Is Jeff Bezos political?
Is Jeff Bezos a political player?
So the other day they held Congressional hearings with the CEOs of the major Silicon Valley Tech Companies. According to the New York Times, “Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google” will testify to Congress.
I listened to Heinrick Palmgren of Red Ice discuss the hearings and play some sound clips. Palmgren points out that a Republican Congressman asked Pichai of Google if his company was using various techniques to disfavor “conservative” political websites and messaging, and mentioned a few presumably “right-wing” websites purported being “shadow banned” by Google, and specifically GatewayPundit.com.
Palmgren notes the irony. His independent media company, Red Ice, has been thrown off of Google’s Youtube, banned from Paypal and virtually all credit card processors. They have even cancelled his wife’s credit card account she sold handcrafts online with. The international financial system treats Red Ice, a tiny, internet-only talk show run by a Swedish guy and his wife, like they are in the same category as Iran or money launderers.
Of course you aren’t going to hear any Republican Congressman mention Red Ice, but they will mention the GateWayPundit.com, because that’s run by a Republican operative, and Google is being partisan, as Google is run by Democrats.
The question of media – content creators – and who will sponsor them, or now even host them online – is a serious one. The Democratic party attack dog, Sleeping Giants, has been successfully fronting for the Anti-Defamation League in getting a host of “right-wing” content creators banned. They went after the libertarian Opray Winfrey, Stephen Molyneux, because he once wrote a “Tweet” about how Jeffrey “Egg Dick” Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell had chosen to traffic only “white” or “Christian” girls and how the men of one ethnic group capturing and pimping the daughters of another group is, essentially, a type of warfare. That put Molyneux on the map, Sleeping Giants attacked Mailchimp, the company he sent his emails through, on Twitter and got an immediate capitulation from the company, which banned Molyneux. Later they just banned him from everything.
I’ve read the someone as mainstream as Tucker Carlson of FOX News now only has one advertiser, the My Pillow guy. A decade ago, Glenn Beck, of all people, was eventually cancelled because he started reading old Mormon books from the Cold War and listed all the various Democratic party and Obama aligned groups involved in pushing various wars. Beck had some of the highest ratings on not just FOX News, but daytime TV in general, and was killing it with senior citizens.
But FOX News eventually cancelled his show because while it had ultra-high ratings, it made no money because the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had demanded no major Fortune 500 company advertise on his show. This means no car commericals for Ford, no insurance commercials with Tom Sellec, and no ads for Lysol brand cleaner.
But you know what shows Lysol WILL advertise on?
The answer may shock you!
There’s talk by some of “Woke Capital.” As the elections heat up, there’s an uptick in talk about “the Deep State” and its “covert war” against Donald Trump.
Now anyone who has read this author for any length of time knows where the concept of the “Deep State” comes from, and the four components necessary to a deep state: government, law enforcement, organized crime, and entertainment.
There’s something else to notice about the Congressional hearings. The acronym is “FAANG” – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google. Those are the Big Five Tech companies, the corporations that essentially run The Internet and are a major factor in the technological and economic power structure of the American Empire.
But guess which company of the Big Five was missing from the Congressional hearings?
Why? If Netflix is important enough to be in the “FAANG” acronym with the big boys like Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google, than it’s important enough to be at the Congressional hearing.
What is it about Netflix? How did they get off?
Well – what is Netflix?
Netflix, Inc. is an American technology and media services provider and production company headquartered in Los Gatos, California, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California.
OK, then who is Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix?
Hastings was born in Boston … He entered Marine Corps officer training through their Platoon Leader Class, and spent the summer of 1981 in Officer Candidate School at Marine Corps Base Quantico. He did not complete the training and never commissioned into the Marine Corps – choosing instead to pursue service in the Peace Corps. … After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bowdoin College, Hastings joined the Peace Corps “out of a combination of service and adventure, and went to teach high school math in Swaziland from 1983 to 1985. He credits part of his entrepreneurial spirit to his time in the Peace Corps. He made a remark that, “Once you have hitchhiked across Africa with ten bucks in your pocket, starting a business doesn’t seem too intimidating.”
This is a true Horatio Alger story. Despite the fact Hastings comes from a wealthy family and attended elite boarding schools, joined the Marines, then the Peace Corp., he just sort of found himself “hitchhik[ing] across Africa with ten bucks in [his] pocket” and the experience was so riveting he went on to found a software company and despite admitting he was bad at his job, the company goes public via the help of Morgan Stanley. Then he goes on to found Netflix.
One could go on. It’s worth reading the Wikipedia, or any of the source materials. It all reads like a public relations press release slightly rewritten by “journalists.”
Now, think here. Change a few details of the story and see what it looks like.
“Ching Yang, son of an important Chinese Communist Party functionary in Bejing, joins an elite branch of the People’s Liberation Army, but drops out to go overseas for the Chinese Peace Committee where he “hitchhikes” across Latin America, then goes back to China, somehow makes a lot of money with the help of China Construction Bank and entrepreneur Jack Ma, then founds Huawei.”
Now see, we know that China is Communist so therefore oligarchs like our man Ching Yang is almost by definition “corrupt” and “authoritarian” and probably got where he is through political connections.
But not Reed Hastings. Hastings is just operating in the free market – certainly he has no connections to the US government.
You see, everyone knows that Huawei is an agent of Chinese imperial ambition, and “everyone knows” that the “Chinese Peace Committee” isn’t a real charity, but a front for the Ministry of State Security.
But our oligarchs, in America, like Reed Hastings, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, competed fairly in a free market, and has no connections to the US government and isn’t an agent of US imperial ambitions at all. Also the Peace Corp is about peace and charity, unlike the Chinese Peace Committee, which is an arm of Chinese Intelligence, but the Peace Corp isn’t a front for the CIA.
That’s a conspiracy theory. Thus, no Fortune 500 company will produce a show about that, because respectable companies don’t advertise on conspiracy theory shows.
Unless you are Lysol. Then you will advertise on conspiracy theory shows.
Lysol, this month, has underwritten an “internet radio show” that is peddling an astonishing, 30 year conspiracy theory about the Central Intelligence Agency, the end of the Soviet Union, and the entertainment business.
If this sounds like something out of David McGowan’s website Center for an Informed America, well, it essentially is. I’d bet money that the host has read David McGowan’s “Laurel Canyon” series.
But this 30 year old conspiracy theory is being produced by Lysol, which is a brand name for the company Reckitt Benckiser (Christopher A. Sinclair, chair, Laxman Narasimhan, CEO), and is apparently far less controversial than David McGowan, Glenn Beck, and Tucker Carlson – not to mention Red Ice.
Not only is Lysol producing the show, but so is U.S. Bancorp (Andrew Cecere, Chairman, President and CEO), the fifth largest bank in the United States.
That’s some pretty heavy hitters for a tiny little podcast with a wacky conspiracy theory about the CIA and Hollywood!
In the radio show, the host is interviewing a Russian woman, who was in her early 20s during the last years of the Soviet Union and the beginnings of the new Russia. She’s clearly pro-American and pro-West, and speaks with fondness of the “hope” in those days, that Russia would become more “open” and “free” – more like the West, she says.
But then she says, wistfully, that really America is becoming more like Russia, because of Donald Trump. The host even interviews a former CIA officer saying as much, too.
This story, like so many, begins in 2001. Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I was sitting in the bathtub, with a dishrag, wiping thick layers of dust from a backpack and my shoes. It shows my class position at the time that one of the foremost concerns in my mind was whether or not I still had a job and could afford to keep paying rent.
Within 24 hours, I had logged on to the internet and discovered what is considered perhaps the very first “online 9/11 skeptic,” David McGowan.
It’s an important context, because now, 20 years later, Lysol and U.S. Bancorp are endorsing a “conspiracy theory” that is straight out of David McGowan’s playbook.
It takes about 20 years, apparently, for stuff that should be obvious to actually become obvious. I suspect it’s a generational thing.
The last year has been crazy in the USA. First the Coronavirus, the entire economy shut down and the entire country put under house arrest, the economy tanks, trillions of dollars are created and distributed to various interest groups around the world, then massive rioting that has lasted for two months.
On “the right” – whatever that means – there has been a lot of talk about the “Deep State” and its “war” “against” Donald Trump. If the Deep State is constituted of various people within the government, law enforcement, organized crime, and the entertainment business – and we can see this “Deep State” in operation in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, at the end of the Cold War – and we can see this “Deep State” in operation during the 9/11 attacks and its aftermath – and if we choose to look, even back during the years of the Vietnam war – well, maybe we can just skip ahead and seeing what it is doing right now.
It seems obvious that the “mainstream media” – whatever that constitutes, exactly – maybe “mainstream media” means “will never discuss Red Ice Radio” – really doesn’t like Donald Trump. Project Veritas has proven that Google and Facebook are extremely partisan companies and completely dominated by political active Democrats.
What about Amazon, and the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos?
The Republicans during the Congressional hearings defended Amazon from calls to break up its “monopoly” by saying that “big isn’t necessarily bad.”
It is “communist” to even ask about billionaire CEOs like Jeff Bezos? In theory, these large corporations are just “free agents” in the “free market” that don’t get involved in politics because they are “just about making money” and only about “economics.”
“The right” has this problem of “Woke Capital” – capitalist corporations are paying millions of dollars to support openly Marxist groups and self-avowed “communist” activists.
The “neo-reaction” would tell us that Amazon, as a corporation, has no political power and is in fact signaling as “woke” to keep “Woke Harvard Neo-Calvinists” at bay. Republicans want to save Amazon, and other companies, from “stifiling regulations” that the Democrats, who want “socialism,” are going to use to “punish success.”
I guess Jeff Bezos became “political” when he bought the Washington Post, the CIA’s “house newspaper.”
Remember when Trump’s partners at AMI threatened to publish Jeff Bezos’ “dick picks” he had sent to his mistress, who may have leaked them to her brother, who was working for some political operatives connected to Trump?
Or the other story was that the Saudi’s had “hacked” Bezos’ phone and then turned the pictures over to Trump’s team. AMI demanded that Bezos instruct the Washington Post to stop “attacking Trump” especially with stories about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence and the embassy in Turkey. See, Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner is close friends and allies with the new strongman of Saudi Arabia, MBS, who killed a “Washington Post journalist” Jamal Khashoggi, who was the son of “high-profile Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, known for his part in the Iran-Contra scandal,” according to Wiki.
Honestly, I’ve never been able to tell what exactly is the dividing line between “conspiracy theory” and “yesterday’s news.”
If I keep my references strictly to Wikipedia and publications advertised on, thus produced by, Fortune 500 corporations, does that make this story “not a conspiracy theory” but simply “yesterday’s news?”
Or maybe it’s current news, sort of obvious, just no one spells it out. Because if you spell it out – if you are so gauche to do it, name names, etc., – then you don’t get advertising from Fortune 500 companies.
Lysol will not sponsor your media.
So how do you tell the story in a subtle and uncontroversial enough way to gain sponsorship from Lysol?
Well, considering the media content produced by Lysol, I guess you need a couple of things. One, be a New York “journalist” with an NPR voice and hire actors to play the voices of your “CIA sources.”
Deep State: government officials, law enforcement, organized crime, and the entertainment business.
OK, who is the “Deep State?” What are their names? Who do they work for?
If there was a “Deep State” right now, who would be the “government” part, who would be the “law enforcement” part, who would be the “organized crime” part, and who would be the “entertainment” part?