Republican and Democratic lawmakers met in Washington on Tuesday with the CEO of Google to discuss data collection, but the conversation turned to whether or not the search engine giant produces politically biased results. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) went off on his colleagues for blaming a search engine for their own negative actions.
Lieu compared the search results between Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), both of whom are Republicans. He showed how Google brought up mostly positive articles about Scalise and his new book. But when he Googled King at the hearing, he demonstrated how articles popped up referencing King’s racist remarks.
Lieu said he was “stating the obvious”:
“If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things. And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.”
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.@tedlieu admonishes colleagues: "If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don't want negative search results, don't do negative things. And to my colleagues, if you're getting bad results, don't blame Google or Twitter, consider blaming yourself." ??? pic.twitter.com/Gby0jZbL8x
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2018
Lieu not only took a jab at all of his Republican colleagues who blame Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other online entities for bias but also took a targeted and public jab at King.
King, who just won his re-election, has been under scrutiny for his behavior on social media, mainly for engaging with white supremacist groups and people.
Some fellow Republicans have even condemned his behavior, yet King still easily won in November, extending his power in the House of Representatives for another two years.
Lieu’s dig was subtle, and he changed the conversation back to Google almost immediately, but King was in the room at the hearing and no doubt caught the remark from the Democratic lawmaker.