Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jul 2017 07:12 UTC

It turns out we got played. The WSJ report that Google was funding research specifically to influence lawmakers for its own benefit seems to have been an Oracle-created hit job.

Google's director of public policy Leslie Miller said the CfA's report was "highly misleading" and accused it of inflating the numbers by attributing funding to Google when it actually came from associations to which Google belongs.

Miller also points out the non-profit's own transparency issues, given that the CfA's only known backer is Oracle.

I should've checked the source of the actual report - and specifically, its funding - and I did not. My apologies. While this certainly doesn't magically mean Google is a saint, it does cast this specific report in a very, very different light.

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by sj87 on Sun 23rd Jul 2017 06:46 UTC
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The real lesson here was not to trust fake news and fake media. Don't quote WSJ et al. (Even though Google didn't deny anything except that they do it less than was claimed.)

But you're again on the verge of making another mistake: the fact that Oracle is their only PUBLIC fund source does not mean that it's a hit job by Oracle. Much worrying are the names who don't want to go public.

Edited 2017-07-23 06:50 UTC

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