Ask Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant for the iPhone, for ideas on where to eat dinner or whether you need an umbrella, and it will deliver helpful localized suggestions.In the future, you'll be able to buy not just a smartphone, but a partisanphone that will only find politically correct search results and load suitably biased apps.
But try asking it to find a local abortion clinic, and the software turns up a puzzling blank — even in areas that clearly have such clinics. The response in Manhattan is: “Sorry, I couldn’t find any abortion clinics.” * * *
Megan Carpentier, the executive editor at a blog called The Raw Story, noted that Siri users in the Washington area are directed toward antiabortion pregnancy centers in Virginia and Pennsylvania — not the nearby Planned Parenthood.
At least the phone doesn't respond with the names of local adoption agencies.
... NMC in comments has a fine critique of search engines' utter uselessness for finding valuable restaurant reviews. Sounds to me like someone needs to start a website ....