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Google’s commemoration of Veteran’s Day 2008
In a reversal of Memorial Day’s patriotism duel between competing search engines Google and Yahoo!, Internet giant Google has chosen to commemorate Veteran’s Day – its second consecutive year of honoring the holiday after nearly a decade of ignoring it – while Yahoo! gave Veteran’s Day the snub.
Google regularly modifies its logo to commemorate holidays, historical events and figures, but has been oddly selective in choosing what it honors.
As WND reported in May, Yahoo’s homepage featured military dog tags and a purple heart medal in honor of Memorial Day, while Google – which has never acknowledged Memorial Day with its special-edition graphics – again ignored the holiday.
WND also exposed Google’s history of ignoring major American patriotic and religious holidays, while honoring Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and other observances.
Since it was founded in 1999, Google also has a history of commemorating National Teachers Day, Women’s Day, Ray Charles’ birthday, World Water Day and St. George’s Day, while ignoring Christmas, Memorial Day, and – until recently – Veteran’s Day.
Oddly enough, however, after outdoing its competitor by honoring Memorial Day earlier this year, Yahoo! has chosen to take a page from Google’s past and skip Veteran’s Day this year.
Google has frequently been criticized for its content policies and one-sided political slant:
Rejecting an ad for a book critical of Bill and Hillary Clinton while continuing to accept anti-Bush themes
Rejecting ads critical of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., while
continuing to run attack ads against former House Majority Leader Tom
Allowing the communist Chinese government to have the search engine block “objectionable” search terms such as “democracy.”
In addition, the company came under fire for an editorial decision
giving preferential placement to large, elite media outlets such as CNN
and the BBC over independent news sources, such as WND, even if they
are more recent, pertinent and exhaustive in their coverage.
As WND reported,
98 percent of all political donations by Google employees from 2000-2004 went to
support Democrats, and Al Gore became a senior
adviser to the Internet company.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave the maximum legal limit of donations to
2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and to primary
candidate Howard Dean.