Conservative watchdog Media Research Center (MRC) put forward this claim in an Oct. 25 piece published on its website. It searched for the campaign websites of Republican and Democratic candidates for 12 key Senate races using Google, Microsoft-owned Bing and DuckDuckGo and looked at the search results. MRC then looked at the organic search results on the first page, where it discovered the Big Tech firm’s clear bias against GOP candidates.
The group found that out of 12 senatorial races, the campaign websites for GOP candidates were displayed at a lower rank in organic search results. Some GOP candidates who found their websites at the bottom of search results were Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt at No. 27 and incumbent Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson – who is seeking re-election – at No. 13. In contrast, senatorial candidates from the Democratic Party appeared higher in organic search results.
Moreover, MRC also discovered that the campaign websites of seven GOP senatorial candidates did not even show up on the first five organic search results:
- Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida)
- Herschel Walker (Georgia)
- Adam Laxalt (Nevada)
- Don Bolduc (New Hampshire)
- Rep. Ted Budd (North Carolina)
- J.D. Vance (Ohio)
- Dr. Mehmet Oz (Pennsylvania)
In contrast, campaign websites for some Democratic senatorial candidates appeared in the first 10 organic search results:
- Rep. Val Demmings (Florida) – No. 6
- Sen. Raphael Warnock (Georgia) – No. 5
- Sen. Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire) – No. 8
- Cheri Beasley (North Carolina) – No. 1
- Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) – No. 2
- Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (Pennsylvania) – No. 3
- Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (Wisconsin) – No. 5
The conservative media watchdog’s findings came amid an earlier study by North Carolina State University researchers, which found that Google’s Gmail marked 59.3 percent more emails from right-leaning candidates as spam compared to left-leaning candidates. (Related: ‘Manipulating the data’: MRC’s Brent Bozell highlights Google search’s pro-Democrat election bias.)
Google vehemently denies anti-GOP bias, search result manipulation
L. Brent Bozell, MRC’s founder and president, put in his two cents on the report.
“Google must be investigated for its un-American efforts to sway the election,” he said. “First, researchers caught Google red-handed by proving GOP campaign emails were sent to spam. Now, we’ve uncovered Google manipulating search results to hide GOP campaign websites while promoting Democratic ones.”
Bozell ultimately branded this search result manipulation as “an effort by Google to help Democrats and interfere in the Democratic process.”
The Menlo Park, California-based tech giant strongly disputed the findings of the MRC study.
“This report is designed to mislead, testing uncommon search terms that people rarely use,” it told Fox News Digital. “Anyone who searches for these candidate names on Google can clearly see that their campaign websites rank at the top of results. In fact, all of these candidates currently rank in the top three and often in the first spot in Google search results.”
Doing the same searches on Bing and DuckDuckGo, however, painted an entirely different story. Save for two races, the two alternative search engines had a neutral approach for both GOP and Democratic senatorial candidates – with search results for both showing up in the top five.
Liberal psychologist and researcher Dr. Robert Epstein has repeatedly warned of the danger Google poses to American voters. His 2019 testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution shed light on how the search engine giant and other Big Tech firms have the power to change 15 million votes.
“Google poses a serious threat to democracy,” Epstein told senators that time. “To let Big Tech get away with subliminal manipulation on this scale would be to make the free and fair election meaningless.”
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