Some years ago I noticed that my search results in Google seemed skewed to the left. I’d search for a phrase, typed verbatim, that I’d read on a prominent right-wing blog like “Power Line” and Google would come back with no results – that kind of thing. There’s just no way the most prominent right-wing blogs are not being cataloged by Google; I’d get “near miss” results from leftish blogs with single-digit traffic, but not the right-wing ones with traffic to rival the Daily Kos – and Kos links were frequent.
I got fed up when I found that my search for the CIA’s posting of the “Statement on the Interim Progress Report on the Activities of the Iraq Survey Group” was nowhere to be found after searching down hundreds of links. Sure, left-wing blogs with near-zero traffic were there, what with a handful of hits on a few of the keywords, but the report itself, on the CIA website, had been linked-to by multiple right-wing blogs.
I was reminded of this when I saw this blogpost; I have a personal interest in the case, so I had created a set of Google Alerts for various keyword combinations. I’d already gotten a Google Alert for the Pittsburg Tribune-Review article before Drudge or Hot Air had linked to it, and the Hot Air piece contained keywords sufficient to generate an alert. None came, so I checked my Google Alerts. The one that would have triggered it had been set to “Only the best results” instead of All Results – but that’s not how I’d set it.
Of course, I might have mistakenly set it incorrectly, and mistakenly not noticed when I doublechecked the search parameters.