MRC Vice President Dan Schneider raised the alarm about Google’s ongoing election interference ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Speaking at an Oct. 5 forum on Big Tech’s bias at the Paley Center for Media, Schneider highlighted an MRC Free Speech America bombshell report that unveiled how Google is once again burying Republican presidential campaign websites. Schneider warned that Google poses a threat to democracy in America through censorship. “Google’s probably the most effective at controlling and manipulating information,” Schneider said before warning that this censorship scheme presents a “real danger.”
“Our whole system of government is that each of us is to participate in this American experiment of self-government,” Schneider stated at the James P. Jimirro Media Impact Series forum. “But that only can take place if we have access to information, and when we've got a handful of people deciding what information should be accessible and what information should be hidden — like the campaign websites of several candidates on both sides of the aisle — that becomes a real danger.”
Our report, as detailed by Schneider, showed Google is out to get the most popular Republican candidates, going as far as highlighting the long-shot candidacy of Democrat Marianne Williamson and then-Republican candidate Will Hurd. “There was no Donald Trump, no Ron DeSantis, no Nikki Haley, no Vivek Ramaswamy, no Tim Scott,” Schneider said of the Sept. 27 MRC exposé. “We've been doing this for quite some time, and the search results remain the same.”
MRC embarked on a similar study ahead of the contentious 2022 midterm elections. The results were equally harrowing: Google hid the campaign websites of GOP Senate candidates in prominent races; it buried the campaign websites of its biggest critics; and the tech giant even favored the Democratic Party candidate Raphael Warnock’s campaign website in a search that was conducted in a neutral Georgia precinct where it served to benefit him the most.
“This is a problem,” Schneider continued. “The media takes its cues still from The Washington Post, The New York Times — some Politico and some others — but then the social media companies shake that information out in ways they prefer.”
Schneider concluded his participation by delivering a strong message to Big Tech platforms: “Don't censor constitutionally protected speech!”
Schneider was accompanied by CNN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered S.E. Cupp and Cato Institute Vice President John Samples, among others.
Watch the full panel here.
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