Kevin McCarthy Caught In Ultimate Big-Tech Hypocrisy
There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the rights of private social media companies to set standards for behavior on their platforms, and to remove those who refuse to abide by them, especially since Donald Trump’s ouster from Facebook and Twitter. However, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was called out on Friday by one of his House colleagues, who pointed out the hypocrisy of declaring Facebook a “Democrat Super PAC” while taking money from the company.
Oops. According to Kevin McCarthy, Facebook is unfairly taking sides in a political divide between Republicans and Democrats, and he hints that their rules — which include banning incitement of violence, racism, and health disinformation, among other things — affect conservatives disproportionately. Now that the social media network has permanently banned Donald Trump (for incitement of violence), McCarthy says, any Republican could be next.
Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate.
If they can ban President Trump, all conservative voices could be next.
A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 5, 2021
However, it would be more than a little unusual for a Democratic Super PAC to donate to Kevin McCarthy — much less donate the maximum allowable amount. So, with a screenshot from Open Secrets showing the numbers, Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) pointed out the logical error as well as the hypocrisy in McCarthy taking money from the same big tech corporations he publicly denigrates.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 7, 2021
In fact, Swalwell’s Open Secrets link shows that Facebook’s political contributions for 2020 (totalling $352,500) were almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans receiving slightly ($17.5k) more. Other Republicans who received money from Facebook include Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Steve Scalise (R-LA).