Wikipedia administrators caution editors about using Fox News as source on ‘contentious’ claims

Wikipedia administrators caution editors about using Fox News as source on ‘contentious’ claims
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[Ed. – We presume there were no such discussions about CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, or countless other mainstream media outlets.]

The Wikipedia community recently engaged in a spirited debate over whether Fox News is a reliable enough source to use as a citation in entries on the encyclopedia. Dozens and dozens of editors, all of whom are volunteers, weighed in for what was a lively online discussion. Some argued in favor of Fox News. Others argued against. Some found themselves on middle ground.

The debate, however, came to an end earlier this week. On Tuesday, a panel of three administrators — who are also volunteers, but who go through a rigorous vetting process to acquire admin powers — issued a ruling. The administrators said that there was “no consensus regarding the reliability” of Fox news. Because of that, the three administrators said Fox News “should be used with caution” by editors “to verify contentious claims” related to politics and science.

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