You have to be a little flattered when a company as powerful as Google feels the need to go after you.
“I think of it as a great compliment,” said Matthew Stoller, a fellow with Citizens Against Monopoly, a newly launched nonprofit organization. “What Google did is a reflection of their intellectual beliefs and their strength. You don’t suppress information if you’re winning the debate.”
Citizens Against Monopoly is new because Stoller and a group of his colleagues were recently fired from their old jobs at New America, a left-leaning think tank that had been home to the Open Markets program led by prominent academic Barry Lynn.
The New York Times reported that the move came after Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s executive chairman, expressed displeasure with some of Lynn’s recent work. Alphabet, which owns Google, is a major funder of New America. The search giant had complained about Lynn multiple times, and in emails reported by the Times, his boss warned him that he was endangering the group’s relationship with the company.
Google and New America both denied that the company played a part in the decision to cut Lynn’s team, though the statement from the latter didn’t include any details that conflicted with the Times story.
“We don’t agree with every group 100 percent of the time,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “While we sometimes respectfully disagree, we respect each group’s independence, personnel decisions and policy…Read More