Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Overloaded Google News links to tasteless Steve Irwin story parody

Prominently listed among the 3,462 articles about Steve Irwin, Google News offered this headline:

Stingray Apologizes for Crocodile Hunter Irwin's Death

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Of course, it links to a parody news site:

No doubt there are a lot less tasteful Steve Irwin jokes in the pipeline. I just don't understand why Google News includes parody sites in a news service. At the very least, Google should be transparent about which sites it includes and why. What are the criteria for inclusion?