Mitt Romney’s “completely wrong” Google Image search problem

Go to Google Image search. Type “completely wrong.” Hit enter. What do you get? A long page of photos of Mitt Romney, like the one above.

Is this some nefarious left-wing plot? Is this like the Google bomb that happened to George W. Bush? In that case, Bush critics gamed Google’s search engine so that when you typed in “miserable failure,” you got links to Bush’s bio.

Nope. According to Fox news, the Romney issue is purely an accident of a candidate becoming associated with the wrong phrase. According to Fox:

“A Google spokeswoman told that Romney’s Google problem isn’t something the company can “fix” — labeling it instead a “natural” effect of the algorithm. After secret video was released of the candidate saying he “didn’t have to worry about” 47 percent of the population, Romney used the phrase to describe his off-the-cuff comments.”

Here’s the quote in question:

“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 told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”


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  • Jon

    Well, after telling so many on-record lies what would you expect?

    • Matthew

      Please, see Libya and the Obama Administration LIES.

      It’s all over the TV.

      Pathetic really, they can’t cover their neverending lies.

      Even the in-the -tank-for-Obama media can’t believe the lies. We’ll hear about them in tonight’s debate.

      Amazing the left ignores the 4 years of lies and failures. Oh well, nothing they can do about it. He’s through.

      • bob

        And see the lies of Bush Jr. before that.. And the lies of Clinton before that.. Bush Sr, Reagan.. Carter, Ford, Nixon..

        Are you at all surprised that politicians lie?? If so, I have some stuff I want to sell you..

      • Which one of these replies is not like the others?

        Get lost! Romney surrogate! What is he paying you to cry about Obama so he doesn’t look “completely wrong”?

  • DougH2

    There is so much commentary on his policy that contains the words “completely wrong” that I’m not surprised that the search engine made the association.

  • Concepcion

    I guess some people doesn’t know what “algorithm” is … In that case google will have to update the phrase ““completely wrong.” on their database… Pointless

  • femtobeam

    The algorithm does not lie.