Here’s a real puzzler that I hope I am wrong about:
Am I the only person noticing a silence, bordering on total, from the big lefty blogs on Google’s co-operation with the Chinese government in search-result censorship?
There are plenty of examples in history of the Left looking the other way when oppression rears its ugly head. Just one — the non-reactions of presidential candidates Gene McCarthy and George McGovern in 1968 when the Russian tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia and crushed the Prague Spring, as documented by Evans & Novak in their column just before that year’s Democratic convention (sorry, I don’t have a link, but I remember it like it was yesterday; e-mail me if you have a link).
If I am correct, the big left blogs’ ignorance of the Google censorship story may be yet another instance of “see no evil” when it’s perpetrated in the name of a Communist government.
Here’s what I’ve done to check into the coverage (as of roughly 2:30 PM ET; click on the links indicated to do the searches yourself):
- A search on “ Google” and “China” at Daily Kos gave only results pre-dating Google’s move in both instances. (Note: The Kos searches were very slow when I did them, and you may have to try multiple times to get a result.)
- A search on “Google” and “China” at MyDD yielded the same results — every listing pre-dated Google’s move.
- A very recent entry (12:18 Pacific today as I was updating this post) at Daily Kos, an entry that may not have been indexed for search yet, did cover Google’s move, only to ask: “Has anyone noticed that the American government is BEING MORE INTRUSIVE THAN THE CHINESE ONE? at least in some ways …..”. Uh-huh.
- I also did a great deal of scrolling through entries at Daily Kos and MyDD while doing a browser word search on “Google,” and found nothing.
- A browser word search on Atrios’s archive page for January 22-28 on “Google” and “China” found nothing, nor did a browser word search on his home page today.
Note that in all cases that I did NOT look through the comments.
I can’t say for certain that there is absolutely nothing other than the single Bush-Bash entry I found about Google’s China censorship at these three sites, but if there is anything else, it certainly isn’t prominent.
So who’s really living in a bubble? Is it asking too much to expect SOMEONE, especially the bigwigs, at three of the left’s top blogs to notice that over a billion people are having what they can see filtered by an oppressive regime?
Say it ain’t so, Kos, and Atrios, and MyDD.
Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.
UPDATE: A strong anti-Google DailyKos entry appeared at 12:47 Pacific Time, shortly after this post was “finalized” (content was don at about 3:30 Eastern, or 12:30 Pacific, and “Previous Posts” were added at about 4:30 PM ET). Diarist PhiloTBG rips Google a new one “When 1.3 billion people cannot access information about their country’s political history and status, there has been no progress. Google hasn’t made information more available, they’ve made it less accessible by systematizing the work of China’s internet censors into an easy to use platform. Propaganda has never been so easy to spread. The truth has never been so easy to hide. This is Google’s doing and their actions are truly a study in hypocrisy, cowardice, greed, and delusion.”. Good to see from PhiloTBG. This DKos post remains the only one critical of Google at any of the Big Three sites as of 9PM ET. It would still be nice to hear if the bigwigs at the Big Three sites have an opinion, or if they even care.
UPDATE 3: Paul Boutin (HT Instapundit) shows that you can see the tanks through Google China by misspelling “Tiananmen.” A whole new generation of Chinese will probably be initiating creative misspelling, code, and other misdirection efforts soon.
UPDATE 4: MacStansbury and Tel-Chai Nation have posts that plausibly contend, based the left’s efforts to silence free speech here in the US (campaign-finance law, revival of the misnamed “Fairness Doctrine,” etc.), that their silence on Google-China may relate to their wishes to restrict and control political discussion here (campaign-finance law, revival of the misnamed “Fairness Doctrine,” etc.).
UPDATE 5: Props to PhiloTBG for his link to an online petition (see Comment 23 below for more detail if you need it) and the liberal activist group Act for Change for theirs.
- Jan. 29 — Internet Wall of Shame Update: Google Developments
- Jan. 25 — Internet Wall of Shame Update: Google Cements Its Position
- Jan. 21 — Big Jingjing and Chacha Are Watching You (Chinese and Other Internet Censorship Update)
- Jan. 8 — BizzyBlogâ€™s Internet Wall Of Shame (Inductees Courtesy of Reporters Without Borders)
- Jan. 3 — Time for an Internet Wall of Shame for the Chinese Police-State Enablers
- Jan. 2, 2006 — Beijing Paperâ€™s Journalists Walk Out
- Nov. 13, 2005 — About That Nov. 16-18 UN Internet Conference in Tunisia (UN-EU takeover attempt)
- Nov. 7 — Our Friends the Chinese
- Oct. 22 — Chinese Censorship: Bad News and Good News
- Oct. 20 — â€œI Do NOT Yahoo!â€ Update: A Chinese Dissident Speaks Out
- Oct. 8 — Is There Anything American Tech Companies Wonâ€™t Do to Kowtow to China?
- Oct. 1 — More on China Repression and Yahoo! Enablers
- Sept. 30 — UPDATE: China Repression with American Technologyâ€“On Smart Mobs, BBS, and SMS
- Sept. 26 — China Crackdown Continues: First Blogs, Now Internet News and Web Sites
- Sept. 18 — I Do Not â€œYahoo!â€ Update: WaPo Weighs In
- Sept. 14 — I Do Not â€œYahoo!â€ Follow-up
- Sept. 11 — I Do Not (and Will Not) â€œYahoo!â€