EXPOSED: Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Targets Conservative Sites – by Calvin Freiburger
Just how big of a sham is the elite media’s idea of “fact-checking”? This big.
The Daily Caller digs into a new feature of Google’s search function. It seems that depending on the website, when you search for a political publication, Google will also bring up a selection of “Reviewed Claims” on the sidebar that provides basic information about the site.
And therein lies the problem: who fact-checks the fact-checkers?
The DC’s Eric Lieberman explored how the feature treated his own site, and the results were beyond alarming:
When searching for a media outlet that leans right, like The Daily Caller (TheDC), Google gives users details on the sidebar, including what topics the site typically writes about, as well as a section titled “Reviewed Claims.”
Vox, and other left-wing outlets and blogs like Gizmodo, are not given the same fact-check treatment. When searching their names, a “Topics they write about” section appears, but there are no “Reviewed Claims.”
In fact, a review of mainstream outlets, as well as other outlets associated with liberal and conservative audiences, shows that only conservative sites feature the highly misleading, subjective analysis. Several conservative-leaning outlets like TheDC are “vetted,” while equally partisan sites like Vox, ThinkProgress, Slate, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Salon, Vice and Mother Jones are spared.
Occupy Democrats is apparently the only popular content provider from that end of the political spectrum with a fact-checking section.
Big name publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times are even given a column showcasing all of the awards they have earned over the years.
Even worse, it turns out that some of the so-called “fact-checks” are themselves phony facts:
Ostensibly trying to sum up the crux of the post, the third-party “fact-checking” organization says the “claim” in a DC article that special Counsel Robert Mueller is hiring people that “are all Hillary Clinton supporters” is misleading, if not false.
The problem is that TheDC’s article makes no such claim. Their cited language doesn’t even appear in the article. Worse yet, there was no language trying to make it seem that the investigation into the Trump administration and Russia is entirely comprised of Clinton donors. The story simply contained the news: Mueller hired a Hillary Clinton donor to aid the investigation into President Donald Trump.
Still, the Washington Post gave the claim, which came from Trump himself, its official “Three Pinocchios” rating. The method applies to several other checks. Claims concocted or adulterated by someone outside the TheDC are attributed to TheDC, in what appears to be a feature that only applies to conservative sites.
Not surprisingly, part of the problem is the outlets Google outsources its “fact-checking” to: Snopes, the Washington Post, and PolitiFact — all of whom TFPP has called out for inaccuracy and dishonesty in the past.
Alarmed by these findings, we decided to test it for ourselves. It turns out TFPP doesn’t get one of those fancy “Reviewed Claims” sections, but Google spits out something even more outrageous:
Punch in the name of our website, and the website itself is the fourth result. Before that we get three links’ worth of the “fake news” treatment — one of which is from none other than Media Matters, one of the most dishonest organizations in America. Oh, and of course Google doesn’t subject Media Matters to any of this:
For a company with such blatant double standards to hold so much power over what Americans see on the internet is a dangerous situation indeed. What do you think should — or can — be done about it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.