Republican Congressmen just tried to accuse Google of censoring them and it backfired in humiliating fashion

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Today, the Republican Party is holding hearings into Google’s business practices and its imagined bias against right-wing beliefs in what amounts to little more than a transparently partisan dog and pony show.

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It represents the natural nadir of a trend in recent years wherein conservatives complain about being treated unfairly and bemoan the negative responses to their destructive legislation.

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The same people that love to smirk about “liberal snowflakes” and drinking “liberal tears” have an absolute meltdown when they are called out for spreading misinformation and bigotry. Trump himself has fully weaponized this pathetic imaginary victimhood and the rest of the GOP has followed suit.

Since the Google hearing was never going to be anything more than Republican grandstanding and whining, it’s hardly surprising that the Representatives in question managed to embarrass themselves over and over again, demonstrating beyond any shadow of a doubt that they truly have no idea what they’re talking about.

Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) started the cavalcade of cluelessness by asking Google CEO Sundar Pichai if it’s true that the company has never punished an employee for “manipulating search results.”

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Pichai patiently explained that it’s impossible for individual employees to do such things.

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“I disagree. I think humans can manipulate the process,” responded Smith, who does not work at Google and who clearly has no real understanding of how its technology operates. He provided no proof of his claim, and seemed to be relying on nothing more than his own personal feelings.

Representative Steve King (R-IA) had the worst soundbite segment out of all of the sputtering GOP clowns. King — who has a reputation for being perhaps the most racist man in the U.S. Congress — asked Pichai why his 7-year-old granddaughter was able to find unflattering content about him on her iPhone.

“Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company,” the Google CEO responded, somehow managing not to laugh in King’s face.

“It might have been an Android,” King shot back, immediately flustered by his own mistake. Pichai explained that he would be happy to look into the issue and that it might have been due to the use of a specific phone application. In other words, it had nothing to do with some kind of bias against conservatives.

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Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) made sure to get in his fair share of bad faith showboating by going on about how a Google search turns up negative coverage of the Republican efforts to gut Obamacare (stripping healthcare from millions in the process) as well as negative coverage of the Republican tax bill (which ballooned the deficit and functioned as little more than a massive handout to the super-rich).

Of course, the obvious reason why there’s so much negative coverage of both of these things floating around isn’t that Google hates the GOP, it’s because both things are, by most objective standards, terrible. Americans know they’re terrible, news outlets know they’re terrible, so Google turns up information about how terrible they are.


The simple truth is that Google isn’t to blame for the GOP being unpopular, their evil policies are.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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