Google Wept at Trump's Win, Can It Be Trusted in 2020?
Google’s TGIF pity party video, posted by Breitbart, isn’t surprising to anyone who has worked recently for a major corporation in a major blue city.
Post-election responses at big name corporations frequently involved lots of tears, hugs, safe spaces and, in at least one case, a pinata of Trump. It’s not that all their employees are left wing. But enough of management is. And those who aren’t know enough to keep their mouths shut. Those who don’t, like James Damore at Google, get fired. Others leak videos to Breitbart.
Google’s entire management structure takes it for granted that the election is a catastrophe. There are occasional tips of the hat to respecting the democratic process, Ruth Porat mentions it briefly before going into her story of being a Hillary supporter on election night. It’s clear that these mentions are formalities. Everyone who speaks does so from the standpoint that the election results are bad.
It also goes, almost without saying, that had Hillary won, Google’s TGIF meeting would have looked very different.
Go Google is left-wing. Very left-wing. That surprises no one, but it’s good to have objective evidence.
This should also bolster James Damore’s legal strategy. There’s no way to look at that video and deny Google’s politics. Or the fact that it intrudes into the workplace.
And that inevitably suggests that a lefty company probably didn’t treat a conservative employee fairly by firing him over his views.
Under these circumstances, can Google be trusted in the 2020 election? It’s hard to see how. And Damore’s case is a crucial part of that. If Google showed bad faith and political bias in its treatment of Damore, how can it be trusted not to let that bias seep into its products?