Beck vs. Google

BECK VS. GOOGLE…. Fox News’ Glenn Beck has new advice for his minions: stop using Google.

“Who are they? Are they right? Are they left? Are they clean? Are they dirty? Are they front groups? I don’t know. May I recommend if you’re doing your own homework, don’t do a Google search. It seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government.

“Remember, maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries. Are they just a shill now for the United States government? Who is Jared Cohen? Is he a private citizen or government operative? And isn’t this the second Google guy we’ve found? This is the second Google executive now being exposed as an instigator of a revolution.”

When Beck noted he thinks Google is “in bed with the government,” he means the American government. “There is a strange thing going on with this search engine and our government,” he said. “And we all have to choose who we do business with.”

Apparently, the odd media personality was quite worked up about this. “I’m just not sure, as I look into Google, that I want to use their products anymore unless I have to,” Beck added. “And some of their products I think I have to. I’m not leading any boycott. I hate boycotts. You do with your time, your money, and your information what you want. For me, personally, I’m not feeling real comfortable about the current direction of Google the more I find out.”

What on earth is he talking about? Wael Ghonim is the head of Google’s marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, and he also helped organize Egyptian protestors during the recent uprising. The Mubarak government arrested Ghonim in late January and held him blindfolded for 11 days. Upon his release, Ghonim, seen as a hero, helped further inspire those demonstrating against their government.

So, here’s Beck’s logic: Google has government contracts, Google employs Ghonim, Ghonim opposed an autocratic government in Egypt, and Beck liked the autocratic government in Egypt. Ergo, Google worked with American officials to help overthrow the Mubarak regime, which means right-thinking people everywhere should steer clear of the nefarious search engine.

Who could argue with logic like this?

As for which Google “products” Beck believes he “has to” use, I have no idea what he means.