Another must-read exposé from Andrew Orlowski at The Register on Google’s desperate attempt to deflect attention from potentially criminal acts by their senior executives–it’s just plain vanilla astroturfing by another multinational in the worst traditions of British Petroleum, Enron, Halliburton, Reynold’s Tobacco and United Fruit. Just another day at the white collar no-honor farm.
Google’s success in “assassinating” a democratically-elected legal opponent last week raises troubling questions about corporate power and accountability. The feisty attorney for the USA’s poorest state is now trying to make peace, after being on the receiving end of a highly unusual lawsuit from Google.
Even if you will have no truck with the pigopolists of Hollywood, you should know the facts. A global corporation which is expected to bank $60bn in revenue this year and which is worth $382bn, has silenced an elected prosecutor.
Google’s income is 30 times that of the General Fund in Mississippi; its market valuation is four times the entire state’s GDP. What did Jim Hood do to make himself Google’s enemy? You may be surprised by the answer, which, it turns out, has nothing to do with Hollywood.
Let’s examine what happened to him – and what questions it raises.