President Trump had dinner with a Silicon Valley tech giant that doesn’t fit the mold.
Peter Thiel, venture capitalist, co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook, joined Oracle’s Co-Chief Executive Safra Catz for dinner at the White House on Tuesday.
The pair discussed government IT security.
First, let’s mention that if Hillary had been elected President, the issue of government IT security likely wouldn’t have been a conversation in the White House at all.
But that’s not all that they’re going to discuss.
The rules they are a-changin’.
The dinner, a source close to Thiel said, will be a strategy session on how the president might be able to regulate Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google.
Trump has been fixated on Amazon as of late, blasting the online retailer again from the White House on Tuesday.
President Trump claims that Amazon is using the USPS as their delivery system and paying below cost which is costing the Post Office ‘billions’ in revenue.
Trump charged the U.S. Post Office is ‘losing billions of dollars’ all because it delivers packages for Amazon at below cost ‘and that’s not fair.’
Behind-the-scenes, a source told Axios that Trump is ‘obsessed with Amazon.’
‘He’s wondered aloud if there may be any way to go after Amazon with antitrust or competition law,’ a source told the publication.
Axios pointed out that the president ‘would love to clip CEO Jeff Bezos’ wings,’ but he doesn’t have a plan to do so. With billionaire Thiel’s advice, that could change.
Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post.
The meeting is raising hackles on the Left because less than a week ago, a company that Thiel co-founded, Palantir Technologies, was investigating a link between one of its employees and Cambridge Analytica, the company that has caused a huge Facebook data-mining controversy because… TRUMP!
The Daily Mail also notes that the meeting comes on the heels of President Trump calling out ‘fake news’ in the United States.
Uh, yeah. That’s been going on for some time. There is exactly one point of view that is correct and should be shared, and it sure isn’t the one that supports President Trump’s policies no matter what they are.
As if to solidify this point, the Daily Mail ends the article like this:
Thiel, himself, is not perceived as a friend to the press either, as he famously helped to finance wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the website Gawker, eventually forcing it to shut down.
But Thiel has also tried to counter the narrative that he’s against a free press.
‘I refuse to believe that journalism means massive privacy violations,’ Thiel told the New York Times in 2016. ‘I think much more highly of journalists than that. It’s precisely because I respect journalists that I do not believe they are endangered by fighting back against Gawker.’
Source: Daily Mail
The Hogan/Gawker issue was a sticky one.
I’m not sure where you stand on the Hogan-Gawker issue, whether you stand by the plaintiff that it was a violation of his privacy rights, will lionize an already rabid paparazzi, and was essentially the publication of ‘revenge porn’, or with Gawker and their right to publish offensive and even pornographic material because it was ‘of public interest’ and you stand with the right of a free press.
That was all a sh!tshow to me.
But hey, at least we’ve unbiased reporting, right?
I think obvious snide ‘they’re both authoritarians against free speech’ while ignoring the obvious censorship of Conservative views or the blatant refusal to treat both sides of the political spectrum with the same standards illustrates the point well.
Great work, ‘journalists’.
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