Friday, March 23, 2018 by JD Heyes
They say in the political arena if you can’t get good coverage, buy it. Looks like social media giant Google is going into the business of buying favorable political coverage at the ‘expense’ of drowning out competing ideas (read conservative ideas).
As reported by Breitbart News, Google has decided that it should spend $300 million on a brand-new “news initiative” that aims to turn certain media outlets into real-life presstitutes.
According to details of the plan, Google’s money will go towards supporting what it’s Marxist editorial staff has determined to be “high quality journalism,” while pledging to combat “misinformation” during the upcoming 2018 Midterm elections.
“Google says the News Initiative is focused on three broad goals — strengthening quality journalism, supporting sustainable business models and empowering newsrooms through technological innovation,” reported Tech Crunch. “It’s also committing to spend $300 million over the next three years on its various journalism-related projects.”
Google Chief Business Officer Phillipp Schindler claimed during a press conference, “Our mission is inherently tied to your business… The economics are very clear: If you do not grow, we do not grow.”
He added that the social media giant has “two clear business incentives” to support and promote “high quality journalism.”
“First, he said Google search ‘by its very nature depends on the open web and depends on open access to information and that obviously depends on high quality information.’ Second, he noted that Google’s DoubleClick ad business is all about splitting revenue with publishers, with $12.6 billion paid out to partners last year,” Tech Crunch explained.
“Schindler also announced a partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School’s First Draft to launch something called the Disinfo Lab, which will ‘use computational tools and journalistic oversight to monitor misinformation during elections.’ And there’s a separate project called MediaWise, a partnership with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, and the Local Media Association. Google.org’s Jacqueline Fuller described this as a $3 million, two-year media campaign to improve media literacy among teens,” the tech site further noted.
Translation: Google is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to completely destroy or, at the least, drown out conservative, independent media and all voices of liberty and freedom. To them, our voices will be “disinfo.” Our reporting will be “fake.” Our news will be “propaganda.”
Am I overreacting? I don’t think so.
Remember, this is Google, a company that practically had its own office in Barack Obama’s White House. These people aren’t ‘fair and balanced’ when it comes to conservative, pro-American, America-first, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Trump, pro-MAGA voices. This is a blatant effort to ‘buy’ favorable media coverage for its patrons in the Democratic Party. (Related: Obama’s raid of Facebook data OK, but it’s a ‘scandal’ when Team Trump does it?)
This should convince you once and for all that Democrats really are authoritarians and their organs that feed them are all on board with that. How else can you explain the decision by YouTube to completely deep-six all gun-related video content (Google owns YouTube)?
There is pushback to all of this, however. There is a legal effort that seeks to break up the Web’s biggest information monopoly after a series of very credible reports have documented how that company — Alphabet Corp.’s Google — has been attempting to control the flow of information that browsers can (and can’t) see.
“Google dominates Internet search with over 75 percent of the market. If you disappear on Google, your ability to voice your opinion disappears too. You will be silenced,” says StopOnlineCensorship.com, a legal effort sponsored by PragerU.com which has seen more than 40 of its educational videos suppressed by Google-owned YouTube.
“This is not just about PragerU being silenced. It’s about another point of view that’s being silenced by Google and YouTube,” the site continued. “Tomorrow it could be your point of view that is being silenced.”
Hence the effort to buy favorable media coverage.
Google and the rest of the Pravda media are waging a full-scale war on the information you are “allowed” to see. But there are ways to fight their attempts to control all information.
Bookmark Censored.news which is filled with news and information from independent publishers that is updated 24-7. Keep an eye out for the launch of Real.Video. And as always, stay tuned to this site as well.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.