Free speech ain't what it used to be.
The anarcho-communists on the Left are using the made-up kerfuffle over President Trump supposedly embracing white supremacists to crack down on whatever they decide they just don't like, and now, tech giant Google is getting in on the game.
Under the guise of rooting out "hate," the search engine company is launching "a new machine learning tool to help journalists covering hate news leverage this data in their reporting," Google said in a blogpost.
Not surprisingly, Google has partnered with liberal groups like ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, and the Southern Poverty Law Center with the goal of making data about "hate events" more accessible to journalists. Other "news" sites deemed worthy of judging content across the internet include Buzzfeed, The Root, The New York Times, Univision, Meedan (whatever that is), and, of course, the The Advocate (which today features "100 Photos of Beautiful Men in the P-Town Sunset" — don't miss it!).
From Google's blogpost:
The Documenting Hate News Index — built by the Google News Lab, data visualization studio Pitch Interactive and ProPublica — takes a raw feed of Google News articles from the past six months and uses the Google Cloud Natural Language API to create a visual tool to help reporters find news happening across the country. It’s a constantly-updating snapshot of data from this year, one which is valuable as a starting point to reporting on this area of news.
The Documenting Hate project launched in response to the lack of national data on hate crimes. While the FBI is required by law to collect data about hate crimes, the data is incomplete because local jurisdictions aren't required to report incidents up to the federal government.
All of which underlines the value of the Documenting Hate Project, which is powered by a number of different news organisations and journalists who collect and verify reports of hate crimes and events. Documenting Hate is informed by both reports from members of the public and raw Google News data of stories from across the nation.
The entire effort is spearheaded by ProPublica, which PJMedia noted "poses as a middle-of-the-road non-profit journalistic operation, but in reality, it's funded by a stable of uber-liberal donors, including George Soros's Open Society Foundations and Herb and Marion Sandler, billionaire former mortgage bankers whose Golden West Financial Corp. allegedly targeted subprime borrowers with 'pick-a-pay' mortgages that led to toxic assets that were blamed for the collapse of Wachovia."
"The Southern Poverty Law Center, of course, is infamous for targeting legitimate conservatives groups, branding them as 'hate groups' because they refuse to walk in lockstep with the progressive agenda," PJ reported.
A perusal of the raw data that's been compiled thus far on hate stories shows articles from a wide array of center-right sites, including The Daily Caller, Breitbart News, The Washington Times, National Review, and the Washington Examiner. It also includes many articles from liberal sites like BuzzFeed News and The New York Times. One story from PJ Media's Bridget Johnson is included in the list. It's a report about a Sikh ad campaign aimed at reducing hate crimes against members of their faith community. Many of the articles are simply reports about alleged hate crimes from sources running the gamut of the political spectrum.
ProPublica vows to diligently track "hate incidents" in the coming months. "Everyday people — not just avowed 'white nationalists' — intimidate, harass, humiliate and even harm their fellow Americans because of the color of their skin, how they worship or who they love." [Emphasis added] Note that they're not just focusing on hate "crimes."
It's easy enough to figure out the direction of this project by taking it for a test drive. A search for "Scalise" returned four results, one of which didn't even mention Steve Scalise, the congressman who was shot by a crazed leftist in June. A search for "Trump" during the same time period yielded more than 200 results. A search of the raw data resulted in 1178 hits for Trump and not a single mention of Scalise.
The new group is getting in touch with editors and creators of websites, with ProPublica "reporter" Lauren Kirchner writing in an email to them:
I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.
We would like to ask you a few questions:
1) Do you disagree with the designation of your website as hate or extremist? Why?
2) We identified several tech companies on your website: PayPal, Amazon, Newsmax, and Revcontent. Can you confirm that you receive funds from your relationship with those tech companies? How would the loss of those funds affect your operations, and how would you be able to replace them?
3) Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being an alleged hate or extremist web site? Which companies?
4) Many people opposed to sites like yours are currently pressuring tech companies to cease their relationships with them – what is your view of this campaign? Why?
Meanwhile, CNN has published a list of "hate" groups (compiled, of course, by the Southern Poverty Law Center), which includes plain-old conservative groups like the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Family Research Council and ACT for America.