Do Google and Yahoo Provide ‘News’?

Update

We now have a Google engineer stepping forward to explain the Google has innate bias in their search engine and news feed.

Hours after Google engineer Greg Coppola  appeared with James O’Keefe in a Project Veritas video, he was put on administrative leave by his company. In the video, Coppola said that he believed that Google News and Google’s search engine algorithms were biased

Is anyone really surprised that Google has shown news bias?  This doesn’t require a complex algorithm.  The Googlenicks just have to manage the sources of input to get the results that favor their desired political viewpoint (BTW, who really uses CNN as a competent news source?).

 

May 12, 2019

There is an article today at HotAir about Google favoring news from a small number of Left-leaning news sites (Is that a surprise?).  Various academic institutions performed a quantitative analysis by reviewing specific news articles and links.  I recall sharing a qualitative sampling and analysis back in April 2017 (see below)… The net-takeaway:

Google presents itself as a kind of internet utility which doesn’t take sides. But the results of this audit suggests it’s restricting news search results to a narrow band of left-leaning sources. This isn’t happening by accident. They have tweaked the code to make it work out this way. This probably had a far more serious impact on the 2016 election than anything the Russians did or attempted to do.

 

April 22, 2017

It’s amazing the drivel that covers the pages of the so called meaningful ‘news’ at the sites for Google News and Yahoo News.  Google is all about the mainstream media.  As you can see from the first screenshot below, they feature the usual suspects with articles from the Washington Post, New York Times, Huffington Post, etc.

Meanwhile, the Yahoo news site is fairly useless.  It reminds me of the magazines lining the checkout aisle at you local grocery store.  A little of National Star and People magazine.  As you can see in the second screenshot, they feature inane articles about the Kardashians and the cast from an old movie.  To make it even worse, Yahoo intersperses stealth ads that intentionally appear to be news articles.

Thank goodness for Feedly and the multitude of other information sites on the web.

Google News Extract

 

Yahoo News Extract

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