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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Should Google News Include Blogs?

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(Posted on BNN)

Some seem to think so. Blogs for Bush has tried unsuccessfully, and Daily Kos was dropped as a source (although they were previously listed as satire which did not make Kos happy).

Although their are many other blogs out there that make great reads (Michelle Malkin being one of them) I do not think it would be wise to include bloggers as sources inside Google News. Doing so would make the internet one vast editorial which would be frighteningly similar to the EPIC film where news is sensationalized with trivia dominating global interests and vanity becoming the theme of reporting.

Google News seems to maintain this standard of not acquiring bloggers as Michelle Malkin found out when she requesting to be listed:

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for your note. We have reviewed www.michellemalkin.com but cannot include it in Google News at this time. We do not include news-related blogs or other news-related sites that are written and maintained by a single individual. Similarly, we do not include sites that do not have a formal editorial review process. We appreciate your taking the time to contact us and will log your site for consideration should our requirements change.

The Google Team

Unfortunately though Google is not playing fair in this regard of "excluding bloggers" as I have found that the Democratic Underground is listed as a source despite the fact that they even mention on their front page that they are a blog site, unless of coarse you don't count the phrase "THE DU BLOG" as an indicator (although some are in denial that the DU is in fact a blog site just like LGF).

Although it is outrageous that Google News has the National Vanguard as one of it's news sources (as it is pro-white and anti-minority) Google News has listed other sites such as The Empire Journal as a source (who take a more libertarian approach to things) which is an indication that they are attempting to become more "inclusive" about their sources.

All in all Google News should maintain it's "non-blog" approach in order to keep the site from being one vast "opinionated landscape" because if they accepted one blog they would eventually have to accept all of them (and last I check their were about eight million blogs out there) and it's site would eventually lose it's substance. (however a list of their sources would be much appreciated, but then you would have to demand the same thing from everybody though).

If people desire to read blogs, they can visit them whenever they go online but as for now having the MSM listed as sources keeps it from becoming a "vast editorial landscape" which is something no body wants (well, at least something that I don't want). Selah.

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I agree, Google should not include blogs in Google News.

However, being the trend setters that they are "Google Blogs" might not be a bad idea.

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