Regulate ’em, enforce the law against ’em, break ’em up.
As we now learn from the Daily Caller, The American Spectator has been blacklisted by Google. The DC’s headline, in a post by J. Arthur Bloom, is this:
EXCLUSIVE: DOCUMENTS DETAILING GOOGLE’S ‘NEWS BLACKLIST’ SHOW MANUAL MANIPULATION OF SPECIAL SEARCH RESULTS
And oh yes. There was also this reminder in the Daily Caller story:
(Google CEO) Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11 of last year. Democratic California Rep. Zoe Lofgren asked why a search for the term “idiot” returned a photo of President Trump. In response, Pichai said, “This is working at scale, we don’t manually intervene on any particular search result.”
Which is to say, Mr. Pichai looked a congressional committee in the eye and insisted that “we don’t manually intervene on any particular search result” — while the Daily Caller revelations revealed that “Google does manipulate its search results manually, contrary to the company’s official denials, documents obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller indicate.”
There is a name for doing that. It’s called lying to Congress. A federal crime with jail time attached.
This is no longer some minor bug in the tech world.
The fact of the matter is that the American Left is waging a full scale war against fellow Americans who have the audacity to disagree with Left Wing orthodoxy. They are not interested in debate, discussion, ideas, free speech, or a free press. They are the enforcers of their own iron-fisted, totalitarian, Mao-style cultural revolution. The targets can be Fox News or individual Fox hosts with names like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. It can be conservative speakers invited to college campuses — with the mere appearance of conservative Ben Shapiro requiring the University of California at Berkeley forced to lay out $600,000 to protect the speaker. It can be a Media Matters campaign to remove Rush Limbaugh from the air. Or, yes, me.
On and on and on this kind of thing goes. This is no longer a debate about ideas in the tradition of America. It is a war of personal destruction.
No, not merely a war “of personal destruction,” although at ground-level it is that too. In the larger sense, it’s a war to determine who will control, who will be controlled, and how that control is to be implemented and maintained. Ultimately, though, it is the same old war—the eternal, the forever war—between the despot and the subject, the tyrant and the freeman, the overbearing master and the discontented, determined, not-quite-conquered slave.
Google, its fork-tongued evasions to the contrary notwithstanding, is in no sense an impartial, disinterested bystander. It is a corporate combatant, a willing rank-and-file partisan in one side’s army. They, among so many others whose poorly-hidden agendas have been recently exposed of late, need to be held to account. Which presents me with another fine opportunity to repeat my usual recommendation to you folks: Duck ’em. Duck ’em all!