TEST: Are Google Election Day results biased? The results are in:
Written by DML
On this Election Day, I felt a need to conduct a test to see if search results on Google are fair.
I was taken back when I went to Google.com and saw they were promoting the elections in such a “in your face manner.” If you go to Google.com on this Election Day, you will see there is a big difference to the home page. Typically, above the search box is the word: GOOGLE. But today, November 6, “GOOGLE” no longer appears. Instead, there is a demand given: GO VOTE.
When I typed in “midterm elections,” I received back 3 top articles: two of them from anti-Trump website, CNN, and a third from CNBC, which is owned by often anti-Trump news outlet NBC.
I found this very interesting considering in the sense that of all the news websites I visit on a constant basis (notwithstanding DMLNews.com), CNN and CNBC are far from being at the top of the “relevant” list.
When I asked Google to search for “Who Will Win The Midterm Elections”, the search giant fed me with 3 top results: One is from CNN, and two are from a news agency that is from the UK, which just so happens to be “left leaning.”
I then asked Google to search for “Reasons to Vote for Republicans.”
I got back three results: One from TownHall explaining the closing arguments for Republicans. The other two results are clearly biased, as they come from the liberal-bias of the Washington Post and the overly liberal Minn. Star. One of the articles is entitled, “Why on-the-fence voters say they are supporting Democrats.”
When I searched for “Trump”, the results came back with 3 top stories from anti-Trump outlets CNN, The New York Times and Washington Post. None of the stories are favorable.
When I searched for ‘Obama. ‘ I was fed all positive stories including one that gives him equal credit for the economy being robust two years after his presidency.
When I searched for “Voter fraud,” I received 3 articles from left-leaning outlets all denouncing the idea that voter fraud exists.
When I searched for “Why I should vote for Gillum”, the Google bias machine continues to impress. Gillum is running for governor in Florida as a Democrat. Of the 3 “news” items that pop up, none of them push me away from voting for a guy who is nothing short of a socialist. All the articles are favorable, and all that Google feeds me is from left-leaning outlets.
The rules changes when I search for the same term but switch the name Gillum with DeSantis. Google decides that I should get back nothing of significance. Not a single news story appears about the Republican. Google makes it so I must scroll down past the DeSantis for Governor website to see a group of 3 videos, one of which highlights why Gillum says he will win the election.
When I searched, “Is there anything good about Trump?”, Google produced two top results slamming Trump from two left-leaning outlets (CNN and The Guardian).
When I searched “is there anything bad about Obama,” Google fed me two positive stories about Obama from left-leaning outlets, The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Sadly, my experiment shows that the Google search engine is displaying biased options for its users on this Election Day.
As a registered Independent, I find this to be troubling. People need to know both sides of the story to make an informed decision.
I sit here looking at these results and I am reminded about how I would never get on an airplane that had just one wing working. But then again, maybe I am wrong. Maybe a plane can fly on just one wing. Let me ask GOOGLE….
Yup. I was write. We need two wings to fly.
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