Canadians throw Bush in the slammer

Published December 2, 2004 10:37PM (EST)

Well, not exactly. Opinion Journal's James Taranto points out why the Internets can still use a couple humans sitting at the controls:

"Google News is a great site, offering an extremely useful search function that finds news stories published on the Internet within the past 30 days. The other delightful thing about it is its automatically generated homepage headlines. If you want to know what the top stories are, you're better off going to a news site that has an actual human editor (at this point we'd be remiss if we didn't plug The Wall Street Journal Online), but some of the stuff that makes its way through Google's algorithms can be a source of high hilarity.

"Example: A left-wing site called Axis of Logic published a satirical (though unfunny) article yesterday titled 'Canadians Authorities Arrest U.S. President Bush on War Charges,' and it ended up as Google's top story. Seriously."

They've got the rather amusing screen grab here.

By Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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