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I thought this was just a quirk until I noticed spammy news in more search results and then I read a blog where they are also complaining about the recent surplus in spammy google news results.
Boy this is just getting bad. Whatever kind of update this is seems to be doing more harm than good. For all the work that google has done to prevent spam in their index, this is a real shame. I really hope google knows what its doing as I am just about fed up because I clicked on one of those google news results and it redirected me to somewhere and I now have a virus on my computer that hijacks all my search results. It forwards all my search results to affiliate programs. Thanks google.
1. The listed site might be hacked.
2. Your computer might have been infected before the search.
Have you verified this problem with another computer?
Given what it takes to get accepted into Google News
It doesn't seem to take much. I once had feeds on some sites of mine based on Google News searches and I quickly switched to Yahoo! News as Google News seem to include every joe sixpack's blogs filled with ads in their results, while I was really looking for credible and respectable journalistic sources like newspapers, press agencies, mainstream media, etc.
Yesterday morning I received my morning news alert from Google via email and saw a fascinating headline. When I went to the page, it was a press release from 2005.
I think it's like many areas of Google. They have to rely on computers to do the work because of the volume and they just haven't provided the computers with sufficient instructions in many circumstances.
An example of the first would be some random blog or other that happens to get in the Google News index and is just shilling for a company or using another spamdexing technique. One would hope they could eventually filter these.
An example of the second would be a site or company paying to post a "press release" on a wire service with national distribution. Those releases typically aren't "news" either. They're just interesting headlines with SEO-optimized content and anchor text that basically guarantee the content will show up near the top of the news results for a few hundred dollars. It's simply an SEO technique used to drive traffic to a page, raise visibility, and get backlinks (however ephemeral).
Both are annoying, but the latter is almost impossible for Google to stop.