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Monday, March 20, 2006

unbiased like Spielberg in Munich

Amazon.com has come under fire from pro-choice groups. Apparently when customers searched for "abortion," the search engine would automatically suggest, at the top of the results, "Did you mean adoption?" Cute. Amazon has instructed its engine not to do this any more, but apparently that isn't enough. As the NY Times notes:
Customers, however, are still offered "adoption" as a possibility in the Related Searches line at the top of an "abortion" search results page. But the reverse is not true.
This strikes me as being an unequivocally fair and "neutral" sentence, the very neutrality of which reveals an ideological bias in its writer. Much like Spielberg's evenhandedness in Munich.

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