Google honors Veterans Day for 4th straight year

By Brian Fitzpatrick


Google’s 2010 Veterans Day ‘doodle’

Has Google established a proud, patriotic Veterans Day tradition?

For the fourth straight year, the liberal Internet search giant is honoring Veterans Day with a patriotic “doodle” on its home page.

This year the Veterans Day Google logo, or “doodle,” replaces the “l” in “Google” with a flagpole sporting Old Glory rippling in a brisk breeze. The flag is illumined by the sun shining through a cloud in the background.

Since its founding in 1999, Google has made a practice of using special “doodles” to celebrate noteworthy days such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Mozart’s birthday, the Chinese New Year and National Teachers Day. The company has also come under fire for its apparent aversion to recognizing Christian religious and American patriotic holidays such as Christmas, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Ironically, while ignoring America’s Veterans Day in 2006, Google chose to recognize Remembrance Day, the commemoration of war dead in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and Australia. Google adorned its doodle with poppies inspired by the famous 1915 poem by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.”

In 2007, Google doodles celebrated the birthdays of French inventor Louis Braille and Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, but the company ignored the 275th birthday of the single most important figure in the establishment of the United States, America’s greatest Revolutionary War hero and first president, George Washington.

Last year, Google was criticized for using its doodle to celebrate the birthday of the video game Tetris on June 6, the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

Google has a well-earned reputation for liberal bias. WND reported that 98 percent of political donations by Google employees went to Democrats between 2000 and 2004.

During the 2008 elections, Google’s Blogspot.com was condemned for shutting down blogs critical of Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

Also in 2008, Google issued a public statement  opposing Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

In 2009, Google’s Blogger.com blocked access to the blog of a Massachusetts political group, Massresistance, for criticizing a transgender rights bill under consideration by the state legislature.

Also in 2009, Google was criticized for revising its rankings for stories about President Obama’s eligibility, so that Web searchers would find stories by Obama supporters ranked above stories by Obama skeptics.

Google has also been criticized over the years for rejecting political ads and ads for books critical of Democrats, while accepting ads critical of Republicans.

The company was forced in court to change its policy restricting Christian ads critical of abortion. The U.K.-based Christian Institute sued Google Ireland Ltd. for refusing to allow advertising of sites that combined “abortion and religion-related content.”


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