Google Accused of Political Bias (again)

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The Conservative Voice
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It seems as though the American conservatives are up in arms accusing GOOG of being part of the left-wing bias of the liberal mainstream media...

They got pissed off about negative ads about Tom DeLay (a surname I wish I had been given by previous girlfriends)...

So, we copied one of the ads posted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee almost WORD FOR WORD, but changed "Tom DeLay" (the GOP leader) to "Nancy Pelosi" (the Democrat leader, who violated ethics rules much worse than what DeLay is accused of).

GOOG said no to the ad.

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who violated ethics rules much worse than what DeLay is accused of

hint: when 'DEMANDING' that journalists take action and acting on your 'rights to SPEAK UP' it is helpful to write a gramatically correct press release.

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(we recommend you re-write the letter in your own words, to have a better chance of getting it published)!

First question; was the original ad account an established one and was the Conservative Voice's account a new one?
Second question; did they make Google aware of the original ad(s)?

I'm not denying the double standard but I suspect there's a logical explanation.

American political web sites!

I find those American, particularly the conservative ones, hugly entertaining and over the top - make me smile anyway.

About the only post of mine that Nick has pulled was from one of them :-)

and he edited mine :-)

Bloody Nick.

 

heh, always got an eye on political ones :)

hehe

Perhaps it is not the search engines, but the SEO's ;)

 

This accusation has been made before, on the left too and has led to calls for clearly written guidelines, evenly enforced for Google.

(When is somebody going to investigate Tom Delay's hair? Huh? Forget money scandals, that hair never ever-ever moves!)

fat chance

This accusation has been made before, on the left too and has led to calls for clearly written guidelines, evenly enforced for Google.

When the tooth fairy leaves gold sovereigns and rides a flying pig.

 

>>tooth fairy

Heh, yeah, Google wants to be able to decide everything on whim, but that might not fly forever if the big money advertisers start flocking to Yahooverture!.

One of these days the people paying the money will start cracking the whip.

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One of these days the people paying the money will start cracking the whip.

That'll be the day we all need to find other income sources.

 

Tom Delay's hair? Huh? Forget money scandals, that hair never ever-ever moves!

rumor has it that if you smoke a bunch of Cannabis it stiffens up your hair.

Dosn't work

> rumor has it that if you smoke a bunch of Cannabis it stiffens up your hair.

I tried, it dosn't work :) ... Not that it has stopped me from keep trying

Delay Hair Mystery

Actually, I believe a mixture of self-righteousness and Cuban cigars results in a nice hair-helmet effect.

new identifier for yahoo spider

HOOVERTURE

hoovering the web for you

cuban cigars

hah! I wondered if anyone else had seen that. Too funny. How about the onion's Frisbee article?

I can't wait until Google goes into orbit to conduct their enterprises with sovereignty to avoid a "search tax", power the datacenter with solar, cool the data center with the space vacuum on the dark side of the SpacePlex, index the world's satellite transmissions in real-time, provide remote panning controls for the the KeyHole cameras, etc.

 

This story hit the Fox News tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume. So it's getting major media attention.

Brit Hume

It's a helmet-hair conspiracy!

All's well that ends well..

Google have pulled the lot. A report on Silicon Valley News says

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A Google representative explained the distinction by saying that a political ad attacking someone's policies, such as President Bush's Social Security proposal, is acceptable. An ad that personally attacked the president is not.

``We draw that line on the personal attack because we don't feel it's a good advertising experience,'' said David Fisher, director of Google's AdWords program. ``Once you cross that line, you can go in all sorts of directions that result in bad advertising and a kind to race to the bottom.''

So both have now been pulled.

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Google, which operates the largest search advertising network, says it uses both computers and humans to screen its ads. It's commonly assumed that most ads go ``live'' before human screening.

The initial anti-DeLay ad, which inspired RightMarch.com to produce its anti-Pelosi ad, appeared on Google's site for at least two weeks before the company yanked it, Greene said.

Yahoo, which operates the next-largest search advertising network, hews to a slightly more permissive ad policy. The company rejects ads that are defamatory, threatening or libelous. But it does not forbid political attack ads.

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