In response to a new report that found that an overwhelming percentage of Google search results for news on “Trump” were produced by liberal outlets, President Trump threatened to take action to address the search engine giant’s “very serious” bias problem.
Over the weekend, Paula Bolyard published a report at PJ Media detailing the troubling results of her attempts to search for Trump news. Despite using multiple computers registered to different users, Bolyard consistently found an overwhelming degree of bias in the search results: Nearly all of the first 100 articles Google pulled up were from liberal outlets. Bolyard writes that while she expected to find some bias, “I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets.”
“Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results,” she writes. “But it got much, much worse when I analyzed the first 100 items that Google returned in a search for news on ‘Trump.’ CNN, by a wide margin, appeared most frequently, with nearly twice as many results returned as the second-place finisher, The Washington Post. Other left-leaning outlets also fared well, including NBC, CNBC, The Atlantic, and Politico. The only right-leaning sites to appear in the top 100 were The Wall Street Journal and Fox News with 3 and 2 results respectively.”
In total, she found that 96% of news articles on Trump produced by her searches ended up being produced by liberal outlets. The political bias, she noted, has been pointed out by other researchers, including search engine optimization company “Can I Rank,” which found that when searching for information on “political candidates and controversial issues…top search results were almost 40% more likely to contain pages with a ‘Left’ or ‘Far Left’ slant than they were pages from the right. Moreover, 16% of political keywords contained no right-leaning pages at all within the first page of results.”
Trump responded to Bolyard’s report by blasting Google for “rigging” the system against him and others on the right and threatening to address the situation.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”