Santorum Asks Google to Clean Up His Frothy Mix

Google denies his request:

“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” he told Politico. “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 contacted Google and asked the company about the issue, Politico said.

In an e-mail to CNN, a Google spokeswoman said, “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. Once the webmaster takes the page down from the Web, it will be removed from Google’s search results through our usual crawling process.”

She added: “We do not remove content from our search results, except in very limited cases such as illegal content and violations of our webmaster guidelines.”

16 Comments

  1. What an idiot. Everybody knows if you want something off the internet you don’t contact Google. You have to get in touch with Al Gore – the internet’s inventor and grand overlord.

    1. He’s counting on the Streisand Effect. All he has left is the victim card, and he’s going to play it as long as it gets him donations and attention.

  2. The greatest part is that a “santorum” search will give you 1) the santorum frothy mixture page, 2) the wikipedia page about the santorum frothy mixture page. Even if by some terrible chance the top santorum page were erased from google, the wikipedia page would start holding down the top spot, and it would likely get some of the traffic from the deleted original page, further solidfying it in the top spot. rick santorum is a miserable failure. (“Miserable failure” is top on the list of “searches related to santorum” on google. It just keeps getting awesomer.)

  3. Honestly, do any of you think Google would have acted differently if the top Google “definition” were for someone like say, Martin Luther King? How about for the word “Allah” ?
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    Maybe… Yes? No?
    It’s just a question. I can’t stand Santorum.

  4. Good question. I don’t know if you remember a couple of years ago a similar problem cropped up when a “Michelle Obama” search would turn up a photoshopped monkey image in the top results. Google kept the image, but ran an ad next to it explaining their policy of not censoring tasteless results. I guess someone could make the case that since google isn’t running an ad opposite santorum results they are treating him unfairly, but it’s somewhat weak as an argument. Google left up a racist pic (until the host blog removed it), so to me it seems fair for them to keep spreading the santorum.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/25/michelle-obama-google-images-removed

  5. Instead of concerning himself with speculation that someone like Biden would get preferential treatment, Santorum should be concerned with why someone like Biden doesn’t have a disgusting alternate meaning for his name, and more importantly, why Santorum, himself, does.

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