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Bozell, Conservative Leaders Demand Answers From Google CEO After Blacklisting

Posted on 27 July 2020

RESTON, Va. -- On Monday, Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell and the MRC's Free Speech Alliance released an open letter to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai ahead of Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee and the Antitrust Subcommittee hearing featuring Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The letter comes less than a week after major MRC's major sites (including NewsBusters) and other conservative platforms were blacklisted from Google's search results. The full text of the letter can be found below: July 27, 2020 Mr. Sundar Pichai Chief Executive Officer at Alphabet 1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 USA Dear Mr. Pichai, This past Wednesday July 21, several conservative media platforms, including three of Media Research Center’s (MRC) major sites, were removed from Google’s search results. Google’s official response was that this was the result of a technical glitch.  We don’t believe you.  We believe Google is lying yet again. It's the same old game. Censor conservatives, wait for someone else to call you out on it, then blame the algorithms or another technical problem for the censorship. Somehow you never manage to discover your own glitch. It’s always your victims who do. Your approach to this scandal is one of an utter lack of transparency and has become second nature to you and your organization. It’s not merely shameful, it's a clear and present danger to our civil society. You need to answer for this. Who at Google was responsible for this latest instance of deliberate censorship against conservatives? Why did they do it? What are you doing about your employees who did this and who are trying to undermine our democratic process? What information are you going to provide to both Congress and those impacted to show what actually happened? How many more times will Google censor conservatives, and then lie about it before Congress has to take action against your company? The time has passed for lame excuses. If you won’t be honest and fix the problem, then Congress must act decisively to counter the threat to freedom of speech from you and other Big Tech companies. It’s time for the federal government to consider antitrust solutions for companies like Google and the rest of the Big Tech industry that have grown too powerful and too irresponsible. Your claims that Google is neutral, while your company continues to censor conservatives deliberately and deceptively, are simply not credible. On Wednesday, July 29, you are appearing before the The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust. Google deliberately censors conservatives. We dare you to deny that under oath.   Sincerely, L. Brent Bozell III Founder and President Media Research Center   Charlie Copeland President Intercollegiate Studies Institute   Will Chamberlain Publisher Human Events Erick Erickson Editor The Resurgent Craig Strazzeri Chief Marketing Officer PragerU Ron Robinson President Young America’s Foundation Jenny Beth Martin Honorary Chairman Tea Party Patriots Action Ryan Williams  President Claremont Institute Terry Schilling Executive Director American Principles Project Craig Shirley Ronald Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian Steven Ertelt Editor Floyd Brown Publisher The Western Journal Tricia Erickson President Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.  Anne Schlafly Cori Chairman  Eagle Forum The Honorable George K Rasley Jr. Managing Editor   Deborah Weiss Attorney and Journalist   Lady Brigitte Gabriel Founder & Chairman ACT for America   Kassy Dillon Founder & President Lone Conservative   James Taylor President The Heartland Institute   Gavin Wax Publisher The Schpiel   Justin Danhof General Counsel National Center for Public Policy Research   R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Editor-in-Chief & Founder The American Spectator   Gene Mills President Louisiana Family Forum   C. Preston Noell III President  Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.    John-Henry Westen Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief LifeSiteNews   Bill Donohue President Catholic League Mark Fitzgibbons President of Corporate Affairs American Target Advertising Gary Bauer President American Values LTC Allen West Senior Fellow Media Research Center Jeff Hunt Director Centennial Institute Sandy Rios Director of Governmental Affairs American Family Association  Christie- Lee McNally President Raven Strategies Rick Manning President Americans for Limited Government Joseph Farah Founder and CEO WorldNetDaily Kevin Freeman Founder & Chairman NSIC Institute Saulius “Saul” Anuzis President  60 Plus Association Rod Martin Founder & CEO The Martin Organization Christina Murphy Lusk Campaign for the American Future Brian Brown President International Organization for the Family