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Google’s left-wing media bias: CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post are favorites

May 12, 2019 by

  • Stories from only 20 media outlets were featured in Google’s Top Stories box in November 2017 
  • 62 percent of those outlets were considered to be left-leaning media sources 
  • CNN accounted for 10 percent of the news promoted, The New York Times made up 6.5 percent and The Washington Post accounted for 5.6 percent
  • By contrast, Fox stories made up only three percent of the 6,302 articles
  • Google uses an algorithm to decide what goes in its Top Stories box 
  • It is based largely on the popularity of a topic or of a viewpoint
  • The search engine has denied that it deliberately promotes left-leaning sites
  • It now has unprecedented power over what is promoted and how much traffic it sends to sites given Facebook’s recent scale back on news  

Google‘s bias towards left-wing media outlets has been laid bare by an algorithm which detected that it favors sites including CNN and The New York Times over others.

According to data compiled by researchers from Northwestern University, the search engine promoted those sites over others repeatedly in November 2017.

Of the 6,302 articles that appeared in Google’s ‘top stories’ page that month after a term was searched, more than 10 percent were by CNN.

The New York Times was the second most favored and accounted for 6.5 percent of articles. The Washington Post was third with 5.6 percent.

By contrast, Fox News, the most right-wing outlet in mainstream media, was the source of just three percent of the stories which appeared.

Of the 6,302 articles that appeared in Google's 'top stories' page that month after a term was searched, more than 10 percent were by CNN

Of the 6,302 articles that appeared in Google’s ‘top stories’ page that month after a term was searched, more than 10 percent were by CNN

Nearly all (86 percent) of the stories came from just 20 sources and of them, 62 percent were considered to be left-leaning.

The research sheds new light on the unprecedented power the search engine has in influencing the external traffic to news sites, a hot topic in the worlds of media and politics given Facebook’s recently reduced output.

Source: Google’s left-wing media bias: CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post are favorites | Daily Mail Online

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