Daily Kos Spurns Google News

    October 17, 2006

According to one blogger, “Google News is becoming unusable.” That statement started off a fairly standard anti-Google rant, but the outburst was posted on a site that doesn’t usually discuss that sort of thing. Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of the political blog Daily Kos authored those words, and has withdrawn the site from Google News.

Zuniga quoted a post in which “Aravosis” wrote, “When I’m doing a news search, I want news site – not blogs, not left-wing conspiracy sites, or right-wing religious nutjobs. News.” The Daily Kos frontman agreed, and expanded on that statement.

Google News needs to do “some serious soul-searching about what they are and what their mission is,” according to Zuniga. “A news’ operation needs to present news, and credible news at that. That means get rid of the blogs (mostly opinion), get rid of the no-name sites, the conspiracy sites, and the rest of that crap.”

Zuniga stated that he “voluntarily asked for Daily Kos to be removed from Google News since it was returning results from this site that quite frankly weren’t up to the sort of standards I expect out of a service offering up credible news.”

“Obviously,” he continued, “I was alone in trying to preserve the integrity of the service. Not even Google News seems to give a damn.”

No one seems to know exactly what set Zuniga off. News.com’s Elinor Mills talked to a Google spokeswoman Sonya Boralv, but she “couldn’t comment on the specific situation.” Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch noted that the problem is “not over a copyright dispute but simply because they don’t like it.”

Perhaps it’s best to end with a quote from Boralv, who simply stated that her company is “always happy to remove any source from Google News that does not wish to be included.”


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