That Memeorandum algorithm is smart, really smart. It not only finds the blog posts and stories which drive the debate, it also pulls a snippet of text from the post so readers get a sense of what’s really important in the story.
And in the case of Politico’s never-ending attempt to drive website traffic by portraying Herman Cain as a sexual predator without a single actual fact to back it up, the Memeorandum algorithm pulled up this post at Politico, Herman Cain accuser attorney: National Restaurant Association agreement expected this afternoon.
But the Memeorandum algorithm is as sick of Politico’s shoddy reporting tactics as the rest of us, so the story title appears on Memeorandum as More on POLITICO, and the algorithm didn’t pull a snippet of text from the post but from the first comment:
Yaaawwwnnn…give it up, Politico. Your Dan Rather-esque hatchet job is falling apart and you’ve been exposed as the DNC boot licking liberals you truly are. The American people aren’t falling for it. You’ve devolved into a complete laughing stock.
I think we just crossed the line where technology begins to think for itself.
Update: Just noticed that Dan Riehl picked up on this also, but beat me to the post.