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 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 four 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.
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Chief Marketing Officer
Young America’s Foundation
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Action
American Principles Project
Ronald Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian
The Western Journal
Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.
Anne Schlafly Cori
The Honorable George K Rasley Jr.
Attorney and Journalist
Lady Brigitte Gabriel
Founder & Chairman
ACT for America
Founder & President
The Heartland Institute
National Center for Public Policy Research
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Editor-in-Chief & Founder
The American Spectator
Louisiana Family Forum
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising
LTC Allen West
Director of Governmental Affairs
American Family Association
Christie- Lee McNally
Americans for Limited Government
Founder and CEO
Founder & Chairman
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
International Organization for the Family