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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Google Gets Under WND's Skin
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has an odd animus toward Google.

It seemed to begin in 2003, when WND noted the phenomenon of "Googlebombing" used to link the phrase "miserable failure" to President Bush (and a later Googlebomb used on WND editor Joseph Farah). WND cranked it up in 2004 with allegations that Google was reportedly banning an anti-gay group from using its keyword advertising program. It continued through a guilt-by-association attack claiming that someone operated a pro-pedophelia blog on its Blogger service.

WND has even bashed Google over its logo. It has complained that Google has not specialized its front-page logo for Veterans Day or George Washington's birthday. The strangest attack came in a Feb. 14 article, which attempts to tweak Google for misspelling its name in its Valentine's Day design, which is a reach (the second "g" is a chocolate-covered strawberry, and the "l" is the stem).

The presumed real reason for that article, though, was for WND to once again rehash its attacks on Google's alleged "one-sided political contributions and content policies." The one that comes even before the claim that "98 percent of all political donations by Google employees went to support Democrats" is perhaps the most important:

In addition, the company came under fire for an editorial decision giving preferential placement to large, elite media outlets such as CNN and the BBC over independent news sources, such as WND, even if they are more recent, pertinent and exhaustive in their coverage.

So, basically, it's just business -- WND wants better placement of its articles in Google searches, and will apparently continue to attack the company until that happens. That tantrum approach is something to which WND is no stranger.

But we give WND plenty of attention. Isn't that good enough? We're saddened.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:52 AM EST

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