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Bush labeled 'a--hole'
in new Google bomb
Posted By Joe Kovacs On 09/14/2005 @ 11:59 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
President Bush is the target of a new “Google bomb” where he’s labeled an “a– hole” in a vulgar filmstrip when the graphic term is entered into the popular search engine.
A song and video critical of the president, his Cabinet and high-profile conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter appear as the sole result in Google searches when the words “a– hole” with a space between the words are put into Google’s engine, and the “I’m feeling lucky” button is punched.
A Google bomb is an attempt to influence the ranking of a given site in results returned by the Google search engine.
After a brief video about the impact of Hurricane Katrina, online surfers are treated to a musical series of photos of the conservatives, with captions mocking them for their perspective on current events.
For instance, Bush is shown along with the caption “Saddam has ties to al-Qaida.” A photo of Vice President Dick Cheney is included, with the caption, “Still says there are WMD.” Former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s caption reads, “A–holier than thou.” Conservative analyst Ann Coulter’s caption states, “Ann-hole (she hates your freedom).”
Other well-known figures in the video include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rev. Jerry Falwell, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly.
The accompanying song, titled “A–hole,” is by the Boston-area band Jim’s Big Ego, whose website is also designed by SLAB.
Boston-area band Jim’s Big Ego making waves with ‘A–hole’ song
The band’s leader, Jim Infantino, describes himself as a “genius of [a] songwriter, poet and Wi-Fi cafe lurker.”
His lyrics to the song, actually penned last year, include:
An attached messageboard includes dozens of comments about the song and filmstrip, including:
With that comment in mind, when WND tried googling the donkey synonym “ass,” the first item that turned up was a blog associated with the Democratic Party.
“Google’s search results are objectively generated by machine algorithms,” Google spokesman Nathan Tyler told WorldNetDaily. “This is not a political statement from Google but rather a reflection of a recent Web phenomenon.”
“In this case,” Tyler said, “a select group of webmasters used the words [miserable failure] to describe and link to George Bush’s website. From time-to-time, we discover focused campaigns that attempt to use links to influence Google search results. Ultimately, these efforts do not affect the overall quality of Google search results.”
Tyler did not answer a specific question about Google’s ability to prevent or change the graphic search result.
However, WND noticed that after corresponding with Google about the phenomenon, the obscene video was not always the first result when “a–hole” was used as one word, though it was always the No. 1 result during the first half of this week. When entered as two words, the vulgar filmstrip was consistent as the top result.
Google has been criticized recently for allowing ads critical of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, allegedly censoring conservative or Christian ads, and giving priority to large media companies in searches performed on Google News.
This is not the first time the A-word has been attributed to Bush by a major media group.
The photo, which appeared on a Netscape site co-branded with CNN, originally was slugged a–hole.jpg as identified when viewers clicked on the “properties” of the picture. Though the original Web address of the photo with the slur has been disabled, readers could actually see the photo isolated with the slur by going to the online address the day after the election.
Netscape fired the employee responsible, and apologized if it offended anyone.
Bush, himself, has been known to use the A-word.
During the 2000 campaign for the White House, he was at a Labor Day event in Naperville, Ill., when he spotted a reporter in the crowd.
“There’s Adam Clymer – major league a–hole – from the New York Times,” Bush told his running mate.
“Yeah, big time,” responded Cheney.
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