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Editorial: Wiki War on Women

According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, the National Science Foundation awarded money to a pair of researchers to study "systematic gender bias" on WikiPedia. Yale sociology professor Julia Adams and NYU dean Hannah Brueckner will get $200,000 from taxpayers to figure out why the online encyclopedia is seemingly so sexist.

The grant application explains: "Wikipedia was launched in 2001 and has since become the world's single most important reference tool and information clearinghouse. Unlike traditional encyclopedias, which are controlled by experts, Wikipedia was supposed to have democratized knowledge. Yet an emerging body of research indicates that Wikipedia suffers from systematic gender bias with respect to both contributors and content... How and why is this bias produced?"

We realize that $200,000 is an imperceptible expenditure by our lavish, liberal, leviathan government. And clearly this is a topic of pressing national importance.

But we can save Professors Adams and Brueckner a little effort.

Encyclopedic neutrality is obviously collateral damage in the Republicans' war on women.

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