Fox News goes after Google's "bias" – seriously

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Technology must have it in for conservatives. Not too long ago those on the right launched their own video sharing service because they claimed YouTube had a liberal bias.

Well, conservatives are back with the crazy. As News Hounds notes:

Those "fair and balanced" folks at FOX News are ever on the lookout for bias - everywhere but in their own backyard, of course. Their latest candidate for an it's-just-so-unfair-for-conservatives whine? Google, because the search engine fixed a President Obama "Google bomb" faster than it fixed one about President Bush. Never mind that's own article reported that Google developed the fix in 2007, four years after the Bush Google bomb cited for comparison. Maybe waiting on the fix was part of the liberal plot, too.

The "Google bomb" in question is "miserable failure." According to, in 2003, anti-Bush web activists had numerous websites link the phrase "miserable failure" to the White House biography of then-President George W. Bush. Afterward, Googling the phrase "miserable failure" brought Bush's biography to the top of the results list until Google fixed the problem in 2007. Now that Barack Obama is in office, the same Google bomb has been lobbed at him. But Google has already fixed it.


The article, titled Unlike Bush's 'Google Bomb,' Google Quickly Defuses Obama's begins:

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.

As News Hounds points out, Fox News' own report notes that Google had not yet developed an algorithm that kills Google bombs until 2007 – so obviously, now that Google has a remedy at their disposal they use it. Wow, that's some liberal bias!

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