Here’s a somewhat confrontational interview Britain’s Jon Snow did with Jimmy Wales today, a few days before the online encyclopedia’s 10th anniversary. Snow hits Wales several times with accusations about the site’s inaccuracy, confronting him with Snow’s own entry, which he says contained an erroneous assertion that he liked conifers.

I’ll say this for the Wiki gang: They pay attention. Here’s what Snow’s page says now, under Personal Life:

“Snow stated in an interview with Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, that he does not like conifers, and fears the role that Wikipedia may play in stating erroneously that public figures may be fond of them.”

Wikipedia is headquartered in San Francisco, under the auspices of the Wikimedia Corporation (a fact I discovered on Wikipedia).

Watch the video:

Video: Jimmy Wales Defends Accuracy of Wikipedia as Tenth Anniversary Nears 12 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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