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Old 01-09-2012, 07:22 PM
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Default Google and Others Embrace Vile Attack on Santorum

When Rick Santorum essentially tied in Iowa, he gave his campaign new life. He also guaranteed America would finally learn just how disgusting, vile and despicable the left is in this country. And how major news outlets and one of the most well-known businesses in the world – Google – are complicit in trying to destroy Santorum because he opposes gay marriage.

Santorum is the victim of what Reuters partner The Wrap and many other organizations call a “Google problem.” That’s quite the understatement. He was attacked with a Google bomb from Dan Savage, a gay advocate and sex columnist who hates straight people who don’t agree with him. He also thinks they should be silenced, bullied and blackmailed. That’s exactly how he’s treated Santorum.

Savage, in an attempt to destroy Santorum on the Internet for all time, held a contest in 2003 and asked readers for the most foul thing they could say to create a new definition for “Santorum.” The dictionary calls that a neologism and readers gave him 3,000 suggestions. In practice, what Savage has done is the lowest form of hate speech. What he picked as a winner is so vile you don’t want to read it or see it or hear it.

But you have to. It’s the top Google search term for Santorum, thanks to an extensive lefty campaign to discredit opponents of gay marriage. To ignore it is to ignore a major issue that is impacting the presidential campaign. It’s like hiding your eyes in the face of danger.

Savage has been trying to destroy Santorum and Google is helping him do it by refusing to adjust the search. The result leads to the website spreadingSantorum.com, Savage has the following foul definition:

"santorum (san-TOR-um) n. 1. The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex."

That 16 word definition says more about the left, Google and the major media than any other words ever written. First, Google, the most dominant search engine on the planet, is a super tech company worth about $215 billion. Just one share of Google goes for roughly $666. (Yes, it really does.) One of the company’s guidelines is “You can make money without doing evil.” You can. They don’t.

Google famously has a complex algorithm set up to search sites and determine what the most popular hit is for everything. So Santorum contacted Google and asked for their help. They gave him the back of their hand and refused to do anything. In repsonse to questions from left-leaning Politico, a Google “spokesperson said that Google does not ‘remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines.’” In other words, they do it whenever they feel like.

“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” Santorum told Politico. “If you're a responsible business, you don't let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country.”

The link to the foul Santorum page is there, but no explanation, apology, nothing. However, when a hate site showed up prominently as readers searched for “Jew,” Google was quick to respond by adding a disclaimer. That reads in part: “If you recently used Google to search for the word ‘Jew,’ you may have seen results that were very disturbing. We assure you that the views expressed by the sites in your results are not in any way endorsed by Google.”

And Google, which won’t reveal how it does its search, is always being manipulated as techies try to figure out how best to play the Google game. To them, this is just someone playing that game.

But Google isn’t alone in aiding the attack on Santorum. ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN have all given cover to Savage’s monstrous activities. ABC has been the worst, with “Nightline” doing a nearly six-minute puff piece

Correspondent Yunji de Nies said of Savage “he’s not always nice.” That’s about as understated as saying de Nies isn’t always a good journalist. In her piece, she mentioned how “Savage doesn’t hide his politics” and that “he famously went after Republican Rick Santorum.” But she lacked the courage to explain what Savage did in detail. That would have damaged Savage’s credibility as an anti-bullying advocate.

That’s right. Much of her piece, and news stories at other outlets, focused on how Savage and his male “partner” have led the “It Gets Better” campaign to discourage bullying of “lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens.” Celebrities and even President Obama have done videos for the project. None of the reports noted that Savage, who says he was bullied when he was young, has turned into the personification of what he claims to hate.

In other words, the anti-bullying advocate so hailed by the media is also a hypocrite. He disagrees with the very pledge he claims to support, that “everyone deserves to be respected for who they are.” Everyone, that is, except Rick Santorum or anyone else who opposes Savage’s gay agenda.

But he remains a media darling. The New York Times magazine devoted more than 5,000 words in June to depicting Savage as “old fashioned” and saying, “Savage’s sex advice puts me in mind of a smart, tough old grandmother, randy yet stern.”

His fellow lefties embrace Savage, impressed at how witty he is when he tells HBO’s Bill Maher that he wishes Republicans “were all f--king dead.” Or how he thinks “about f--king the s--t out of Rick Santorum.” Maher’s crowd laughed and applauded at that.

And they think his defining attack on Santorum hilarious, even when he resorts to open blackmail. “Saturday Night Live” and Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” have both made subtle jokes about the attack. Savage told Mother Jones that he might take down the Internet campaign against Santorum for enough cash. “If Rick Santorum wants to make a $5 million donation to [the gay marriage group] Freedom to Marry, I will take it down. Interest starts accruing now.” And Mother Jones' Stephanie Mencimer had to add a joke. “Santorum may want to consider Savage's offer. Otherwise, he's kinda screwed.”

This putrid attack isn’t the defining battle of the 2012 election, but it does show you where different organizations stand. If Google continues to allow it, it shows it can’t be trusted with the massive power it has achieved. And no network that embraces Savage as a commentator or promotes his hypocritical charity can be taken seriously.

It’s awful to see bullying – especially when news outlets and Google lend a hand.

Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. His column appears each week on The Fox Forum. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.

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This Dan Savage is a vile piece of crap who needs a good a$$ kicking. Honestly this guy and people like him only hurt the advancement of equal rights for gay people.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:42 PM
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Let's use the wayback machine...when Google was upset THEMSELVES when people were using an image to attack Michelle Obama and Google actively campaigned against it...

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How many Americans harbor unpleasant thoughts about Michelle Obama? Google (GOOG) just gave us a pretty good idea.

On Nov. 13, someone at the Search Engine Roundtable noticed that when you search for images of the first lady on Google, the No. 1-ranked image that appears is that of lovely Michelle with a monkey's face.
Since Google's algorithms assess in part how popular or linked-to an image is, the popularity of Obama's simian visage means one of two things: Someone or some group is manipulating the links to advance the image in the rankings (a process known as Google bombing or search engine optimization), or the image really is that popular, which we don't like to think about.

Apparently, neither does Google, which removed all links to the image almost as soon as the rest of the world noticed. But as Search Engine Land writer Matt McGee noticed, the image didn't violated any of Google's guidelines, so removing the image appeared to be a violation of the company's policies. Fortunately, the page that promoted the Obama-as-ape meme turns out to have been a malware platform, infecting the computers of people who visit it. So there's that.
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Except, as the San Francisco Chronicle points out, the Obama image has gotten back into the Internet and is rising in the image ranks once again. Google's engineers are so upset about this that they've bought expensive ad space on their own site, offering a link to an explanation and apology. Sometimes people are just plain ****ty, the "Google Team" declared, and Google is a reflection of the online universe those folks collectively create. "Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority. Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it. ... We apologize if you've had an upsetting experience using Google. We hope you understand our position."
If they did the same for Santorum, we'd have a little consistency here...

But since Google has already demonstrated they are firmly part of Obama's administration, no chance of seeing that consistency anytime soon...

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In Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), the $22-billion-a-year online-advertising Goliath, Obama appears to have found a corporate kindred spirit. Google executives, led by CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are scary smart and supremely self-confident (much like the President himself), and despite their company's growing power, they depict themselves as advocates for consumers.

"What we shared is a belief in changing the world from the bottom up, not from the top down," Obama told Google employees during a 2007 visit to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Indeed, two of Obama's economic tenets -- support for more U.S.-educated engineers and the expansion of Internet services to poor and rural areas -- grew out of a visit to Google headquarters in 2004, an encounter Obama recalls in his book "The Audacity of Hope."

Google managers and employees were some of the strongest supporters of candidate Obama, donating around $803,000 to his presidential campaign, according to the website OpenSecrets.org. Among corporate employees, only staffers at Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) and Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) gave more.

CEO Schmidt actively stumped for the candidate and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected, Schmidt and other Google executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration.

Because the company and administration are so like-minded, it should come as no surprise that Google executives soon found themselves assuming roles in the Obama administration.

...Yet neither Obama's anticorporate leanings nor Google's anti-"politics as usual" culture has stopped the two camps from collaborating closely. Schmidt sits on Obama's Council of Science and Technology Advisers. Google employees acted as advisers to the Obama transition team -- in one case Google executive Sonal Shah actually led a meeting, to the surprise of at least one attendee -- and a handful of ex-Googlers have joined the administration in various roles.

The most visible appointee is Google's former head of global public policy, Andrew McLaughlin, who was named deputy chief technology officer in June. McLaughlin's appointment raised eyebrows -- in his previous role McLaughlin championed Google's policy goals. Now he'll be in a position to shape policy that affects Google's rivals. White House spokesman Nick Shapiro says McLaughlin's appointment complies with the letter and spirit of the ethics standards Obama imposes on his administration.
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Santorum is the victim of what Reuters partner The Wrap and many other organizations call a “Google problem.”
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Santorum deserves every frothy bit of it.

Incidentally, Google was just one of seventy large companies, law firms, trade groups and cities which signed on to a friend of the court brief in the Gill v OPM case in Massachusetts, calling for the overturning of DOMA.
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I don't see any "conspiracy" or attempt by Google to screw Santorum. The site has 9 years worth of traffic to overcome before Rick's presidential campaign can take it's place...

Google returns the most popular results. I'm terribly sorry if that's the site created to ridicule Santorum. It's not the fault of Google that the site is more popular and HAS been more popular than the Santorum for President website.

Now if it were a brand new site, and only out to draw traffic from Santorum, I could see him having a complaint. I just don't see how he can complain NOW about something that took place nine years ago before he ever made any attempt to run for the Presidency.
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Interesting to note that the original op-ep leaves out the fact that Savage's campaign was a direct response to a specific set of offensive remarks made by Santorum.
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Savage is out of line in this case. But Santorum did fire the first volley.

And blaming Google?
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[FONT="Georgia"]Savage is out of line in this case. But Santorum did fire the first volley.
A large portion of this Op-Ed is the fact that the media still uses this guy regularly and in a positive fashion...

You know...the guy which is "out of line" and they're non-reporting of him being "out of line"...

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So Santorum contacted Google and asked for their help. They gave him the back of their hand and refused to do anything. In repsonse to questions from left-leaning Politico, a Google “spokesperson said that Google does not ‘remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines.’” In other words, they do it whenever they feel like.
The fact is they place disclaimers and apologies for an image of Michelle Obama making the rounds (with or without Obama's "contacting them and asking for help"), but sit on this and shrug their shoulders...

CONSISTENCY!...
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Savage is out of line in this case. But Santorum did fire the first volley.
And blaming Google?
Agreed.
And while Savage is out of line, I also find a serious problem with the OP claiming this is about "opponents of gay marriage".
That's just a stupid lie and I wish the anti-gay side would stop with such stupidity.
Santorum has gone WAYYYY BEYOND just being an "opponent of gay marriage". The extremity of his anti-gay stance has been discussed in a variety of threads on this forum.
Anybody with logic would realize that Santorum IS NOWHERE NEAR the only congress-person to oppose gay marriage.
But he is the ONLY one that I can think of who has gone consistently to such anti-gay extremes on a variety of issues ABOVE AND BEYOND just being an "opponent of gay marriage"...

If ALL this was involved Santorum being JUST an "opponent of gay marriage", you wouldn't see this...
So why can't some on the anti-gay side just be honest in admitting EXACTLY what Savage (and others) are responding to...

And with that said, I'll say it again that Savage is just stupidly out of line with this juvenile stunt.
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Savage is out of line in this case. But Santorum did fire the first volley.
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A large portion of this Op-Ed is the fact that the media still uses this guy regularly and in a positive fashion...

You know...the guy which is "out of line" and they're non-reporting of him being "out of line"...
Note the qualifier, "in this case."

I thought media's job was to report, which they did.
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