SourceWatch

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SourceWatch
Sourcewatch logo.png
Web address SourceWatch.org
Commercial? No
Type of site Wiki, database
Registration Available
Available in English
Owner Center for Media and Democracy
Created by Center for Media and Democracy
Launched 2003
Alexa rank positive decrease 85,654 (April 2014)[1]
Current status active

SourceWatch (formerly Disinfopedia) is a wiki operated by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD),[2] a liberal non profit organization.[3] According to the project's website, it "aims to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interest groups."[4] The site runs on MediaWiki software.

History[edit]

From 2006 to 2009, SourceWatch hosted Congresspedia, a wiki that was funded by the Sunlight Foundation and intended to document the activities of the United States Congress.[5][6]

Organization[edit]

On behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy, the Center's then-Research Director Sheldon Rampton started SourceWatch on January 15, 2003 and launched it publicly with 200 articles created by the Center on March 10, 2003.[citation needed] The site's content is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.[citation needed]

The Center for Media and Democracy sets the editorial and security policies under which SourceWatch operates.[4][7] Unlike Wikipedia, SourceWatch does not require a "neutral point of view."[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sourcewatch.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ O'Harrow, Robert (2008-05-31). "McCain Campaign Calls; a Nonprofit Steps In". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  3. ^ Mayer, Jane (2013-11-14). "Is IKEA the New Model for the Conservative Movement?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Editorial Policy," SourceWatch, last updated May 23, 2007, accessed June 25, 2007.
  5. ^ "Portal:Congresspedia". Sourcewatch. Center for Media and Democracy. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Miller, Ellen. "Two Great Sites That Go Well Together". Sunlight Foundation. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ For further information about editing and security policies, see also: "SourceWatch: How to Fix an Error", SourceWatch: "Errors and Complaints", and "Security", both accessed June 25, 2007.
  8. ^ "SourceWatch:Ground rules". SourceWatch. Center for Media and Democracy. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

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