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George R [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
16 years ago2,901 views

Note the second news article listed in this Google Hot Trend result.
It says "Ron Paul Wins Florida!", even though he came in a distant fifth.
How is this getting into Google's news sources?

http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?q=Ron+Paul+Florida&date=2008-1-29&sa=X

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/6609/paulhottrendrs5.png

(Thanks to http://imageshack.us for hosting the image.)

beussery [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Shady news services I guess!

Funny thing is, I see "Ron Paul Wins Big in Florida" just to the left of "Ron Paul Sucks It Hard in Florida".

http://www.beussery.com/ron.jpg

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Google News editors added Jawa Report to their list of news sources to crawl:
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=site%3Amypetjawa.mu.nu&btnG=Search

The article in question is this one:
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/190999.php

It seems to include a real report, followed by a short satirical bit they call "Paul bait". I could imagine a couple of possibilities: they use some Google News Sitemap with different title settings (would need to check if that's possible, may well not be); the page changed in the meantime and did have the other title before someone complained, but Google didn't re-index; they are cloaking :)...

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