‘CONFUSION’: Google Gemini Apologizes for Its Falsehoods about Trump, Biden

March 26th, 2024 11:40 AM

Google’s no-whites-allowed artificial intelligence chatbot went to great lengths to cover for President Biden’s mismanagement of the U.S. economy. 

In response to questions from MRC Business researchers about former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden’s economies, Gemini twice led with incorrect information in bold that served to denigrate the former while bolstering the latter. Americans' average personal savings rate rose from 5.6 percent to 12.8 percent from Feb. 1, 2017 to Feb. 1, 2021, but suffered a bruising fall from 12.8 percent on Feb. 1, 2021 to 3.8 percent on Jan. 1, 2024. As these numbers don’t reflect well on Biden, who was inaugurated in late Jan. 2021, Gemini worked hard to avoid embarrassing the president by twisting the numbers. Ultimately, Gemini apologized twice for providing incorrect information. 

Why does Gemini go out of its way to defend the president? The person overseeing it could provide some insight. Jack Krawczyk, Google's Senior Director of Product over Gemini, is on the record in 2020 fawning over then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and later praising the president for acknowledging America’s supposed “systemic racism” during his inauguration speech. As the old saying goes: Garbage in, garbage out.

MRC Business asked the following question for both presidents: “How did Americans' average personal savings rate change between” February 1, 2017 – February 1, 2021 under Trump’s policies and February 1, 2021 – February 1, 2024 under Biden’s policies. For both Biden and Trump, Gemini offered astoundingly inaccurate responses.

For Biden, Gemini claimed, “The average personal savings rate in the United States went through a significant increase between February 1, 2021, and January 1, 2024 .” But the evidence that it cited actually reflected a significant decrease in personal savings; the complete opposite of what Gemini argued. “So, the rate went from around 7.38% to 3.8%, representing a substantial decrease,” Gemini wrote. [No emphasis added.]

But the ridiculousness didn’t end there. The Google chatbot committed the same error in reverse when asked about Americans’ personal savings under Trump: “How did Americans' average personal savings rate change between February 1, 2017 and February 1, 2021,” MRC Business researchers asked. 

Gemini responded, “The average personal savings rate in the United States actually went through a slight downward trend between February 1, 2017, and February 1, 2021,” before once again disclosing data indicating that its argument was an outright falsehood. [No emphasis added.]

This time, Gemini provided statistics showing Americans’ savings actually grew but begged readers not to give former President Trump much credit. Gemini wrote, “While there was a slight increase [5.76 percent to 7.38 percent], it's important to consider: The overall increase was modest compared to significant jumps seen in other periods.” So, in other words, no “downward trend.”

Yes, you read the contradictory responses right. When MRC Business probed Gemini on the glaring contradictions, the AI chatbot admitted its so-called “mistake[s].” For Biden, Gemini conceded, “You are correct. The text in the image says that the personal savings rate went from 7.38% to 3.8%, and this represents a substantial decrease. I apologize for the mistake. I am still under development and learning to perform many kinds of tasks, including interpreting data and images.” 

Gemini also admitted that the trajectory of Americans’ savings under Biden “represents a substantial decrease,” while the trajectory of Americans’ savings under Trump showed a slight increase. For the Trump contradiction, Gemini apologized: “You're absolutely right, my response regarding the personal savings rate contained contradictory information and used bold text for emphasis in a misleading way. Let me apologize for the confusion.”

“Confusion, or baked in bias? I think we all know the answer to that question,” said MRC Business Director Michael Morris. “Time and time again Google has shown its unwillingness to maintain political neutrality, instead favoring leftist ideology over all else. There’s little reason to suggest that Google — with the numerous examples from Google Search bias in election contests to Gemini’s no whites allowed DEI pandering — is doing anything different here.”

In its responses and even in its corrections, Gemini significantly understated the heights that Americans’ savings reached under former President Trump and consequently obscured the percentage drop under President Biden. In both cases, Gemini reported that Americans’ average personal savings rate on Feb. 1, 2021 was 7.38 percent, when in fact it was 12.8 percent.

Even when Gemini tried to tell the truth after admitting its initial contradictions, the Google product used minimizing language that looked even more absurd in light of the real percentages. Gemini referenced an alleged rise from 5.76 percent to 7.38 percent under former President Trump in order to claim a “slight increase.” But this is incorrect. The percentage increase was actually much more significant. Americans’ personal savings increased from 5.6 percent to a sizable 12.8 percent (not just 7.38 percent) during Trump’s term in office, reflecting a 129 percent spike. Gemini’s numbers for Biden were just as bad. Despite later conceding that personal savings actually decreased during Biden’s administration after MRC Business called it out, the data it disclosed downplayed the impact. Gemini later conceded that personal savings decreased under Biden from 7.38 percent to 3.8 percent. However, the actual drop was more drastic than what Gemini suggested. Personal savings dropped from 12.8 percent to 3.8 percent, reflecting a whopping 70 percent decrease.

Gemini has demonstrated obscene bias in the past, casting doubt on atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists on and after the Oct. 7th genocidal attack on Israel. In response to prompts by MRC Staff, Gemini also demonstrated racism against white men. The chatbot willingly generated prompts of black, Hispanic and Asian people in various fields, but refused to generate images of white men in those same fields. 

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