Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) targeted YouTube and their parent company Google for profiting off of and promoting the far-left network “The Young Turks” after commentator Hasan Piker ranted about how “America deserved” the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that killed 3,000 innocents. As Crenshaw has noted in the past, Google, and Big Tech in general, have been quick to smear and censor mainstream conservative voices.
During a Twitch livestream on Tuesday, Piker, the nephew of “Young Turks” co-created Cenk Uygur, said the United States “deserved 9/11” and nastily mocked Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, for losing his eye during his second deployment overseas from an IED explosion.
“This guy has the understanding of foreign policy of, like, a 12-year-old. What the f***. What the f*** is wrong with this dude? Didn’t he go to war and like literally lose his eye because some mujahideen — a brave f***ing soldier — f***ed his eye hole with their d***?” Piker mouthed off. “Isn’t that how he f***ing lost his dumba** eye, because he got his f***ing eye hole f***ed, by a brave soldier?”
In tweets expanding on his vile commentary, Piker wrote, in part, “dan crenshaw [sic] is crying on a comedian’s podcast about how not offended he was about a joke made against him almost an entire year ago. right wing victimhood is a brain disease.” He also added the following asterisk: “crying from his remaining eye.”
Quote-tweeting Piker, Crenshaw posted: “The only thing that offends me is your inability to use capital letters in any of your tweets. But really it is the fact that Google/YouTube profit from and promote The Young Turks and by extension your disgusting defense of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against Americans.”
At a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in June, the congressman grilled Google and Facebook executives over their anti-conservative bias. “You do not have a constitutional obligation to enforce the First Amendment, but I would say that you absolutely have an obligation to enforce American values and the First Amendment is an underpinning of American values,” Crenshaw underscored.
Uygur, the co-creator and main voice at “The Young Turks” network, penned an op-ed at the University of Pennsylvania promoting the denial of the Armenian genocide in 1991. “Any historian can prove to you beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Jewish Holocaust took place,” he wrote. “Armenians claim that there was another genocide in this century. They claim that the Turkish government, between the years of 1915 and 1923, carried out a genocide of the Armenian people. They claim that the truth of this matter is also beyond reproach. … Well, I question it. The claims of an Armenian Genocide are not based on historical facts. If the history of the period is examined it becomes evident that in fact no such genocide took place.”
In 2016, Uygur rescinded the op-ed. “I rescind the statements I made in my Daily Pennsylvanian article from 1991 entitled, ‘Historical Fact of Falsehood?[‘] When I wrote that piece, I was a 21 year-old kid, who had a lot of opinions that I have since changed,” the host said in a statement. “Back then I had many political positions that were not well researched. For example, back in those days I held a pro-war rally for the Persian Gulf War. Anyone who knows me now knows that I am a very different person today.”
YouTube hit mainstream conservative comedian Steven Crowder with video demonetization in June for calling then-Vox commentator Carlos Maza a “lispy queer.”
Last August, Big Tech players like Facebook and Google cracked down on content from Infowars owner Alex Jones. “Facebook removed four pages controlled by him, while Google removed the official ‘Alex Jones Channel’ on its platform,” CNBC reported. “The YouTube channel for InfoWars, the media company owned by Alex Jones, still remains live. Pinterest also removed the InfoWars board, while Spotify took down his most well-known show completely.”
In May, Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook, Inc.) permanently banned “dangerous individuals and organizations” from their platforms, including Jones, self-described investigative journalist Laura Loomer, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson, provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
As noted by The Daily Wire’s Molly Prince, an internal Google memo claimed prominent conservatives, such as Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, PragerU’s Dennis Prager, and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, are all Nazis.