Yesterday evening, the news broke that NBC, in conjunction with a foreign, leftist group, successfully petitioned Google to demonetize two conservative websites, The Federalist and Zero Hedge.
Not unlike the Nazi party (socialists) that successfully silenced all print opposition in Germany in the late 1930’s, the move was both evil and wrong, many experts argue.
According to Google, the sites ‘violated’ their ads policy with the “comments” sections of their articles.
Basically, Google decided that the public opinions expresses in response to legitimate news stories were enough to try to shut down the news sites.
However, after being threatened with being deplatformed, Co-Founder of the Federalist, Sean Davis, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight, and explained that he will not be removing he comments sections of the site.
On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Federalist Co-Founder Sean Davis stated that the Federalist never got any notice from Google over the threatened demonetizing of the site, it appears NBC “partnered with a foreign left-wing group in Europe to go after us and to use Google to go after us.”
And vowed that the site’s comments section will return.
Davis said, “We never got any formal notice from Google. We never got any notice from their ad team. We learned about this from NBC News, from the reporter, Ms. Fraser, who emailed a general info account at the Federalist. She didn’t email me or my partners or my founders, saying hey, we heard that Google demonetized you, what do you think about that? And it’s at that point where we started reaching out to connections that we have at Google and found out that it turns out, yeah, something was going on there, but it wasn’t what NBC or Ms. Fraser had said. In fact, it looks like NBC, the network that coddled Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer by the way, had partnered with a foreign left-wing group in Europe to go after us and to use Google to go after us. And as of now, since we have temporarily removed our comments sections, I can assure you they will be back, we are back in Google’s good graces. But this is a pretty terrifying example of the power that you have between the unholy union of corrupt media and monopolistic tech oligarchs.”
In a report published Tuesday afternoon, NBC News claimed Google “banned” The Federalist and ZeroHedge from Google Ads for “pushing unsubstantiated claims” about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Google later pushed back, claiming that The Federalist “was never demonetized,” and added, “We worked with them to address issues on their site related to the comments section.”
NBC reported that Google took action after they were notified by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a British nonprofit, that 10 U.S-based websites projected to make millions of dollars through Google Ads published what the Center says are racist articles about protests following the death of George Floyd. However, it appears to have been NBC News’ inquiry into the matter that prompted Google’s actions in the first place.
Davis said he was outraged by the hypocrisy of an American news organization partnering with a foreign entity to “deplatform an American media organization.”
“We were subjected to all these demands in 2016 and after to get rid of foreign interference in our elections and here we have a foreign unit at NBC … seeking with another left-wing foreign group to deplatform an American media organization, one that’s supposed to be defended and made sacrosanct under the First Amendment,” Davis told Carlson.
Davis went on to say that the attempted deplatforming was “being done by people who claim to be journalists, who claim to believe in free speech and freedom of expression.
“And it’s not just that somebody came after us … the whiny cry-bullies of the left do this all the time to their enemies. They can’t win arguments so they try to shut them down, but to see this come from actual journalists who claim to believe in the First Amendment, that was remarkable.”
Davis added that the publication has temporarily removed its comment sections to get back into Google’s “good graces,” but vowed that they would soon return.
Breitbart News reported on the claim made by NBC earlier in the day:
If the Federalist fails to remedy what Google considers to be violations in its comments section, both websites will now be unable to generate advertising revenue using Google Ads, by far the most important service for any website trying to generate digital advertising revenue. In a comment to Breitbart News, the Federalist confirmed it has not been blacklisted and is working with Google to resolve any issues. In a seperate comment, ZeroHedge also stated it is working with the tech giant.
Google took action after it was contacted by agenda-driven journalists at NBC, who presented the company with research from a leftist nonprofit, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, that smears a number of conservative websites including Breitbart News, and calls on digital advertisers to financially blacklist them.
The nonprofit falsely claims that Breitbart News promoted the Obama “birther” theory, citing as “evidence” a Breitbart story that explicitly rejects the theory. As purported evidence of Breitbart’s “hate,” the nonprofit also links to a recent piece recommending Americans buy guns and ammunition to protect themselves amid violent riots.
NBC claimed the tech giant said it had demonetized The Federalist and ZeroHedge because of “hatred.” According to a Google spokesperson, “To be clear, The Federalist is not currently demonetized. We do have strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on, which includes comments on the site. This is a longstanding policy.”
“When a page or site violates our policies, we take action. In this case, we’ve removed both sites’ ability to monetize with Google,” NBC quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.
NBC seems to have updated its story on Google and The Federalist, but the update appears to break the lede pic.twitter.com/84m1XLIT1q
— Brian Fung (@b_fung) June 16, 2020
Adweek reporter Scott Nover pointed out NBC’s inaccuracies on social media:
A Google spokesperson tells me that @NBCNews gets it wrong. Google says The Federalist was notified they *could* be demonetized but hasn’t yet been. They can still remedy.
Google also says the sites’ comments section not any articles were in violation.https://t.co/Nl9SmJBnEX
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) June 16, 2020
Google says the comments sections of these sites violate their “dangerous and derogatory” policies. https://t.co/37ukcbO89q
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) June 16, 2020
To clarify, Google says The Federalist will be de-monetized, but there’s a short window between judgement and action, so it’s not currently de-monetized. During that window, The Federalist can remedy the actions.
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) June 16, 2020
According to NBC’s story as originally published, Google took action after NBC itself reached out to the tech giant, using research from a leftist nonprofit:
Google’s ban of the websites comes after the company was notified of research conducted by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a British nonprofit that combats online hate and misinformation. They found that 10 U.S-based websites have published what they say are racist articles about the protests, and projected that the websites would make millions of dollars through Google Ads.
Google blocked The Federalist from its advertising platform after the NBC News Verification Unit brought the project to its attention. ZeroHedge had already been demonetized prior to NBC News’ enquiry, Google said. ZeroHedge and The Federalist did not respond to requests for comment.
The NBC journalist who authored the article, Adele-Momoko Fraser, a producer at the NBC “Verification Center,” interned for the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network early on in her journalism career, according to LinkedIn. She went on to work for several mainstream news organizations including CBS News, the BBC, Channel 4, and Sky News.
An NBC reporter thanks two far left wing activist groups for their collaboration in getting the Federalist banned from Google. pic.twitter.com/PB00d7jSZq
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 16, 2020
Google employees have previously petitioned the company to cut ads to Breitbart News as well. With encouragement from the tech giant’s then-director of monetization, leftist Google employees launched a pressure campaign directed at upper management to withdraw service from Breitbart. Meanwhile, leftists in the company’s ads department directed advertisers to the site of the Sleeping Giants, a far-left organization that spreads smears about conservative media to their advertisers.
Google’s hostility to the alternative and conservative media is well documented. The company published a document called “The Good Censor,” which was leaked to Breitbart News, admitting that it and other tech giants “shifted towards censorship” after 2016. Another leaked confirmed that Google-owned YouTube adjusted search results in a manner that de-ranked conservative videos and boosted the mainstream media. And Google executive Kent Walker has said he wants to make the populist movement a “blip” in history.
Update — This story has been updated based on comments from the Federalist and ZeroHedge, as well as the reporting of Adweek’s Scott Nover. The Federalist has not been blacklisted, but has been warned of imminent blacklisting.
Additionally, Breitbart News has received the following comment from Google: “To be clear, The Federalist is not currently demonetized. We do have strict publisher policies that govern the content ads can run on, which includes comments on the site. This is a longstanding policy.”