"Literally the Top Google Result for a 'Trump News' Search Is a Fox News Story"
President Trump went off the rails earlier than usual Tuesday morning. In a series of tweets posted before 5:30 AM ET, the president claimed that Google has "rigged" its results to highlight mostly bad news about him, from "National Left-Wing Media," while shutting out right wing news outlets.
The president suggested that the supposed move by Google – which, to be clear, is false – is "illegal." He also called it "dangerous."
And he even threatened the search giant.
"Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media," Trump tweeted. "In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?"
"96% of results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous," the president claimed.
"Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!" he threatened.
Trump has no ability to "address" Google's algorithms.
He's likely getting his "facts" from a right wing website, PJ Media, as Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale notes. An August 25 article claims "blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets" by Google.
"PJ Media did not appear in the first 100 results, nor did National Review, The Weekly Standard, Breitbart, The Blaze, The Daily Wire, Hot Air, Townhall, Red State, or any other conservative-leaning sites except the two listed above." Those two are Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.
Many familiar with the conservative brands mentioned above will likely question their reliability. The conservative media echo chamber is strong, so one false "fact" appearing in one publication will get repeated over and over again, leading readers of only right wing outlets to believe, wrongly, it's true.
Meanwhile, Trump was mercilessly mocked for his threat and his false claims of bias:
This is gaslighting. Literally the top Google result for a “Trump news” search is a Fox News story. https://t.co/dLkepJhn1m— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1535449326.0
Love working at my job at the Google factory in Mountain View and pushing a giant lever labeled Bad Trump News to t… https://t.co/XsvlBxDfno— luke oneil (@luke oneil)1535455139.0
“Will be addressed” is a threat to the first amendment. Trump always tells us who he is-this needs to be taken seri… https://t.co/ionUaReOie— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1535456889.0
Trump thinks he knows how Google works. He doesn’t even know how to work a speakerphone. https://t.co/iJrIPf5HIt— God (@God)1535452109.0
Trump is trying to convince his supporters that they can’t trust what they read about him. Fortunately the First Am… https://t.co/GqOi5mSXKv— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1535455793.0
This morning Trump unleashed an attack on Google for being ‘rigged by liberals.’ He must’ve finally Google image s… https://t.co/0yt1O3ZaUR— God (@God)1535456524.0
Reminder: Google results are tailored to reflect your browsing history - in other words, this suggests Trump spends… https://t.co/z0GRyUpbWU— Scott Gilmore (@Scott Gilmore)1535456844.0
Hmm... Googling “Trump news,” here’s a screenshot of the results. The top story is from Fox News, and there are now… https://t.co/qC8UlAqJYW— Daniel W. Drezner (@Daniel W. Drezner)1535454957.0
@realDonaldTrump What other Google searches do you run every day when you first wake up? ▪"Flipped on Trump" ▪"Pu… https://t.co/PYXDfz0RVp— just George, 36 to 46 (@just George, 36 to 46)1535450841.0