Google Image Search For “Completely Wrong” Turns Up Mitt Romney Pictures

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:

The result was first noticed by the website Mashable and by commenters on Twitter.

A Google spokesman told CNN, that what we are witnessing is nothing more than “the unintentional result of normal Google analytics, which produce images associated with popular phrases in news headlines and search terms, and not the result of any effort to skew the results.”

In short, it’s not a political statement by Google, but the search engine’s algorithm linking Romney’s image to the phrase “completely wrong.” The mathematical correlation occurred after the former Massachusetts governor, went on Fox News to disavow the now infamous disparaging remarks he made about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes. The “47 percent” comments came to light in mid-September after the release of a secretly recorded video from a May fundraiser. During his apology, Romney deemed his comments in the now infamous 47 percent tape “completely wrong.” Hence the algorithm and the search results.

MORE: Romney on ’47 percent’: I Was ‘Completely Wrong’

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Charles Clark
Charles Clark

I don't understand what the big controversy is. I typed in 'completely wrong' and it went immediately to Mitt Romney.... Seems to be working perfectly.

daenku32
daenku32

Mitt Romney (amp; Ryan) are indeed completely wrong just about every issue they ever utter.

teaprty
teaprty

Romney is only human,  but he's decent and honest enough to apologize.  Obama and all his crooked cronies just lie and tell another lie to cover up, and so on.  No apologies, no accountability.  It's outrageous how they can change the words around and dodge and ditch, but it's all still lies.

independent
independent

@teaprty One of Romney's biggest hits on Obama was that he was too apologetic.  You have to come up with something else.

ArrVee
ArrVee

Try searching "Liar Candidate" in Google image search.

ArrVee
ArrVee

Also try searching for Liar Candidate on Google image search.

f_galton
f_galton

Type in "fleegle bingo drooper snork" and see what happens.

JahKoozie
JahKoozie

Type in "best president ever" and see what happens

RomneyRyanBelieve
RomneyRyanBelieve

Maybe  Google is completely wrong for my default search engine...Maybe Gmail is completely wrong for me too.  .Hello Bing!

Jennifer A McCaskill
Jennifer A McCaskill

Type in "worst president ever" and see what happens

James Loughran
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 who lied us into a murderous bogus war and sucked on the economy, but the right wing is working overtime to erase him from history as hard as they can. Of course you will get a hit on Obama because the right wing nuts work overtime exaggerating his faults and ignoring his successes. But history will fix that BS over time.

Alex Garrido
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".