According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, some major tech companies could soon find themselves in legal trouble over their actions in the wake of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The host of Tucker Carlson Tonight devoted the opening segment of his Fox News program Monday to an extended monologue detailing what he called a “coordinated” and “baldly illegal” attack on public discourse perpetrated by Big Tech, among other businesses that Carlson says are “fully aligned” with the left.
“Corporations, which are now more powerful than they have ever been, ever, are colluding with one another and with the political class to silence any opposition,” he charged, according to a transcript from Breitbart.
“Corporations are fully aligned. This has never happened in our country. They are fully aligned with a political party,” Carlson added. “How much distance between the Biden campaign and Google, the most powerful company in the world? Right around none.”
“They were shut down anyway”
Among the grievances expressed by Carlson on Monday were moves by big businesses to silence, fire, or otherwise refuse to serve individuals and organizations alike whose political views don’t align with theirs.
“In the past five days, PayPal, keep in mind, is supposed to be a payment processor, not a political party or a law enforcement agency. PayPal suspended the account of a group that paid for Trump supporters to travel to Washington last week,” Carlson said, according to Breitbart. “Now, it’s not clear that any of these people participated in illegal acts. We do not know. But they were shut down anyway for their political views,” he added.
Other companies to draw Carlson’s ire included record labels who dropped artists after they were spotted at a rally for the president earlier on the day of the Capitol riot, as well as big names like BlueCross BlueShield, JPMorgan Chase, Marriott, and Citigroup — “not small companies,” Carlson noted, but they “have all cut off donations to Republicans who objected in any way to this year’s election results.”
According to Breitbart, the Fox host argued that moves like these, combined with the rhetoric of Democrat lawmakers like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), “send a very clear message” that those who oppose the left’s ideology “have no right to speak or to fly or to use banks or to hold jobs.”
Near the end of his monologue, Carlson turned his attention specifically to Big Tech and their bid to squash Parler, a newer social media site that sprung up in opposition to Twitter, ostensibly to provide a platform for free speech. Carlson reported:
This weekend, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple openly coordinated set their sights on the social media app, Parler, and booted it off the internet — and not just them. According to CEO of Parler, John Matze, quote, “Every vendor from text message services to e-mail providers to our lawyers ditched us on the same day.”
“Parler committed no crimes,” Carlson insisted, as Breitbart reported. “So why [is Parler] gone? Well, conservatives speak to each other on Parler and that’s dangerous. So they were banned,” he surmised.
It’s a move the Fox host says is not just unethical, but “also illegal, baldly illegal.” Carlson explained Monday:
The coordination between these companies violates the most basic tenet of antitrust law. When monopolies conspire to suppress competition and hurt consumers, it is not even a close call; they are breaking the law.
“No one thought that Jeff Bezos could silence an entire political movement in an instant simply because he thought they were expressing inconvenient views. But last night, that’s exactly what Jeff Bezos did, and Parler went dark,” Carlson added. “Whoa, what’s next? You will likely find out soon.”