the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying
fact checks for conservative publications in its results.
No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment.
not only is Google’s fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of
its leaders —
it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made “claims” they
demonstrably never made.
searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller
(TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what
topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled
and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the
same fact-check treatment. When searching their names, a “Topics they
write about” section appears, but there are no “Reviewed Claims.”
In fact, a review of mainstream outlets, as well as other outlets
associated with liberal and conservative audiences, shows that only
conservative sites feature the highly misleading, subjective analysis.
Several conservative-leaning outlets like TheDC are “vetted,” while
equally partisan sites like Vox, ThinkProgress, Slate, The Huffington
Post, Daily Kos, Salon, Vice and Mother Jones are spared.
Democrats is apparently the only popular content provider from that end
of the political spectrum with a fact-checking section.
name publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the
Los Angeles Times are even given a column showcasing all of the awards
they have earned over the years.
The Robert Mueller fact check (pictured above) is a case in point for
Google’s new feature.
trying to sum up the crux of the post, the third-party “fact-checking”
organization says the “claim” in a DC article that special Counsel
Robert Mueller is hiring people that “are all Hillary Clinton
supporters” is misleading, if not false.
problem is that TheDC’s article
makes no such claim. Their cited language doesn’t even appear in
the article. Worse yet, there was no language trying to make it seem
that the investigation into the Trump administration and Russia is
entirely comprised of Clinton donors. The story simply contained the
news: Mueller hired a Hillary Clinton donor to aid the investigation
into President Donald Trump.
the Washington Post gave the claim, which came from Trump himself, its
official “Three Pinocchios” rating. The method applies to several other
checks. Claims concocted or adulterated by someone outside the TheDC are
attributed to TheDC, in what appears to be a feature that only applies
to conservative sites.
of such misattribution and misrepresentation are aplenty.
Snopes.com, an organization with highly dubious fact-checking
capabilities, Google’s platform shows an article by TheDC to have a
so-called “mixture” of truth.
“claim” made, according to Snopes.com and Google, is “a transgender
woman raped a young girl in a women’s bathroom because bills were
quick read of the news piece shows that there was no mention of a bill
or any form of legislation. The story was merely a straightforward
reporting of a disturbing incident originally reported on by a local
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like Snopes, another one of Google’s fact-checking partners, Climate
Feedback, is not usually regarded as objective.
Snopes and Google also decided to “fact-check” an obviously
tongue-in-cheek article in which a writer for
TheDC pokes fun at a professor saying the solar eclipse in 2017 was
out the absurdity of the educator’s literary
tirade on Mother Nature’s purported racial prejudice, and the damage it
might have done to real arguments of apparent racism. While Snopes got
some flak for its choice, no one seems to have noticed the absurdity of
the world’s go-to search engine providing fact-checks to purposefully
irreverent content, rather than hard news stories.
Overall, such inclusion embodies Google’s fact-checking services, which,
as many presciently feared, are biased, if not also downright libelous. (RELATED:
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acknowledged it received an inquiry from TheDCNF, but did not fully
respond by time of publication.
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