On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro suggested it would be “very difficult to imagine” that Google’s leaders’ political views don’t “bleed into” their product.
“Again, all these people can have their political point of view,” suggested Ben Shapiro, “but if you think this doesn’t bleed into the product, it’s very difficult to imagine that. And it’s going to, again, underscore the level of distrust conservatives have for a lot of these major tech companies.”
Ben Shapiro’s comments came after Breitbart revealed “leaked video” of “Google Leaderhip’s Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election,” shortly after the 2016 presidential election. The Breitbart piece says, “The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai.”
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his show on Thursday:
Ben Shapiro: “So, Google— Breitbart got a hold of – and I’m not sure how they did – they got a hold of tape of Google right after the election. And the tape from Google right after the election is pretty telling because, remember, all of these major media companies have essentially suggested there is no bias at these companies.
“Now, just because people at a particular company are politically biased does not mean that necessarily they’re product is biased. But when you’re talking about the art of coming up with a search engine that benefits certain results at the expense of other results, you do have to ask questions as to how exactly those algorithms are created.
“Now, I have friends who work for Google, and these are folks who work hard every day trying to create algorithms that are more responsive to market conditions. But there’s no question that Google manipulates its data on a pretty regular basis.
“They’ve done this, for example, with regard to China, where they’ve cut off certain search results at the behest of the government.
“Why couldn’t Google do that on behalf of various other political causes? The answer is: they certainly could, and they have in the past. We reported here on this program – I think it was based on a Washington Examiner report, if I’m not mistaken, or a Daily Caller Report, I can’t remember; I don’t want to misattribute it. [Editor’s Note: The report was from The Daily Caller.] There was a report that Google had been attaching fact-checks from left-wing sources to sources like Daily Wire, [The] Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, but had no such thing for sources on the left. Google had to correct it.
“So, in other words, when you’re creating an algorithm it’s garbage in, garbage out. If you start with a particular premise, and the premise is politically biased, you’re going to end up with a result that is also politically biased. It’s hard to think that that’s not what’s been happening at these major tech companies like Google, particularly in the aftermath of some of the ridiculous things that are being said at this particular meeting right after the election.
“So, they held a company-wide meeting of kind of topic executives and team leaders, where everybody vented about President Trump, and this tape finally broke over at Breitbart.
“The Vice President for Global Affairs Kent Walker went off on President Trump suggesting that Google – which, their slogan was something like don’t be evil, but by evil they basically mean be conservative. Here is them ripping into everyone who voted for President Trump. This is the VP of Global Affairs.”
Google VP of Global Affairs Kent Walker: “We do think that history is on our side in a profound and an important way.
“I would say that the moral arch of history is long, but it bends toward progress. And out of progress comes rising living standards and better health care and ultimately the ability to transcend those forces of tribalism – yes, reach toward justice.
“While it may be that the internet and globalization were part of the cause of this problem, we are also fundamentally an essential part of the solution to this problem.”
Ben Shapiro: “So, I mean, you can see the lamentation. You can see the wailing and the gnashing of teeth, people rending their garments and putting sack cloth and ashes on.
“And it wasn’t just Kent Walker. It was also Sergey Brin, who’s the co-founder of Google, who said he was ‘deeply’ offended by President Trump’s election.
“Again, all these people all these people can have their political point of view, but if you think this doesn’t bleed into the product, it’s very difficult to imagine that. And it’s going to, again, underscore the level of distrust conservatives have for a lot of these major tech companies.”
Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin: “As an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive, and I know many of you do too. And I think it’s a very stressful time, and it conflicts with many of our values.”
Ben Shapiro: “Okay, so, there he is Sergey Brin, basically saying that Google’s values have been overridden by President Trump.
“Why would anybody on the right be suspicious of how these tech companies run their business?”