Roger L. Simon

The Google Propaganda Machine

I can’t help but think that the high dudgeon being evinced by Google in response to a Department of Justice request for search information is nothing more than a distraction move by the company, which was recently called on the carpet by a subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee for the search giants’ reprehensible behavior in China. The company (along with its Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco colleagues) had not even show up when requested two weeks earlier to appear before the House Human Rights Committee (led by Holocaust survivor Tom Lantos) to be questioned on their cooperation with the Chinese totalitarians. Until Google executives make a serious change where it counts, all their free speech and privacy talk seems like no more than pathetic posturing. Sen. Pat Leahy ought to check the record when rushing to their defense; otherwise he sounds like just another reactionary hack.