Megacorporations may be founded in the United States and supported by Americans — but that does not mean they won’t go ahead and bash the values of all those who are paying their salaries.
The most visited website in the world, Google, has recently made this clear.
This week, video clips showing Google employees’ reacting angrily to the election of President Donald Trump in 2016 leaked to Breitbart, further exemplifying the bubble in which Big Tech resides.
In the video, the company’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, can be heard comparing Trump voters to the supporters of fascism and communism. “It sort of sneaks up sometimes, really bad things,” he said.
While attempting to explain the motive of Trump voters, Kent Walker, senior vice president for global affairs, said that “fear, not just in the United States but around the world is fueling concerns, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”
Perhaps the most telling statement came from company CFO Ruth Porat. She promised that the company would “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham weighed in Thursday night on the leaked video during her show, “The Ingraham Angle.”
“Big Tech doesn’t really like the American voters who turned [out] for Trump,” Ingraham said.
“That’s pretty obvious. Google thinks it knows better than its customers. After all, Google execs are richer than they are.”
Although their employees question American values, it appears that Google may be working with the Chinese government to help it censor information to the public.
The company is said to have launched an engine approved by the Chinese government in the country — but representatives refused to answer questions on the matter before Congress earlier in the month.
Ingraham pointed out that some of the rift between Google and Trump has to do with the president’s tough approach to China.
“The Google gang and the best of Big Tech were happier when America was losing to China,” Ingraham said. “They didn’t care that America got poorer as communist China got richer and stronger so long as Google got richer in the process. But today, President Trump is turning the tables on that dynamic. His policies are working. Google is still rich, of course, but the globalists are still grumpy. That tells you all you need to know.”
Speaking on “The Ingraham Angle,” digital strategist China Okasi offered a different perspective, saying she thought it was good that Google has worked so closely with China.
“I think in any country, you have to follow their rules and regulations, and I think by supplying their product to the people of China, they’re allowing their people to be a part of the global conversation,” Osaki said.
But CRTV’s Michelle Malkin, also a guest on the show, countered by saying, “Google is kowtowing to the communists and essentially putting internet duct tape around Mao’s dissenters, who dare to criticize the government there.”
Unfortunately for the American public, Google is not the only major company to push leftist talking points.
The CEOs of both Nike and Columbia Sportswear — both of which are based in Oregon — each recently released written statements opposing an initiative (Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet to Measure 105) that will be on the ballot this November to repeal Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state.
“Nike employs people from all over the world; we can attest to the unique value, contributions, and innovations that people from diverse backgrounds add to Nike and to Oregon’s culture and economy,” Nike CEO Mark Parker wrote. “Ending Oregon’s sanctuary law will damage Oregon’s long-standing track record as a place that attracts diverse talent from across the globe.”
Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle agreed with that. He wrote, “Oregon is enriched by our diversity, and immigrants living in Oregon are part of our families, communities, workplaces, and places of worship. Measure 105 does not align with Oregon values.”
Nike, of course, is also the same company that made Colin Kaepernick the face of its “Just Do It” campaign this year, causing outrage for millions of Americans.
If these companies want to maximize their profit margin, making controversial political statements does not seem a great way to do it. Although they’re free to share their political agendas like everyone else, it would not be surprising if such remarks end up hurting their bottom lines.
Check out the segment from “The Ingraham Angle” in the video below:
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.