Sat, 03/31/2007 - 06:27 — admin
Certainly, not all the bias at WP is explicitly liberal. Some of it just redounds to the benefit of those with liberal-friendly policies, such as former Congressman and former DHS Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, a Republican and a failed candidate for governor of Arkansas. The only noteworthy incident that occured during his DHS career has had a very hard time sticking in his WP biography. The incident was his halting of a series of immigration sweeps in Temecula (Southern California). That followed an interview in the Washington Times in which he basically explained why he wasn't doing his job, and after he halted the sweeps highly popular KFI-AM Los Angeles talk show hosts John & Ken began a campaign to hold him accountable. A town hall meeting was held in Temecula, with hundreds of angry local residents inside and outside. Less than four months later he left his position, with the Temecula incident apparently a large factor in his leaving. In the 06:13, 26 January 2005 revision, I added four negative links to the "External Links" section relating to his handling of immigration matters and the incident in question: * "Rounding up all illegals 'not realistic'" * "Hutchinson's Remarks Indicate Cheap Labor Bias of Administration" (page not found; was at fairus.org) * Cheers, jeers at immigration town hall meeting * "(Hutchinson) slammed for stopping illegals sweeps" Those links were deleted 10 weeks later; in August 2005 I added them back in twice before giving up. Nothing about the sweeps or the townhall meeting appears to have been in his biography for around one full year. Only around the 17:16, 4 August 2006 revision was some immigration-related negative information added back into his entry. However, that was just pro-illegal immigration quotes and a direct audio link to a John & Ken interview. The first link above appears to have been added into the article once or twice, but not the others. Only in the current latest version of 01:28, 28 February 2007 were the last two links above added back in. Those two links - representing the highlight of his DHS career - appear to have been missing from his biography for over two years. This highlights once again Wikipedia's most pernicious bias isn't what's in the entry, but what's missing from it.