Hard-Hitting Alternative Weekly Stories Make Powerful 'Google Bombs'

october 26, 2006  11:22 am
More and more Republican candidates are falling prey to "Google bombing' by liberal bloggers, according to the New York Times. The bloggers rack up slews of links to negative stories on candidates, which then pop to the top of Google searches. The Times offers as example an April 13 Phoenix New Times story about Senator John Kyl, charging that the Arizona republican neglected his constituents to serve the radical right. The Times' anecdotal lede underscores a harsh reality: the hard-hitting investigations of the alternative press can seem like powerful ammo when deployed against one's adversaries.