In a contentious antitrust hearing on Wednesday, four of America’s tech titans (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) were grilled by Democrats and Republicans about their shady business practices. House Republicans came down hard on the issues of political bias and censorship of conservatives. But while ABC’s World News Tonight ditched covering the hearing altogether, the CBS Evening News defended efforts by Facebook and Google to censor conservative outlets like NewsBusters.
While ABC anchor David Muir dedicated two consecutive segments to bashing President Trump, CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell announced: “For the first time, the titans of tech testified together before Congress. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai were confronted with charges of stifling competition and political bias.”
After explaining how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos responded to the grilling from Democrats, chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes defended Facebook’s censorship of conservatives. And despite how congressional Republicans provided ample evidence of political bias, Cordes brushed it off by only focusing on how Facebook deleted a video Trump posted.
“Well, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company does prohibit content that could harm people, and so his platform others took the video down,” she chided.
Meanwhile, conservative outlets like NewsBusters have been on the receiving end of Facebook’s ridiculous censorship policy. As our TechWatch writer Corinne Weaver documented at the start of July, NewsBusters associate editor Scott Whitlock exposed a bogus USA Today fact-check that claimed the Democratic Party didn’t found the KKK nor start the Civil War. Facebook responded by slapping a warning on the piece and fact-checked it with the bogus one.
Cordes also refused to note that Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled on why his company had blacklisted conservative news outlets last week, including NewsBusters, and backtracked after getting caught.
This author was also the target of social media censorship. Though they weren’t at the Wednesday hearing, Twitter suspended my account after I dared to mock the drunken antics of CNN’s Don Lemon. They eventually apologized and reinstated my account, and I didn’t need to delete the tweet.
In a bit of a contrast on NBC Nightly News, business and tech correspondent Jo Ling Kent presented Republican hearing input without criticism. And the first soundbite she used was of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) calling out their contempt for conservatives:
JO LING KENT: The antitrust hearing was contentious from the start.
JORDAN: Big tech’s out to get conservatives. That’s not a suspicion, that’s not a hunch That’s a fact.
She also included Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (R), who went after Google for working with the Chinese military:
GAETZ: General Dunford says that your company is directly aiding the Chinese military?
PICHAI: Congressman, with respect, we are not working with the Chinese military.
“Congress aims to finish its investigation by the end of the year. But in the tech community, there is skepticism it will lead to real change,” she concluded.
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