It wasn’t Apple that gave Ivanka Trump the Internet Freedom Award

Yet somehow Apple gets slimed with the same goo as the guys who did.

From “Tech Giants Amass a Lobbying Army for an Epic Washington Battle” on the front page of Thursday’s New York Times:

Faced with the growing possibility of antitrust actions and legislation to curb their power, four of the biggest technology companies are amassing an army of lobbyists as they prepare for what could be an epic fight over their futures.

Initially slow to develop a presence in Washington, the tech giants — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — have rapidly built themselves into some of the largest players in the influence and access industry as they confront threats from the Trump administration and both parties on Capitol Hill…

Last month, the industry lobbying group, the Internet Association, which represents Amazon, Facebook and Google, awarded its Internet Freedom Award to Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House senior adviser. (emphasis mine)

My take: This lumping of Apple with Amazon, Facebook and Google is starting to make me nuts. Apple faces legislative risks, to be sure, but it’s not in the same danger as the three other bad boys. Also from today’s Times:

Apple is preparing to move into a bigger [Washington D.C.] office.

In 2,000-words about the tens of millions spent by big tech to fend off government regulation, that’s all they got on Apple? Kara Swisher wrote in Tuesday’s Times that The People Screaming for Blood Have No Idea How Tech Actually Works. I might say the same of whoever edited this story.

4 Comments

  1. David Emery said:

    “The old grey mare, she ain’t what she used to be.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNfVwIBE00w

    And if you can’t get the story right in one area, why should I believe you got it right anywhere else in your newspaper/magazine/website/broadcast?

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  2. Fred Stein said:

    When people start with ideology or dogma, they discard facts that don’t fit preconceived notions.

    Capitalism, globalization, the talent economy, the digitization of everything, etc. result in both the creation of wealth and the concentration of wealth. The digitization of everything creates security and privacy issues. The aforementioned forces are unstoppable and they are very hard to regulate. As well old political or economic theories must be re-examined. No easy answers. Screeds don’t help.

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  3. Fred Stein said:

    Shameless yellow journalism. From Wikipedia (Note $9B);

    “A report in The Nation in 2014 suggested that while the number of 12,281 registered lobbyists was a decrease since 2002, lobbying activity was increasing and “going underground” as lobbyists use “increasingly sophisticated strategies” to obscure their activity.[6] Analyst James A. Thurber estimated that the actual number of working lobbyists was close to 100,000 and that the industry brings in $9 billion annually.[6]”

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  4. Jerry W Doyle said:

    We all know that money talks in American politics and that gives big corporations the most influence on political outcomes. Even in the most socially advanced nations, such as in the Scandinavian countries, money makes some people, as George Orwell put it, “more equal than others.” The majority of us who are less equal accept some corruption of the democratic idea “of one person, one vote” as inevitable in this less than perfect world. Democracy is imperfect and people with money always have more influence than those who lack similar resources.

    Lobbying works, or otherwise we would not be seeing big corporations setting up shop in the nation’s capital and hiring former Congressional staffers and former politicians who have established appropriate linkages with the niche players and who access this network of resources to tap to get their voices heard over the common folk. The problem is that here again we witness the distinction between what is good for American corporations and what is good for the American public gets lost.

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