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White House to China: We’re With Google on This One

A ratcheting up in the Google-versus-China fight: The White House has officially endorsed the search giant’s position.

Here’s White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today, per MarketWatch:

“We support [Google's] action…in a decision to no longer censor searches that happen using the [Google] platform,” Gibbs told reporters. He added that “our concern is with actions that threaten the universal rights of a free Internet.”

I’ll leave it to geopolitical tea leaf readers to decipher whether the White House’s position on this means that much for Sino-American relations. But it’s not a huge surprise: The affectionate relationship between Google (GOOG) and this administration has been documented many times already.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald