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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Google Me Gone

Google, the largest and most successful internet search engine in history (and the owner of this website, Blogger.com), has taken a stand ... against conservatives.

Google Refuses Conservative Ad, Similar to Liberal Ad
By Jeff Johnson, CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer

... William Greene, president of RightMarch.com, accused Google of censoring conservative ads that accompany search results.

"We were using Google, typed in 'Tom DeLay,' and saw all the Google AdWords on the right-hand side that came up there and they were all anti-DeLay ads," Greene said.

Greene decided to buy an advertisement supporting DeLay and to try to spend enough money to get his ad to come up on the top of the list."

So we did that, and then we decided that - as part of this campaign to expose the hypocrisy of the Democrats who are attacking DeLay - we decided to do a specific ad against Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader," Greene explained.

He noticed an anti-DeLay ad for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that stated, "The Truth About Tom DeLay - Learn about DeLay's many scandals and help us clean up the House! dccc.org." Greene attempted to purchase a similar ad that stated, "Truth About Nancy Pelosi - Learn about Pelosi's many scandals and help us clean up the House! RightMarch.com"

"That's all we did," Greene told Cybercast News Service. "We took the liberal ad and changed the words to make it a conservative ad."

But Google refused the ad.

"At this time, Google policy does not permit ad text that advocates against an individual, group or organization," Google wrote Greene on the administration page of his ad account. "As noted in our advertising terms and conditions, we reserve the right to exercise editorial discretion when it comes to the advertising we accept on our site." (link)

Now Google has every right to control - and even censor - the content of its website. It is a right still guaranteed in the Constitution, last time I looked, despite the best efforts of Google's (apparent) friends on the left.

But I have (limited) control over this weblog as well. You'll notice that a change to the format of From On High has taken place. The Ads by Google banner off to the left of this site is gone.

You see, I chose sides long ago as well.

By the way, if you are unable to access this site beginning tomorrow, you'll understand why. Welcome to America, baby.