Senior Google Employee Expresses Desire To “Steer” Conservative Movement

The goal is "steer" the conservative movement "away from nationalistic and incendiary rhetoric."

  • Google senior director of U.S. public policy, Adam Kovacevich, told Google employees that the corporation should remain a sponsor of political conference CPAC.
  • Kovacevich’s stated goal is to “steer” the conservative movement “away from nationalistic and incendiary rhetoric.”
  • His comments are from a leaked audio clip of a Google meeting which occurred shortly after Google announced its decision to sponsor CPAC in 2018.
  • Many Google employees expressed dismay when Google sponsored CPAC in 2018, claiming CPAC endorses and provides a platform to “ethno-nationalism” and “hate”.

Kovacevich also stressed the importance of dispelling the idea that Google is institutionally biased against conservatives. He went on to criticize conservative media outlets like Breitbart, Fox News, and The Daily Caller, claiming the media outlets’s values are often unaligned with Google.

“I mean, I think at a certain point our values are our values, right? Google stands for inclusiveness, we stand for tolerance, we stand for building products for everyone, and if certain outlets don’t like that, we are probably going to be at odds with them perpetually, right?”

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