Saturday, May 05, 2007

Google Bayrou, Find Sarkozy?

I was just writing to my parents in the USA about the French presidential race, and I wanted to send them the name of the new party François Bayrou is forming. I couldn't remember if it was "le mouvement démocratique" or "démocrate", so I did a Google search for Bayrou, and this is what came up at the top of the page, the day before the election between Sarkozy and Royal:

Sarkozy-Royal au 2nd tour www.europe1.fr/presidentielle-2007 Réactions, interviews, commentaires Suivez l'événement sur Europe1
Le Vrai Sarkozy www.sarkopeur.com Ce que vous ne savez pas de Sarkozy Son expérience et son talent

All right, Bayrou isn't in the race anymore, so maybe the first link is legitimate. But how did this extremely pro-Sarkozy YouTube video come up in second place on a search for "Bayrou" the day before the election? Well, first I suppose I should point out that it's a commercial link. But doesn't it seem a little wrong for Google to sell space for that link under searches for Bayrou?

By the way, by not removing the actual links above, I am not in any way trying to work as a secret force for Sarkozy! I'm just "showing it like it is."

In a country where equal media time for the candidates is controlled to the second, it's interesting to see how the world's biggest search engine has been harnessed in a last minute attempt to reach out to Bayrou's voters.

9 comments:

Claude said...

You might also be interested in reading this :
http://aietech.com/leblog/2007/5/4/hritation-trentagnaire-fatitude-conqurance.html

Riana said...

Sarkos people have been very internet savvy, I keep getting pro sarko stuff on my gmail for NO reason. He is a very sly fox!

Sarah said...

It really is amazing isn't it. We noticed that almost every radio show begins with Sakrozy as one of it's first words. His name is everywhere, first. Yeah, so much for fair media coverage...

This ties in nicely with what we were watching on YouTube last night, interviews with Noam Chomsky. We needed a little hope and inspriation before today because we are scared.

wcs said...

Kind of off-topic, but I think your new banner is great ! Nice font, too.

Betty C. said...

Not off topic at all! I am thrilled with it too. I didn't do it myself, though. A blogging acquaintance from Well Fed did it for me. I'll give her due credit when I find out what sort of credit she wants!

tongue in cheek said...

Sarko...
The race is over.
Politics is big business.
How do you feel about the winner?

Betty C. said...

Wasn't it James Carville who coined "It's the economy, stupid" as a guideline for Clinton's first campaign?

I think Sarkozy got that message across. I tend to agree with him on the economy, but am a little disturbed by his personality.

Anonymous said...

i want that american love Phillipe de Villiers , a great man of Vendée

Betty C. said...

The above is proof I will print any comment as long as it's not personally insulting!