Google Search For ‘Completely Wrong’ Turn Up Mitt Romney Photos

Google Search For 'Completely Wrong' Turn Up Mitt Romney PhotosTo the amusement of Mitt Romney’s critics, a Google Image search for the phrase “completely wrong” on Wednesday returned a page nearly full of images of the Republican presidential candidate.

‘Normal Google Analytics’

A Google spokesman said the gallery of photos is the unintentional result of normal Google analytics, which produce images associated with popular phrases in news headlines and search terms, and not the result of any effort to skew the results.

In this case, Google’s algorithms picked up on news coverage of Romney saying last week he was “completely wrong” when he made controversial statements last spring that 47% of Americans were “victims” and dependent on government. Romney took some political heat for the original comments, which were captured by a hidden camera at a private fundraiser in May and made public last month.


‘Google Bombs’

The episode recalls past examples of “Google bombs,” or intentionally skewed Internet search results, for politicians’ names. In perhaps the most famous case, pranksters in the mid-2000s created large numbers of links that caused Google to reference President George W. Bush (and later President Barack Obama) in response to searches for “miserable failure.” Google later tweaked its analytics to discourage the practice.

Google says it tries not to handle strange search results on case-by-case, opting instead for making improvements to the search algorithms themselves.

Were you amused by this strange Google search results linked to Mitt Romney? Are you going to vote for him this coming election? Feel free to tell us what you think of his political platforms and this recent “Google bomb!”

Source: CNN

Image: Mashable

Romney In Leaked Video: Obama Voters Are Government Freeloaders

Mitt Romney told a group of donors in a surreptitiously taped private fundraiser that voters who back President Obama are “entitled” and “dependent on government.”

Mother Jones magazine obtained videos of the fundraiser from an anonymous source. The magazine said it took place after Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination in the spring, but wouldn’t specifically name the event to protect its source.

Romney told the donors:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.


Romney seems to be referring to the estimated 47 percent of Americans who did not owe federal income taxes in 2011 because their incomes were so low that they qualified for a tax credit, or because they didn’t work at all. Last year, 22 percent of people who didn’t owe income taxes were elderly people on Social Security, and an additional 17 percent were students, disabled people or the unemployed. More than 60 percent of the group were low-income workers, many of whom qualified for the child tax credit or the earned income tax credit. (These workers did pay payroll taxes for Social Security and other programs.)

The Obama campaign jumped on the comments, however. “It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation,” campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement.

Well, do you think Obama voters are government freeloaders? Are you pro-Romney or pro-Obama?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: TNT Magazine