Connecticut's own Politics in the Zeros Blog catches Google going against their "Don't be evil." motto:
They say this right on their Health Care blog in a post with the cutesy title, “Does negative press make you Sicko?“. Google is pitching that the health care industry buy ads from them whenever someone searches for “Sicko” or “Michael Moore, ” ads which will counter the message of Sicko.
Just so there’s no misunderstanding about which side Google is on
Moore’s film portrays the industry as money and marketing driven, and fails to show healthcare’s interest in patient well-being and care.
So all you health care advertisers, go spend your money at Google, combating the evil Michael Moore. We’ll have no criticizing of American health care.
This reminds of radical organizer Saul Alinsky’s dictum. “Pick a target and freeze it. The rats will crawl out to defend them, then you’ll know who your real enemy is.”
I wonder how well this diary (and Politics in the Zeros') will fare on a Google search for Sicko now? Google must hate the fact that they can't slip in any of their anti-citizen corporate addys here. heh
There is also an UPDATE over there worthy of all things bushy in the media these days...
Today an update from Boing Boing (Via Crooks and Liars) on just how low they will go in their "anti-citizen corporate addys":
Mike sez, "I thought you might want to know that Google doesn't even allow individuals to purchase ads critical of large companies. In May 2004, I set up a website to criticize the large medical-testing firm Covance. I bought -- and was willing to pay, out of my own pocket -- a Google AdWord so people searching for Covance would find my site. After a few days, Google told me that their 'policy does not permit the advertisement of websites that contain 'language that advocates against an individual, group, or organization'.' So, apparently HMOs criticizing Michael Moore is okay, but random-guy-with-a-website criticizing a large corporation is not okay. 'Democratic,' indeed. (The full text of Google's email to me is here).
It is pretty clear when Google says "Don't be evil." they mean towards their corporate friends and not the American citizen. If you haven't figured it out already, Corporate America will do anything they can to stop Single Payer Universal Healthcare, and they have no problems working together to discredit Michael Moore and his movie Sicko even though it is only telling you the truth about the failures of the Privatized American Healthcare system. If Google truly believed in its "Don't be evil." statement they would be running addys like this for free:
And this one as well:
If you haven't seen Sicko yet... Go Now! And make sure to take some of your friends. It is the must see movie of the year. And if you need to know about a healthcare plan that can fix many of the problems with our privatized ripoff:
The United States National Health Insurance Act
"Expanded & Improved Medicare For All"
*introduced by Reps. John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich, Jim McDermott and Donna Christensen
If you live in CT-05 you may want to know that Rep. Chris Murphy has yet to sign up as a co-sponsor to this bill. Ya think it is time to remind him how important H.R. 676 is to all Americans?
Rep. Chris Murphy's contact info
1 Grove Street, New Britain CT 06053