Journalists, media executives, and political figures reacted Wednesday afternoon to a Breitbart News report revealing leaked footage of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 presidential election in which executives of the Silicon Valley giant expressed disillusionment with President Donald Trump’s victory.
As reported earlier by Breitbart News’ Allum Bokhari, the eye-brow raising footage shows Google co-founder Sergey Brin contrasting supporters of President Trump with fascists driven by “boredom.”
“The Google co-founder then asks his company to consider what it can do to ensure a “better quality of governance and decision-making.” VP for Global Affairs Kent Walker argues that supporters of populist causes like the Trump campaign are motivated by “fear, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there,” writes Bokhari.
Yelp’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy Luther Lowe was among the first Silicon Valley executives to share the story, tweeting: “[U]mm… WOW. Breitbart just dropped video of a full TGIF (Google’s confidential company-wide meeting) the day after the election. Might send a bottle of scotch to Google D.C. What a nightmare.”
umm… WOW. Breitbart just dropped video of a full TGIF (Google's confidential company-wide meeting) the day after the election.
Might send a bottle of scotch to Google D.C. What a nightmare…https://t.co/HSWT4bP48x
— Luther Lowe (@lutherlowe) September 12, 2018
Digital Content Next CEO Jason Kint said the leaked video confirmed, “Google is having a very, very, very bad day,” citing Breitbart News’ report, along with various other legal fights the technology giant involved in.
Google is having a very, very, very bad day…
1 Lost EU Copyright fight: https://t.co/RRnsFF869H
2 TGIF Breitbart leak: https://t.co/epuCvxyBeN
3 Brave lawsuit: https://t.co/P5mu4oOXTC
4 Senate Commerce: https://t.co/Kyp8Vbzm3r
5 Sued by state AG: https://t.co/ALpTAxHW9z
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) September 12, 2018
Reporters from a handful of business and technology news outlets expressed their amazement with the footage.
The Guardian Media Editor Jim Waterson noted, “[T]he fact someone within Google leaked the video to Breitbart is as interesting as the content.”
Leaked video of Google’s first internal meeting after Trump’s election, with execs discussing what to do. (And the fact someone within Google leaked the video to Breitbart is as interesting as the content.) https://t.co/j9Yn7pauYV
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) September 12, 2018
Video leaks of Google all-hands meeting the day after Trump won, shows Google founders nearly in tears. The fact that it got leaked now (and to Breitbart) is as interesting as the video: https://t.co/jFPYxWghtR
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) September 12, 2018
Motherboard Managing Editor Emanuel Maiberg snidely called the video a “truly frightening display of executives saying they respect the democratic process over and over again.”
truly frightening display of executives saying they respect the democratic process over and over again https://t.co/77QAchkrve
— Emanuel E Cheeseberg (@emanuelmaiberg) September 12, 2018
Wow this video leak of Google's first TGIF after the election https://t.co/kTF8kuFnKq
— Richard Nieva (@richardjnieva) September 12, 2018
Business Insider News Editor Rob Price acknowledged the report was a “Huge scoop.”
Huge scoop from Breitbart: Someone has leaked the complete video of a two-hour Google company all-hands meeting after Trump won the 2016 election. https://t.co/Mq4NqLD7u8
— Rob Price (@robaeprice) September 12, 2018
Cyber Scoop News’ Patrick Howell O’Neill was less surprised than his fellow journalists, arguing Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s opposition to President Trump, specifically the administration’s immigration policy, was well-publicized prior to the leak. “Sergey Brin has shown up at the San Francisco protests against Trump’s immigration policy. He’s spoken on the record to reporters there about how he, an immigrant, opposes Trump’s policies,” said O’Neill. “Hard to be shocked he also tells his company he’s upset by Trump.”
Sergey Brin has shown up at the San Francisco protests against Trump's immigration policy. He's spoken on the record to reporters there about how he, an immigrant, opposes Trump's policies. Hard to be shocked he also tells his company he's upset by Trump. https://t.co/fWTtBVZx6P
— Patrick Howell O'Neill (@HowellONeill) September 12, 2018
Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell called the video a “smoking gun,” and prove that Google’s management team are anti-Trump. “[T]ere is no doubt that their company practices reflect that. We need hearings now. Google cannot continue to run and hide,” he said. The conservative activist also described the report as “an extraordinary look into the bowels of the far, far left of America.”
This video is the smoking gun. Google’s leadership is decidedly anti-Trump and there is no doubt that their company practices reflect that. We need hearings now. Google cannot continue to run and hide. https://t.co/rVjG6gxBQg
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) September 12, 2018
President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale called on Google to explain why this isn’t a “threat” to the U.S. “Watch the video,” he urged. “Google believes they can shape your search results and videos to make you “have their values”. Open borders. Socialism. Medicare 4 all. Congressional hearings!”
Reacting to Google’s statement regarding the video, Fox News reporter Adam Shaw said: “I challenge anyone to watch that video and say with a straight face that a Trump-supporting Google employee would be able to “freely express their opinions.”
I challenge anyone to watch that video and say with a straight face that a Trump-supporting Google employee would be able to “freely express their opinions.” https://t.co/AZxGD8MVH8
— Adam Shaw (@AdamShawNY) September 12, 2018
Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader and Vice Chairman of Leaves Means Leaves, suggested an investigation should be launched into Google. “This investigation needs to happen sooner rather than later. It has been a long time coming,” he wrote.
This investigation needs to happen sooner rather than later. It has been a long time coming. https://t.co/yBq0oak3Gh
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 12, 2018
Recode’s Kara Swisher sneeringly tweeted that the video was a “big shock.”
“Sergey Brin, who is an immigrant, created hyper-tolerant company and has been vocal on social issues of all kinds (bye China!), does not like Trump,” she said
Big shock! Sergey Brin, who is an immigrant, created hyper-tolerant company and has been vocal on social issues of all kinds (bye China!), does not like Trump: LEAKED VIDEO: Google Leadership's Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election https://t.co/53R5wdK5Iw via @BreitbartNews
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) September 12, 2018
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