Head of Concerned Women for America: Google Has ‘Smeared’ Santorum

Penny Penny Young Nance, the head of Concerned Women for America, does not spell out exactly what santorum means in her column this weekend for Fox News. But she does say that Google has "defaced" and "smeared" Rick Santorum with its "bloodied" hands, which is more than vivid enough.

Nance argues that Google is a monopoly, that it's biased toward liberals, and that it's allowing Santorum to be "bullied."

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) is the father of seven children, a devout Catholic, and current GOP presidential candidate.  But when someone types his name into the Google search box, the very first result that appears is a website detailing a sex act “by-product” named after the senator.  In fact, the Senator’s own website is the fourth result.  

By contrast, Rick Santorum’s website is the first result that both Yahoo and Bing give the user. According to SEO Researcher, it’s estimated that over 56 percent of users click on the first result that comes up in their search, and only 13 percent click on the second result. Beyond that, the click-thru numbers are miniscule. 

Nance doesn't say so, but Dan Savage's santorum-defining website is the second result on Yahoo and Bing. And the Chinese search engine, Baidu, lists Savage's website in front of Santorum's campaign page. So the problem isn't limited to Google, and it isn't the result of bias – unless you think Baidu has it out for Rick Santorum too.

Sen. Santorum said that he suspects “if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it. … To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can’t handle, but I suspect that’s not true.” I tend to agree with the senator.

If Google is biased, why did it defuse the Google bomb that made George W. Bush's campaign website come up on a search for "miserable failure"? Google defended a Republican.

But then the question becomes: why does Google defuse the Bush bomb but leave Santorum to stew in his own juices? The answer is that the anti-Santorum campaign isn't technically a Google bomb. It didn't become the first result through artificial linking so much as through bona fide popularity. This website explains it better than I can.

Then there's her final argument:

Google needs to do the right thing as a company and deliver what is best for the consumer when they type in “Santorum.”  If someone wants another result, they can ask for it; but no one searching on the senator’s name should be subjected to the hatred and hypocritical bullying of Dan Savage and a left-leaning company who refuses to correct an injustice.

Actually, Nance, if you don't like the search results, you can change them. Just set the Google SafeSearch setting to "strict," and your eyes will be spared santorum.

But that wouldn't be good enough for Nance, because she wants the search results censored according to  "consumer" (read: her) sensibilities. Yet Santorum's own campaign adviser put it best when he said Savage is simply engaged in free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Finally, Nance, the campaign against Santorum is not bullying. He's a big boy. He's a presidential candidate in the public eye. He's not a gay student on the playground. And he chose to compare gays with donkey-lovers and said their behavior should be criminalized. And he said this to the whole nation. He had it coming to him, so to speak.

Comments

  1. Joey says

    If you don’t like Google’s results then use Yahoo. It is called freedom of choice. It is really much more American than her proposed censorship. How can anyone who is on Fox News ever talk about skewed information?

    The only adult bullying I have seen lately is of that teacher in Covina by his mean girl principal.

  2. Scott Rose says

    NOM’S CHILD RAPE PROBLEM
    NOM’S CHILD RAPE PROBLEM

    by Scott Rose

    The National Organization for Marriage is jumping on the bandwagon, demanding Google alter search results, such that the link to Rick Santorum’s campaign site should appear above results containing his nickname.

    We must not forget, or ever allow NOM to forget, that Dan Savage redefined Santorum in response to Santorum’s 2003 interview with Associated Press reporter Lara Jakes Jordan. The first topic of that interview was the Catholic Church’s crimes of enabling child rapists. Santorum dismissed the subject by duplicitously alleging that all instances of priest-on-child sexual violence had been matters of consensual relations between adult and teenaged homosexuals.

    Santorum was parroting a line the Church used at the time and often attempts to use still. That line of propaganda denies that 1) certain priests raped pre-pubescent children including females; 2) certain nuns raped children, including males; 3) it is not appropriate for Rick Santorum to allege that teenage rape victims were having consensual relations with the priests that raped them; 4) statutory rape laws do not apply to heterosexuals exclusively, and; 5) many courts of law have found that the Catholic Church is liable to its child rape victims.

    What this all amounts to is that the National Organization for Marriage is actively giving political support to somebody who seeks 1) to shield child rapists from prosecution, and 2) to prevent rape victims from seeing justice done. That Santorum concurrently seeks to demonize gay people is secondary to the issue of his seeking to enable and to empower child rapists. There have, for example also been female rape victims of Catholic priests.

    The Church deceptively claimed to have enacted adequate reforms, yet additional Church child rape crimes keep coming to light. A March 4, 2011 New York Times headline read “In Philadelphia, Fears That Abusive Priests Are Still Active.” In an indictment involving the Philadelphia Archdiocese, 37 of the priests named can not be prosecuted because of the statutes of limitations.

    Maggie Gallagher’s close associate in political gay-bashing, Archbishop Timothy Dolan when in Wisconsin successfully fought against proposed legislation that would have lifted the statutes of limitations on the prosecution of child rape cases there. After scoring those successes, Dolan was promoted to New York and made President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is notorious for fighting against similar proposed legislation in New York.

    Apparently, the National Organization for Marriage sees nothing wrong with shielding child rapists from prosecution. In vain does one look for statements from NOM demanding that Archbishop Dolan politic in favor of the lifting of statutes of limitations on the prosecution of child rape. This is a big money matter to the Catholic Church and it will fight tooth and nail to keep those statutes of limitations in place.

    It also is a signal indicator of the National Organization for Marriage’s utter depravity. Though the anti-gay hate group is adamant that each child has a “right” to two opposite sex, heterosexual parents, (and that therefore, gay Americans must be denied the civil right to marry), it apparently believes that the complaints of the Catholic Church’s child rape victims can all be written off with the fraudulent assertion that all of those child rapes were “consensual.” NOM certainly is seeking to protect and to defend Rick Santorum against the negative nickname he was assigned in part because of his obnoxious statements about the Catholic Church’s child rape crimes. If this is how NOM promotes child welfare, then nobody should allow their children near any NOM board member, employee or supporter.

    All decent Americans must relentlessly and uncompromisingly demand to know whether the National Organization for Marriage supports or opposes the lifting of the statutes of limitations for the prosecution of child rape. And we must demand that, until we have a yes or no response from NOM. Then, if NOM alleges it favors lifting the statutes, we must demand that it demand of Archbishop Dolan that he support the political effort to get the statutes lifted. If Dolan can send a menacing letter to President Obama over marriage equality, warning of a “national conflict,” then he can get involved politically with lifting the statutes of limitations on child rape or face a national conflict over them. NOM does not hesitate to coordinate politically with the Catholic Church against marriage equality, it must here be noted. On what moral grounds would NOM refuse to coordinate with the Church towards lifting the statutes of limitations for child rape prosecutions? NOM does allege an interest in child welfare and the family. It therefore is justified for us to inquire whether NOM acknowledges the overwhelming and negative impact of Church child rape on the victims’ families.

    Alternately, if NOM says it does not support the lifting of those statutes of limitations, then we must let the public know that the National Organization for Marriage abets the Catholic Church and Rick Santorum in shielding suspected child rapists from prosecution and in otherwise enabling child rapists.

  3. Craig says

    I’m sure Santorum loves this free publicity! Oops – until everyone who hasn’t yet Googles “santorum.”

  4. Alpha says

    How is Google a monopoly exactly? I can head over to Bing if I want to do a search, and I can buy ads on yahoo’s network or iAd with Apple.

    Santorum should be nicer to people, and perhaps they wouldn’t all link to the popular culture definition of Santorum.

  5. Pete n SFO says

    Drip, drip, drip of homophobia on a daily basis… and then it backfires.

    So, does anyone say, “Santorum should never have made such ignorant comments”?

    Nope. Instead they blame others for outsmarting them at their own game.

    Go F yerself!

  6. Advice for the loser says

    If you are quiet about this Nance then maybe people won’t go over to Yahoo and Bing and click on that icky result for santorum and make it come up number one on those search engines as well.

    Funny thing, I looked up “nance” and it turns out if often means homosexual man. Ironic, huh?

  7. ct says

    I don’t care who he is or how anacceptable are the things he says he believes. There is absolutely no excuse for a gay person to engage in such a tasteless and vulgar attack on a person’s name. We of all people know very well what it means to be ridiculed and belittled.

    The struggle for gay rights is a struggle for human rights. To see so many people applauding the tactics of a shameless publicity whore who hijacks their struggle to promote his own media career is beyond ugly.

  8. Bart says

    Suck it up.

    And as far as the words “smear” and “deface”, I think that refers to Penny Nance’s makeup.

    Concerned women? Concerned about what? Concern yourselves with your own problems and quit telling everyone else how to live.

  9. HadenoughBS says

    Perhaps Nance had better watch her own homophobia or she could become infamous via Google, too. Ewwwwww!

  10. walter says

    if you want to make dumbass statements don’t expect people not to respond. if you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen. these group of repuks during these debates have proven they are unqualified to be president.

  11. Abel says

    Hey, when I search on “Santorum” I WANT that brown-splotched page to pop up first, because that’s what this man deserves. This Concerned Woman Penny Nance needs a new definition attached to her name, I’m thinking.

  12. Jay says

    HEHEHE – Savage should write a book entitled “Sodom and Santorum”…

    Let’s see…not only maintaining Santorum’s website’s dismal placement by elevating yet ANOTHER website with the appropriated definition to the front of the line…but then Sodom and Santorum will catapult to a higher spot in Amazon than Santorum alone could hope to achieve in their search engine.

    Dan…you out there? It doesn’t even matter the subject matter…the title is fun enough as it is! 😉

  13. Chuck Mielke says

    It’s such an old story: the hypocrits get to pick on their favorite whipping boy until someone says, “That behavior is unjustified.” Then they whine about how abused they are, ratcheting up the complaint until it’s a world wide conspiracy to oppress them. They can’t guess that maybe they’re simply wrong and shouldn’t have been abusing anyone else in the first place. Hypocrits, bullies, and blackmailers; that’s who populates the TeaBagger Republicans.

  14. says

    the next cowardly little homo like CT that says “this isn’t fair! we shouldn’t be making fun of his name!” deserves every ounce of anti-gay bigotry they’re guaranteed to experience in life.

    for real. grow a pair and stop being such a low-thinking wuss.

    we get it. you choose to dislike dan savage. but dan savage didn’t make Santorum look bad. Rick Santorum made Rick Santorum look bad.

  15. Hdtex says

    Nance, the putrid vaginal discharge that is sometimes the result of inner bigotry and bile, combined with post-menopausal bitterness.

  16. woodroad34d says

    Republicans equal facist dictators. Nothing’s good unless it’s wing-nut leaning. She’s a stepford politician–she looks just like Bachman, Palin et al. “you will all be assimilated. We are Borg!”

  17. Sir76 says

    We do not live in a free society when all media outlets, search engines, online news reports and public news posts, all skew the truth by intentionally not remaining unbiased, guiding the people towards certain candidates and away from others by clever wording and manipulation of focus. Subtly leading us to believe that what we see is the collective belief of all Americans. News shouldn’t be offering any opinion, just facts. Political talk and reports would have you believe that America has already decided between two candidates… the one those in power want to win, and the one he should ultimately defeat. And I bet you can guess exactly which two they are despite the presence of other candidates who are just as good, if not better.

  18. Gigi says

    Nance scares me. It’s not just her too-tight face either. I think she could be a real mean so-n-so if she wanted to. Both she and Santorum long for the days when they could just bash gays and no one would challenge them. Thankfully those days are long gone! Santorum is a “devout Catholic” and a family man. One would hope that he’ll have more compassion for his children than he’s shown to the gay population. He doesn’t hate us – he said so himself and he even has gay friends (allegedly) – he just thinks we’re morally deficient donkey fuckers, that’s all.

  19. kyle Michel Sullivan says

    Why do these people all have the same vacant smiley expression on their faces? That scares me more than anything else about the right wing — that they’re all just versions of the Stepford Wives, be they male or female.

  20. Jack says

    Is poor widdle Wickie Santorwum being buweed by the Google monster? Awww, maybe widdle Wickie should go home to mommy if he cannot pway with the gwown-up kiddies who also want to be king of the mountain. Wickie first needs to learn not to lie about other boys and girls who are differwent than him. Wickie needs to be nice to the other kids, tell the twoot and maybe the then he can come out an pway. On second thought Wickie, stay home with mommy. We never did like you and you stink too.

    Billy

  21. says

    I’m sick of adults co-opting the term bullying (gay adults do this a lot, too, very offhandedly). it’s not bullying when you’re an adult.

    Yes, an adult can be harassed and hounded, and yes, it can at times be something the law needs to step into. But it’s not bullying. You’re in a different place when you’re a grown man or woman. In this case, it’s LAUGHABLE that Santorum is being bullied by virtue of the fact that his name’s being associated with something objectionable.

    You’re a politician, get over it. They call Obama the anti-Christ. You can live with being a synonym for anal sex juice.

  22. Taylor says

    I don’t know about you…but this makes me want to do a search for Santorum on Bing and Yahoo…so we can get Savage’s site to #1 on those search engines too!

  23. MaddM@ says

    Kiwi is right as usual…

    This is called karma. When Rick Santorum took commentary about gay issues to such dehumanizing levels, he opened up the floodgate to fighting dirty IMO. You make the world you want to live in, and Rick Santorum has done just that. One might say he put the Santorum in his own sheets, and now he has to lie in it.

    Hell hath no fury like a queer scorned

  24. Mike says

    Well, I just temporarily went to the dark side (used yahoo and bing) and low and behold, the first result for a search for santorum yielded the universal definition – “Frothy mix”. Too late for Rick, his legacy will always be frothy mix – an appropriate claim to fame!

  25. HOCKEYJOCK says

    Maybe she should’ve been ‘concerned’ that his insane anti-gay attitude and insults would piss people off…? Maybe no one’s told her that Santorum is a d-bag yet…? I just don’t get why this plastic woman is confused! Maybe her brain is plastic too.

    You know, I think these hyper-conservatives (and undoubtedly, many regular conservatives) don’t really view gay people as human beings. It’s the only way to explain their TOTAL SHOCK!!! at the consequences which obviously result from their constant verbal and legislative attacks on an entire community of millions of glbt Americans, their families, and their allies.

  26. Daniel says

    Spreading Santorum is #1 on Bing too. Check it out (and click the link to keep it there!). Kinda defeats her argument, no?

  27. Rovex says

    We just dont have all these ‘organizations’ in the UK. We have a few busy body types who mindlessly campaign for a cause like traffic safety etc (usually because a family member was killed by a car) but almost none of these opinionated self appointed idiot groups.

    There must be something in the US that makes people want to feel important and meaningful when really they are just a bunch of bigots with a loose agreement on what they hate. Im mean really, there seem to be hundreds of them! Imagine if they actually went out and did something useful rather than release pointless statements that no one is interested in.

  28. ct says

    @ little kiwi

    “cowardly little homo”

    “grow a pair”

    “low-thinking wuss”

    Gee, I try to think which one of these abuses would not be used by a playground bully. Great job copying their vocabulary and attitude.

    A human rights struggle should be beyond reproach when it comes to matters of decency and dignity. Dragging the struggle of a vulnerable minority into the bile-fuelled arena of the cultural war between liberal secularists and conservative believers is simply not in the best interest of the said minority.

    If you choose to respond to bellicosity with more bellicosity, it is kids in trouble and not some minor republican figure that ultimately pay the price of living in a world with more hostility instead of less. Supposedly this struggle is about them and not about trashing the opponent.

  29. Harold Schreckengost says

    Except for one thing — Google’s algorithm is weighted based on links to the page. Yes, they *can* manually alter the way it works for certain pages, but that is, itself, biased, unless it is a correction for a genuine “Google bomb”, not just “Well, this page got linked by thousands of people, must be really good!” If you want to change the results without bias, then you need to get a lot of people — people with “internet weight” — to link to Santorum’s page, not Savage’s.

  30. Yuki says

    Am I the only one that doesn’t like that Santorum has become that kind of word, despite how despicable the man is? They call /us/ names; we’re above doing that.

  31. So Left I'm Right says

    Ah Nance, smeared santorum. That’s just gross. Think of the children before you say things like that.

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