July 27, 2007

mitt.jpg Chicago Tribune:

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney traveled along the Interstate 35 corridor near the site of next month's straw poll Thursday, promoting his call to try to keep pornography away from children.[..]

Romney earlier in the day said he would encourage computer manufacturers to install internet filtering software on computers sold at retail to help parents protect their children from pornography.

But Romney showed some unfamiliarity with the Internet when he discussed the problem of sexual predators and children.

"YouTube is a website that allows kids to network with one another and make friends and contact each other," Romney explained. "YouTube looked to see if they had any convicted sex offenders on their web site. They had 29,000."

Actually, YouTube is the popular site that allows Internet users to upload and watch a variety of videos. The web site, which is owned by search-engine behemoth Google, also was a co-sponsor of the Democratic presidential debate held on Monday night.

The web site MySpace is the one to which Romney actually was referring. MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., said this week it had found 29,000 registered sex offenders who had submitted profiles to its site and removed them.

Hmm....I guess that's why Mitt refused to commit to the YouTube Debate. By the way, Mitt's raising a lot of money in Utah (which shouldn't be too surprising), but he's also spending a lot of money there too. Guess what on? Mitt bobble-head dolls. I kid you not. Given out to donors who gave more than $96 during a campaign fund drive.

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