netmeg's link also contains this as one of Google's criteria,
Unique articles. Original reporting and honest attribution are longstanding journalistic values. (If your site publishes aggregated content, you will need to separate it from your original work, or restrict our access to those aggregated articles via your robots.txt file.)
which the site discussed would seem to be in violation of?
I looked at the google requirements, and have also been looking at the "news" I receive via google alerts, and..well, I'm not going to try to sneak in to their news section, but it sure appears that everyone and his uncle has done so. Repeated duplicate content, unoriginal obviously, content repeated and recycled, and many of the "news articles" coming through are from worthless sources in Asian countries, bogus news blogs. I'm sure there's good sources from Asia too, but it really reduces the usefulness of the alert features to zero. It's not limited to Asia, but it just seems that's a major source.