Seems like someone looked at it, prioritized and classified it (eg pri-2, internals-cookies).
What's the big deal? It's just a bug that needs to get fixed, not a huge conspiracy by Google.
Now if the big news sites suddenly drop from Google but can be found via Bing, people are going to change there.
Google has the ability to get exclusive deals done too. They could for example approach some of News Corps biggest competitors, e.g. Financial Times and CNN. I'm sure Rupert Murdoch realizes this too and will ultimately stay away from the Microsoft deal.
An authority is a person who can tell you more about something than you really care to know.