. Leslie Graves of the Wisconsin-based Lucy Burns Institute tracks Wikipedia coverage. “Negative information about liberals is buried, but with conservatives it’s featured prominently,” she says. “Just look at the entry for Eliot Spitzer.”...By contrast, the entry for Republican senator David Vitter of Louisiana points out in its first paragraph that he was identified last year as the client of a Washington, D.C., escort service. Sex scandals involving Republicans Larry Craig and Mark Foley also receive much more emphasis than Spitzer’s fall from grace. (Because Wikipedia entries are constantly updated, they may change over time; the descriptions provided here are accurate as of late March.)
  • “On Wikipedia, we got our brains beat out.” Whereas the entry on George Allen came to read like a compendium of opposition research, the one on Allen’s Democratic opponent, Jim Webb, didn’t suffer the same kind of treatment. “His profile was glowing,” says Henke.
  • On the web, a different story could be unfolding — and if conservatives don’t catch up, the Wikipedia entry for “United States general elections, 2008” may include results that no amount of clever editing will rub away.
  • Note: Wikipedia editor Pete (talk), who was interviewed for this story, blogged about it.
  • McCarthy, Noelle. "Is Bard of New Lynn ready to seize the day". New Zealand Herald. April 12 2008 [15]
    A quick Wikipedia reveals one Alfred Domett, 4th Premier of NZ (1811-1887) and proud author of not one but three volumes of poetry....
  • Laurent, Samuel (April 21, 2008). "L'étrange histoire du «phénomène Jin Jing»". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 2008-04-21. Créée juste après les incidents des Paris, une longue fiche Wikipedia en anglais est disponible sur elle.
    French newspaper Le Figaro analyses what it calls the "Jin Jing phenomenon", and mentions that Jin has a Wikipedia article. The Figaro article provides a direct link to the Wikipedia article.
  • Whitesides, Loretta Hidalgo. "Obama Picks Up New Space/Tech Endorsements" 25 April 2008
    "A long list of people endorsing Obama can be found on Wikipedia, which also hosts a list for Clinton."


  • Lost' Dueling Analysis: Cabin Fever
    " I zeroed in "The Book of Laws." Found it this morning on Wikipedia. It's a text of the Baha'i faith -- and I could swear Baha'i has surfaced on "Lost" before, though I can't recall where just now. But here's a little more about Baha'i..."


  • Power, John. "Japanese names." The Indexer Volume 26, No. 2. June 2008. Available at EBSCOHost.
    p. C-4-8. "A Net search under ‘Japanese names’ will uncover a small number of articles which will supplement the information in this article. One of them is an excellent article in Wikipedia, although it may be directed more at people who can read Japanese."



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"UConn women's basketball fans waiting for prized recruit Elena Delle Donne to announce whether she will return to campus for the start of her freshman season were likely surprised to read the last line of the player's biography on the search site Wikipedia."
  • Adamski, Katrina. "Chroming horror hits home" North Shore Times. August 22, 2008. Cites wikipedia's inhalant article in a side box about "Who does it?"
  • Buchanan, Levi. "Top 10 Best-Selling Atari 2600 Games." IGN. August 26, 2008. link
    Although the article does not explicitly references it, it heavily uses information from the Atari section of the list of best-selling video games, down to game names and amount of sales, along with information taken from the articles of every game.



  • Simmons, Glenn Franco. "Wikipedia Has Awesome Page About 49ers" (Explains how the details provided in San Francisco 49ers turned a former managing editor from advising others to avoid Wikipedia to a former managing editor praising the content in the San Francisco 49ers article.) Bleacher Report. October 11, 2008.


Links to the Reception section of the article A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant to show that the play "has had steadily good reception" since its 2003 debut.


  • Ebert, Roger (December 3, 2008), "Roger Ebert's Journal: Win Ben Stein's mind", Chicago Sun-Times, retrieved 2009-06-08
    "Still, in July 1891 at Monte Carlo, the same man broke the 100,000 franc bank at a roulette table three times. Wikipedia reports, 'A man named Charles Wells won 23 times out of 30 successive spins of the wheel...Despite hiring private detectives the Casino never discovered Wells's system. Wells later admitted it was just a lucky streak. His system was the high-risk martingale, doubling the stake to make up losses.'"
  • Berg, Ted (December 12, 2008). "Will the Mets look Far East for talent?". SportsNet New York. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
    "The explanation on Wikipedia is as good as anything I'd be able to come up with, so I'll copy it here: 'When a player under contract with a Nippon Professional Baseball team wishes to play in Major League Baseball, he must notify his current team's management and request that they make him available for posting during the next posting period (Nov. 1-March 1). If the team consents, the player (including any other NPB players wishing to be posted) is presented to the MLB Commissioner. The Commissioner then notifies all MLB teams of the posted player and holds a four-day-long silent auction during which interested MLB teams submit sealed bids (in USD) to the Commissioner's Office. After the allotted four days have passed, the Commissioner closes the bidding process and notifies the posted player's NPB team of the highest bid amount but not who the bidding team is. The NPB team then has four days to either accept or reject the nonnegotiable bid amount.'"
  • Headlam, Bruce (December 10, 2008), "The Films Are for Him. Got That?", The New York Times, retrieved March 18, 2015
    'Despite what you might have read on Wikipedia, Mr. Eastwood is not a vegan, and he looked slightly aghast when told exactly what a vegan is. “I never look at the Internet for just that reason,” he said.'