You may not think of Google as being in the news business.
Yet, it may well be the most important media force in the world.
If it is not so yet, it is certainly on its way to being there.
Let’s face it – most people get their news and information online. Even television news knows this. That’s why you see them covering what’s trending online. And Google, the company that directs two-thirds of all searches, is more than a search engine. It’s a hosting service, owns YouTube, the largest and most important TV and video platform in the world and, along with like-minded Facebook, controls 75 percent of the digital advertising market.
All that makes Google the most important purveyor of news in the U.S.
Google is the media.
So, why doesn’t Donald Trump criticize Google?
Why doesn’t the Trump army of supporters recognize the threat Google poses to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press – in other words, everything the First Amendment protects?
And why don’t they also recognize the extent of Google’s invasions of privacy for profit?
To illustrate just how biased Google’s basic news algorithms are against Trump, I copied this search for his name last weekend. I could have done this any day of the week – and have – and the results would be similar or even more biased against him.
Here are the headlines I found on the first page of search results alone:
Trump’s implanted-informant theory is a lot like his unfounded wiretapping allegation – CNN
FBI Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims – New York Times
Trump welcomes Melania home from hospital by misspelling her name – CNN
Trump’s ‘Animals’ Remark Is Threatening to Immigrants – The Atlantic
Trump means business when he attacks the media – Washington Post
Donald Trump Jr. met in Trump Tower in the summer of 2016 with a representative of two wealthy Arab princes who said they were eager to help his father win election – New York Times
Trump’s Only Iran Strategy Is to Punish Iran – The Atlantic
Trump’s confrontational trade stance is just boomeranging back to imperil U.S.