(National Sentinel)Â Anti-Trust: An investigation into Google’s new fact-checking service has found that the search-and-media mega-site is overwhelmingly targeting conservative outlets.
As reported byÂ The Daily Caller, liberal and Left-leaning sites are rarely singled out for alleged factual errors. In fact, no prominent liberal sites are being targeted.
“And not only is Googleâ€™s fact-checking highly partisan â€” perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders â€” it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made ‘claims’ they demonstrably never made,” The DC noted.
When searching for a media outlet that leans to the political Right, such as The Daily Caller, Google gives users details on the sidebar that includes what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled â€œReviewed Claims.â€
Vox and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the same fact-check treatment. When searching their names, a â€œTopics they write aboutâ€ section appears, but there is no â€œReviewed Claims” section.
A quick investigation byÂ The National Sentinel confirmedÂ The Daily Caller’s claims.
In searching “The Washington Post,” not only was the “Reviewed Claims” section absent, but there was a section labeled “Awards” in addition to “Writes About.”
That was the same forÂ The New York Times. ForÂ CNN, there were no categories at all, likeÂ Vox and other Left-leaning outlets searched.
All three — the Times, the Post, andÂ CNN — have published a number of stories on the Trump administration over the past year that proved to be false or had to be retracted, yet there are no “Reviewed Claims” for any of them in Google listings.
ABC News recently suspended one of its reporters, Brian Ross, for filing a fake news story regarding former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, but it, too, has no “reviewed” listings.
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