The Truth About Romney’s ‘Completely Wrong’ Google Problem

Oct 11, 2012 12:40pm
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The internet is having a little fun with Mitt Romney.

“Just for fun! 1. Go to Google Images 2. Type ‘completely wrong’ 3. Laugh,” reads the meme image of Romney floating around the Internet since last week’s first presidential debate.

The image search returns a page full of Romney’s visage.

The truth is, the search results aren’t a case of digital trickery, like the Google search result that has haunted Rick Santorum since 2003.

Google searches turn up images that are associated with articles written about those words. They came during an interview with Fox News in which Romney admitted that his “47 percent” comments were “completely wrong.”

“Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you’re gonna say something that doesn’t come out right,” Romney said. “In this case I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

A spokesperson for Google told ABC News that their engine is producing a “natural search result.”

Other similar searches produce similar results.

Put in “had a bad night” in Google images, and the search turns up photos of President Barack Obama, who in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer admitted that his debate performance wasn’t up to snuff.

And something similar happens in a search for the words “a successful dump.” Images of Joe Biden appear, which are associated with articles about the now-famous campaign 2008 moment before Biden was selected as Obama’s running mate.

“”I had a successful dump,” Biden told reporters outside of his home in Delaware. “I dropped everything at the dump.”

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