Big tech giant Google does not have a great record of being fair to conservatives. They are, after all, the company that owns YouTube, the video sharing site that has been notoriously censorious of conservatives and Christians over the last year.
They also got caught recently silencing pro-life ads in Ireland ahead of their controversial “Repeal the Eighth” vote.
Their search results are often notoriously biased, and their “Google doodle” regularly downplays Christian or patriotic holidays while celebrating far-left figures like Marxists and terrorist sympathizers.
So when they claim they have no idea how “Nazism” ended up on a list of the ideology of the California Republican Party, it’s hard to believe them.
“In the ‘knowledge panel’ that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing ‘Nazism’ as an ‘ideology’ of the party as of Thursday morning,” reports Vice. “The word ‘Nazism’ was hyperlinked to a secondary page that shows ‘Nazism’ alongside other ‘ideologies’ of California Republicans like ‘Conservatism,’ ‘Market liberalism,’ ‘Fiscal conservatism,’ and ‘Green conservatism.'”
When Vice called Google out, they changed the listing.
“Sometimes people vandalize public information sources, like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that’s what happened here.”
“It is disgraceful that the world’s largest search engine has labeled millions of California Republicans as Nazis,” said Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Majority Leader. “This is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives. These damaging actions must be held to account. The bias has to stop.”
It is, of course, preposterous that Nazism would ever be listed as an ideology of an American republican party, particularly right next to “conservatism” and “fiscal conservatism”.
As Dinesh D’Souza and Jonah Goldberg can tell you in their respective books, The Big Lie and Liberal Fascists, the political ideology of the Nazi party was definitively left-wing. They were considered right-wing at the time because they were right of the communists, with whom Nazis often clashed in Berlin in the 30s.
Over time, the term “far-right” has been used to describe Nazi ideology, but they were very much the opposite of conservative. They, obviously, believed in big government, high taxes, gun control…I mean, the name of their party was National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
Does that sound very conservative to you?