Let’s Be Very Clear About What Breitbart’s Leaked Google Video Shows

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The Republican Party, and conservatives more generally, are upping their attacks on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google over unfounded claims of bias. To date, that’s included cooking up doctored evidence Google blacklisted Donald Trump’s speeches, a string of Trump tweets about fictitious censorship and non-existent “shadow bans,” xenophobic paranoia about Latino voter turnout efforts, and numerous threats of federal investigations.

On Wednesday, far-right website Breitbart threw more red meat on the pile by releasing a leaked video of top executives from Google and its parent company Alphabet discussing Trump’s 2016 victory at an all-hands session shortly after the election. In the hour-long clip, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, co-founder Sergey Brin, Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat, and other members of management including Kent Walker and Eileen Noughton all relayed their reaction at the time, and it is not enthusiastic.