Does big tech have a political bias problem? Companies like Facebook and Google have sworn up and down that they’re apolitical … but a growing amount of evidence is raising hard questions about the corporate culture within these brands.
On Saturday, one of Google’s top people single-handedly brought those questions to the surface again. After Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, the tech company’s design lead went on a hateful rant on Twitter.
“You are finished, @GOP,” posted Dave Hogue, whose bio states that he holds a design lead position at Google. “You polished the final nail for your own coffins.”
“F–K. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL,” the unhinged Google leader continued, according to screenshots of his angry tweets captured by Jim Hoft.
He didn’t stop there. Hogue went even darker, calling Republicans “evil” and wishing conservatives to be burned.
“I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames,” he posted.
Sometime after posting the inflammatory messages, the high-ranking Google leader deleted them and then posted a follow-up message admitting that he had written them.
“Yes, I deleted that tweet,” he stated. “Yes, those opinions are mine personally, and I am responsible for them. Yes, I should have been more eloquent and less condemning.” Gee, you think?
That’s at least something. It was a non-apology, however. Hogue went on to stand by his deeply biased views, even though he had sheepishly removed the post.
“Yes, I still believe the GOP is wrong and not serving your best interests,” he continued. The California liberal did not elaborate about whether he still wanted to “F–K” conservatives “TO HELL” while people applauded.
Now, these were personal opinions … but the fact that a fairly high-profile supervisor at Google didn’t think twice before posting such vile and hateful comments publicly should speak volumes.
Remember, this wasn’t some random low-level office drone — it was one of Google’s top managers, a design lead who helps shape projects and influences the company’s overall direction.
Imagine for just a moment if you were a conservative employee, and this man was your supervisor. How do you think an employee at Google would feel knowing that the company’s leaders publicly wish for them to violently burn in flames while people cheer?
Or, consider for a moment if a representative of the company had posted this hateful comment about gay employees, or workers who had voted for Obama. No human resources department in America would tolerate this hate speech, yet it’s apparently completely fine at Google.
It’s yet another piece of evidence about a trend that countless whistle-blowers have been pointing out for months: There appears to be a major problem with hard-left political bias at places like Google, and these companies are in denial about what’s happening.
Former Google engineer James Damore, for instance, was fired by the search engine giant for having the not-so-radical opinion that men and women are different. Gasp!
“Google employees have witnessed multiple instances in which hundreds of ‘progressive’ Googlers would target a single co-worker for harassment, and even potential violence, over a politicized matter, humiliating the person and sabotaging his career,” claimed a lawsuit filed on Damore’s behalf, as we reported in January.
And while the tech company has publicly insisted that its politically unbiased, some insiders say the opposite is true.
“A leaked video … shows an internal meeting at Google shortly after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in which Google’s leadership expressed deep sadness and an obsessive dedication” to influencing U.S. politics, we recently reported.
True diversity respects many different viewpoints, but it seems that companies like Google have become intellectual echo chambers.
Hogue likely felt comfortable posting his hateful and violent anti-Republican screed precisely because he knew it would be welcomed by his colleagues. For him, that biased anger was normal — and that is deeply troubling.
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