The Battle For Santorum

Friday, September 30, 2011

Transcript

Rick Santorum is fighting for his name in a particularly 21st-century sort of way. His ideological rival and sex columnist Dan Savage has created an internet phenomenon so powerful it has conquered Google's search results and given the name 'Santorum' an unsavory new meaning. Bob talked with Google's Gabriel Stricker about the company's unwillingness to change their search results and give Rick Santorum his name back.

Comments [4]

AP from Tacoma, WA

Funny. He will never escape this. Bummin.

Oct. 03 2011 01:13 PM
Frank from Philadelphia

Given "Santorum an unsavory new meaning" ? Perhaps, but Rick Santorum had already given himself a bad name with his retrograde nonsense about gay relationships. And the on-air story referred to the Savage redefinition of "Santorum" as "unbelievably obscene". Really? Unbelievable? You can't believe it? Why, because it makes reference to an (unwanted) result of a gay-male-identified sex act? Would an analogous reference to a hetero-sex act be as "unbelievable"?

Oct. 02 2011 08:59 PM
Reynold Watkins from Pasadena, CA

I really wish you would have given a wee bit more background on the Santorum story. Your listeners were given the impression that Dan Savage lashed out at Rick Santorum simply because he is opposed to same-sex marriage. Au contraire! In interviews and speeches Rick Santorum has said some extremely vile and disgusting things about the LGBT community, for example comparing same-sex marriage to "man on dog sex". If he wants the offending website removed, a public apology and a promise to stop spreading lies & propaganda about the LGBT community would probably do the trick.

Oct. 02 2011 04:32 PM
David

This is all very interesting, but certainly not new.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/05/rick-santorums-google-problem-resurfaces-with-jon-stewart-plug/

What I'm interested in knowing is why y'all were all over the Valerie Plame case/leak (search your own site to see this), but you seem resolutely disinterested in Fast & Furious where real people were killed with these guns. Of course, it's the same for the main stream media, but then, you guys are supposed to be ON the media, right? Or why there are hits on your website for Enron and Halliburton in years past, but not Solyndra. At least the LA Times is trying. If you guys want to avoid having Ira Glass back on the show to sheepishly talk about bias, GET ON IT!!!

Oct. 01 2011 11:53 AM

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