In another blow against freedom of speech on the Internet, Fox News is reporting that Google has taken the measure of de-listing the work of an anti-UN blogger named Matthew Lee. For several years, Lee has run the Inner City Press, a small news/opinion site that is focused on criticizing the United Nations. But since Google has teamed up with the UN on recent initiatives, Google has found that Lee's criticism is too much for them to handle.
Mr. Lee has been taking after big targets for a long time, so he is no newcomer to the scene. In 1987 he went after Citigroup with his corruption exposes, but since 2005 the United Nations has been his favorite target. He has especially focused on the "inner workings of what could be called the practical-applications arm of the international organization, the United Nations Development Programme."
As Fox News reports:
Many of Lee's stories were featured prominently whenever Web users looked for news about the U.N. using the powerful Google News search engine, a vital way for media outlets both large and small to get their articles read... But beginning Feb. 13, Google News users could no longer find new stories from the Inner City Press.
After the Government Accountability Project discovered the plight of Inner City Press and raised their own stink about the de-listing, Google claimed that the de-listing was a mistake but that it would take "a couple weeks" to fix the "glitch."
"We acknowledged our misunderstanding ... but it takes time for the restoration to occur," [Google spokesman Gabriel] Stricker said. "The glitch will be resolved as soon as possible. We're working on it."
The GAP, however is none too happy about Google's "glitch." GAP's international-program director Bea Edwards told Fox that Inner City Press was "the most effective and important media organization for UN whistleblowers."
"We're alarmed. The question is, is what user sent the complaint? And it's probably not too hard to guess. We would guess the complaints came from the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)."
This isn't something new for Internet organizations like Google, however. Google and other Internet organizations like Newsvine and Digg have been embroiled in efforts to eliminate the conservative voice from the Internet for quite some time.
For instance, Newsvine recently canceled the account of the conservative news/opinion site called The New Media Alliance. And, as Noel Sheppard reported back in May of 2006, the conservative opinion site called The New Media Journal was removed from search engines by Google because Google deemed the commentary site a "hate site."
So, far from being the wild west of opinion, the Internet is seemingly more and more in the grip of leftist organizations that are out to eliminate conservative expression on the net. Add to this the liberals in Congress who want to reinstate the inaptly named "Fairness Doctrine," and we get ominous signs of the left's oppressive ideas of "freedom of speech."
It's just one more example that Jonah Goldberg is right. Liberals are closer to fascists than any conservative.