C'mon, what did you expect?
Something like this? :-)
In all seriousness, the article in the NY Times is worth reading. I spent 8 years at Encyclopaedia Britannica, and questions of who and what merited entry were always frustrating. Speaking about the brief coverage of contemporary figures like Newt Gingrich, William F. Buckley says:
"Newt came and went rather fast but didn't leave hard fingerprints," Mr. Buckley said. "The quote, unquote conservative politicians have a pretty short lifetime in encyclopedia usage.
"It seems to me that if one were looking for orientation in such a world that the encyclopedia tries to serve that you would be more interested in Burckhardt," he said, a reference to Jacob Burckhardt, a 19th-century Swiss historian of the Renaissance, "than in any of more than 100 conservative senators in the past 50 years."
Statement of the obvious: that's what makes print encyclopedias so difficult to produce -- your editorial prejudice, um, policy gets trapped forever, or at least until you publish a new edition. Buckley's comments also steer us toward a huge issue in reference publishing: what is knowledge, and what is information, and what's the difference? Discuss. :-)