Santorum Wants Google To Clean Up His Frothy Mix

Jim Burroway

September 21st, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum is upset that he has a Google problem. And he thinks Google should clean up his mess:

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

He continued: “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.”

Santorum’s solution is for Google to go into the business of manipulating search results, something the Google refuses to do:

A Google spokesperson responded to Santorum by advising that users who want “content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly.”

“Google’s search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web. Users who want content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly,” the spokesperson said. “Once the webmaster takes the page down from the web, it will be removed from Google’s search results through our usual crawling process.”

Google’s page ranking systems is a closely guarded secret in an attempt to prevent web sites from gaming the system, but one of the important elements is the number of links that a page about, say, Santorum, receives from other web sites. But the problem with Santorum‘s complaints about Google is that his page-rank problem is bigger than Santorum. His web site comes in seventh, below even his own Wikipedia page. Which make’s Santorum’s complaints about his Google problem so incredibly counterproductive. Because the more people talk about Santorum’s Google problem, the more likely they are to link to Santorum‘s neologism. And when they do that, it only gets worse for poor Rick Santorum.

BlackDog

September 21st, 2011

You know of course that you’re not helping Santorum’s problem any with all those mentions of Santorum.

Jim Burroway

September 21st, 2011

Of course. Any link beyond the first is at least superfluous, and I would imagine that having as many links as I put here would result in Google ignoring them altogether. The links weren’t intended to make his situation worse with this post — no single post will make or break him — but were illustrative only. A sort of textual decoration to make a point, if you will.

paul canning

September 21st, 2011

The next time I see him asked about this on video I truly expect his head to explode. I wonder what will come out?

mikeksf

September 21st, 2011

Truly a frothy mix of cleverness unlike Santorum

Laura

September 21st, 2011

”you don’t let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country.”

He has quite the lofty impression of himself. The only thing I can see this having an impact on is Santorum’s presidential bid and that being derailed IS good for the country.

Priya Lynn

September 21st, 2011

Laura said “He has quite the lofty impression of himself”.

I thought the same thing Laura – you’ve got to be incredibly delueded to think Santorum’s google problem has an effect on the U.S.

Ahab

September 21st, 2011

Rick Santorum is entitled to feel offended by the Spreading Santorum site, but WE are also entitled to feel offended by his repeated homophobic remarks. The latter, in my opinion, is far more disgusting.

andrew

September 21st, 2011

Thanks for the reminder to google Santorum today. I keep forgetting. Folks — google Santorum every day.
Please note that is totally different from “gargle Santorum every day”. Now that would be disgusting.

Rob in San Diego

September 21st, 2011

hey Santorum, isn’t that called communism when you manipulate search page results, hmmmm China comes to mind…

TomTallis

September 21st, 2011

Dan Savage has told Santorum repeatedly how he can get that web page removed. All he has to do is apologize for his slanderous comments about gay people.

Santorum can’t admit he was wrong, so he flails about like a fish out of water rather than apologuze.

Erin

September 21st, 2011

Google does not police anything. You can look up any sort of porn on there you want to. Every hate group that has a website can be found on there. They simply give you the tool to find the information. But it seems Mr. Santorum wants special rights.

Timothy Kincaid

September 21st, 2011

Stupid man.

There really are exceptions to the old adage that all press is good press. Even in politics.

Timothy Kincaid

September 21st, 2011

Erin,

Santorum (the politician, not the Frothy Mix – though they are hard to distinguish) would agree, though not in those words. He genuinely believes that he is entitled to deferential treatment due to his righteousness.

Good should receive better treatment than evil, you see. And he is good and you and I are, well, on Santa’s Naughty List. We deserve coal, he deserves presents.

Blair Martin

September 22nd, 2011

Isn’t this man’s time up yet? What a whining cry-baby.

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