Fox News host Tucker Carlson courted controversy recently with his criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement — and now, he’s going after tech giant Google for the way it uses its power to essentially cancel any media enterprise that features dissenting views.
“Most media companies are dependent on Google,” the Washington Examiner quoted Carlson as explaining to his prime-time audience on Tuesday night. “So, if you’re in the news business, you obey Google.”
Carlson blasts Google
“When Google tells you to do something, you do it,” the Fox News personality went on, as he described the imbalance of power between the tech titan and digital media enterprises. “You have no choice. They can bankrupt you in a minute, and they will.”
Carlson pointed specifically to the example of The Federalist, a conservative website that, according to National Review, Google had threatened to demonetize over allegedly unacceptable posts found in its reader comment sections.
“[Google] told us that the sites maintain ‘unmoderated comment sections,'” the Fox host said, according to the Examiner. “In other words, readers get to say what they want. Google finds this intolerable.
“Faced with destruction, The Federalist had no choice but to submit to Google. The site deleted their comment section entirely,” Carlson complained. “No more saying what you think about articles on The Federalist. Google has banned that now.”
Calling out the enablers
Carlson also called out the hypocrisy of Google imposing the very restrictions on websites from which the company has itself been exempted, noting, “Google says it now holds conservative web sites responsible for the comments of their readers.”
“And yet, irony of ironies, thanks to a special carve-out Google has received from the United States Congress, something called section 230 of the Communications Decency Act,” he said, referring to the 1996 legislation. “Google itself is not responsible for content on its platform because Congress says it doesn’t have to be.”
However, Carlson didn’t just go after Google’s authoritarian behavior. He also addressed those in the Republican Party who he feels are enabling it, drawing particular attention to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who Carlson hopes will both face tough primary challenges when they next stand for election, according to The Daily Beast.
“They attack any investigation of the tech companies that might have ‘preconceived conclusions that large tech companies are inherently bad or must be broken up.’ Who is paying these guys?” Carlson demanded to know.
“Year in and year out, we vote for these people in the fervent hope they will stand up for us when it matters. Now, it matters. And now, like every time before, they sell us out,” the Fox host lamented. “Time is up. Seriously, it is too much. The stakes are too high. We need better leadership, we need someone to protect us, nobody is.”
As someone who has himself been a longtime target of the cancel culture promoted by the left, Carlson certainly knows whereof he speaks.