Filmmaker Merlin Miller, the presidential nominee of the American Third Position Party (A3P) has responded to the A3P Wikipedia article, which currently says the party promotes “white supremacy.” Via e-mail, he writes:
My best reaction is LOL. As you know, the political discourse is controlled by select groups who try to marginalize anyone who challenge their positions. Here is article which addresses this http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-a3p-presidential-candidate-merlin-miller Our websites have other articles which address the propaganda and manipulations rampant in “mainstream” media (www.MerlinMiller2012.com and www.American3rdPosition.com). Also, the “news page” of my company website (www.Americana-Pictures.com) has other insights into media control and spin. Fortunately, due to the internet and a general awakening to truths, more and more people are becoming aware of how these false labels are used. For a complete understanding of where I’m coming from and what the important issues effecting America are, read “Our Vision for America”…today’s “Common Sense”. In it, I specifically address the Wikipedia slants and one-sided controls.
Last month, there was a bit of controversy on Wikipedia over the label, but ultimately it remained. IPR reached out to the users involved, but only received a response from an editor using the name “Evanh2008.” When asked about the A3P and the dispute, he provided some personal insight into activity on the page:
I first became aware of the A3P through its Wikipedia article, while RC [Recent Changes] patrolling earlier in the spring. It was an earlier instance of the “white supremacist/white nationalist” dispute, and I intervened once I realized that we had people who were either misrepresenting or ignoring third-party sources. From there the article wound up on my talk page, and I’ve been monitoring it for trouble ever since.It’s similar to the sort of thing that happens on a lot of articles related to white supremacy, antisemitism and the sort. It generally comes in waves; we’ll sometimes see multiple socks (or at least SPAs [Single-purpose accounts] that look a lot like socks) each bombarding a given article across a period of twenty-four hours or so. I keep several such articles on my watchlist, just to make sure I can respond in the event that something happens.