by WorldTribune Staff, December 1, 2017
Google search results are “rigged” in favor of “fake news,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Aug. 28.
Trump’s tweets appeared to be referencing a report by PJ Media by Paula Bolyard titled “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets”.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media,” the president tweeted. “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.”
Trump then asked if the search results were “illegal,” before elaborating: “96% of… results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous.”
An AP report on the Trump attack said the president “cited no evidence for the claim” and repeated that point three times in the article.
However, AP cited the Bolyard study near the end of the article.
“Trump and some supporters have long accused Silicon Valley companies of being biased against them,” the AP report said. “But, while some company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted that their products are without political bias, and indeed no such bias has been proven.”