Employees at search giant Google were stunned to find themselves on the receiving end of censorship after the tech giant issued a 600-word reprimand reminding them to get to work…and take political discussion elsewhere.
“While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not,” reads the guidance, which was reportedly published in the latter half of this week.
“Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics.”
“Avoid conversations that are disruptive to the workplace or otherwise violate Google’s workplace policies. Managers are expected to address discussions that violate those rules.”
— Pier Luca Santoro (@pedroelrey) August 24, 2019
In response, the left-wing media pounced, accusing the tech giant of trying to “stamp out political speech among staff” and bemoaning the “radical departure from how the historically open company has always functioned.”
Over on Fox News — which, along with other right-leaning news outlets and organizations, has been exposing how, one, Google routinely censors conservative viewpoints, and two, Google features a plethora of employees who are far-left activists — the host of “Fox & Friends” celebrated.
“I’m going to be honest — I like it, I do,” co-host Jedediah Bila said Saturday morning. “I like it because I feel like a lot of times these companies become these activist organizations … and they assume that there’s this collectivist school of thought happening at the company.”
“It becomes all politics, and it becomes hard for people to work in environments like that. People who work for Google — they’re not coming to work in the news business where they’re there to engage in politics everyday. They’re there to work in tech or to do other stuff, and it becomes really cumbersome, so I kind of really like the guidelines for them, honestly.”
Listen to the full discussion below:
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Part of the problem with allowing political discussions at Google, fellow co-host Griff Jenkins added, is that the company has a habit of even silencing its own conservative employees.
As an example, he cited the case of Kevin Cernekee, a former Google engineer who recently spoke on “Fox & Friends” about the way he was mistreated at the company, especially after he tried complaining about the left-wing employees’ horrible, arguably fascist behavior.
“What I saw at Google is that conservative employees who spoke about this sort of stuff — about these protests, about these tantrums, about mistreatment — they themselves were targeted,” he said during an appearance on the program last Sunday.
“They were harassed, and they were bullied, and they got warning letters, and they were threatened and they were put on black lists, and I complained about that to management. I tried to escalate it up the chain, and management wrote a warning letter for me complaining about that. And i had to take it to government agencies, and for doing that they fired me.”
During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” earlier this month, Cernekee added that this bias also affects how the tech giant treats conservatives in general.
“You can see bias at every level of the organization,” he said. “One thing that I’ve noticed is that just handling of routine issues is plagued with bias, like they will get a report, an e-mail from a liberal reporter complaining about something and they will jump on it and they will fix the issue very, very quickly.”
The latter claim may explain why the media appear to be so outraged over Google “cracking down” on its employees’ on-the-job political rhetoric and clear-cut activism.
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What may likewise explain Bila’s support for Google’s guidance is the fact that, according to research by Dr. Robert Epstein, PhD, the tech giant’s bias could affect the 2020 election in a way that would favor the Democrat Party.
“They have openly stated that they think 2016 was a mistake,” Cernekee said of this theory while on host Tucker Carlson’s program. “They thought Trump should have lost in 2016. They really want Trump to lose in 2020. That’s their agenda.”
“They have very biased people running every level of company. And they have quite a bit of control over the political process. So, that’s something we should really worry about.”
Yet despite all this, fellow “Fox & Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth revealed Saturday that he personally opposes Google’s guidance.
“The problem Google is experiencing is not that that too many engineers are enthusiastically debating the Green New Deal and giggling and tickling each other about it and how much they love it,” he said. “It’s that a conservative speaks up with an alternative viewpoint, a debate ensues, the liberals all get together and say how dare someone have that barbaric perspective in our company.”
“So the guidance says everyone be quiet, which maintains the orthodoxy of the status quo, which is that all the liberals agree with each other, and all the conservatives sit in the corner and don’t talk. I think that becomes the impact of it.”
However, he added that if Bila is correct in her claim that the guidance is simply about keeping the employees focused on their work versus outside events, then she’s right.
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