After the firing of an employee solely for criticizing Google, think tanks around the US learned just how much influence the tech giant has over the content that can be released.
The New America Foundation, based in Washinton DC, was founded in 1999 and has since received over $21 million in funding from Google. The think tank relies heavily on the funding in order to maintain their respected status in political analysis.
In late August of 2017, it was revealed that the New America Foundation fired Mr. Barry Lynn, a journalist, writer, and senior fellow at the institution. The firing came shortly after Lynn heavily criticized Google, calling for their monopoly to be broken up. In an email from Anne-Marie Slaughter, the current President and CEO of the Foundation, to Mr. Lynn, she stated that “we are in the process of trying to expand our relationship with Google… just THINK about how you are imperiling funding.”
The massive influence that Google exerts over American think tanks is beyond just the New American Foundation. The massive list of third party organizations they support can be found HERE.
The list includes many other influential institutions such as the Cato Institute, the Brookings Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, and many others. The massive scale of the list has led some analysts, including Barry Lynn himself, to question the true freedom of information coming from think tanks in the US. Many institutions are heavily reliant on Google, meaning that they avoid criticizing the company at all, for fear of losing necessary funds.
Max Bibeau is a Senior Editor for 71 Republic. You can contact him through email at [email protected], or follow him on Instagram with the handle @_maxbibeau.