President Donald Trump on Tuesday angrily attacked Google News for allegedly showing only negative stories about him and his administration.
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” the president wrote. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent.”
The president went on to vow he would take action to stop this alleged bias.
“Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out,” he said. “96% of results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. 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!”
Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz did some detective work and found the origin of Trump’s rant: A Fox Business interview that aired on Monday night with Trump-loving YouTube celebrities Diamond and Silk.
As noted by Gertz, the two social media stars told Fox’s Lou Dobbs on Monday that Google News’ alleged bias against Trump was “tyranny” and “a form of political lynching.”
At one point in the interview, Lynnette Hardaway — a.k.a., “Diamond” — told Dobbs that “somebody’s going to have to step in and take a look at this here.” Trump echoed this in his tweets by writing, “This is a very serious situation — will be addressed!”
Watch the Fox interview with Diamond and Silk below.
During the segment, Diamond and Silk, identified as "President Trump's most loyal supporters," described this as "tyranny" and "a form of political lynching." pic.twitter.com/vHa9SJPKZp
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 28, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
Diamond adds that "somebody's going to have to step in and take a look at this here." Watching the program this morning, Trump tweets, "This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!" pic.twitter.com/YvydCbLvQG
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 28, 2018
Russians to prod Putin on poverty, personal life as ratings fall
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The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.
Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.
Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.
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Captive beluga whales make epic journey from China to Iceland sanctuary
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Little White and Little Grey, two 12-year-old female belugas, left behind their previous lives entertaining visitors at the Changfeng Ocean World and were flown across the globe in specially tailored containers.
The whales, which each weigh about 900 kilogrammes (2,000 pounds) and measuring four metres (13 feet) will continue their epic journey by truck and ferry to the sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay at Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands off the south coast of Iceland.