Finger - 1:10 am on Sep 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google is not Microsoft. Google has much more power over what information gets into our heads. These days "the media" isn't just the news or television. Where do people go when they want quick, "unbiased" information?
Whats interesting is the difference in search results between Google and Bing for the search: google senate hearing. There seems to be a recurring theme in Google's results that the whole senate hearing is either a big joke, or that the government is going to hurt consumers by forcing Google to "stop doing this really great service, and have a lesser product". Schmidt was reported to have "swatted aside most of the verbal attacks like annoying flies at a backyard barbecue", and Al Franken (D-Minn.) was "funnier at the hearing than he ever was on the 'Saturday Night Live' comedy show" and he was trying to "get Google to serve free broadband to their states". According to one of Google's results, 10 quotes worth mentioning from the senate hearing included "I love Google", and "Google might be doping the horses". Another of the top results included a searchengineland article, where Schmidt "came off better than most of the senators questioning him" in the "Post-Game Show" and reported on the "Unintended Comedy from Senators".
I'm sure this slant is purely algorithmic, because Google has to "represent the web how it is and not how we wish it to be".