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.