Google’s War on Media Freedom
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
A previous article explained Google’s transformation from search engine to online censor.
Changes in its search algorithm makes it harder to access what it calls fake news, low-quality information and conspiracy theories – code language for real news, information and analysis it wants suppressed.
In cahoots with US dark forces, it declared war on RT and Sputnik News.
RT is the most widely viewed news on Google-owned YouTube, now pulled from its prime ad list in America without notification, an attempt to censor its content, a flagrant First Amendment violation.
RT and Sputnik are highly respected media operations, not Russian propaganda as falsely claimed – polar opposite US major media disinformation, Big Lies and fake news, aiming to keep Americans uninformed about what they most need to know.
On Saturday, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, said it intends engineering algorithms to make RT and Sputnik less prominent when conducting online searches through its search engine.
Asked about Google facilitating “Russian propaganda” (code language for real news, information and analysis), Schmidt said:
“We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent (RT and Sputnik content delivered to wide audiences)” – intending to de-rank both sites.
“But we don’t want to ban (them). That’s not how we operate.” That’s precisely how Alphabet-owned Google and YouTube operate – prominently featuring deplorable major media rubbish, punishing important content dissenting from the official narrative – censorship by any standard.
Responding to Schmidt, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said “(g)ood to have Google on record as defying all logic and reason.”
“Facts aren’t allowed if they come from RT, ‘because (it’s from) Russia’ – even if we have Google on the congressional record saying they’ve found no manipulation of their platform or policy violations by RT.”
Schmidt was allied with the Obama administration and Hillary’s campaign, actively supporting her, rigging Google searches for her last year, manipulating millions of people to back her over Trump.
It suppressed negative content harming her campaign, operating as her press agent, the same role played by the New York Times, abandoning unbiased electoral reporting.
Google masterfully manipulates online content, now aimed full-throttle at RT and Sputnik – complicit with US dark forces, heading toward likely banning their operations altogether.
That’s how all police states operate. Fascist tyranny pervades Washington.
Independent journalists, anti-war, human and civil rights activists, political dissidents, and others opposing America’s ruthless agenda potentially face its wrath.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”