6 thoughts on “Google are in the political journalism business – and they’re doing it better than you

  1. TheWorstofPerth

    I liked the "spin" feature. Interesting, and a little scary. BTW, I think links should default open a new tab or window. You can get lost on the way back to your blog!

  2. Jonathan Walker

    That is a great service, but I don't know if "better" is justified (or how seriously we're meant to take your headline!). Eg, the link you gave, as I write, has the following for Obama's stance on Iraq: ""I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan," the Illinois Senator told a jampacked audience at the Democratic National Convention." Any article which gives that quote and then makes some effort to explain what his policy actually is (what does he think would be the responsible way to end the war? With the minimum loss of life? Or with an overwhelming victory? Something else?) would be better journalism. But – it is good fun.

  3. Murray

    Hi Paul – It looks an interesting resource, for sure. You get some amusing results if you put in *gordon brown* – no quotes from Obama, and a churlish remark from the McCain camp on not getting his endorsement, and how little it matters to them! But it looks like a potential minefield for litigation too. Check the disclaimer: 'Quotes and their speakers are determined automatically by a computer program and we don't guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information you may see. The dates you see represent when the article in which the quote appears was added to Google News.' What's the odds this would stand up in a court of law? Aggregation more generally has litigious potential, so what chance for something like this, where the consequences of misinformation/bugs in the system are so much more immediate (and in the public eye)… <a href="http://www.investmentnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic…” target=”_blank”><a href="http://www.investmentnews.com/apps/pbcs….” target=”_blank”>http://www.investmentnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic

  4. Thomas

    Have to correct my comment from above, it is working fine. It is a fine piece of journalism, and it is clear why it has been developed by Big-G and not a newspaper – it has a very neutral stance towards sources and does not distinguish between "our" material/interview and that of "others". With linking to other media-site still so poor in the classical media a feature like "in quotes" is very refreshing.

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