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Fox News Worried About The Google

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Some new ‘controversy‘ over Google Bombs:

It took four years for Google to address the “Google bomb” that was lobbed at former President Bush.

But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.

Four years versus a few days … Some Googlers are asking why.

[snip]

Google itself said the reason it took only a few days to redirect Obama’s Google bomb was that, this time, it already had the algorithm in place.

Really? You are kidding right? I guess that we should note the source here…

It says within that very article that Google developed the algorithm to correspond to “Google bombs” in 2007. So, now when Obama (or anyone else for that matter) gets ‘bombed’, they already have a response in place. It’s not that they react more quickly to Democrats, it’s that they now have the technology to react more quickly in all instances.

Look, I have no doubt that a large chunk of Google’s employees are liberals — the company is based in California after all — but to suggest that the company was somehow trashing Bush and saving face with Obama is absurd. They are a company that wants to make money, and offending people of a certain political persuasion is not a good way to make a buck.

That would simply be bad business and let’s face it — Google does not do bad business.

[cross-posted at The Pajama Pundit]

  • http://across-the-grain.com BenG

    Nice job PJ Pundit;

    I find the whole topic to be much ado about nothing. I know it’s important for Google and other search engines to work hard at expressing an unbiased effort for reasons you’ve pointed out. I guess the only thing I find really interesting here is that other media sources also have an equally important job to stay in business. It’s interesting to see the recent election has had no effect on how Fox News goes about its’ business. Maybe they should take a look Mr. Murdock’s stock price these days.

  • http://www.thepajamapundit.com/ The Pajama Pundit

    Thanks BenG!

    The link was originally sent to me be a (VERY) conservative friend of mine who will try to find any reason to talk badly about liberals/media/Obama/etc.

    It occurs to me that when someone can’t find any real criticism of a person/entity/company, then they will resort to trivialities. This goes for folks on all sides of the political spectrum.

  • Togakangaroo

    Plus consider that at the time, there was a lot of debate over whether Google should be interfering against the bombs at all or whether they were legitimate search results. This time there is no such thing.

  • Chris

    How about we wait till obama actually does something that’s worthy of being googlebombed about? With Bush, I mean how could you make up your mind on what to googlebomb him about?