I hate to admit it, but Alex Jones called it.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I am in no way endorsing every crackpot theory that the controversial pundit has laid out over the course of his career. In fact, I probably ignore 90% of what Jones says, but when it comes to the War on Information, he seems as prescient and alert as ever. Jones even named him entire media company InfoWars, as if to prove the point.
You see, Jones is on the receiving end of a blackballing the likes of which America never believed that they would see. It’s a woeful misinterpretation of the First Amendment that got us here, with megalithic online corporations acting as the gatekeepers of world of digital information. In this struggle, Jones has been banned from nearly every major platform in existence, including PayPal.
Now, as if to prove the point that Jones himself was making about the guardians of knowledge and the virtual book-burning of the liberal left, Wikipedia will no longer accept InfoWars or Breitbart as sources of information.
Wikipedia editors voted to ban Breitbart as a source of fact in it articles. The consensus, reached late last month, agreed that the outlet “should not be used, ever, as a reference for facts, due to its unreliability.” Wikipedia editors also decided that InfoWars is a “conspiracy theorist and fake news website,” and that the “use of InfoWars as a reference should be generally prohibited.
Breitbart, a far-right conservative media website, has come under scrutiny—such as when it vehemently supported Alabama politician and alleged pedophile Roy Moore, when it shilled for scam cryptocurrencies through its newsletter, or when it fueled racist narratives about black NFL players. Wikipedians decided that because fact checkers have found much of Breitbart’s coverage to be “misleading, false or both,” they won’t abide it as a source of fact anymore.
This is absolutely a tactic that has been used repeatedly by fascist regimes in the past, and should be alarming to any American worth their weight in freedom.
While Infowars is often on the fringes of the media landscape, Breitbart has become the de facto voice for patriotic Americans who turn away from the mainstream, corporately controlled media. By eliminating the avenues from which these ideologies can spread, Wikipedia is doing nothing less than jeopardizing the very future of liberty in our nation.