On the heels of its controversial demonetizing of conservative blog ZeroHedge, and their threat to do the same to the mainstream conservative site The Federalist, all due to supposed problems in the comment section, I couldn’t help but notice some judicious search returns on Google/YouTube at the end of last week.
(Incidentally, the more I think about it, do you suppose YouTube should be held accountable for all the comments made by random, faceless trolls that descend upon the video platform regularly? It’s an interesting and highly subjective “standard” they seek to employ, indeed.)
On Friday, June 19th, Twitter was trending with the hashtag “Juneteenth,” a reference to the Texas holiday celebrating the emancipation of the last slaves in the United States. In light of the renewed national focus on matters of race relations, many had been pushing the effort to make the Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Many, except for presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. The same guy who famously worked with segregationists on crime bills designed to, as he put it, “lock the SOBs up,” the same guy who told about confronting an angry, switchblade wielding, black gang leader named CornPop when he was the only white lifeguard at an all-black Wilmington community pool, the same guy who delivered one of the most “explicitly racist moments of all time in a Democratic primary debate” by insinuating that black parents don’t know how to raise their children. That guy wasn’t thinking about a national embrace of Juneteenth; because he didn’t even know what Juneteenth was.
Can we just pause for a second and consider what would have happened if President Trump would have said the same. Is there anyone who doesn’t think that it would have led every news cycle from then until now? Is there anyone who doesn’t think it would have trended on Twitter for days and that columnists from the Times to the Post to the Atlantic to the Root would have discussed the fallout from now until eternity?
Yet when a man with as racially questionable a past as Joe Biden demonstrates his cluelessness by confusing the emancipation of slaves in Texas with a massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, did you hear about it? And if so, did you hear about it from any mainstream media source?
Let’s consider Google/YouTube for a second. On Juneteenth, I typed into my Google/YouTube search the words “biden Juneteenth.” Here were the top results:
Only when you took the time to scroll to the bottom of the page do you find a New York Post story highlighting Biden’s faux pas, far below a CNN story entitled, “Trump says he made Juneteenth famous. See [Don] Lemon’s reaction.”
I don’t pretend to understand algorithms or internet search formulas. But I do know that the aggregation of relevant stories to “biden Juneteenth” including insults of Trump with only one distant reference to something as dumbfoundingly ignorant as what Biden said is…well…curious.
I know that Google/YouTube went all in on Hillary in 2016 and they will be even more committed to Biden in 2020. That’s a given. What’s still surprising is how little they seem to care if everyone notices.
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