Archive for July 23, 2003

Thwarted By Googlebots

July 23, 2003

A few weeks ago, while browsing Google News for material to blog about, I finally got fed up with continually being returned results from “Green Left Weekly“. The editors at Google seem to be under the false impression that because the DSP cleverly packages their propaganda in a newspaper-like format, it is an actual newspaper.

The DSP freely admits that it funds and publishes “Green Left Weekly”:

Green Left Weekly:

Australia’s best and most widely circulated progressive newspaper, which the DSP and Resistance help produce and distribute.

Not really being an industry insider, I thought this would be pretty conclusive proof that it’s not actually a newspaper. I fired off this email to Google:

This email is regarding the Australian Google News Service. Searching google news Australia frequently returns articles published in the online version of “Green Left Weekly”.

Green Left Weekly is not a news service. It is the propaganda arm of the Democratic Socialist party of Australia, which is in turn affiliated with the International Socialist Alliance, a worldwide organisation committed to the promotion of marxist-leninist ideology in Western Nations.

It is no more appropriate to link to articles published by “Green Left
Weekly” than it would be to link to articles published by One Nation, The
Australian Nationalist Movement, or any of the major Australian political
parties.

Propaganda packaged to look like a newspaper is still propaganda. I ask that
google news review its policy of linking articles to published in “Green
Left Weekly” as soon as possible.

Sam Ward,

Perth, Australia.

Anyway, google have responded:

Hi Sam,

Thanks for your feedback. We aim to include as many news sources as
possible in Google News, and we value your opinion. If you know of a news
site that you would like us to add to our news crawl, please send us the
URL and we will review it.

Regards,
The Google Team

While I’m not sure that they even read my email, I’m thinking of taking google up on their offer. After all.. If “Green Left” is a news site, then so are lots of other sites many people would find overtly dishonest and repugnant, such as “God Hates Fags”, Stormfront, NAAWP etc.

What’s that I hear you say?

These sound like hate sites?

I thought I’d better check, so I looked up this list on how to identify a hate site:

1. Capitalize on Paranoia
2. Suggest Sanction from Above
3. Exploit Fear of Armageddon

The article further states that the following tactics are frequently employed by hate sites:

1. Racialism
2. Pseudo-Science and Intellectualism
3. Historical Revisionsim
4. Patriotism
5. Misinformation
6. Nationalism
7. Hate Symbols

As “Green Left” seems to satisfy all 10 criteria, being a “hate site” doesn’t preclude you from being indexed on Google News. After all, Google themselves indicated they want to list as many sites as possible. I’d be only too happy to help them out.

Au Revoir Les Enfants

July 23, 2003

Uday and Qusay are dead.

THE Iraqi capital erupted in an explosion of celebratory gunfire today on news the two sons of Saddam Hussein may have been killed in northern Iraq, AFP correspondents said.

“Uday and Qusay are dead, we saw it on TV,” Hassan Zaif said as he fired his Kalashnikov rifle skyward.

People were seen standing on rooftops and emptying their clips into a night aglow with tracer bullets, while a few Baghdadis ventured out onto the streets to watch the skies lit red by the volley.

The Age couldn’t confirm this story when it posted it online 5 minutes ago, but I’ve just seen some military dude on the TV confirming the kiddies are, in fact, eating worms.

Centcom confirms:

Four Iraqis were killed in the operation. We have confirmed that two of the dead were Saddam?s sons Uday and Qusay.

Dow Jones was impressed.