We’ve been seeing on Twitter and Reddit that something fishy is going on with MSNBC’s search function: An attempt to search for “WikiLeaks” yields zero results. Searches for “Rachel Maddow” and “polar bears,” meanwhile, seem to be working just fine.
A search for “Wikileak” yields results from around the Web, but nothing from the MSNBC site.
This is odd, because MSNBC.com has a story on the video WikiLeaks published today of U.S. military personnel firing on 12 people in Iraq. The AP has confirmed the video’s authenticity with a senior U.S. military official.
It’s unclear whether this is a prank, a technical glitch or something else. We’re waiting to hear from an MSNBC spokesperson. We’ll update when we hear more.
Bing itself lets you do that search just fine, so long as you don’t restrict it to site:msnbc.com. Compare to the same query at Bing restricted to Fox. The kicker: if you misspell wikileaks in MSNBC’s search box, it returns error-corrected results.
Surely it can’t be censorshop, given that MSNBC’s own Rachel Maddow posted the video on her official blog earlier today and is following the story closely!
UPDATE 2: An MSNBC.com spokesperson tells us, “We’ve discovered a technical glitch and are working on fixing it.”
UPDATE 3: A search for WikiLeaks on MSNBC.com now yields some results.