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The Audacity of Barnes & Noble: Search for 'God' Yields Obama Book
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 06/12/2008 3:32:34 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

NewsBusters reader Shane S. shared this experience:

I was searching for a book I read in college, "God: A Biography." I searched Barnes & Noble's website using the book's title as my search term. The book I was looking for was the first result given. The second result? "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" by the Messiah Himself, Barack Obama.

I tried the experiment myself, and sure enough. Here's the link to the search page. After the jump you'll see the image of the search page result.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: audacityhope; barnesnoble; getoveryourself; god; obama; obamamessiah

1 posted on 06/12/2008 3:32:34 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Search for “God” yields Obama book ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 06/12/2008 3:33:43 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Par for the course for the Secularist. This is what happens when you become narcissistic.


3 posted on 06/12/2008 3:38:10 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It's going to be pretty embarrassing for these false messiah worshipers when they find their idol, like most idols, has feet of clay.
4 posted on 06/12/2008 3:39:05 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Shop at Borders.


5 posted on 06/12/2008 3:40:10 AM PDT by TheRake ("I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; Quix

One more mark in the “False Prophet” list for Obama...


6 posted on 06/12/2008 3:48:04 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (The LibertyRocks Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com & http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: TheRake

I ran the same search at Borders and Amazon, and neither turned up the Obama book. Looks like Barnes is the most biased bookseller!


7 posted on 06/12/2008 3:50:55 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

For a while I shopped on line at B&N but I found their search engine to be just horrible.


8 posted on 06/12/2008 4:01:34 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I can't even imagine a search algorhythm that would yield that result unless it includes a line like this

if "god" return "obama"

9 posted on 06/12/2008 4:07:28 AM PDT by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Just what we need, another prophet, and this one a Marxist.


10 posted on 06/12/2008 4:09:00 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Holy cow!


11 posted on 06/12/2008 4:17:25 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Obama said there’d be signs...


12 posted on 06/12/2008 4:18:09 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Obama's a front man. Who's behind him?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No Obama at Amazon, but 2 of the top 3 results are Hitchens and Dawkins.


13 posted on 06/12/2008 4:30:16 AM PDT by WildcatClan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bump for amusement. “Biography” is the main keyword; someone must have added “God”.


14 posted on 06/12/2008 4:59:21 AM PDT by Sender (Never lose your ignorance; you can never regain it!)
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To: Politically Correct
All the rest of the titles that came up include "God" in the title. Obama's doesn't. So someone has been playing with the search function, IMO.

Carolyn

15 posted on 06/12/2008 5:09:51 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yep, did the search, it’s as you say. Unbelievable.


16 posted on 06/12/2008 5:31:20 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
At B&N the liberal books are always prominently displayed and we delight in covering them up with other books. A couple of years ago I asked for some anti-clinton book and had to have help finding it. It turned out to be in the back of the store, bottom shelf. I called for the manager and threw a hissy fit. It did get better at that particular store. At least for a while it was better but I don't buy political books anymore so I am not looking.
17 posted on 06/12/2008 5:40:56 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: TheRake
"Shop at Borders."

Shop at your friendly neighborhood independent book store.

18 posted on 06/12/2008 5:45:51 AM PDT by OKSooner
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To: WildcatClan

LOL!

Just as bad.


19 posted on 06/12/2008 5:47:16 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: TheRake

Don’t buy books at the chains. Instead, use abe.com and access the thousands of lesser but indespensible book shops found around the nation.


20 posted on 06/12/2008 6:10:40 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I picture in my mind a flickering black and white image of a biplane with flames visible from the engine cowling, a trail of smoke as it heads spinning towards the Earth. Then a loud >>>BAMA<<< sound, more fire and more smoke.

tsk, tsk, tsk....(shaking head sadly)...tragedy.


21 posted on 06/12/2008 6:15:22 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I tested the site; A search for “God” did NOT bring up Osama’s book, however as the author suggests a search for “God: A Biography” did. I’ll go out on a limb here and say I don’t think there is a conspiracy on the Barnes and Noble site, but that their search engine related this selection to the word, “Biography”. Just my two cents.


22 posted on 06/12/2008 6:18:43 AM PDT by CBF (It's the law stupid!)
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To: Politically Correct

After the exact match, it decided the most important subsearch was “biography”, and I guess Obama’s biography was first on the list.

I would imagine chosing “God” and providing lists of books about God would have given a larger list.

My question is, what book SHOULD be second if you search for “God: a Biorgraphy” and you didn’t want the book titled “God: a biography”


23 posted on 06/12/2008 6:41:51 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
After the exact match, it decided the most important subsearch was “biography”, and I guess Obama’s biography was first on the list.
I would imagine chosing “God” and providing lists of books about God would have given a larger list.
My question is, what book SHOULD be second if you search for “God: a Biorgraphy” and you didn’t want the book titled “God: a biography”

A search on "biography" get Obama as 1st and 8th choices. With the 8th choice as the one that shows up when you combine it with "God".

So what's up with that?

24 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:53 PM PDT by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Rush talked about this all during the show today...included here in the Quick Hits:



RUSH: If you go to the Barnes & Noble website, go to the book section at Barnes & Noble and enter the search term "God," you want books that have been written about God. The first book that will show up on the search is God: A Biography, by Jack Miles. The next two books about God are Barack Obama books, The Audacity of Hope and The Audacity of Hope. They list it twice. You go search for a book on God at Barnes & Noble, they show you Barack Obama books. That is not an accident. I know these people at Barnes & Noble. I've had many run-ins with them on the golf course, bunch of huge left wing leftists! Absolutely right. Obama is not God and God is not in the title of his book. Now, I'm sure he talks about God somewhere in the book, but let's see, what else is on the list? After Obama's book comes a book with the word God in the title by Immaculee Ilibagiza. It's called: Left to Tell, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. And next is Brian Head Welch: Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Kicked Drugs, Quit Korn, and Lived to Tell My Story. Nothing about God in the titles of Obama's book and in fact they list the same book twice: The Audacity of Hope, one's paperback, one's hardcover.

Now, I am getting e-mailed: "Rush, you're lying. I put God in the Barnes & Noble book search field, and I didn't come up with anything with Obama." Try this search. God: A Biography. God: A Biography, put a colon in there, and then see what you get. Don't doubt me. I have the screen shot, right here.
25 posted on 06/12/2008 2:57:58 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

I reckon you’re right. But with all the various online bookstores having such variable search results—— I have become confused. I mean, is Amazon via Dawkins and Hitchens implying that the Obama of Barnes & Nobles doesn’t exist?


26 posted on 06/12/2008 3:32:43 PM PDT by WildcatClan
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To: Miss Didi

You don’t even need the colon. “God a Biography” will give you the same results.


27 posted on 06/12/2008 6:33:50 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (The LibertyRocks Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com & http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: Sender

Yes, but even when leaving out “God” Obama’s book doesn’t turn up in the top results...


28 posted on 06/12/2008 6:38:27 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (The LibertyRocks Blog - http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com & http://www.LibertyRocks.us)
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To: WildcatClan

LOL!

You’re a dangerous man.


29 posted on 06/13/2008 6:21:56 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The headline is a little misleading. The search term wasn’t just “God,” rather the more specific “God: A Biography.” Audacity of Hope probably was second because it returned a lot of results for “biography” and also contains a chapter on faith and God.


30 posted on 06/16/2008 11:16:10 AM PDT by Kleon
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