JAN. 25, 2010 - When I decided to check yesterday on how the media was covering the British Attorney General's decision re a new inquest into Jeremiah Duggan's death, I went first to Google News and typed in "Jeremiah Duggan," then "Jeremiah Duggan + LaRouche."
In both cases, the second item on the list was this Jan. 22 article from LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review signed by the Great Loon's security chief Jeff Steinberg.
Steinberg (known for his Prince Philip killed Princess Diana theory that once had a brief run in the supermarket tabloids) says that there's a conspiracy to blame LaRouche for Jeremiah Duggan's suicide, and that the plot emanates from Dick Cheney, Tony Blair and a vast network of subconspirators:
"While no longer operating out of 10 Downing Street, the Blair crew has continued to spread lies against LaRouche, pressuring German officials, according to U.S. intelligence sources, to reopen the Duggan suicide investigation, despite the fact that the original investigation, and subsequent reviews, concluded that Duggan had taken his own life."
The reference to "subsequent reviews" is a fabrication--the Duggan family has in fact been fighting for almost seven years to persuade Germany's who-gives-a-damn-about-a-dead-Jew criminal justice system to conduct a review (i.e., a real investigation), but the Germans have flatly rejected the idea.
The only real scrutiny of the circumstances surrounding Jeremiah's death has been in the U.K., where the 2003 coroner's report found that Jeremiah had not committed suicide (see BBC News), and where proceedings before the High Court have now culminated in the Attorney General's decision, based on detailed forensic evidence, that there is an unanswered question as to whether Jeremiah really died from being struck by cars on a Wiesbaden motorway.
As to the "U.S. intelligence sources" that Steinberg cites to buttress his conspiracy theory, this is almost certainly a reference to one of the fantasy-prone con men around the LaRouche organization who pretend to be CIA spooks and thus receive big dollars from LaRouche's security staff to tell LaRouche what he wants to hear--that he's a world figure of such importance that Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, Queen Elizabeth and George Soros sit around all night dreaming up plots to foil his growing influence.
Steinberg's article is basically so stupid that one can't say Google is doing LaRouche any favor by ranking it so high. But the question remains: Why is EIR--a rag that doesn't even conform to the most minimal journalistic standards, and that is the propaganda mouthpiece of a Jew-hating fascist cult--accepted as worthy of listing in Google News? Why isn't it restricted to the regular Google listings along with other axe-grinding websites and blogs? Why is Google bestowing on EIR a legitimacy that it warrants no more than, say, David Duke's blog--or an online newsletter devoted to proving the Earth is flat?
To show how absurd this situation is, here's a typical rant by LaRouche himself (the equivalent, in his mind, of an "editorial") that was posted by his organization as a press release on or about Sept. 25, 2008 in response to the nation's financial meltdown, which LaRouche believes was basically a British-George Soros-Felix Rohatyn (i.e., Jewish) plot:
"This is not a democratic situation; this is a time where democracy is the worst factor you can get. You've got a democracy in the streets now, they want to kill these guys. That's the democracy I want to hear from. I don't want to hear from these so-called Democrats; I want to hear from the killers!"
THIS is legitimate news commentary?? It would appear that Google is now in the same bag as Wikipedia and the American Civil Liberties Union, bending over backwards to be "fair" to neo-Nazis, Klansmen, Islamic terrorists and LaRouchian hate-mongerers--and in the process, bestowing on such elements special privileges that no one else enjoys.
Flat-earthers and flying saucer abductees of the Web, unite and seize the hour! Don't let the likes of LaRouche and David Duke hog all the attention. You have a God-given right to equal treatment...on the Fair and Balanced Google News!
The above is not my first stab at Google's LaRouche policy. In a previous posting (Sept. 3, 2009), I wrote:
For years, the world's premier search engine has spidered EIR for its "Google News"--as if LaRouche's magazine were a legitimate online news source. This should end. EIR should be treated for what it really is--a propaganda website producing wildly unreliable reports that mirror the mind of a paranoid anti-Semite.
I am not suggesting that Google should withhold the contents of EIR from the public. I'm merely saying that EIR should be removed from the index of news sites that are accessed via Google News. LaRouche's publication should be treated like an ordinary website the search engine listings of which are not given any special imprimatur of reliability and topicality.
I also noted that there's a precedent for this: In 2005, Google News removed certain neo-Fascist publishers in the U.S. and Germany from its news index (article here).