Google Demonetizes Zero Hedge

by Tyler DurdenTue, 06/16/2020

As you may have read on NBC, Google has decided to suspend ad hosting on the “far-right” Zero Hedge (which apparently can be anything from “batshit insane Austrian school blog” to Russian propaganda or framed in any other way that serves the agenda of those who disagree with our views – which apparently these days is a lot of people) along with The Federalist, a decision that would have a materially adverse impact for both websites. The reason presented to us for this decision is far more mundane than what has been disclosed by NBC: we are currently appealing it, and expect to remedy it.

That said, we were surprised by the framing of the suspension by the NBC article, which disturbingly appears to be another attempt at activist targeting of inconvenient media outlets, especially since the core argument presented by the NBC employee is different than what Google actually has said. In fact, half the NBC article just happens to be dead wrong.Google Communications@Google_Comms

The Federalist was never demonetized.

It is also notable, the two articles that are referenced in the NBC article – which in turn is based on a complaint by some self-appointed arbiter of free speech, the UK-based liberal Center for Countering Digital Hate  – were not ours, but were contributor op-eds by third parties (here  and here) one of which is from 2016. Do we now live in a time when ad platforms will suspend, say, the New York Times for publishing highly controversial Op-Eds?

We were also surprised that the NBC journalist activist who wrote the inaccurate article, Adele-Momoko Fraser, deleted a tweet in which she admits to actively collaborating with “Stop Funding Fake News” and the Center for Countering Digital Hate.Jesse Singal@jessesingal · Replying to @robbysoave @DKThomp

it is weird how nbc has some team that alerted google to this and then nbc reported on google’s decision…. i dunnoRobby Soave@robbysoave

The NBC reporter hardly seems objective! This was just deleted but I took a screenshot.

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244Twitter Ads info and privacy130 people are talking about thisJoel B. Pollak@joelpollak

NBC News Reporter Thanks Foreign Groups for ‘Collaboration‘ in Pushing Google to ‘Defund‘ The Federalist … via @BreitbartNewsNBC News Reporter Thanks Foreign Groups for ‘Collaboration’ in Pushing Google to ‘Defund’ The…NBC News reporter Adele-Momoko Fraser thanked two foreign groups for their “collaboration” in convincing Google to demonetize The Federalist.breitbart.com82Twitter Ads info and privacy103 people are talking about this

After deleting her original tweet, Fraser retweeted it without the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. Why?

It is also notable that the reactions so far have been a near-unanimous condemnation of a journalist using her platform (the same one which killed Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein scoop) to silence competitors she and/or her employer disagrees with.Amber Athey@amber_atheyReplying to @AMFraserNBC and 3 others

This isn’t journalism.637Twitter Ads info and privacy37 people are talking about thisBrutus Maximus@BRVTVSMAXIMVSReplying to @AMFraserNBC and 3 others

I’d like to buy a vowel….

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This isn’t journalism. This is activism. But you know that. You’re the latter and not the former.

When you can’t win the battle of ideas it’s easier for totalitarians like you to try and censor wrong think.

Even more disturbing, shortly after publishing its rushed hitpiece, NBC proceeded to do stealth edits based on actual feedback from Google, with the result a mess.Grant Addison@jgrantaddisonReplying to @SaysSimonson

wtf is this update? No correction, the offending quotes aren’t even removed. Their story now has active contradictions

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In any case, we hope to resolve this matter and continue doing what we do best: presenting you, our readers, with the truth no matter how inconvenient it may be.

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