By Chris Menahan
During an interview with fired Google employee James Damore on Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that Google — not the federal government — represents the greatest threat to free speech in America.
“If you’re conservative it might be difficult to get your head around what is happening in this country so much has changed but here’s the bottom line: the federal government is no longer the main threat to your privacy and to your freedoms. You’ve grown up thinking that, it’s no longer true,” Carlson said.
“Big corporations are the main threat to your freedom and your privacy,” he said. “The government doesn’t own your private emails, Google does. Federal employees can’t be fired for their political views, private sector employees are all the time. The Trump administration can’t end your ability to publicly communicate your ideas. Twitter and Facebook can do that and they do do it all the time. The Orwellian future is increasingly the Orwellian present and tech barons are becoming our new commissars. Liberals who once admirably stood up for free expression in opposition to concentrations of corporate power have been thoroughly co-opted — they’re getting rich from it.”