December 08, 2009

Stay Classy, Google

I was mildly irked that Google let December 7 pass by without any reference to the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged us into World War II, but in and of itself, it wasn't a huge deal. Many Web sites chose not to cover the anniversary (including this one), and that is simply a matter of choice.

But when you skip Pearl Harbor, and the very next day celebrate the birth of E. C. Segar—the creator of Popeye—it comes across as something of a slap in the face to those who fought and died in our first battle of the Second World War.

Corporate marketing departments dole millions in payroll every year to protect their brands. I can only wonder what kind of message Google thought they were delivering here.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 8, 2009 09:45 AM

Google routinely omits any American-centered anniversaries or other observations.

Posted by: SicSemperTyrannus at December 8, 2009 10:04 AM

Don't be so hard on Google, maybe they just don't have anyone working there who can draw anything supporting America. Maybe they all suffer some sort of disease - call it Democratitis.

Posted by: NevadaDailySteve at December 8, 2009 10:22 AM

its allways been like that.

google does not consider itself an american company, but an international one.

so honoring america is verboten

Posted by: rumcrook® at December 8, 2009 11:07 AM

BING had an aerial view of Pearl Harbor on its home page. I quit using Google because of their blatant anti-Americanism. BING it!

Posted by: twolaneflash at December 8, 2009 11:13 AM

Google also didn't memorialize the dropping of the nuke on Hiroshima or the Oklahoma City bombing. What's up with that???

Or the passing of the Civil Rights Act (or Brown versus the Board of Education).

Posted by: DukeLaw at December 8, 2009 02:33 PM

i too switched to Bing yesterday, and deleted Google from my search engine list, a move i'd been meaning to make for some time.

Posted by: redc1c4 at December 9, 2009 01:15 AM

Like a few said above, I, too, switched to Bing! on December 7th when I saw Google didn't have a thing to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor... but Bing! did. I'm spreading the word.

Posted by: JenBee at December 13, 2009 11:34 AM