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Tucker Carlson: Kochs Donate To Big Tech Companies That Silence Conservatives "To Do Their Bidding"


TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: We’ve told you a lot on this show over the past few years about how Google, Facebook, and Twitter work in secret to impose a leftwing political agenda on this country. In 2016, for example, Google employees worked behind the scenes to boost Hillary Clinton’s voter turnout. They seemed despondent when they couldn’t stop Donald Trump from winning. Google, as you know, regularly suppresses conservative videos on YouTube. At one point, the company even contemplated rigging its search results to undermine Trump’s immigration policy. Twitter, meanwhile, often bans users entirely for the crime of disagreeing with the left. At this point it’s clear that big tech hates conservatives, and works assiduously to hurt them. 
Republican voters are starting to figure this out. A HarrisX poll from last year found 83 percent of Republicans understand that tech is biased against conservatives. Another poll this summer found that 42 percent of all voters, not just conservatives, think the Trump administration should take action to push back against the tech monopolies’ political bias. So far, that isn’t happening. No one in Washington is doing anything. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Tech companies have thrived under a special immunity they received from Congress that protects them from lawsuits over what people say on their platforms. It’s an exemption that Fox News, for example, does not have. Why does Google have it? Senator Josh Hawley would like to know. Hawley has proposed stripping immunity from tech companies, and treating them like everyone else, unless they can maintain neutral platforms for all views, which was of course the original deal. It’s a great idea, but it hasn’t happened. Another idea is breaking up major tech companies, so a handful of monopolies don’t have effective veto power over the first amendment. Another great idea that hasn’t happened. Why all the inaction? A big part of the problem is that conservative nonprofits in Washington, the ones that are supposed to be looking out for you, aren’t actually looking out for you. They’re looking out for big tech.
A new report from the Campaign for Accountability obtained by this show, highlights how conservative organizations in DC have colluded with big tech to shield leftwing monopolies from any oversight at all. This October, for example, Americans for Prosperity, a purportedly conservative group controlled by the billionaire Koch family, launched an ad campaign supporting Facebook and google. The ads targeted state attorneys general, Republicans and Democrats,  leading antitrust investigations of those two companies. In March, Americans for Prosperity ran digital ads urging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to quote, “oppose any effort to use antitrust laws to break up America’s innovative tech companies.” In all, the Koch network quietly spent at least $10 million defending Silicon Valley companies that work to silence conservative. As one former Koch employee recently told this show, quote, "I know for a fact they take money from social media companies to do their bidding.” 
It turns out he was right. Google has given money to at least 22 right-leaning institutions that are also funded by the Koch network. These include the American Conservative Union, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Mercatus Center. Google, for example, was the single largest donor to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner in 2013. What does all this money buy? Well in September of 2018, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and three other groups funded by Google and the Kochs sent a joint letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing grave concerns over DoJ’s plans to look into whether search engines and social media were hurting competition and stifling speech. Big Tech companies silence conservatives. Conservative nonprofits try to prevent the government from doing anything about it. Makes sense. 
And then there’s the Heritage Foundation, maybe the biggest and best-funded think tank in Washington. Half the conservatives in the city seem to have worked there at one time or another.  Almost thirty years ago, I did. To this day, there are a lot nice and well-meaning people at the Heritage Foundation. As as an organization, Heritage no longer represents the interest of conservatives, at least on the question of tech. A recent paper by Heritage, entitled “Free Enterprise Is the Best Remedy For Online Bias Concerns,” defends the special privileges congress has given to leftwing Silicon Valley monopolies. If conservatives don’t like it, Heritage says, they can start their own Google. The paper could have been written by tech lobbyists, and in fact may have been. A trade association that represents Silicon Valley called the liability exemption Google enjoys, quote, “the most important law in tech.” Heritage’s paper repeats that line, verbatim, word for word, along with many others. 
It’s embarrassing. But Heritage isn’t embarrassed. None of the so-called “conservative” nonprofits in Wasington are. They make deals with people who hate you, secretly sell out your interests, then beg you to tithe like it’s the medieval church. That’s the system we’ve had for decades. Maybe that’s why, no matter how much money you send, nothing gets more conservative. You wonder how much longer this can continue. 

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