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Friday, July 24, 2009
Farah Claims Censorship: Where's the Evidence?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In a Jluy 24 WorldNetDaily article, WND's Joseph Farah is alleging "a broad pattern of Internet search engine censorship" by search engines such as Google and Bing "blocking WND's extensive coverage of questions surrounding Barack Obama's eligibility for office." He adds:

"In more than 12 years of Internet experience, I have never seen anything like this," said Farah. "As of today, all the major search engines systematically began scrubbing our content. This happened at the very moment this story broke into the mainstream." 

Farah offers no evidence of this -- no data, no screenshots. Nothing.

So, naturally, he will go on Michael Savage's radio show to talk about something he has made no effort to prove.

Also of note in that article is the caption under the picture of Obama: "Barack Obama, the man elected president." Not "President Obama."

Farah refuses to acknowledge that Obama is the president. How paranoid and pathological is that?

UPDATE: Another July 24 article, by Drew Zahn, attempts to provide some details. The main complaint isn't really censorship -- it's that  Google doesn't rank WND's stories as high in searches as WND would like it to, though the birther issue is "a story that no news organization has followed more closely than WND."

What Zahn and WND appear to be ignoring is the fact that WND's record of honesty in reporting on the birth certificate issue is shaky at best and whose claims are easily debunked, even by its fellow right-wingers. Furher, it has a long record of telling documented lies about Obama.

It seems to us that Google is doing the prudent thing in tweaking its algorhithms to downplay such unreliable websites as WND. Why should Google, et al, be in the business of promoting WND's false and misleading information?

Posted by Terry K. at 4:32 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 10:54 PM EDT

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