Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
The mainstream media’s malfeasance during Climategate gave the blogosphere two precious weeks to do journalists’ jobs for them: reading the emails, analyzing data and eventually forcing legacy newsapapers and broadcasters to (sort of) cover the scientific scandal of the century.
We bloggers look at such situations, and Rathergate before it, and our newfound sense of power makes us cocky. Bad idea.
Sure, we’ve dealt the old gatekeepers another spectacular blow. But we used a new gatekeeper to help us do it. I’m talking about Google.
She’s been a key aggregator and analyst of the scandal, but she’s also been monitoring a situation that may have equally troubling implications — Google’s own apparent reluctance to acknowledge Climategate, either.
She writes that “in recent hours they’ve carried out more purges than Stalin,” in terms of sites daring to discuss the scandal. McMillan adds:
As you can see above, a couple of days ago there were over 28 million results for “Climategate”, today — just under half of that. In contrast, Bing’s count has been steadily rising, and currently stands at over 51 million.
Google is also infamous for penalizing the page rank of sites critical of leftist issues (this one included — my page rank was whacked back a couple of months ago, despite the fact that both incoming links and traffic were stable.). Watch for the same to happen to prominent blogs in the skeptic sphere…
There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight