Friday, September 23, 2011

Government interference is bad, unless it's helping me

Check out this article on CNN regarding GOP candidate Rick Santorum's outburst against Google.

...if you Google Santorum's name, the first result you'll probably get is not his personal website but a fake definition of "santorum," a sexual byproduct that's a bit too graphic to talk about in detail here. (Of course, you can Google him and easily find out.)

We'll get into how that all happened in a second, but here's what's new: On Tuesday, the socially conservative politician lashed out at Google, saying the company could get rid of the sexual references to his name on the search results if it wanted to -- and perhaps would do so if he were a Democrat.

"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."

This is a Tea Party guy who advocates that the government has no business interfering with businesses, so if Google tells him tough shit, what is his recourse?

Any bets on who the Senator thinks should arbitrate this dispute between a citizen (like him) and a publically-traded business?

I'm sure throwing a tantrum in the media and "shaming" a giant corporation is going to be a winning combination. That seems to work all the time...

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