Friday, January 15, 2010

What do Teabaggers and China Have in Common?

china-flag-wave One of the more interesting stories this week has been Google’s exit from China.  In short, Google, along with 20 other corporations, was allegedly attacked by hackers in China, who went after intellectual property and the Gmail accounts of human rights activists.  Google told China that they weren’t going to censor their searches anymore and China asked them to leave.  Google, knowing that this would be the end result, left.  Google’s attorney David Drummond explained in a statement that, “[t]hese attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China.”

Bravo for Google to take a stand like this.  They’re leaving a lot of eyeballs (and cash) behind.  Bravo for standing against censorship and the control of information.

Conversely, one group that’s all for controlling information are America’s Teabaggers!  Tea Party Nation will host a convention in February.  Those same people who claim to be fighting the supposed Government attack on freedom have no problem controlling the message:

Yesterday, Tea Party Nation announced the lucky few who'll be able to cover the festivities. It's quite a collection: Fox News, Breitbart.com, Townhall.com, the Wall Street Journal, and WorldNetDaily. That's one cable news network, one newspaper, and three websites, one of which (WND) publishes radical conspiracy theories on a daily basis.

That means that three websites and two “news” outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch are the only news outlets allowed to cover the event. 

Remember this.  These people are meeting to discuss strategies, ways to make America fit their definition of what they want America to be.  Their first indication of how they see America is to limit the information coming out of the event to five friendly outlets. 

You know who else limits information and only gives one side of the story to friendly outlets?  The Chinese government.  That’s who.

These people can never get in power.  Never.

2 comments:

  1. Amen, Andrew-- Amen.  I don't fear revolution from the left, but the right really scares me.  Great post

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  2. This topic is so all over the place.  I think a lot of people don't quite know how to feel about it (because their stand goes back and forth).  I heard on NPR when this first happened (google pulling out of China) and they were speaking with someone who said that the Chinese were disappointed in them and thought that Google should stay and fight to change things.  In the news article right below this post I'm seeing a headline that says "Google denies leaving China, seeks negotiations".  I'm thinking this is going to stay all over the place. 
    Personally, I can't even begin to imagine what the world would be like if China gains control.

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