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Britannica Mangles Entry on Irish Civil War

chill (34294) writes | more than 4 years ago

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chill (34294) writes "Back in 2005 Robert McHenry, former Editor in Chief of Encyclopedia Britannica, published a critique of Wikipedia. One of his main points was the lack of reliability and citing the article on the birth of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, as an example. McHenry went on to extol the virtues of professional editors and subject-matter experts and the overall superiority of the Britannica method. It makes you wonder how they then got their article on the Irish Civil War so wrong and it survived for so long.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. apologized Wednesday for mangling the history of the Irish Civil War, a longtime screw-up detected only this year when an Internet version of the reference book was supplied to Ireland's 4,000 schools.

The original Slashdot discussion and a follow-up rebuttal article are provided for reference."
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