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Google Image Search For “Completely
Wrong” Turns Up Mitt Romney
It's not a political statement by Google, but an algorithm just doing its job.
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If you find yourself using Google to search for an image to accompany the phrase “completely
wrong,” you may be surprised by the results: Pages and pages of photos of Republican
presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Here’s a screenshot of the Google image search taken Thursday at 3:45 p.m. ET:

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The result was first noticed by the website Mashable and by commenters on Twitter.                                     2. Bluegrass Brawl: The Best Tweets of the VP
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A Google spokesman told CNN, that what we are witnessing is nothing more than “the                                        Cell Phone Bill
unintentional result of normal Google analytics, which produce images associated with popular                          4. Google Image Search For “Completely
phrases in news headlines and search terms, and not the result of any effort to skew the results.”                        Wrong” Turns Up Mitt Romney Pictures
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In short, it’s not a political statement by Google, but the search engine’s algorithm linking
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Romney’s image to the phrase “completely wrong.” The mathematical correlation occurred after                              China’s Internet Darling
the former Massachusetts governor, went on Fox News to disavow the now infamous disparaging                            7. Kellogg Company Recalls Mini-Wheats
remarks he made about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes. The                                 Cereal
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“47 percent” comments came to light in mid-September after the release of a secretly recorded                             Anybody, Says Study
video from a May fundraiser. During his apology, Romney deemed his comments in the now                                 9. Look Out! Mysterious Giant Eyeball Washes
infamous 47 percent tape “completely wrong.” Hence the algorithm and the search results.                                  Up on Florida Coast
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         Jennifer A McCaskill
       Type in "worst president ever" and see what happens

                     James Loughran
               Well, we get Carter, of course, because the right wing will never let go of him.
               Reagan, because he did triple the debt, raised taxes 13 times, sold weapons to
               Iran, turned that into crack cocaine and used that profit to aid right wing death
               squads in Nicaragua. You will get a few hits on Clinton because he was crucified for
               getting a consensual B...j. but not much because he was so great with the
               economy. You will get a few hits on Bush 1 because he lied on taxes and the biggest
               hit on his offspring, Bush 2...
               show more

         Alex Garrido
       Wow! this is a new dimension for search engine optimization. This only makes it more
       relevant for politicians to be careful with what they say and "how they say it".

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