Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, should show up for Senate questions. His absence would be insulting.
But as we have pointed out, there are lots of questions surrounding Google we are sure he’d prefer not to address. He’s making a tactical move. His hope is that this will pass and things will go on as before.
Considering how much the taxpayers of this country have given to his company it is a particularly ugly insult. Google is a huge defense contractor for instance. It basked in Obama’s favor for years. (Google visited the White House during the Obama years almost weekly.) It is a behemoth crony capitalist company. And Pichai can’t even show up in the Senate chamber?
The author of the attached article poo-poos the built in political bias at Google, sadly. He dismisses Trump’s (and others) criticism of the search engine’s political big government pro-Dem disposition as “manufactured.” (It is not. We are in the scrum every day and we see the algos at work.) And the author doesn’t even mention the crony big government relationships Google enjoys (surprise).
The author also says that tech platforms were badly abused in the run up to the 2016 election. (They were not. This is a propaganda point repeated over and over. Russians on social media didn’t move the election one way or the other. We KNOW this.) However, he is chiefly correct, Pichai IS insulting the American people by not showing up in Washington DC.