Thursday, October 26, 2006

Google and Political Bias

I'm not sure how many people actually use Google Earth on a regular basis - although I admit it is pretty damn cool - but the folks over in Mountain View (at the Googleplex) have figured out how to use it for political advantage.

Hans Riemer of (liberal) Rock the Vote says that this is "a promising direction for Google" and he "hopes its the start of something big."
If you’ve already turned on the guide as a layer in Google Earth, you might already have noticed the patriotic stars now adorning the U.S. map. There’s one for every congressional district. Click on the star and it opens a set of links to useful voter tools. First, you can click to register to vote. I love this because so many people still think that in order to register, you need help from a government employee or political activist. Wrong. You can register yourself to vote by getting your forms online and sending them in by mail. Spread the word!

Second, there are links to news, web and photo searches for candidates for the U.S. House and Senate races on November 7. Now, I think a squirrel could figure out which way to go on our presidential candidates and political parties. But an educated vote does require some Google searching, especially when candidates try so hard to blur the differences.
And we all know what Google thinks of George Bush, although they claim otherwise!

What happened to my reliable, unbiased search engine?

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