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Romney becomes next in line for political Google bombings

A screenshot taken from FoxNews.com of an article that describes Romney’s Google bomb scandal

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has found himself in a “Google bomb”  scandal.

A Google bomb is a manipulation of the search engine’s algorithm to make a word or person link to unexpected websites.

This trick was first made possible in 2001 by Weblogger Adam Mathes, who linked the phrase ‘talentless hack’ to a friend’s site.

Historic Google bombings involved politicians Rick Santorum and George W. Bush.

In the case of Santorum, a sex columnist named Dan Savage decided to protest anti-gay comments the former senator made. In part of the “anti-Santorum” drive, Savage  created an alternative meaning to his last name, which involves having anal sex.

Santorum responded by contacting Google in order to erase the new definition of his name. This action only made the issue bigger in the media.

Former president George W. Bush has faced similar issues with Google’s search engine.

Members of the online community chose to link websites involving Bush to the words, “miserable failure.”

Now, during the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney is facing issues with Google bombing, or is he?

When typing “completely wrong” into a Google images search, countless images of Romney will appear. Google, however, has refused this is the product of a bomb. The company instead has issued a statement saying this search is a natural effect of the algorithm.

After a secret video of Romney talking about the “47 percent” of Obama supporters who don’t want to pay income tax was revealed on Mother Jones.com, he was interviewed by Sean Hannity, Fox News host.

“Clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you’re going to say something that doesn’t come out right,” Romney said. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

This statement was quoted by several news outlets, and this is what Google is attributing the search result to.

In hindsight, Romney, instead of the general online community, may have Google bombed himself.

Obama vs. Romney: Disagreeing to Agree

  1. During the first presidential debate, the candidates argued over six different “pods.” The most controversial topics included social security and the economy.Obama accused Romney of devising a plan for over $8 trillion in tax cuts.
    Romney refuted these accusations and said, “you can keep referring to it, but that’s not my plan.” He said he doesn’t plan to change any taxes that would further increase the deficit.
  2. CNNMoney
    Debate left many questions unresolved. But Romney tried to answer one unequivocally: He won’t cut taxes for the rich http://cnnmon.ie/SuPHCP
    Thu, Oct 04 2012 15:15:00
  3. Romney said he plans to cut spending by holding all programs to a certain criteria. He will measure if they are essential enough to keep borrowing money from China.
    Among the programs to be axed, Romney said he will cut Obamacare and PBS. He had to explain his hit against PBS since the moderator, Jim Lehrer, was a former news anchor on PBS NewsHour.
  4. HuffPostHill
    Don’t worry, Jim Lehrer, it gets better. #stopbullying
    Wed, Oct 03 2012 19:15:44
  5. “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird.”
  6. CNN
    Fact check: Will Romney send Big Bird to the unemployment line? http://on.cnn.com/REn5Es
    Thu, Oct 04 2012 13:57:46
  7. During this part of the debate, Obama proposed to tax the rich. He said it isn’t unreasonable for the country to ask those, including himself, who have done very well in life to contribute to America’s revenue.
  8. On the point of social security, Obama made it very clear he does not agree with the idea of a voucher system. He said this would leave the elderly in the hands of insurance companies.
    Romney fired back and said it wasn’t originally his idea, it came from Bill Clinton’s presidency.Both candidates did agree, however, that voters need to decide the future of social security.
  9. Many other topics were discussed over the course of the hour and a half debate. However, the discussion became heated and tense when the candidates talked about social security and the country’s budget.