‘I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets…’
President Trump warned Google to take care of its “very serious” bias problem after a report revealed that the overwhelming percentage of Google search results for news on “Trump” were written by left-leaning outlets.
Paula Bolyard at PJ Media said 96 percent of her Google searches—all from different accounts—produced extremely liberal outlets. She wrote that while she was expecting to find some bias, “I was not prepared for the blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets.”
Bolyard used as the basis for her analysis a chart on media bias devised by investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, whose 2014 book “Stonewalled” detailed examples of bias at her former employer, CBS News.
“Not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of search results,” Bolyard wrote. “But it got much, much worse when I analyzed the first 100 items that Google returned in a search for news on ‘Trump.’ CNN, by a wide margin, appeared most frequently, with nearly twice as many results returned as the second-place finisher, The Washington Post.”
Bolyard said other left-leaning outlets that figured prominently into the analysis were NBC, CNBC, The Atlantic and Politico. The only right-leaning sites to appear in the top 100 were The Wall Street Journal (three results) and Fox News (two results).
Trump responded to Bolyard’s report by accusing Google of “rigging” the system against him and others on the right.