Donald Trump started a feud with Google this morning, tweeting that the search engine is ‘RIGGED’ against him and “hiding” “news that is good.”
While early reports assumed the president had Googled himself, we can now debunk that theory for a couple reasons. First of all, Trump doesn’t use a computer (sorry QAnon morons who think he’s secretly posting on 4Chan!), in fact he calls his iPad “the flat one.” Secondly, it looks like he got his information from last night’s episode of Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business show, “Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: Old Racist Shouts Nonsense, With Lou Dobbs,” or whatever it’s called.
Good morning. The president was up before dawn this morning watching and tweeting about last night's episode of Fox's Lou Dobbs Tonight.
Left, Dobbs, 7:30 pm
Right, Trump, 5:24 am pic.twitter.com/7eArOEwChe
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 28, 2018
The VERY SCIENTIFIC study was conducted by a right-wing blogger who bemoaned the prevalence of legitimate news organizations in the “news” search field of Google. Instead, the crew at the right-wing opinion site that posted the “review” would prefer to see more… right-wing opinion sites featured. (I bet!)
Then, Trump’s constantly wrong economic advisor Larry Kudlow went on TV and told reporters they were “taking a look” at Google regulations in the same way the parents of a toddler “take a look” into the whole monster under the bed issue. (Kudlow is, of course, a former right-wing pundit himself.)
While there are plenty of problems with Google and their monopoly on search, failing to amplify conservative opinion isn’t one of them. Google responded to Trump’s threats to “address” this “dangerous” situation by issuing a statement that amounts to “Calm down, grandpa, the cleaning staff isn’t stealing from you.”
The statement reads, in part,
“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment.”
Much like their incessant whining about “bias” on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, complaining about Google is just another way for conservatives to work the refs and get more favorable treatment. Facebook and Twitter have both fallen for the tactic, bending over backward to prove they’re not biased against conservatives.
Facebook spiked a system designed to ferret out fake news because conservative publications were getting flagged for promoting conspiracy theories and otherwise misleading stories. (In other words, they had something that worked, but stopped using it to bow to “political correctness.”) They also brought in conservative former senator John Kyl to probe whether they were biased against conservatives (because conservatives should decide that, natch).
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who gets regular criticism on his own platform for failing to remove Nazis from it, appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show after several prominent Republicans whined about being “shadowbanned” because they didn’t know how to adjust their settings.
It’s all a con, and a seemingly endless one. No amount of good faith corrections by tech companies will convince bad faith actors to stop screaming “censorship,” and appeasing them only encourages them to go further.
At the end of the day, conservatives don’t want to hear the truth whether it’s from the news, their social media feeds, or search engines. Rather than accept that the version of reality they live in is, in fact, not real they’re now asking tech companies to reverse engineer a media landscape they’re more comfortable in. A “safe space,” if you will.