In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, senior Google officials spoke openly about taking action to downgrade conservative sites in their search results, so guilty were they about possibly playing a hand in Trump’s victory. In internal Google documents obtained by The Daily Caller, executives and engineers at the search giant were caught discussing the idea of burying sites that leaned towards Trump in favor of “legitimate news organizations.”
“This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,” wrote Google engineer Scott Byer the day after the election. “How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed.
“I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,” he continued. “Beyond that, let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.”
Thankfully, while there are probably no Trump supporters among Google’s top brass, there were at least some sensible liberals who knew that Byer’s idea was destined for disaster.
“Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess,” replied engineer Uri Dekel. “MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity.
“I follow a lot of right wing folks on social networks you could tell something was brewing,” he continued. “We laughed off Drudge’s Instant Polls and all that stuff, but in the end, people go to those sources because they believe that the media doesn’t do it’s job. I’m a Hillary supporter and let’s admit it, the media avoided dealing with the hard questions and issues, which didn’t pay off. By ranking ‘legitimacy’ you’ll just introduce more conspiracy theories.”
Dekel’s way of thinking ultimately carried the day at Google, although you have to love it when liberals say that doing the thing that conservatives are accusing you of doing would “introduce more conspiracy theories.” Um, it’s not a conspiracy theory if the underlying accusations are true. This is something people on the left have a really hard time understanding.
Google continues to insist that they have never taken any measures to manipulate their search results based on their liberal ideology. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t, but the Daily Caller’s investigation proves that there are certainly people inside the company who would love to change a few things for the “betterment” of the Democratic Party. How long will it be before those voices win out?