Politics and the Internet: Santorum’s Google problem

If you Google search presidential candidate Rick Santorum, the top entries are negative. And it seems Santorum’s problem is in a league of its own, according to a published report that compares his search results with several other GOP candidates.

“Type the other major candidates’ names into Google, and you’ll find it’s mostly official websites and Twiter (sic) feeds – with a couple of exceptions,” reports the LA Times.

But Google Mitt Romney’s name and you’ll find few negatives. Instead, you will find news items, his Wikipedia page, and his bio on biography.com. The situation is worse for Newt Gingrich. And as for Ron Paul, his entries were biographical or totally promotional. A Google search for Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer and John Boehner came up clean.

Even Sarah Palin came up clean when Googled, where you’ll find her name, a link to her super PAC, her Wikipedia page, her Facebook page, and her Twitter.

So what’s the deal with Santorum’s name? And will we be seeing more of this suspected online political chicanery as the 2012 election campaign moves forward?

And by the way, just what is that mystery device Google is testing in hundreds of its employees homes?

Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

Pop star Whitney Houston died last Saturday night, and celebs expressed their shock and sympathy on Twitter, the new medium for condolences.

“Wow. RIP Whitney Houston. Grew up on her,” actress Elizabeth Banks said. “She contributed to the soundtrack of many of my 12-year old sleepover parties.”

“So so sad that Whitney Houston died,” Kris Jenner said. “Praying for her daughter and her family … tragic … just heartbreaking … amazing talent, amazing voice.”

TV host Nancy O’Dell kept it simple: “I am in shock and so sad … Whitney Houston reported dead.”

“RIP Whitney Houston. Sad to see anyone go so early. My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family,” said actress and TV host Olivia Munn.

“Whitney Houston is dead. A beautiful & talented woman. RIP Whitney,” said author Jackie Collins.

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Social media as a parenting tool

This dad issues a warning to his daughter about her behavior on Facebook. It’s a lesson she won’t soon forget. This video has received close to 17 million views since Dad posted it on daughter’s Facebook page. Let this be a warning to sassy kids and parents who overindulge their children.

The Time Capsule

1923 – BG Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager born in West Virginia

1945 – Dresden ablaze after Allied bomber attacks

1954 – Sen. McCarthy hunting “Army communists”

1959 – Castro sworn in as Cuba’s youngest PM

1974 – Author Solzhenitsyn charged with treason

1989 – Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan after nine years

1997 – China’s Xiaoping dead at 92

Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WND readers Karen Mullaney of Saugus, Mass., and Carolyn LaMontagne of Trenton, N.J., who were among the first to correctly guess actor George Clooney in his portrayal of Fred Friendly in the 2005 film “Good Night and Good Luck.” The film was based on broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow’s efforts to bring down U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

The selection was tied to last week’s Time Capsule item when in

1950, Sen. McCarthy began his anti-communist hunt.

The quote was: “There’s no news, boys, so go out there and make some news. Rob a bank, mug an old lady, whatever – just do something.”

This week’s quote: “I’m a fearless man, but I’m scared to death of you.”

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