(February 28, 2019) Although conservative talk show host, author and creator of the “Prager University” short-form political YouTube videos may be unaware of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), both have been victimized by Wikipedia. Originally Prager was a donor to Wikipedia because he liked the the potential value an open sourced encyclopedia that might be self-correcting as the public edited articles to eliminate errors. But when he learned that the Wikipedia article about him was dominated by hostile writers he discontinued his financial support.
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Specifically, when Prager inquired about a number of lies and misleading statements in the article he learned that Wikipedia allowed such accusations as long the cited source was a “respectable” third party. Thus, any Prager-hostile news organization, author or commentator could make untrue claims about Prager and have them repeated in the Wikipedia. Moreover, he has no power to deny the accusations within the article unless a “respectable” third party can be cited as reporting the denial.
Similarly the Wikipedia labels current members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy as racist. The claim is based upon the separate opinions of historian James McPherson and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In response, the Daughters posted the following “Reaffirmation of Objectives” on the front page of their website:
[The UDC] will not associate with any individual, group or organization identified as being militant, unpatriotic, racist or subversive to the United States of America and its Flag.
Attempts to have the denial included in the Wikipedia have been rejected. Thus, today’s Daughters are denied the simple right of a falsely accused to at least say “not guilty.” Consequently, readers might construe the absence of a UDC denial to wrongly imply their agreement with the accusation.
Contrastingly, the Wikipedia articles on Jared Taylor and Richard Spencer quote both men as denying they are white supremacists. But Taylor is quoted as readily admitting he is a “white advocate” and Spencer as wanting America to become a “white ethnostate.” In contrast, the UDC’s denial is unqualified. Today’s Daughters have no desire for a “white ethnostate” nor are they advocates for any race: white, black or other.
The Wikipedia editors explain that they will not allow the UDC’s denial to be included because it has not been reported by a “respected” third party. Yet, it cannot be the fault of the UDC that “respected” news organizations have failed to report it because it has been prominently displayed on the front page of the UDC website continuously for eighteen months.
In truth, the failure of “respected” writers to pick up the statement reveals their own bias and unworthiness to be characterized as “respected.” Similarly, the failure of the Wikipedia to include it is censorship that reveals a wicked agenda-driven bias.