evil Google — curator of your information flow

I put up a couple of recent posts to observe on a surge of obituaries on the news business.   But all y’all internet denizens are still reading news.   You just don’t take daily newspapers anymore, and only a very tiny share of y’all subscribe to any kind of news provider.   That is the way most of us operate any more.   But information flow, especially the flow of recent events information, aka ‘news,’ is now screened for most receivers of news by evil Google.

Yeah, I know; some Ratburghers are boycotting Google by using DuckDuckGo and a couple of other search engine alternatives.   But the problem remains.   Over half of all news articles that are accessed on the internet were landed on through an evil-Google search, which means that evil Google gets a shot at screening the news for over half of all internet news consumption.   This finding comes from a Northwestern University study that was recently presented at the “2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems” that was held in Glasgow.

The data in the study is from November of 2017.   52 percent of internet news articles were landed on via a Google search.   Another 2.9 percent came through a Google News feed, making a total of just under 55 percent of all internet news looks being mediated/referred/curated via evil Google.

The top twenty news sites that were looked at by arriving through evil Google account for 52 percent of all views.   Of these, Fox News is the only centrist news provider, at position number four in the ranking and accounting for approximately three percent of all the news articles viewed via some evil Google mediation.   All the other news organizations in the top twenty of results are to the left of Fox News, varying from center-left to outrageously Progressive in nature.

Which means that Google is apparently skewing the news feed for a majority of all the people who use Google as a means to navigate to news, and represents a very large fraction of all news views (49 percent of 55 percent is 27 percent).

I think we have all observed that conservative media only shows up on page three or page four of a search at Google News.   Also, we know that some important news sites, like LifeSiteNews, will never appear at a search of Google News, even when the top thirty hits at the Google News search all cite LifeSiteNews as their original source.

So this is not news to Ratburghers.   But it might be useful to you to cite as backup when you quarrel with Leftists who deny that Google suppresses news from conservative sources, or who deny that evil Google gives a large Leftist push to all internet news.

More particulars, from an article about the study at Columbia Journalism Review:

Of course, the concentration of sources also varies depending on the query. On average there were 19 sources per query, but 30 percent of queries had 10 or fewer sources. And sometimes, even if there were more sources, most of the impressions could go to just a handful. For instance, the query “rex tillerson” had 38 sources, but just two of those sources—the [New York] Times and CNN—were responsible for 75 percent of the article impressions.  …

Our data shows that 62.4 percent of article impressions were from sources rated by that research as left-leaning, whereas 11.3 percent were from sources rated as right-leaning. 26.3 percent of impressions were from news sources that didn’t have ratings. …

Is there simply more news produced on the left? It appears so. We confirmed this by searching the GDELT database of news articles for the same queries we used to audit Google. In GDELT there were 2.2 times as many articles from left-leaning sources as right-leaning sources. But in Google Top Stories that ratio was 3.2, indicating that the curation algorithm was slightly magnifying the left-leaning skew in comparison to the GDELT baseline.

There is more information at the article.   Go read it.   There is a really interesting discussion about how Google News gives preference based on how recently an article was posted, which favors the big legacy media organizations, because they have staff that can game the Google News algorithm by following up with lots of meaningless updates that keep the date fresh in searches.

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  1. MJBubba [quoting Columbia Journalism Review]:
    But in Google Top Stories that ratio was 3.2, indicating that the curation algorithm was slightly magnifying the left-leaning skew in comparison to the GDELT baseline.

    Did you notice that?   After correcting for the fact that the entire field of journalism is a Leftist project, Google News results is 45 percent more Leftish than the baseline for news sources, and they called 45 percent “slightly.”

    Of course, they are journalists, and hate to admit how Progressive they are.

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  2. The abstract and reference to the original study, by Daniel Trielli and Nicholas Diakopoulos:

    https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3300683

    The article at Columbia Journalism Review, by Nicholas Diakopoulos:

    https://www.cjr.org/tow_center/google-news-algorithm.php

    They did not use Tim Groseclose as a source for the political leanings of news organizations.   After all, that work is nearly a decade old now.   They used this 2015 study:

    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/348/6239/1130

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  3. People keep saying that CNN is dead.  The results depicted above show why it will never stop walking, dead or alive.  No matter how much money it loses, it is worth too much to the international left.

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  4. Haakon Dahl:
    People keep saying that CNN is dead.  The results depicted above show why it will never stop walking, dead or alive.  No matter how much money it loses, it is worth too much to the international left.

    CNN is what institutions run, so you cannot escape them if you fly or go to any institutional lobby space.   They get promoted by evil Google.   The combination of those two dynamics guarantees lots of views and clicks for CNN.   They have no credibility as a purveyor of information, but we will not be able to drive a stake through their wicked heart.

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  5. We should all mock and laugh at CNN at every opportunity, as a way to support President Trump and all conservatives.   No GOP officeholder should appear on CNN for any reason.

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