Google News is just plain nuts

We waste our time trying to "figure out" Google News, and I say that as someone who has made something of a hobby of trying to figure out Google News.

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Friday, July 27, here is THE most prominently displayed story on THE most prominent story of the moment (that being the travails of that lying sack of shiftiness, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales) on Google News:

"Congress enlists YouTube to grill the attorney general"

Yes, it's a spoof and it doesn't belong in a roundup of news stories, but that is not my primary objection (it's a relatively amusing spoof and it's easy to see how Google's software was fooled). The problem is that this spoof is published on the Web site of the Framingham TAB, a publication with which you are almost certainly unfamiliar because it's a two-bit weekly in a chain of two-bit papers that for much of my adult life paid me about two bits a week.

No offense intended toward the Framingham TAB, of course.

What I'm trying to say here is that a news aggregation site that brags about using no human editors -- and then points first and foremost to a spoof of a major news story on the Web site of a minor weekly -- is in serious need of fine tuning.

Or it's nuts, just plain nuts.

(Update: At 3:05 p.m. that same silly non-story on that same silly weekly is still rated -- now the fifth most important link about the attorney general -- by Google News.)

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