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 FoxNews.com 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.”