In One Chart: The media-bias chart that led to Trump’s threat to regulate Google

This post was originally published on this site

If this Trump-vs.-Google thing blows up into something more than just another presidential rant — and it might, considering that the White House is “taking a look” at it and that Google on Tuesday joined Facebook and Twitter in receiving an Oval Office warning to “be careful” — then one day we can perhaps reminisce about how this chart started it all:

The illustration from Sharyl Attkisson, which appears to be a simplified version of Vanessa Otero’s viral bias chart, was a focal point in a post by PJ Media that apparently inspired this Trump tweet alleging that Google GOOG, -0.86% GOOGL, -0.83% manipulates its search to highlight liberal sites:

Trump didn’t cite any evidence in his tweet, but he did mention that 96% statistic.

He might have gotten the heads-up from Fox Business pundit and staunch Trump backer Lou Dobbs, who talked about it on his show Monday and also tweeted a link to the story:

Or, as Drudge claims, maybe it was this tweet:

This is nothing new, of course. Google parent Alphabet, along with Facebook FB, -0.68% and Twitter TWTR, -1.11%  , are frequent targets of attacks for alleged suppression of conservative voices. Trump tweeted about it a few days ago:

Google says it’s not the case. Here’s the company’s statement:

“When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds. 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.”

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey also recently denied any such manipulation.

“We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is … more left-leaning,” he told CNN in an interview. “But the real question behind the question is, are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? And we are not. Period.”

Dorsey and other tech executives are slated to appear on Capitol Hill next week to discuss, among other things, “algorithms and content judgment calls.”

Be Sociable, Share!

Related Posts


MarketTamer is not an investment advisor and is not registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Further, owners, employees, agents or representatives of MarketTamer are not acting as investment advisors and might not be registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Financial Industry Regulatory.

This company makes no representations or warranties concerning the products, practices or procedures of any company or entity mentioned or recommended in this email, and makes no representations or warranties concerning said company or entity’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the SEC or the CFTC. The sender of this email may receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any products or services offered by a company or entity mentioned or recommended in this email. The recipient of this email assumes responsibility for conducting its own due diligence on the aforementioned company or entity and assumes full responsibility, and releases the sender from liability, for any purchase or order made from any company or entity mentioned or recommended in this email.

The content on any of MarketTamer websites, products or communication is for educational purposes only. Nothing in its products, services, or communications shall be construed as a solicitation and/or recommendation to buy or sell a security. Trading stocks, options and other securities involves risk. The risk of loss in trading securities can be substantial. The risk involved with trading stocks, options and other securities is not suitable for all investors. Prior to buying or selling an option, an investor must evaluate his/her own personal financial situation and consider all relevant risk factors. See: Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. The educational training program and software services are provided to improve financial understanding.

The information presented in this site is not intended to be used as the sole basis of any investment decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the investment needs of any particular investor. Nothing in our research constitutes legal, accounting or tax advice or individually tailored investment advice. Our research is prepared for general circulation and has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive or obtain access to it. Our research is based on sources that we believe to be reliable. However, we do not make any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of our research, the completeness, or correctness or make any guarantee or other promise as to any results that may be obtained from using our research. To the maximum extent permitted by law, neither we, any of our affiliates, nor any other person, shall have any liability whatsoever to any person for any loss or expense, whether direct, indirect, consequential, incidental or otherwise, arising from or relating in any way to any use of or reliance on our research or the information contained therein. Some discussions contain forward looking statements which are based on current expectations and differences can be expected. All of our research, including the estimates, opinions and information contained therein, reflects our judgment as of the publication or other dissemination date of the research and is subject to change without notice. Further, we expressly disclaim any responsibility to update such research. Investing involves substantial risk. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results, and a loss of original capital may occur. No one receiving or accessing our research should make any investment decision without first consulting his or her own personal financial advisor and conducting his or her own research and due diligence, including carefully reviewing any applicable prospectuses, press releases, reports and other public filings of the issuer of any securities being considered. None of the information presented should be construed as an offer to sell or buy any particular security. As always, use your best judgment when investing.