Wikipedia Locks Its Website After More Than 70 Edits On the Definition of ‘Recession’ to Match Biden White House

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Americans may be beginning to witness the purpose of Joe Biden’s so-called “Ministry of Truth,” armed with the purpose of shutting down alleged “disinformation” online.

The Biden White House is desperately trying to spin a narrative that the U.S. is not a recession despite the economy shrinking for a second straight quarter by an annualized rate of 0.9%.

Now there is an “edit war” going on Wikipedia over the dirty “r-word,” meaning recession. Critics say the Left is obsessed with redefining a numerous words beyond recession, including woman and vaccine.

There have been more than 70 edits to the Wikipedia page about recessions. The site was locked to prevent further changes.

The edits were clearly meant to parrot the Biden administration’s talking points. The changes attempted to undermine the broad consensus definition of recession, which is two quarters of negative GDP growth.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis explained, “The decrease in real GDP reflected decreases in private inventory investment, residential fixed investment, federal government spending, state and local government spending, and nonresidential fixed investment that were partly offset by increases in exports and personal consumption expenditures (PCE).”

“Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased,” they reported.

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The article continues to note, further down the page in a section on the definition, that “in a 1975 New York Times article, economic statistician Julius Shiskin suggested several rules of thumb for defining a recession, one of which was ‘two down quarters of GDP.’”

In response to the edit war, senior Wikipedia editors have locked the page on recession, preventing users from making further snap edits to it. Articles that become the subject of contentious “edit wars” are often locked in this manner by Wikipedia administrators — but the lock comes after leftists successfully muddied the waters.

The new prominence of the NBER’s definition comes after the Biden administration began citing it in its arguments, backed by a sycophantic media, that the U.S. is not in recession.

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White House advisers have repeatedly refused to define what a recession is, but they frequently cite the definition outlined by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Republican National Committee also dug up old quotes from Biden’s other economic adviser.

In May, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse said during a CNN interview that “Typically, economists date a recession as being at least two quarters of negative growth, and other factors, which we have not seen at all.”