has apologized to Republican North Carolina state Sen. Trudy Wade
for an old photo of her with the superimposed word ‘bigot’ in red
capital letters that appeared on the search engine’s results
related to the senator’s name. Google promises to try to not get
story published by Vice about the photo,
which was then distributed by media aggregator Drudge, prompted
the apology from Google on Friday.
apologize to Senator Wade that this image appeared in the
Knowledge Panel in Search,” Google said in a tweet.
that appear in the Knowledge Panel are either selected by verified
users or are automatically sourced from sites across the web.”
knowledge panel is the box that populates on the right-hand side
of the screen of the search results. The panel provides an
overview of information based on the search terms.
photo came from a student news blog, Google said in a tweet.
removed the photo later on Friday, after the Drudge Report brought
national attention to the story, Wade
said in a statement.
I appreciate Google’s belated apology, if I’m being completely
honest it rang a bit hollow," Wade said in a statement.
an aide requested Google take down the photo, Google told the aid
to find and contact the original author of the photo, Wade said.
after Drudge Report posted it to a national audience and it began
to go viral on social media did Google do the right thing," Wade
of Google's response to a request to remove the photo include: "We
think the image you're trying to remove hasn't been removed by the
site owner. Before Google can remove it from our search results,
the site owner needs to take down or update the content ... Your
request can't be processed until the site owner removes or updates
then provided instructions for contacting the site owner.
June 3, Matt
Comer, who posted the "bigot" image, tweeted that Wade never
even if she had, I wouldn’t have taken down the image. Facts are
facts, and the fact is: Trudy Wade is a bigot," he wrote.
is seeking re-election in District 27, which includes parts of
Greensboro and Guilford County, and is facing
Democrat Michael Garrett for a second time.
isn’t the only Republican to face bizarre opposition this week.
Republicans have a supermajority in the state House and state
Senate. The state budget proposal, which passed this week, was
mostly written without the input of Democrats.
members wrote the budget bill behind closed doors, and for the
first time in North Carolina’s modern history, neither Republicans
nor Democrats were able to suggest amendments to the annual budget
a press conference on Tuesday, Democratic state Rep. Mickey
Michaux compared Republicans’ tactics while passing the state
budget to rape.
we have seen a rape of this budget," Michaux said. "And I'm having
problems right now trying to reconcile whether I'm in North
Carolina or North Korea."
stands by the comment he made expressing anger about how the
budget was written.
on this side have had no input,” Michaux said earlier this week to
The News & Observer.
input at all on how this budget was crafted ... so yeah, sometimes
it takes strong words to make people realize what's happening to