Though, sadly, it doesn't appear to have lasted very long
I did manage to catch sight of the entry before it was deleted but I didn’t have enough time to make my own edit or contribution
The reason I saw given for the entry’s impending deletion was that the article didn’t indicate how important ‘Common Purpose’ was
So, that’s something to bear in mind whenever using Wikipedia as a resource. Only important stuff gets in there...
I’ve linked and referred people to Wikipedia a lot over the last few years and, even though I’ll probably continue to do so in a limited way, I’m going to consciously cut down on my implied support for what is increasingly turning out to be a bag of old shite
My 'favourite' recent example of Wikipedia’s shiteness is its entry on the anthrax attacks that took place immediately after 9/11. Anyone who has read around the subject will be aware that the anthrax in question came from a US military lab and that the FBI investigation into the attacks dropped off the media radar rather quickly once the source of the anthrax was established. Anyone doing some reading will also be aware that a guy called Philip Zack has one or two questions to answer about the goings on in that particular lab
And yet, for some reason, Dr Phil doesn’t get a single mention anywhere at all in Wikipedia’s copious entry on the anthrax attacks
That’s one example. I have plenty of others
…as does the guy behind the software which traces Wikipedia edits that got so much publicity a couple months ago
Given all that it seems only fair that Wikipedia’s entry on Operation Mockingbird (the name given to the Central Intelligence Agency operation to influence domestic and foreign media) is currently itself under threat of the axe...
Because, as we all know, in spite of all those ex-spooks who claim that 90%+ of intelligence operations are about planting information rather than gathering intelligence, our intelligence services wouldn’t dream of covertly influencing the media in any way at all