Here is an email I just got, which–because of some campaign of complaints, perhaps–can do real damage, even though LRC more than fulfills all of Google’s criteria:
2:53 pm on October 14, 2011 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
From: Google Help <email@example.com>
Subject: [#890491503] Your Site and Google News
Date: October 14, 2011 3:25:32 PM CDT
We periodically review news sources, particularly following user
complaints, to ensure Google News offers a high quality experience for our
users. When we reviewed your site, lewrockwell.com, we found that we can
no longer include it in Google News at this time.
We currently only include articles from sources that are managed by an
organization, which is generally characterized by multiple writers and
editors with accessible and robust contact information displayed on the
Your site is scheduled to be removed from Google News for a period of at
least 30 days. After this 30-day period has elapsed, you can re-apply for
inclusion in Google News provided your site meets our guidelines. We
appreciate your assistance in this matter.
Please note that you’ll still be able to find your site in Google Web
Search and other Google services.
Thanks for your interest in Google News.
The Google News Team