Is America’s most popular search engine trying to make us forget about Hillary Clinton’s email woes?
The hosts of Fox & Friends explored this angle in a June 16, 2016, segment that started with a video clip contrasting autocomplete predictions for searching “Hillary Clinton cri” on Google, Yahoo and Bing. After watching the video, which was from a website called SourceFed, Fox News’ chief judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano accused Google of hiding Clinton’s problems.
“The clip that we just ran is the result of a very extensive test, an examination, about whether or not attempts to find things like, ‘crime,’ ‘criminal activity,’ ‘indictment,’ have been filtered out by Google, and we know that it has,” Napolitano said.
We wanted to find out for ourselves if Google manipulates search suggestions in favor of Clinton.
Napolitano did not return emails seeking comment.
The SourceFed video, posted on YouTube June 9, shows how certain terms, when searched with Clinton’s name, don’t autocomplete as suggestions underneath the search bar.
For example, when users search “Hillary Clinton cri,” the suggested searches are “Hillary Clinton crime reform,” “Hillary Clinton crisis,” “Hillary Clinton criticizes obama 2008” and so on.
No suggestions for “Hillary Clinton crime” itself.
However, Bing and Yahoo bring up “crimes” and related returns when you search “Hillary Clinton cri.”
What’s going on?
Searching for the truth
SourceFed clarified its original…