Media, Politics

Algorithm Defaults to Liberal Results When It Comes to “Googling” Trump

Gone are the days of the free and fair Internet. Even apolitical algorithms are a thing of the past. According to a new report, nearly 100% of Google search results for news related to President Donald Trump are from liberal media outlets, save for Fox News. Any other conservative sites are relegated to the second page, while CNN receives the most love, followed by The Washington Post, NBC, and CNBC. And it’s not simply because the left media have spilled more ink in slanted stories on the president; conservative sources have spent as much energy refuting them. In case there’s any question, the fifth estate now includes the web.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Every conservative who’s ever searched a politically-charged topic on Google has inevitably noticed that left-wing outlets seem to dominate the results. Other than Fox News, not many right-leaning news sites seem to make the cut, especially not on the first page of results. But is that a function of the popularity of left-leaning media outlets over their right-leaning counterparts, or is it political bias built into Google’s algorithm?

PJ Media’s Paula Bolyard’s recent study on the issue of Google bias suggests it’s the latter. Bolyard found that of the first 100 results provided by Google for “Trump news,” nearly all were from left-leaning outlets.

Bolyard notes that “Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized.” The suspicion that left-wing bias pervades the company was only heightened by the famous firing of conservative James Damore.

 

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Media, Politics

Media Throwing in the Towel on Kavanaugh Resistance

Although confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh won’t start until September 4, major MSM entities, such as the New York Times and The Washington Post, are reporting that it’s a lost cause for the left. According to the left media, shortcomings in resisting Trump’s nominee include a lack of grassroots coordination, lack of a clear target, and any blemish on Kavanaugh’s record to try and sink an increasingly likely successful confirmation. The “resist” efforts also appear foiled by the possibility of opposition from moderate GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. In short, Justice Kavanaugh was a done deal even before his nomination was announced.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

The New York Times and The Washington Post are both reporting that progressive organizers can’t land a clean hit against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Their reports also suggest that Senate Democrats and their grassroots supporters aren’t coordinating effectively.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings are still three weeks away, and the Senate has only just begun reviewing records relating to his executive branch service.
Though his confirmation hearings are fully three weeks away and the Senate Judiciary Committee has only just begun reviewing records relating to his service in the executive branch, prominent voices in the media have already predicted that efforts to stop Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court have failed.

The New York Times and The Washington Post both featured pieces this weekend chronicling the air of inevitability around Kavanaugh, made worse by pervasive lethargy and inertia in Democratic ranks.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Remember the Santa Fe School Shooting?

The MSM doesn’t. Instead of seeing the May 18 shooting at Sante Fe High School as an example of how other students are responding to school safety and gun control, the talking heads are giving the limelight to the ongoing #NeverAgain march of Parkland students, including outspoken David Hogg, who is taking on the National Rifle Association while ironically surrounded by armed guards. At the school, where eight students and two teachers died, students and the community are not responding with rallies or fawning for the cameras. They are continuing to support the Second Amendment, pointing out that the shooter in their case tried to make bombs, rendering moot that a ‘gun’ is the problem in school shootings. Then again, neither logic nor consistency has been a strong point in the mainstream media’s agenda.

dHere’s more from The Daily Signal…

On May 18, Grace John woke up late as usual.

“Everybody talks about senioritis, but it’s real,” she told The Daily Signal.

Grace, a senior at Santa Fe High School, located an hour outside of Houston, was looking forward to cruising through her last few days of high school. That day, she walked into the band room, and told a friend she was going to take a nap because she was sore from playing in the powder puff game the night before.

She woke up to commotion in the hallway, and walked into the hallway to see what was going on. “I thought there was a fight going on, and I’m nosy,” she said.

Grace opened the door to see a bunch of people screaming: “Then I heard a really loud noise, and that’s when I saw somebody go down.”

“I don’t know if it was a kid, I don’t know if it was a teacher—but somebody fell.”

Grace had witnessed yet another mass school shooting in the United States. The shooting at her high school occurred just over three months after Parkland, where a 19-year-old man allegedly gunned down students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, murdering 17 students and teachers.

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Media, Politics

We Lost One of Our Best: RIP Charles Krauthammer

Whether you agreed or disagreed with the Pulitzer Prize winner most of the time or never, Charles Krauthammer was a rare breed for modern American media.

Instead of dramatics and catchphrases, he was all elegance and analytics.

Beyond his professional life in journalism and the media writ-large, Charles — a paraplegic from a diving accident just days before entering Harvard Medical School –didn’t merely graduate at the top of his class

He also rejected his psychiatric field only to join what some of us would regard of the same leftist ilk — the American media.

A liberal who evolved into a Reaganite, Krauthammer coined ‘The Reagan Doctrine’.

May he rest in peace as his legacy lives on.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

When you call someone the greatest at anything, you risk being accused of foolishness or worse; but it’s safe to say that Charles Krauthammer, who passed away Thursday, was the greatest political commentator of our time.

I write this not just because he won the Pulitzer for commentary as a conservative, a near Herculean task.  And I say this even though I sometimes disagreed with him, especially lately. Whom do we not disagree with at one time or another — even ourselves?

I write this because Krauthammer was the gold standard of columnists, the most incisive mind in political journalism augmented by the most elegant and precise prose. For much of his life, no one was even close.  In recent years, others have stepped forward as Charles had, as happens after many years in the limelight, more difficulty wrapping his mind around contemporary events.  But as we now know, he was desperately ill.

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Media

Facebook Rebrands With Aim to Expand Its Power

Facebook’s “audit committee” has a new name: “the audit and risk oversight committee”, and there’s speculation that its new agenda is intended to avoid yet another data scandal (and to keep shareholders happy).

The new focus under the leadership of former President Clinton’s Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles includes: How the social media leviathon’s “services can be used to facilitate harm or undermine public safety or the public interest,” (think fake news) a full investigation of its “privacy program,” and an analysis of its “cybersecurity risk exposures.”

If a Cllintonista is guiding the PR policies of Facebook, not much good can come of it.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Facebook has increased the power that the company’s audit committee has in an attempt to avoid another data scandal, in what is being considered an attempt to satisfy shareholders.

Facebook’s audit committee, which is currently overseen by former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, changed its name from “the audit committee” to “the audit and risk oversight committee,” Business Insider reports. Along with a name change, the powers of the committee and the aspects of Facebook that the committee oversees were also expanded.

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Culture, Media, Politics

Bias: Google Search Results Link GOP to ‘Nazism’

In yet another unsurprising revelation, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy pointed out this weekend that a Google search on the California GOP was turning up results pointing to ‘Nazism’.

Which is just one of several revelations in recent days that demonstrate more than mere coincidental occurrences.

In another instance, Instagram (owned by Facebook) was discovered adding a disclaimer under posts with Donald Trump’s name that warns the post may “encourage behavior that can cause harm and even lead to death.”

The one-sidedness of Silicon Valley liberal elites is feeding the narrative that the Internet isn’t quite as free as we thought, not so long as the uber-left is running it.

But, as is par for their left coast course, any attempt to rein them in will be regarded as ‘fascism’.

Because fairness is only fair so long as it’s applied to the left.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said a Google search that led to results this week saying that the ideology of California’s Republican Party was “Nazism” was “disgusting” and shows an inherent bias from big tech firms in Silicon Valley.

“This was disgusting,” McCarthy told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Saturday. “This is a real concern. The bias has to stop.”

Google blamed the incident on a change to a Wikipedia page about the California GOP that slipped by Google employees to vet information that shows up on searches. But conservatives were still angry, and pointed to several other examples of media bias.

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Media, Politics

Trump to Give Full Pardon to Conservative Filmmaker

You may recall, in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, Dinesh D’Sousa brought to theaters across the nation a hard-hitting documentary called 2016: Obama’s America.

It was designed to dig into the psyche of the first anti-colonial president of the United States and to paint a picture of what a post-Obama nation might look like should he be reelected.

In hindsight, much of what D’Sousa predicted was accurate. And for his work, he was persecuted by the Obama DOJ with criminal charges of election donation violations.

Though D’Sousa pleaded guilty, these were infractions for which nearly anyone else would have received a slap on the wrist and a fine.

This was clearly an act of political retribution.

But all that will be wiped away this week after President Trump announced he’s giving a full pardon to D’Sousa.

It’s just one more detail of Obama’s legacy that is quickly vanishing.

Here’s more from Western Journal…

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is expected to receive a full presidential pardon following a 2014 conviction for violating federal campaign finance laws.

In a tweet on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the latest in a series of controversial pardons that began earlier in his first term than many of his predecessors.

“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today,” Trump wrote. “He was treated very unfairly by our government!”

Though he pleaded guilty after he was indicted on criminal counts of illegally donating to a campaign and causing false statements to police, D’Souza and many of his fans believe the charges themselves were a form of political retaliation.

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Culture, Media

Obama: Netflix Projects to Help ‘Train the Next Generation’

If you’re wondering whether Barack Obama will ever just go away, the answer clearly is ‘no’.

In fact, he’s looking for new ways to invade the lives of Americans: on the television.

Barack and Michelle recently announced a new deal with Netflix to produce original content for the streaming giant designed to tell American stories that will ‘heal the political divide’ and train ‘the next generation of leaders’.

One word comes to mind when we consider Obama getting his hands into the film industry: propaganda.

But then again, his project won’t likely produce anything more leftist than what’s already coming out of Hollywood.

So feel free to tune out.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Barack Obama is speaking out about how he wants to use the film projects he develops with Netflix to heal the political divide and tell America’s stories.

Earlier this week, Netflix announced it is partnering with Barack and Michelle Obama to develop original content for the video streaming giant. Initially, no real details were released — including the actual price tag of the contract. But three days later Obama has filled in some of the blanks about his plans, Business Insider reported.

Speaking at a Las Vegas tech conference hosted by cybersecurity company Okta, Obama waxed poetic about the “stories” Americans have to tell and said he wants to use his multi-year contract with Netflix to help “train the next generation of leaders.”

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Elections, Media, Politics

Hillary: ‘They Were Never Going To Let Me’ Win

That Hillary went into a seething tirade at her campaign watch party after learning she was losing isn’t exactly big news.

But the details concerning how all that went down on election night and what she said immediately upon learning it actually is news.

According to a new tell-all book, Hillary remarked cynically, “They were never going to let me be president.”

Of course, that begs the question who is ‘they’? Bill Clinton speculated that there was a conspiracy between the New York Times and Trump to secure his victory for the purpose of better headlines. Right.

Meanwhile, we’re aboard an alien spaceship in the Bermuda Triangle sipping mint juleps with Big Foot.

Moving right along.

Here’s more from Hotair…

One day, when Americans of stout heart rise up and declare themselves free of it, the 2016 election will be over, but … today is not that day, friends. While the minutiae and meaning of Donald Trump’s campaign continue to get dissected, the other campaign gets some attention in a new book from reporter Amy Chozick titled Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.

The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick excerpts several passages from the book, none of which make Hillary Clinton sympathetic. For example, this recounting of her Election Night notification reminds everyone of both Hillary’s sense of entitlement and paranoia:

“Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner,” Chozick writes. “That made her the designated deliverer of bad news to Hillary. But not this time. She told Robby there was no way she was going to tell Hillary she couldn’t win. That’s when Robby, drained and deflated, watching the results with his team in a room down the hall from Hillary’s suite, labored into the hallway of the Peninsula to break the news. Hillary didn’t seem all that surprised. ‘I knew it. I knew this would happen to me….’ Hillary said, now within a couple of inches of his face. ‘They were never going to let me be president.’”

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Media, Politics

Comey’s Book Proves Hillary Lied About Investigation

It seems like a century ago that Hillary Clinton was outed for the use of a personal email server after which the FBI’s investigation threatened to derail her nascent presidential ambitions.

Now fully three years later, James Comey’s new book is proving that Hillary was lying then, as we all knew she was.

Shortly after the investigation was made public, the NY Times ran a story about how the nature of the investigation was criminal.

Hillary exploded and the NYT issued a correction that the investigation simply concerned a ‘security referral’. But Comey’s book corrects the record: “By the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on [Hillary’s] conduct.”

Game, set, match.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Bill and Hillary are both talented attorneys and know how to parse language with the best of them. They’re at their best when attempting to convince the public they’re innocent victims of a nefarious conservative plot to take them down.

A shining example comes out of James Comey’s book. Interestingly enough, the story appears in The New York Times, the same news organization that cowered in the face of Clinton campaign protests about a story they wrote in 2015:

James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, confirms in his new book that the bureau had already begun a criminal investigation focused on Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email in 2015 when her campaign and its allies excoriated journalists for reporting that such an inquiry was being contemplated.

The New York Times reported in July 2015 that two inspectors general had made a criminal referral to the Justice Department recommending an investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton had mishandled sensitive information by using a private email server as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, relying on a statement from President Obama’s Justice Department, complained vigorously to The Times, resulting in two corrections to the article.

The corrections said that the inspectors general had made a “security referral” rather than a “criminal referral” and that the referral did not request that Mrs. Clinton specifically be investigated. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign called the article an “erroneous story” with “egregious” errors that misled voters into thinking that she was at risk of being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible criminal violations when the referral was a more routine security matter not focused on her in particular. Critics of the news media, including the public editor of The Times, agreed.

Naturally, there is a “but” that follows:

But in “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” his memoir that is scheduled for release next week, Mr. Comey said the word-parsing by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the Justice Department was actually misleading because the F.B.I. was already conducting a criminal investigation focused on Mrs. Clinton by that point.

“Though The Times may have thought those clarifications were necessary, their original story was much closer to the mark,” Mr. Comey wrote. “It was true that the transmission to the F.B.I. from the inspector general did not use the word ‘criminal,’ but by the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on the secretary’s conduct.”

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