President Trump rose before sunrise and complained about Google search results for "Trump News."
In a tweets tweet before 6 pm, the president said the results were just "the display / reporting of Fake New Media." He had not corrected the typo within an hour.
The Google search results are influenced not only by the region, but also by the personal search history. It was unclear whether the President had googled himself or whether he was referring to a recent piece in PJ Media, a conservative blog claiming that 96 percent of Google's news stories about Trump are from "left-wing news agencies." The allegations seemed to reflect those in the article of 25 August.
"Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize leftist news agencies in its coverage of President Trump?" Asked Paula Bolyard, the site's "supervising editor" describing herself on Twitter as a Christian, constitutional conservative, and "cultural nonconformist."
She said she had "trumped" Google News and weighted the results with a media bias graphic developed by Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS News correspondent. Bolyard said 96 percent of the results were attributed to left-wing outlets, with CNN stories accounting for "nearly 29 percent of the total". She said she had done the search several times with different computers, and the results did not differ significantly.  But nowhere has the editor and blogger reckoned that the sheer volume of content produced by the various outlets plays an important role in determining what they claim to be a result. However, she acknowledged that her methods are "not scientific".
Trump, for his part, gave only one specific example, saying: "Fake CNN is prominent." But he concluded: "They manipulated it for me and others, so almost all stories and news are bad." Conservative media, he claimed, were "excluded."
"Illegal?" He speculated, accusing Google of "controlling what we can and can not see." He promised that the "very serious situation" would be "addressed," but gave no details.
A search for "Trump News" shortly after the post of president brought back three top stories. There was a report by Fox News about Lanny Davis, a lawyer and spokesman for Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who admitted that he was an anonymous source for CNN's report on Trump's possible prior knowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower summit meeting with a Russian lawyer. There was also a CNN report on Trump's decision to make a statement a few days later praising the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz). And there was an NBC story about the flood of Muslim candidates sent in by Trump's election.
Trump has set the alarm for what he calls a political bias that permeates technology and social media companies. In July, he accused Twitter of using a "discriminatory and illegal practice" to silence conservative voices. Jack Dorsey, managing director of the social media giants, said the company's employees are "leftist" but claimed that political ideology does not influence what appears on Twitter.
Representatives of major technology companies responded to Congress in July to answer censorship allegations.
"We have a natural and long-term incentive to make sure our products work for users of all viewpoints," said Juniper Downs, who works on Google's own YouTube policies.