James O’Keefe’s explosive video exposing Google’s political agenda appears to have ruffled some feathers in the media world.
Jen Gennai, the Google executive seen talking to Project Veritas undercover journalists about Google’s plans to prevent “the next Trump situation,” has already published a response complaining that she was taken out of context.
And the bombshell video didn’t last even a full day on YouTube before it was removed from the platform.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 25, 2019
YouTube, which is owned by Google, removed the video due to privacy complaints about the footage.
“We have strong privacy guidelines in place, including the ability to file a complaint if someone feels their privacy has been violated,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. “When complaints are received, we may also provide the uploader a chance to remove or edit private information in their video.”
The powerful video can still be viewed on BitChute, Vimeo, and on Project Veritas’ website.
Meanwhile, Gennai, Google’s head of innovation, has weighed in on O’Keefe’s report at Medium.
In her piece, she complains that she was duped by Project Veritas and as a result, was being besieged by “an enormous collection of threatening calls, voicemails, text messages and emails, from people I’d never met.”
Yes, her crisis management team advised her to play the victim card:
Someone wrote “Your ideology will be shredded to pieces, just moments before you got executed for treason…you are living lended time, enjoy till then”. There were plenty more threats like this. I’ve never been so fearful.
While no one should engage in this sort of abusive behavior, a screed about how she’ll be executed for treason is more of a hyperbolic prediction than an actual threat, and certainly no cause for alarm. Presumably, any actual threats have been referred to the FBI.
Gennai goes on to explain how she believes she was set up:
In late May, I accepted an invitation to meet with a few people who claimed to be from “2 Step Tech Solutions”. They said they wanted to chat to me about a mentoring program for young women of color in tech, an area I’ve long been passionate about. We went for dinner at a restaurant in the Mission, San Francisco.
Like virtually every other person Project Veritas has ever exposed on tape, Gennai claims that the words that came out of her mouth were taken out of context.
Unfortunately, I now know that these people lied about their true identities, filmed me without my consent, selectively edited and spliced the video to distort my words and the actions of my employer, and published it widely online.
Here are some examples of what Gennai was caught on tape telling the Project Veritas journalists:
- “We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.”
- “Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.”
- “We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?”
- “The reason we launched our AI principles is because people were not putting that line in the sand, that they were not saying what’s fair and what’s equitable so we’re like, well we are a big company, we’re going to say it.”
- “We have gotten accusations of around fairness is that we’re unfair to conservatives because we’re choosing what we find as credible news sources and those sources don’t necessarily overlap with conservative sources …”
A New York Times reporter also tried to discredit O’Keefe’s work, and got seriously “ratioed” for his efforts.
i mean obviously the video snippets from their 'whistleblower' are all completely contextless and thus not to be taken seriously. but the part about fairness and algos. that's just them seeing the word bias and not understanding what it means, right?
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) June 24, 2019
You don’t criticize the network news broadcasts where standard video pieces are 1:45 or less with one eight second sound byte from someone. Why don’t you call those segments “contextless.” Whereas our piece, 25 minutes long, longer than a network sitcoms TV show? Give me a break.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 24, 2019
At Medium, Gennai combats Project Veritas’ “debunked conspiracy theories” about Google’s bias by quoting CEO Sundar Picha’s claim that Google is not biased.
The video then goes on to stitch together a series of debunked conspiracy theories about our search results, and our other products. Google has repeatedly been clear that it works to be a trustworthy source of information, without regard to political viewpoint. In fact, Google has no notion of political ideology in its rankings. And everything I have seen backs this up. Our CEO has said ”We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda.” He’s somewhat more powerful and authoritative than me.
Well, that settles it!
oh wait, Gennai cites the Google CEO as saying, ”We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda.”
Damn! Guess we better publish a retraction.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 25, 2019
Gennai denied having anything to do with the topics discussed in the video, but did admit that she used “imprecise language” and that Project Veritas “got me.”
But despite what the video may have you believe, I’m not involved in any of these products, just like I’m not involved in any of the other topics Project Veritas baited me into discussing (whether it’s antitrust, Congress, or the dozens of other topics that didn’t appear in the video, on which I presumably didn’t say anything that could be twisted to their advantage). I was having a casual chat with someone at a restaurant and used some imprecise language. Project Veritas got me. Well done.
Gennai can say she was taken out of context, and used “imprecise language” all she wants, but she said what she said, and her words only confirm what we already knew—that Google is biased against conservatives and has a left-wing political agenda.