Most conservatives view Google and other major Web entities as aligned with the Democrats’ Big Government platform. President Barack Obama enjoys Google largesse—employees and others associated with the company have ponied up more than half a million dollars to get him reelected. *
On Friday as media began to spread the word GOP nominee Mitt Romney had filed his 2011 tax returns, the Google News page featured a slew of headers at the top.
Among the headlines as shown by the screen snip above (boldface added):
- Romney was “capping a difficult week…”
- The tax topic “dogged” Romney’s candidacy
- Obama and his allies scored a “financial win” over Romney
The header related to Obama’s first pillar—redistribution, or taking from those he picks to give to others he picks—points to an article at The Christian Science Monitor that in my opinion favors Obama's redistributive goals while pointing out they're not new. The last paragraph of the article suggests conservatives want to levy taxes on everyone. That's not accurate. We want to see everyone pay less taxes.
What Obama’s supporters haven’t figured out yet is that redistribution isn’t just happening at home.
Democrats have done a great job of redistributing power and wealth to other countries via their energy policy which has sent costs “skyrocketing” and, along with Obama’s monetary policy, sent the cost of everything up for all Americans.
The kicker on that Google News page, however, is the ‘Highly Cited’ teaser—that link points to a YouTube video that is an Obama TV ad.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a publication pop an ad link as news content above the fold on a news page, as opposed to an Op-Ed page. It'd be interesting to see which sites "highly cited" the Obama ad. Only Google knows for sure.
If Google billed its page as a politically slanted blog or declared an editorial philosophy, that’d be a nice display of ethics currently gone the way of the dinosaur.
If we were seeking an ethical, nonbiased news treatment, we’d also see a link to the Romney ad about the decline in U.S. manufacturing and the uptick in China manufacturing—if not ‘Highly Cited’ at least ‘In Comparison.’
Hearts for Obama; lemons for Romney. That’s pretty much the state of most media nowadays, a followup act to media’s active role in getting Obama elected in 2008.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 22, 2012)
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