the Daily Caller shows that Google’s new fact-checking feature, which
displays “fact-checks” next to allegedly disputed stories in search
results, almost exclusively targets conservative media.
already been a bad week for Google: explosive information released in
James Damore’s class
action lawsuit has revealed an atmosphere of
extreme progressive bias at the company, complete with the open shaming
and intimidation of conservatives and white
males. Now there is evidence that the company’s
hyper-partisan bias is trickling down into its product.
when you search for a news site, for example, “Breitbart News,” Google
will show you a list of topics that the site has focused on, as well as
a tab for “reviewed claims.” These are stories that have been reviewed
by “fact-checkers” like Snopes and Politifact.
Google, these so-called “impartial fact-checkers” claim to be unbiased,
but have a history of partisan favoritism. Snopes, for example, is staffed with
rabid anti-Trumpers, while Politifact is funded by
a Clinton Foundation donor and routinely comes
to empirically dubious conclusions that typically favor Democrats.
all news sites have a “reviewed claims” tab under their name, however.
Some just have “writes about,” with no reviewed claims. And yes, there’s
a pattern. Virtually all the websites affected by Google’s
“fact-checking” system are conservative or right-wing, with the
exception of Upworthy and, according to the Daily Caller report, Occupy
the other news sites not fact-checked by Google:
fake news about Donald Trump Jr’s alleged connections to Wikileaks)
Stone (their “Rape on Campus” story is
among the most significant cases of fake news in recent memory)
(known for their fib-telling anchors)
(had to suspend Brian
Ross for spreading fake news)
perhaps this isn’t Google’s fault. It could be the fact-checkers, right?
Maybe they’re just so biased, they never fact-check the left wing and
Even they can’t be that brazen. The really damning detail for Google is
that claims made by outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been
fact-checked before. Claims made by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow have been
rated as “false” by Politifact on four occasions since 2010,
“mostly false” on five occasions, and “pants on fire” (the least
truthful rating) on one. Chris Matthews has received two “false” ratings
and one “mostly false” rating in the same period. CNN’s Don Lemon
received a “false” rating in 2014 for claiming he was able to “go and
buy an automatic weapon.”
meets the definition of a “reviewed claim.” Lemon made a factual claim
live on CNN, it was reviewed by a third-party fact-checker, and found to
be false. So why doesn’t it appear under a “reviewed claims” tab when
you Google CNN?
only one explanation: Google is even more biased than the fact-checkers.
as the Daily Caller notes, some of the “claims” listed by Google are
misrepresentations of conservative media.
example, Google says that Breitbart claimed an illegal alien was charged
with starting a California wildfire:
the linked story actually claims
is that an illegal alien was suspected of
starting a California fire. That is a completely different claim.
with the information released in the Damore lawsuit, Google’s brazen
progressive bias has been laid bare for the world to see. And it’s still
tech giant is dishonestly manipulating perceptions about
conservative sites before people even read them.