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.
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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# p #12_14 # ad skipped = true #
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