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Google is Red; Yahoo is Blue

I’ve been very confused by the Red State/Blue State thing. Reds were lefties in the olden days. Now suddenly Red means the state went for Bush. The Online Journalism Review says in an article called “Balancing Act: How News Portals Serve Up Political Stories”

Google News uses computer algorithms to identify top stories while Yahoo
News favors old-fashioned human editors. But do Google’s automated search
results display a conservative bias?

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  1. I have had a Google News alert on the word “abortion” for several months. Usually it turns up 5-8 conservative and far-right sources every day, NO liberal or prorogressive sources (Alternet and others are out there), and 1-2 regular news publications. Their news sources include anti-choice websites (like Lifesite, People’s Weekly World,, and a bunch of catholic things), but they apparently don’t follow any pro-choice sites.

    I also have an alert on “Planned Parenthood” which turns up about 50% pro-life sources and 50% “impartial” journalistic sources.

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