Hollywood Reporter: Google Says It Will Take 'Some Time' to Fix "America" Search Results

Originally published at The Hollywood Reporter.

“Our systems have unfortunately confused the title of the movie America, because it’s a common term and appears in many movie titles,” the giant Internet firm says of Dinesh D’Souza’s film.

Google on Tuesday responded to accusations that it has been dragging its heels for a week while failing to fix a search problem that has made it difficult for users to locate theaters playing America, the new movie from conservative author Dinesh D’Souza.

“Our systems have unfortunately confused the title of the movie America because it’s a common term and appears in many movie titles,” a Google spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “We’ve updated the Knowledge Graph, our database that stores this type of information, but it will take some time to display showtimes and other details for this movie. We’re always working on improving our systems, and we appreciate the feedback.”

MoviesD’Souza and his team have been asking Google for several days to fix a problem that confused America, in theaters now, with 2016: Obama’s America, another D’Souza movie that hasn’t been in theaters since 2012.

On Monday, a representative from America sent a letter to Google chief legal counsel David Drummond insisting that the problem be fixed, demanding to know if human error was involved and asking for “statistics on searches from the time the misdirection began until resolved so that we might ascertain the number of users who could not find the film as a result of this mix-up.”

While Google resolved some of the issue on Tuesday, theater locations, screening times, and other details remained a problem.

“This is merely a reiteration of what we heard nearly a week ago, and yet the problem has persisted and potential moviegoers are still confused,” D’Souza told THR. “The American people need to know if Google is going to be a trustworthy source of news and information that doesn’t tilt in one political direction or another.”

Simultaneously to the Google controversy, Costco has been under fire for issuing an edict that all of its stores stop selling D’Souza’s latest book, America: Imagine a World Without Her, which is the source material for the movie.

Costco reportedly says its decision is based on lackluster sales, not politics, though critics point out that the book is poised to appear July 13 on the New York Times best sellers list. On Tuesday, the book was No. 3 at Amazon.com. Costco did not respond to a request for comment.

Critics have also been noting that Google and Costco lean heavily to the left in their politics. Sixty-six percent of Google’s donations in the most recent presidential election cycle, for example, went to Democrats while 26 percent went to Republicans, according to OpenSecrets.org.

“Costco is free to ban my book, but their customers are also free to shop at other stores which don’t censor books,” D’Souza told THR. “It’s one thing for Costco executives to pal around with President Barack Obama and donate almost exclusively to Democrats, but to turn their company into a tool for suppressing dissent against the government is another matter.”

On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh also spent time bashing Costco and promoting D’Souza’s book and movie.

“I’m sure their phones are ringing off the hook, as it should be,” Limbaugh said. “If I were D’Souza, I’d say, ‘Good, I wouldn’t want my book sold in your establishment in the first place.’ Just go out and buy it someplace else, and then go see the movie. That’s the way to get back at these people.”

A “Stand With Dinesh” Facebook Page also sprang up on Tuesday, declaring: “On July 12 & 19th, stand up to Costco’s bullying and return your membership!” The page is unaffiliated with D’Souza, the movie, or the book.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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15 Comments

  • David says:

    July 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Not surprising yahoo, Google and all these guys are a bunch of water carrying Obama fans

  • Sharon says:

    July 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    We have already seen the movie, and word of mouth is your new best friend. 🙂 Everyone is talking this up. Even the mailman.

  • Kay says:

    July 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Went to see the movie last July 5th with a friend, going again, tomorrow with a different friend who did not think it was still showing because she googled it.
    Guess my mouth is bigger than googles in this case!

  • Carleton says:

    July 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Bought your book via Amazon tonight & will see the movie tomorrow. Costco’s loss is Amazon’s gain and didn’t rely just on google to find where your movie was playing… BING works just as well 🙂

  • Mary says:

    July 11, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I am planning to see the movie and also read the book. I saw 2016 OBAMA and it showed the truth about Obama. I have also canceled my membership with Costco after I sent them an email telling them my opinion. They sent me a response via email and I still canceled do not need or want their merchandise.

  • MonikaLSheldonLondon says:

    July 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Dont listen to one single word the Main Stream Propaganda Machine has to say about Dinesh see them getting caught at the bottom of this post.

    And

    Tell everyone to see this beautiful hope filled movie – I love America
    I was in high school in the 1980s, I got material from many of the sources Dinesh is using in his book and film. So, people can tear him down all they want, but, that used to be History when I was young. It got so bad that, as a mom, I did not allow my kids in this school system. And further, I have been forced to step outside of the country to seek help in saving our most beautiful America from this Evil Creep. They are like Creeping Ivy that pulls a house down into ruins. Diane Sawyer is an embarassment and is breaking all International Law, but, gets caught and looks foolish covering up what she and ABC were really doing in spreading catostrophic lies. Journalists doing stuff like that in Egypt got charged with a crime. This is so serious and would normally be something to Prosecute. Yet, here its just a little Leftist “slip up”. The Evil Creep are easily recognizable violently accusing righteous Americans and Jewish or Judeo/Christian Americans as “antisemitic” all the while using US Taxpayer funds to Finance this travesty wasting our funds, trying to bankrupt us to do a real Genocide of the actual Jews as Palestinians are from Judah which is located in modern day Israel Occupied Palestinian Territory, no one knows this due to Leftist control over the Main Stream Media. Everyone get behind Dinesh and fight them with everything we have. Because those of us who had to leave Judah and make a New World a beautiful shining place on this earth called America, did so because of these Leftist Thugs and Violent Hostile Misinformation Mouthpieces hunting us down and I will not give her, (America), up to them now. They can’t have her. Google these three searches at Morocco World News to see Diane Sawyer’s terrible event and a young clean cut American treated to violence by Leftist’s best friends. Their grip on the world is slipping.

    1.) ABC News Misrepresents Footage of Palestinian Bombing Victims as Israelis
    Posted by: YOUTUBE Posted date: July 10, 2014
    http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/07/134308/abc-news-misrepresents-footage-of-palestinian-bombing-victims-as-israelis/

    2.) ABC Apologizes for Misrepresents Footage of Palestinian Bombing Victims as Israelis
    Posted by: YOUTUBE Posted date: July 10, 2014
    http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/07/134311/abc-apologizes-for-misrepresents-footage-of-palestinian-bombing-victims-as-israelis/

    3.) American Jew Supports Palestinians, Check What Happens to Him
    Posted by: YOUTUBE Posted date: July 10, 2014
    http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/07/134306/american-jew-supports-palestinians-check-what-happens-to-him/

    4.) Huffpost slithering around after this one – More Proof The Music Industry Is Fake
    Monday 3 March 2014 – 09:24
    http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/03/124076/more-proof-the-music-industry-is-fake/
    Britney Spears’ ‘Alien’ Without Auto-Tune Is Not Meant To Be Heard
    The Huffington Post | By Ryan Kristobak
    Posted: 07/08/2014 1:29 pm EDT Updated: 07/09/2014 3:59 pm EDT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/britney-spears-alien-without-auto-tune_n_5567640.html

  • Jen P. says:

    July 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    And on Friday evening, I still have to go searching for the book in Barnes & Noble, and the theater times on Google. They really don’t want us to find anything easily. No worries, I will still get it!

  • Sandy L says:

    July 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I went to see America tonight.Had a difficult time finding the theater where it was playing.. Excellent movie.

    Audience broke out in applause at the end!!! I think I’ll go see it again.

  • Deborah says:

    July 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    We need another movie about our schools and Universities. How they are telling us lies. We need to expose the lies of our government, the Executive, the Judicial and the Legislative Branches and how they are getting away with lawlessness. I would like to tell how other countries wouldn’t dare allow any foreigner to break the law and get away with it. I would like to review who is serving in our government and who they are and their world view. I would like to expose what they are getting away with; for example, how Hilary has a long rap sheet of destroying paperwork in her law firm and not being held accountable for it, and she has been under investigation for varies reasons. If any citizen did what she or Lerner has done at the IRS, we would pay for it for the rest of our lives. I would like to have a history lesson on the Federal Reserve and how it came about, and it’s contribution to the Great Depression. It would be interesting to know who is behind the Federal Reserve. What is actually going on at these Geneva “meetings” of world leaders. It is all so interesting and important. We need to maintain our sovereignty and the Constitution. We need to support our allies and other “free” nations in the world. God Bless and Help America. It feels so GREAT to write that. Thank You!

  • Mike says:

    July 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Funny how when Obamacare had such horrible on-line problems there was talk about how Google could have done a better job. Now we know that’s not true. Google can’t even get a simple movie schedule up and running (or could they if they really wanted to?).

  • Eric Johnson says:

    July 12, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    I went to Costco in Avondale AZ today (7/11) and they didn’t have any “Americas” books on the book sale table. Ironically, they have 12 stacks of Hillary’s book on the table with no apparent sales of them… Hmm, I wonder why???

  • Jim says:

    July 12, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    Americans (conservative), and all others that have had enough need to make a stand and put an end to what is being done to OUR country. We are all being played by these politicians and they (liberal democrats) have an obvious agenda. When we see thousands of illegal immigrants crossing into our country we the people cant understand why it isnt stopped. The reason it isnt stopped is because the president sees everyone of those illegals as future democrats and when millions are legalized you can say goodbye to the republican party because they will never be able to win a presidential election again. Our country will be finished.

  • SmithWinston6478 says:

    July 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Roughly 180 on my contacts list received a recommendation to see this patriotic movie last night. It should be required viewing for all people under 40 who have been victims of history’s re-write by sinister folks like Saul Alinsky, ultra-lib fantasist Howard Zinn, and foisted on our children in schools by the NEA.

    We owe Dinesh D’Souza a debt of gratitude for his efforts to save our country with his expose of lies called ‘progressivism’. A Trojan Horse saboteur lives in OUR Whitehouse. He has been bent on the destruction of our economy, race relations, security, and international standing since his surreptitious arrival without vetting. The secrecy of past grows more deafening each day. Leftist politicians have assisted his perdition.

  • Mike Kamrath says:

    July 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Wealth makes arrogant. They thought they could afford to lean left, but we hit them in their wallet. Maybe rich Democrats have a heart, but it’s full of greed. They love money with all their heart.

  • David says:

    July 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Another example of the deliberate attempt to make this film difficult to find – check Movies.com and search on theaters near you. Eventually you’ll spot one showing the film by D’Souza, but instead of a description and synopsis like the other films listed, clicking on “America” will take you to the diabolical google search, that returns page after page that have no information about the new film! The only way to identify it is the small thumbnail picture with Lady Liberty. Incredible.