Google News Refers to "Jew York Times" in Several Newspaper Archive Search Returns

Categories: Media, Schmedia

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Someone at Google apparently has a twisted and most decidedly un-PC sense of humor.

Several New York Times articles that are part of an archived-newspaper service Google provided until 2011, contain the phrase "Jew York Times" in search returns.

We discovered this apparently intentional quirk last week while Googling the name of one of the laid-off Arizona Republic workers, Kerry Fehr-Snyder. Among various articles the veteran reporter has written over the years, the Google search also returns the weird reference to a 1998 story on computers Fehr-Snyder wrote for the "Jew York Times."

The actual scanned-in newspaper contains no snide references to Jews. The problem only shows itself in the short abstract of the search returns.

A few minutes of Googling turned up other archived New York Times stories and one crossword puzzle to which the search returns for news.google.com list the spoof name "Jew York Times."

We've included the samples below.

New Times contacted Google and the New York Times for comment on Friday but hasn't yet heard back.

Google halted its scanned-in newspaper archive service two years ago, so we assume no new search returns with that phrase are being created. But it may be possible for Google to figure out who typed the offensive phrase into its servers -- if, indeed, it was a Google employee or subcontractor who did it.

What's clear is that these archives preserve something that don't deserve to be preserved.

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Examples of how Google search returns for New York Times archives sometimes include the phrase "Jew York Times."

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brett336
brett336

"What's clear is that these archives preserve something that don't deserve to be preserved."

You're right. Crossword puzzles are a waste of valuable server space.

brett336
brett336

"What's clear is that these archives preserve something that don't deserve to be preserved."

James Wasil
James Wasil

lol, glad to see there's at least a shred of honesty in google.

Bob Marsh
Bob Marsh

Not good. Clean it up. Google: Do no evil.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Some heads better roll on this one!!!

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

No way! Somebody better tell me this not true?!?!?!?

rickaz59
rickaz59

Giving them the bejefit of the doubt, the J oj the keyboard is close ejough to the N ....

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

JEWS OWN THE GOOGLE AND MEDIA JUST SHOWS WHAT THE END TIMES WERE IN FOLKS THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

ArizonasPolitics.com
ArizonasPolitics.com

Thanks for catching that and bringing it to light, Ray!  I hope that Google follows through, and lets the Phoenix New Times know the results of their internal investigation.

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