It is no secret that tech giants Google and YouTube has had a strong liberal impact in the political realm.
The most notable example is on the 2018 midterm elections.
A study from search engine expert Robert Epstein and an advanced team from the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology looked at three congressional races in southern California and concluded that Google may have pushed them over the finish line.
Epstein and AIBRT’s analysis of the data found:
“A clear pro-Democrat bias in election-related Google search results as compared to competing search engines. Users performing Google searches related to the three congressional races the study focused on were significantly more likely to see pro-Democrat stories and links at the top of their results.”
Epstein and AIBRT’s findings highlighted how Google can have a significant impact on undecided voters because they are unware their search engines are biased. According to the study there were at least 35,455 undecided voters (across three districts) who may have been persuaded to vote for Democrat due to biased Google search result.
While AIBRT and Epstein’s team findings are based on broad assumptions. One assumption used here is that voters conduct one search per week on that is election-related.
Because of this broad assumption, the impact of biased search engine results could actually be higher because individuals “typically conduct 4-5 searchers per day, not one per week.”
While Democratic leaders and Google executives have denied the findings, the question of how much influence search engines and sites like YouTube have on politics still arises.
Earlier this year YouTube was found intervening with search engine algorithms even after Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai gave sworn testimony that the company did not manually intervene on any search result.
An internal leak (who wished to remain anonymous) from YouTube found the word “abortion” was added to a blacklist file for “controversial YouTube queries.” Breitbart confirmed a partial list of blacklist words by another source within Google’s headquarters.
REP. OMAR’S 9/11 STATEMENT
Fast-forward to Rep. Omar’s controversial statement on 9/11 as just “Some people did something,” and the video of her speaking at the Council on American-Islamic Relations reception is not easily found on the first page of Google.
Omar’s current battle against death threats she said she has received because of President Donald Trump’s recent tweet is front and center.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Certainly the president is wishing no ill will, certainly not violence towards anyone. But the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her, not only one time, but a history of anti-Semitic comments.”
“SOME PEOPLE DID SOMETHING’
Last week Omar was slammed by The New York Post with an image of the twin towers and “Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.” Numerous critics, including victims and family members of those lost in 9/11 have slammed Omar for her words and lack of understanding the impact they carry.
Omar’s recent comments come after a string of controversial statements she’s made since taking office, even forcing Democrat leaders to turn against her for her criticism of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and her position on the latter country. Omar dug herself in a bigger hole with her suggestion that America supports Israel because it’s “all about the Benjamins.”
Omar’s blatant disregard for the power of words a sitting member of Congress holds continues to frustrate Democrats and Muslims.
She has yet to make any real public apologetic remarks on her numerous controversial statements.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.