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All dates are Common Era unless otherwise noted.
 December 2012
December 29: Swedish IDG.se blog "Conservapedia bjuder på ett och annat gott skratt, eller?" (translated: "Conservapedia offers an occasional good laugh, right?")
 October 2012
October 5: Rachel Maddow mentions Conservapedia in the opening segment of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Full transcript: "When we are horrified by the real information in the world, and we want to wall ourselves off from it and create a more comforting fake truth for ourselves... in America when we have that impulse it looks like this:" (commentary on Republicans' take on polls) "It was the same dynamic at work when they invented Conservapedia. Remember Conservapedia? If something that you read about the world on Wikipedia makes you uncomfortable as a Conservative, Conservapedia is guaranteed to only contain information that makes you feel OK. So, if you are discomforted by the idea that the human species is the result of millennia of biological evolution, for example, Conservapedia has you covered, don't worry. On Conservapedia not only has evolution been debunked by the obvious fact that humans and dinosaurs coexisted... not only did we coexist, but in fact, according to Conservapedia, dinosaurs are actually still here: dinosaurs have been seen in Papua New Guinea twice since 1990. It says so on Conservapedia. So, if you don't like the real world, invent your own." — The video includes an example of Ken's Mainpageleft art.
 September 2012
Raw Story covers Phyllis Schlafly and Karl Rove in the Todd Akin kerfuffle. Her son is mentioned, and his project is described as "a wildly inaccurate 'conservative alternative' to Wikipedia."
 August 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald has a look at what Conservapedia has to say about various car manufacturers. Like everybody else, they go, "WTF?" 
 March 2012
Conservapedia earns a mention in the introduction to Chris Mooney's "The Republican Brain," where they are described as "the right-wing answer to Wikipedia and ground zero for all that is scientifically and factually incorrect, for political reasons, on the Internet."
 January 2012
January 30: Schlafly quoted for comment in New Jersey news article "Secular, liberal 'hippie' NJ parents buck homeschool trend": "The public schools have become a battleground in the contest over values, particularly sexual-related issues, and that’s unfortunate. I think a lot of homeschooling parents, conservative and liberal, would prefer their children not be pawns in these cultural wars."
January 17: Conservapedia earns a passing, but scathing, comment in Larry Womack's column, criticizing media and its audience. Womack says the following about Conservapedia and Andrew Schlafly: "Even Fox News isn't a safe enough haven for some lunatics on the right side of the aisle. One "Christian" felt so threatened by Wikipedia's arrangement of fact that he had to develop his own Conservapedia. When he eventually realized that the Bible didn't agree with him any more than science, history or the arts, he decided to re-write that, too. I imagine this man does a lot of angry crying. I also imagine that somewhere a teacher is reading a paper that cites a Conservapedia article, sighing and thinking it's just not worth the fight with the parents."
 November 2011
November 08: Conservapedia makes Skeptoid's list of Top 10 Worst Anti-Science sites, who says of it, "If you want to know about dinosaurs, geology, radiometric dating, the solar system, plate tectonics, or pretty much any other natural science, Conservapedia is your Number One resource to get the wrong answer."
 October 2011
October 28: Conservapedia's articles on Counterexamples to Relativity, evolution and fat atheists are mentioned in this article on science and politics, complete with a very fitting description of Conservapedia: "a kind of Wikipedia for ideologues on the right who want their facts and definitions to line up with their political beliefs"
 July 2011
July 10: The New Jersey Star Ledger publishes a feature on home schooling in New Jersey and Conservapedia in specific, entitled "New Jersey home schooling: The Wild West of education." The article highlights many of the oddities on Conservapedia, as well as Andy Schlafly's bizarre exam questions, whilst hinting that if home schooling were regulated, Schlafly wouldn't get away with this kind of teaching. Conservapedia's reaction? Waaa! Conservative columnist George Berkin followed up with a defense of CP "Public high school group-think."
 June 2011
 January 2011
January 8: "A parallel online universe" by Emma Jane of The Australian describes CP as "a disturbing parallel universe where the ice age is a theoretical period, intelligent design is empirically testable, and relativity and geology are junk sciences."
January 12: Wired Magazine lampoons Conservapedia's articles on "Atheism and obesity," "Hollywood values" and their list of "examples of bias in Wikipedia" in an article entitled, "Ten Impressive, Weird And Amazing Facts About Wikipedia." Predictably, Conservapedia see this coverage as a good thing.
January 15: Conservapedia earns a passing mention as the "most amusing alternative wiki" in Time Magazine's article on the Top 10 Wikipedia Moments.
 December 2010
 November 2010
November 01: Ms. Magazine quotes Conservapedia's "article" on "Richard Dawkins and the women and minority population" (written by none other than Conservative!!) as a source in their Will “New Atheism” Make Room For Women?" article. Blag Hag responds by saying, "Yeah, an article must be excellent when it's using Conservapedia to prove its point."
November 11: Paul Fishbane (professor emeritus of physics at the University of Virginia) writes about Conservapedia's take on the Theory of Relativity, saying "Recent right-wing rejections of Einstein’s theory of relativity echo Nazi dismissals of what they called ‘Jewish Physics’".
November 17: In an article entitled "From Conservapedia to Brooklyn Rock," The Indypendent mentions Conservapedia's list of "greatest conservative songs." It takes note of the "virtually anything by Toby Keith" comment, having previously labeled him "jingoistic" in the introduction. The article goes on to say "some of its selections are quite a stretch."
 October 2010
The October 2010 issue of Scientific American lists Conservapedia as a complete fallacy (scoring it 0 on a 0 to 100 'fallacy-versus-fact' scale), describing Conservapedia as "the online encyclopedia run by conservative lawyer Andrew Schlafly, (which) implies that Einstein's theory of relativity is part of a liberal plot."
 September 2010
September 3: TerryH volunteers to be the head of agitprop, writing a
propaganda tract insightful journal article on Andy's American Civics class (and how CP is growing rapidly!) for The Examiner. He also neglects to mention that he is a sysop on Conservapedia, and forgets to mention that by linking to his blog from Conservapedia, he is using it to earn an income.
September 27: Conservative pundit, Rowan Scarborough, makes a passing reference to Conservapedia in an article decrying WikiPedia's treatment of conservative and liberal election hopefuls. Hilarity ensues as Karajou and Ed Poor take to the comments section, to enforce the impression CP is run by thugs and bullies. Quote of the day so far: "That's a major difference between Conservapedia and Wikipedia that anyone could see immediately: we will not tolerate a liar on the site."
 August 2010
August 3:In an article entitled "Is Wikipedia biased against Israel?" in Emunah Magazine Conservapedia gets a passing mention when the author says, "Indeed the bias was pronounced enough to prompt the creation of the conservative wiki called Conservapedia with its article called 'Examples of Bias in Wikipedia'." Bonus points for Karajou turning up in the comments, bleating about how liberals tries to edit his site "and discovered the hard way that we’re not going to put up with their behavior."
August 17: JTA, the "Global News Service of the Jewish People," picks up on Conservapedia's "Relativity is liberal conspiracy" nonsense. Schlafly takes a hammering, from statements including "replace ‘liberals’ with ‘Jews’ in [that] sentence,” the words might as well have been written by a Nazi circa 1930s-era Germany" and "Scientists looking at the list [of counter-examples to relativity] say many are irrelevant, some misinterpret the science and many are flat wrong. Additionally, Schlafly did not respond to repeated efforts to interview him for the article.
August 20: Maclean's lists Conservapedia in it's Newsmakers section, saying "The site attempts to answer such vexing questions as, 'Why do non-conservatives exist?'"
 January 2010
In his January 9 New York Times article "Of Individual Liberty and Cap and Trade", Cornell economics professor Robert H. Frank referenced Conservapedia's article "conservative parables" to praise University of Chicago economics professor and 1991 Nobel laureate Robert H. Coase, whose “extraordinary insight was that the free market always reaches the most efficient level of productive activity, in the absence of transaction costs.” A Chinese website translated it two months later.
A French translation of the Rolling Stone magazine article "Obama's Big Sellout" on Courrier International, "Wall Street continue à faire la loi" (English translation on Google), references Conservapedia's article about Barack Obama in a sidebar:
“”Le portail Conservapedia, le Wikipedia de la droite américaine, explique dans son article consacré à Obama que les banques de Wall Street qui ont bénéficié du plan de sauvetage ont figuré parmi ses meilleurs soutiens pendant la campagne électorale.
In English, according to a local French speaker:
“” According to Conservapedia, an American right-wing version of Wikipedia, the Wall Street banks which benefited from Obama's bailout were among his strongest supporters during the electoral campaign."
January 6: Local newspaper article "Conservapedia has the 'right' slant" by Rob Jennings, Gannett New Jersey bureau
 December 2009
December 3: The Conservative Bible Project makes the AP. (ABC link)
December 7: An opinion piece appears in the Christian Science Monitor slamming the Conservative Bible Project.
 November 2009
November 15: In an article on the 40th birthday of the 'net, Conservapedia is described as "unintentionally hysterical" under a heading describing Wikipedia.
 October, 2009
October 7: Andy appears on Fox News, being interviewed by Alan Colmes, discussing the liberal bias in the Bible. He comes off second best.
October 18: Andy manages to piss off the Tennessean.com, who quote Biblical scholar and Wheaton professor Doug Moo, "Silly is probably as kind as I could be about it".
October 22: A report at religiondispatches handles Andrew's bimbo deftly.
 September 2009
 May 2009
May 11: Humeur site Cracked.com includes Conservapedia among its Five terrifying bastardizations of the Wikipedia model. The article leads to a flurry of new (and probably doomed) user registrations at CP.
 April 2009
April 23: Vanity Fair carries a scathing report on the "Bastion of the Reality-Denying Right". 
 February 2009
February 17: Pravmir, the Russian Orthodox Church web site, mentions Conservapedia in an article discussing Christian "clones" of popular web sites. The original in Russian, and a translation, scroll down about halfway.
 January 2009
January 23: A post on Wonkette attacks a parody article posted on Conservapedia: Senate Democrats from States with Republican Governors on the grounds that it constitutes a hitlist. The offending article, which had been edited by several Conservapedia administrators prior to deletion, disappeared when CP's server crashed a couple of days later, and has since been protected from recreation.
 December 2008
December 3: The Yale Daily News uses Conservapedia as an example of "...the tendency toward groupthink. This is easy to see on political Web sites like Huffington Post or Conservapedia that are largely ideologically homogenous". Andy thinks they are complimenting Conservapedia (since his reading comprehension is so poor), because in the previous paragraph they write: "But user-generated content needs to be taken more seriously by the regular media in order to remain relevant."
December 15: A San Francisco Weekly article uses Conservapedia's stance on the Truth as an illustrative example to introduce a piece about adults disagreeing.
 July 2008
 June 2008
 May 2008
 January 2008
January 1: Damian Thompson's book Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History mentions Conservapedia on one page, right next to CreationWiki. He didn't like either of them.
January 12: Thom McCombs of the Vallejo Times-Herald responds to an anti-ACLU editorial (archived & not found). When referring to the writer of the opinion piece, McCombs says "Do they really believe the garbage that they get from Conservapedia and spew onto these pages, or do they just hate the Constitution, and think that swiftboating the ACLU is a way to bring it down?"
 December 2007
December 6: In an article about GodTube, a sane writer for the Michigan Daily refers to CP as a "propagandist endeavor" (4th paragraph down)
December 25: An article featuring an interview with a hardcore Wikipedian - resulting in a very pro-Wikipedia article - mentions Conservapedia in the 12th paragraph.
 November 2007
November 2: Conservapedia receives a mention in the AP article on GodTube (7th paragraph), published by CNN.
 July 2007
July 1: Conservapedia gets a few mentions in an Observer (UK) piece on Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia.
 June 2007
June 4/6: "Conservapedia continues to attract mainstream press attention. Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam's comments on Pat Robertson reveal a case study on objectivity." - CP front page opinion of Alex Beam, regular columnist at the Boston Globe taking the piss out on CP.
June 6: *In the Guardian Unlimited: Is Wikipedia too liberal for you?
- "A columnist just criticized Conservapedia, probably expecting to win support for it. Instead, the columnist herself is widely criticized by the public. See the column and the numerous public criticisms of it here." - CP front page on the Shinyshiny (a girls' guide to gadgets - hmmmm) article.
June 13: "Hate Wikipedia? Start Your Own" at freakonomics.com
June 19: A Los Angeles Times article names names and mentions RationalWiki. (Free registration required to read)
- The [15 year-old] girl, who is home-schooled, wrote an article for Conservapedia on Irish dancing and uses the site to research papers. But the biggest lesson she's taken away as a young conservative is: "There are people who want to destroy us."
June 20: The Register picks up the report of the LA Times. More mentioning of RationalWiki.
- "Unlike the L. A. Times piece, the Register's article is mocking and tongue-in-cheek. I don't think it should be mentioned on the main page. I would be very annoyed if someone put this on the main page in a way that implied that this was positive coverage; it is not." - Dpbsmith's wise disclaimer in the editimg that gives the article link.
June 27: Conservapedia makes the big time!
On the Daily Show, Lewis Black reports on Conservapedia, complete with screenshots, a biased alternative to WikiPedia, since "you" are too biased. Featuring the article on homosexuality.  Despite driving significantly more traffic than other media references have, Conservapedia not only doesn't trumpet this on its front page, it deletes references to it.
 March 2007
March 19: "Weird, wild wiki on which anything goes" Metro
March 21: Jimmy Wales thinks Conservapedia is biased, when interviewed by Time.