Appearing on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy was told by host Maria Bartiromo:
Bartiromo seems to be referring to a report from Forbes that the Justice Department had asked Google to provide data on people who’d searched for the name or address of sexual assault victims. According to that article:
In 2019, federal investigators in Wisconsin were hunting men they believed had participated in the trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor. She had gone missing that year but had emerged claiming to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted, according to a search warrant reviewed by Forbes. In an attempt to chase down the perpetrators, investigators turned to Google, asking the tech giant to provide information on anyone who had searched for the victim’s name, two spellings of her mother’s name and her address over 16 days across the year. After being asked to provide all relevant Google accounts and IP addresses of those who made the searches, Google responded with data in mid-2020, though the court documents do not reveal how many users had their data sent to the government.
That led McCarthy to remark:
What McCarthy failed to mention, however, is that anyone on the internet can use whatever search engine they choose. Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and dozens of other sites are also available, and since Republicans are so fond of saying that the “free market” should decide who wins and loses when it comes to competition, a person makes a decision whether or not he or she goes with Google.
Granted, there are legitimate privacy concerns that need to be addressed, but to suggest that Google is trying to control our thoughts is absolutely ridiculous.
Maybe one day Kevin McCarthy can have someone explain how to him how the internet works. Of course, he probably still wouldn’t understand.
Here’s the video from Fox News: