Researchers with the Media Research Center watchdog group have discovered that Google has been burying Senate Republican Party candidates’ campaign websites.
MRC researchers specifically found that out of 12 Senate Republican Party candidates’ campaign websites, 10 of them — or 83 percent — “appeared far lower (or did not appear at all) on page one of Google’s organic search results compared to their Senate Democratic Party opponents’ campaign websites.”
A total of seven websites didn’t appear at all on page one of Google’s ostensibly organic search results.
“Meanwhile, eight of 12 Senate Democratic Party candidate campaign websites were highlighted in the top six items in organic search results,” according to MRC’s news-publishing website, NewsBusters.
Google owns 90% of the search market. Yet Google results are crap compared to Bing and DuckDuckGo. Why? Google isn’t trying to find what you’re looking for. It’s making sure you find what it wants you to see. Check out my latest.https://t.co/bGKUPMS9Jd
— Gabriela Pariseau (@gmpariseau) October 25, 2022
Here’s the key determining factor, though: “With the exception of two candidates, both Bing and DuckDuckGo showed both the Senate Democratic Party candidates’ campaign websites and the Senate Republican Party candidates’ campaign websites in the top five organic search results on page one.”
And so, other search engines aren’t displaying the same bias, which seems to speak volumes.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox News @ Night” this Tuesday, MRC founder and president L. Brent Bozell highlighted the relevance of these findings.
“Google controls 92.4 percent of all searches worldwide. So it is almost a monopoly of information. when it purports to be an objective platform, it puts things in an objective way. But in 10 of the 12 cases, it gave preferential treatment to the Democrats over the Republicans,” he said to host Trace Gallagher.
“The statistics will tell you that less than one percent of the public goes beyond the first page of a Google search. Of the 12 Republicans, seven of them were put on page two, where they get less than one percent of the interest from the public. So they’ve been buried. They’re been squished. As far as a search information system is concerned, they really don’t even exist,” he added.
The bottom line, Bozell concluded, is that “Google really is affecting the elections in a really serious way.”
Bozell doubled down in a statement issued through NewsBusters.
“Google must be investigated for its un-American efforts to sway the election. First, researchers caught Google red-handed by proving Republican campaign emails were sent to spam,” he said.
“Now we’ve uncovered Google manipulating search results to hide Republican campaign websites while promoting Democratic ones. This is all an effort by Google to help Democrats and interfere in the democratic process,” he added.
Notice what Bozell said about GOP emails being sent to spam. Last Friday the Republican National Committee sued Google over this very matter.
“For nearly a year, the RNC has tracked how Google has arbitrarily throttled the RNC’s ability to communicate with Gmail users by routing nearly 100% of RNC emails to spam during key fundraising and GOTV [get out the vote] periods like clockwork each month,” according to a press release from the RNC.
“Earlier this year, the RNC filed an FEC complaint after the publication of a non-partisan study which found that Gmail, Google’s email platform, routed Republican emails to ‘spam’ at a rate approximately 820% higher than similar Democrat emails during the 2020 Election cycle, while Microsoft Outlook and Yahoo did not,” the press release continues.
“Enough is enough – we are suing Google for their blatant bias against Republicans. For ten months in a row, Google has sent crucial end-of-month Republican GOTV and fundraising emails to spam with zero explanation. We are committed to putting an end to this clear pattern of bias,” RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
Enough is enough – the RNC has sued Google for their blatant bias against us. pic.twitter.com/Oar1vlcEkg
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 22, 2022
Google has long faced accusations of bias over the way its results always seem to favor Democrat Party interests.
A perfect example of this phenomenon can be observed by typing “pro-life quotes and arguments” into Google and then typing it into Bing.
With Google, you get a few related results on the first page, but you mainly get a large number of pro-abortion articles.
Indeed, the first two results are a Pew Research Center article titled “Pro-Choice Does Not Mean Pro-Abortion: An Argument for Abortion Rights Featuring the Rev. Carlton Veazey” and a Pro-Choice America article titled “The Hypocrisy of the ‘Pro-Life’ Movement:
Over on Bing, on the other hand, typing “pro-life quotes and arguments” just turns up pro-life quotes and arguments.
All this is no coincidence.
“Google has had an agenda against Republicans, against Donald Trump, going back to 2016. It’s been proven time and again,” Bozell rightly noted during a separate appearance Tuesday on Fox News’ “America Reports.”
The problem, he argued, is the legal protections that Google has been afforded.
“They have a protection, a liability protection. It needs to be addressed. These tech companies need to be held to the same account as Fox News, to the same account as any journalist operation. They are not objective platforms, they are publishers, they have agendas, they are manipulating the data because they have political agendas. It’s just as clear as day,” he said.
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