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.

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Sir76 | Sep 25, 2011 6:37:29 PM


  2. "Cry Me a river" is indeed fitting. Especially Joe Cocker's version

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMwXPueu-RM

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 25, 2011 6:46:38 PM


  3. 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.

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 25, 2011 6:54:46 PM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: kyle Michel Sullivan | Sep 25, 2011 7:05:57 PM


  5. That's awesome!

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/nance

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 25, 2011 7:09:00 PM


  6. 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

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 25, 2011 7:29:22 PM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: Matthew rettenmund | Sep 25, 2011 7:38:49 PM


  8. Does Nancy understand that after Santorum scours the country of queers and ethnics, women are next?

    Posted by: JimmyD | Sep 25, 2011 7:44:39 PM


  9. Every time a wingnut complains it reminds me to Google 'Santorum' a few more times.

    You can play too; just click my name below, then click spreadingsantorum.com/ on the results page.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Sep 25, 2011 8:04:17 PM


  10. 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!

    Posted by: Taylor | Sep 25, 2011 8:40:03 PM


  11. I guess she didn't get the memo. Google is going red. They are making donations to the Heritage Foundation and other conservative organizations to help elect a Republican president. Catch the artile at http://www.HuffingtonPost.com

    Posted by: Dale | Sep 25, 2011 10:10:06 PM


  12. 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

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Sep 25, 2011 10:35:31 PM


  13. How much did that witch spend on her face?

    I guess HATE pays really well.

    Posted by: homer | Sep 25, 2011 11:08:04 PM


  14. 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!

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 25, 2011 11:40:06 PM


  15. 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.

    Posted by: HOCKEYJOCK | Sep 26, 2011 1:10:14 AM


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

    Posted by: Daniel | Sep 26, 2011 1:11:31 AM


  17. 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.

    Posted by: Rovex | Sep 26, 2011 2:32:38 AM


  18. @ 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.

    Posted by: ct | Sep 26, 2011 6:07:25 AM


  19. 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.

    Posted by: Harold Schreckengost | Sep 26, 2011 10:53:20 AM


  20. 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.

    Posted by: Yuki | Sep 26, 2011 3:56:26 PM


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

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Sep 26, 2011 10:23:06 PM


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