Google News Labels Ron Paul As Racist

Jan 16, 2012 • 8:09 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

This Google News Help thread is a couple weeks old but I just spotted it today.

In short, Google News has a section for Ron Paul News and at the top, places a recent quote. Back then, the quote they pulled was extremely racist and misquoted.

It read, ""If you have ever been robbed by a black teenage male, you know how unbelievably fleet of foot they can be."

Here is a picture:

Google News Ron Paul Racist

You and I know that Google pulls these quotes via an algorithm and this was not done maliciously by Google. We know sometimes algorithms aren't perfect and can pick up text that is not proper. This is one of those cases.

But to people who do not understand that, both as Ron Paul supporters and non-supporters, this can look really bad.

One person said in the Google News Help forum:

This was never spoken by Ron Paul, and should not be displaying Inaccurate and Misleading racist quote to Millions of Google users. Can anyone post a news article with "questionable content" and then have Google use it to deface an individual just because of one authors prejudice? Please remove this, it has been showing for days, I would hope Paul himself would take legal action against Google for something of this nature.

Forum discussion at Google News Help.

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Comments:

Guest

01/16/2012 02:27 pm

Google might want consider what it gains by smearing the only Presidential candidate who opposes SOPA.

Chilli

01/16/2012 03:58 pm

We DON'T know this wasn't done maliciously! Programmers and company leaders can be just as bitter as any one else.

Guest

01/16/2012 04:29 pm

Sort of like the Santorum googlebomb.  Only they know about the googlebomb on Santorum and refuse to fix it after repeated requests.

SMFH

01/16/2012 05:30 pm

WHOM EVER WROTE THIS STATEMENT SHOULD BE HUNG LIKE AFRICAN AMERICANS DID WHEN THEY GOT OUT OF LINE BACK IN THE DAY!

Mark

01/16/2012 06:37 pm

Done on purpose Google is the ultimate Orwellian nightmare

FactuallyCorrect

01/17/2012 08:21 am

Guess you missed the memo... The whitehouse (Obama) also opposes SOPA www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/white-house-opposes-sopa-and-pipa-sopa-vote-delayed

Guest

01/17/2012 11:14 am

Just like he opposed indefinite detention.

Beckygamble

01/17/2012 12:50 pm

It's a nasty, vicious line. I wonder who the mud will ultimately stick to, Google or Ron Paul?

Truthsayer

01/23/2012 09:25 pm

It was said by Ron Paul.. In His Newsletters.. The ones he ADMITS to writing in a 1996 Dallas Morning News Interview (By all means Check that)... Ron Paul is a well Documented White Socialist that enjoys heavy support at such sites as StormFront.. This is simply the truth.. whether one likes it or not.. it is in Fact Truth.

Truthsayer

01/23/2012 09:28 pm

God I hate Socialists.. LOL.. Have them on the brain..  That should read 'White Nationalist' Not 'White Socialist'.. It was said by Ron Paul.. In His Newsletters.. The ones he ADMITS to writing in a 1996 Dallas Morning News Interview (By all means Check that)... Ron Paul is a well Documented 'White Nationalist' that enjoys heavy support at such sites as StormFront.. This is simply the truth.. whether one likes it or not.. it is in Fact Truth. 

espartano

01/24/2012 04:53 pm

What color flag do you fly?

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