It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season for Silicon Valley. Recently, leftist Google nerds woke up to a $2.7 billion fine from European antitrust regulators for hindering competition and stacking the deck in favor of its own services.
Drudge’s headline in Google’s iconic colors screamed "Evil," while a second wave of stories later in the day leaked a secretive letter circulated on the Hill by the Google-funded Consumer Technology Association. The embarrassing letter, later pulled, was pushed by lobbyists seeking to strong-arm members of Congress to protest the EU’s decision.
It apparently didn’t work: Even some of Google’s previously staunch defenders on the left sought to quickly distance themselves from the company. Politico Pro (a subscription service) reported that Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) praised the decision, noting that the EU’s action proved that the U.S. needs to take a closer look at the tech giant’s anti-competitive practices. Naturally, the news is nowhere to be found on Google News.
Barry Lynn, the head of the liberal New America Foundation’s Open Markets program, also praised the decision, noting that Google’s behavior was no different than a "railroad that steers its riders to stores that the railroad company also owns."
Lynn’s statement was significant: Google has shoveled millions of dollars annually to New America, the liberal think tank’s Open Technology Institute has been a steadfast defender of all things Google, and its Chairman, Eric Schmidt, even served as Chairman of New America until recently.
Cantankerous civil libertarian Glenn Greenwald (incidentally, no friend of the current Administration) slammed the increasing recklessness of the media in pushing demonstrably false narratives on the Russia threat. Three prominent CNN reporters were forced to resign after retracting a story falsely linking Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund based on a single anonymous source.
Greenwald heaped derision not just on CNN, but also on the reflexively leftist Washington Post, now owned by Amazon oligarch Jeff Bezos. Since taking the reins of the paper in 2013, WaPo’s already leftist slant has degenerated into ever-wilder leftist conspiracies.
The paper has published fake news stories on a Trump Organization server communicating with a Russian bank (false); a Russian hacking operation penetrating a Vermont public utility (false); "proof" of ties between a group that hacked DNC servers and Russia’s military intelligence arm (false); and our favorite, a story suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s infamous stumble was a consequence of her being poisoned… by Vladimir Putin.
At the same time, Amazon’s announced $13.9 billion purchase of Whole Foods is raising eyebrows among the Bourgeois Bohemian’s favorite overpriced grocery shopping mecca. Just days after the announcement, it was revealed that Amazon had secured a patent that would "block" customers attempting to comparison shop on their mobile devices while in Amazon-owned stores and even redirect them away from competitor’s sites.
Meanwhile in Germany, police raided the homes of 36 people accused of posting "hate speech" on social media, while in Sussex, England, a man was arrested for "publishing written material intending to stir up religious hatred against Muslims" to his Facebook account; he faces a year in prison. Twitter allows Planned Parenthood to advertise abortion, while banning pro-life messages as offensive.
Clearly, Silicon Valley’s dominance over our daily lives has reached an inflection point. What the spate of news in the past two weeks has revealed is that the real threat to a free and open internet is Silicon Valley tech oligarchs — often in cahoots with national governments — who are increasingly blocking, throttling, censoring, and banning what we do online while publishing blatantly fake news and manipulating search results to favor their own content and services with impunity.
For years, companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook have teamed up with neo-Marxists like Fight for the Future and Free Press to push a phony "net neutrality" narrative that "its not us, it’s those evil ISP’s" that represent an existential threat to a free and open internet. They’ll be at it again soon with their July 12 "Day of Action" to protest the FCC’s plan to roll back the rules on Silicon Valley’s competitors.
This may have worked during the Obama years, when hundreds of Silicon Valley technocrats were dispatched to the White House to serve as Obama’s palace factotums. But it doesn’t work today. The extent of Silicon Valley’s increasing takeover and balkanization of our free and open internet is now being exposed on a daily basis.
And when even many of their staunchest allies on the left are beginning to jump ship, Silicon Valley may have rough sledding ahead.
Christie-Lee McNally is the founder of Free Our Internet. She was the Maine Statewide Director for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016, is a concealed weapons permit holder, and a USAW Certified Olympic Lifting Coach. To read more of her reports — Click Here Now.
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