DAVID PENBERTHY

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con­firmed as dan­ger­ous and defam­a­tory stu­pid­ity.

The back­ground is this. Geary Dan­ley is the for­mer hus­band of Queens­land woman Mar­ilou Dan­ley, who was in a re­la­tion­ship with the Ve­gas gun­man, Stephen Pad­dock. When Mar­ilou Dan­ley emerged as a per­son of in­ter­est in the early cov­er­age of the Ve­gas mas­sacre, a hand­ful of con­ser­va­tive blog­gers con­ducted searches on her, lead­ing them to her ex­hus­band of the same sur­name.

They found that Geary Dan­ley, who di­vorced Mar­ilou in 2014, was as­so­ci­ated with Left-wing groups with names such as “Thank You Obama” and oth­ers op­pos­ing Don­ald Trump as a fas­cist and a bigot. From this, the blog­gers sur­mised that Geary Dan­ley must have been the gun­man and that he had cho­sen this con­cert as his tar­get, know­ing that coun­try mu­sic fans would be pre­dom­i­nantly white con­ser­va­tives.

Once they started post­ing their con­spir­acy the­o­ries, and the clicks started com­ing in, Google’s ro­bots did what they al­ways do. They sim­ply scoured the web for trend­ing search terms and names. Within a few min­utes of this crap be­ing up­loaded, Geary Dan­ley, who hasn’t seen his ex for years, was num­ber one on Google as the per­pe­tra­tor of the great­est gun out­rage mod­ern Amer­ica has seen.

Google reck­ons it acted promptly to delete all this rub­bish, but it lasted for hours, long enough for the Dan­ley fam­ily of Ar­kan­sas to re­ceive death threats. Flanked by his daugh­ters, Dionne Wal­trip and Diedre Peircy, a shaken Dan­ley stood silently as his el­dest girl is­sued a state­ment on his front porch, plead­ing to be left alone.

“The peo­ple are hurt­ing and they want to lash out and they are

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