Greg Coppola and Tulsi Gabbard have one thing in common.
They’re both looking for a job.
That by itself is not news. A lot of people look for jobs. But in this instance, it’s the people who don’t want them to find work that make this news.
If you don’t know Greg Coppola and Tulsi Gabbard, don’t sweat it. Theirs aren’t household names. But the news behind their job searches is what makes this interesting.
But there is one name in this story that everyone knows.
They are the people who don’t want Greg Coppola or Tulsi Gabbard to find work. Other than the fact the power-mongers at Google don’t like Greg Coppola or Tulsi Gabbard, there is little that connects the two. One is an software engineer, the other a politician.
Ms. Gabbard wants to be president. For whatever reason, the powerful puppeteers at Google who pull strings connected to the Internet don’t like that idea.
Critics suspect it’s not that the Google maestros dislike Ms. Gabbard. It’s just that they like other Democrats more – other more liberal Democrats.
Whatever the reason, Ms. Gabbard said power brokers at Google are working to sabotage her campaign. You will remember that Ms. Gabbard had a good showing at the first debate. Following the debate, millions of Americans wanted to learn more about the lady from Hawaii. So they went to their computers to find the information.
And that’s when, Ms. Gabbard charges, Google interfered.
She says in the hours following the debate Google shut down all of Ms. Gabbard’s advertising. At the very time voters were most interested in learning more about her, Google puppeteers censored that information.
People at Google Central say they have no idea how it happened. If that sounds familiar, it should. That’s what the gatekeepers at Google always say when they sabotage someone.
It happens a lot. Google it. Except, make a statement – don’t use Google.
Last week Ms. Gabbard sued the behemoth for $50 million. She may succeed. But $50 million means little to a company with revenues of $116 billion valued at almost $1 trillion. The information they control is worth much more.
And it's much worse than the lawsuit infers.
Sure, it’s bad that Google sabotaged Ms. Gabbard’s campaign. But at least she knows they want to ruin her campaign. Far worse is how the Leftists at Google decide what information you can see – and what you can’t – without your knowledge.
And now we’re back to Greg Coppola.
Up until last week, Mr. Coppola had a great job.
He worked at Google.
But that was before he talked publicly about how the company jiggers search result to only provide information approved by Google executives.
He said the CEO, Sundar Pichai, lied to Congress last year when he testified that Google does not manipulate search results.
“I just know how algorithms are. They don’t’ write themselves . . . Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?” he asked.
Of course, our Tech Masters don’t stop with fudging search. If they really don’t like what a person writes or says – they eliminate it. Poof. Gone.
None of this is news.
Conservatives have charged for years that Google, Facebook, YouTube (owned by Google) and other social media sites censor conservative thought. They cite thousands of examples where content was deleted or authors suspended.
Up until now, nobody much cared. Yes, the Senate had hearings recently. They were so concerned they promptly took another vacation. Six weeks.
It’s what they do.
There may be hope. Previously Google’s efforts to control information were directed at conservatives. The attack on Ms. Gabbard breaks new ground. Perhaps now politicians on both sides of the aisle will recognize the threat.
DAN HAMMES is publisher of the Gazette Record.