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65 Percent of Google News Links Point to Left Sources

google purportedly may have left leaning biases
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Friday, 19 October 2018 05:53 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Sixty-five percent of Google News links point to left-leaning news sources. A report from AllSides.com shows that 20 percent point to centrist news sources and another 16 percent to sources on the political right.

"There are many different ways to measure and rate the bias of any news source or service," cnote the report's authors. "Simple adjustments will alter the percentages so that left media can be considered as more or less dominant in Google News than our 65 percent figure."

While the specific numbers might shift a bit, "the numbers are so significantly strong and consistent in favor of news media sources from the left that the overall conclusion of a leftward bias is well justified."

However, the bias of its results does not mean that Google is intentionally rigging its ratings to suppress right-of-center perspectives. It may simply be that the online audience itself leans further left than the population at large. Also, there are more left-leaning news outlets. As a result, simply ranking stories by popularity might easily generate a left-leaning set of results on Google News.

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However, the bias of its results does not mean that Google is intentionally rigging its ratings to suppress right-of-center perspectives. It may simply be that the online audience itself leans further left.
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