is google grooming me to love donald trump?

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TOP-LEVEL FBI AGENT RESIGNS! The head­line in this morn­ing’s newsletter reads, “Top-level FBI agent under fire for his role in Hunter Biden in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­signs.” It should have added “em­bat­tled” as the ar­ticle ad­dresses the res­ig­na­tion of agent Tim­othy Thibault, who has been re­peat­edly ac­cused by Sen­ator Chuck Grassley of mis­han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Hunter Biden.

Wanting to know more, I went to my trusty browser, Google, and typed “tim­othy thibault” into the search bar. Lo and be­hold, what do you think were the first fea­tured ar­ti­cles that Google showed me?

•  Newsweek: “Who is Tim­othy Thibault? FBI Agent Be­hind Hunter Biden Probe Re­tires

•  Fox News: “FBI agent ac­cused of po­lit­ical bias, sup­pressing Hunter Biden laptop leaves the bu­reau

•  The Na­tional Re­view: “Top FBI Agent Re­signs after Al­legedly Thwarting Hunter Biden Investigation”

•  The New York Post: “Top FBI agent re­signs amid claims he shielded Hunter Biden from probe”

That’s three rather ridicu­lously rightwing rags, nyet?


Grooming me: cartoon by Clay Jones for his own Claytoonz website.

Car­toon by Clay Jones for his own Clay­toonz website.

Is Google grooming me?

So, these rightwing rags—can a tele­vi­sion show be a “rag”?—are noted every­where (ex­cept among Amer­ican rightwingers) for their re­mark­ably lib­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tion and use of “facts” along with one main­stream media that is so often so bland as to be (in­ten­tion­ally?) ineffectual.

Ei­ther way, given my bleeding heart lib­eral na­ture, why is Google placing these at the top of my search? Shouldn’t it be giving me links to rad­ical lib­eral rags and news sites with an equally cav­a­lier ap­proach to jour­nalism? Oh, right—there aren’t any.

Is Google trying to groom me into be­coming a Trump-loving pod?


Grooming me: cartoon by Ed Sheneman for The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey.

FEATURED IMAGE: The image at the top of the page is a car­toon by Ed Shen­eman for The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey. I erased every­thing but Rudy and the com­puter for a better vi­sual im­pact. I could have gone with a photo of the em­bat­tled Mr. Thibault but I’m a sucker for a good ed­i­to­rial cartoon.



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