Tweaking the algo to perform better and hand-fixing the final results are two different things. In this case, the google-bombed results were clearly not what they wanted to serve up, so they found an algorthmic fix, finally, after many years.
Considering the only people looking for the terms "miserable failure" are those looking to see where those two sites ranked, I'd call that anti free-speech.
You can defend G all you want, I UNDERSTAND the business reasons... Doesn't make it morally right, politically right, nor any indication that G is NOT manually putting sites like Wiki in the results to boost Adwords (Remember that thread?! God, i was actually defending Goog.)