Why Does Google Have to be Berated into Recognizing Memorial Day?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Google's home page from last year

Google’s home page from last year

After making a concession for a few years by running a small flag and yellow ribbon picture below its search bar, the search engine giant which has a monopoly on conventional search went back to ignoring Memorial Day.

After protests mounted, the flag and ribbon were grudgingly restored. However unlike their pictures for every other event, there is no link to “Memorial Day” meaning that if you know, you know. If you don’t, Google isn’t about to inform you.

This isn’t the first time that Google, which went out of its way to honor leftists like Caesar Chavez and to protest Russia’s gay laws during the Olympics, has been called out for ignoring an occasion that it clearly does not care to commemorate.

This issue has been going on for a while. In 2008, Google claimed that, “If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design.”

Right. So it finally settled for running a flag and yellow ribbon. And now it jettisoned that because it clearly only did that as a concession to critics. Then when people complained, it brought it back.

Google wields enormous practical power. It has a virtual monopoly on the internet that is only broken by its failure to build a competitive social media platform. It spends a good deal of money lobbying and too few people ask what its agenda is.

Every other search engine makes a point of commemorating Memorial Day. Google makes a point of not doing it.

  • Chris Gait

    There has to be some friendly little way to remind Google that vets don’t appreciate their derision. Where is the VFW when this kind of thing is done so they can get a nice big publicity black eye like they deserve? It would also be a nice gesture if the government did some little symbolic thing, for instance moving their default search engine to Bing or Yahoo and doing several billion dollars damage to their bottom line. Maybe that would ‘inspire’ them to have manners.

    • 4arepublic

      Make your main search engine startpage.com. They are based in the Netherlands and keep zero records. It uses Google, but without any tracking. Their only goal is to protect privacy.

  • JackSpratt

    Google and Yahoo are both communist front groups.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      No, not communist. These are the true corporate fascists though.

      • JackSpratt

        I seem to remember that both google and yahoo turned into the ChiComs, dissidents, that as far as I know have never been heard from again.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      How can people be afraid of the NSA when Google knows more about all of us than the NSA?

      Facebook and Google/Youtube need to monitor posts – to find savages like the Virgin killer, Boston Marathon bombers, and their “friends” BEFORE they kill.

  • DogmaelJones1

    The wonks, techies, and geeks at Google know no world or universe beyond the confines of the Internet. The world beyond their keyboards and monitors isn’t real to them, it’s full of scary, nasty things such as Americans who died to ensure that they had jobs and comfortable salaries. It would be beneath them to sanction war, any war, especially a war that guaranteed their livelihoods. Iwo Jima, Fallujah, Helmond Province, probably even Normany and D-Day, are abstractions to which they have no personal relationship so they can’t be real. They are bubble-worlders. They probably resent the fact that no techie ever died racing over the black lava beaches of Iwo Jima, or their equivalent in computer land.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Let’s see what Google does on June 6, 2014.

      • DogmaelJones1

        D-Day? Isn’t that National Dandelion Day? Oh? The invasion
        of Nazi-occupied Europe? Oh. “Saving Private Ryan”? Omaha Beach? That’s on Maui, isn’t it, best surf on the Big Island? Oh. Well, never mind…we’ll put up a cute little dandelion. We’re not into war. We’re not going to be bullied or shamed into recognizing American efforts to save Europe.

  • Judahlevi

    No one has to use Google as their search engine.

    No veteran or their families should.

  • elizabeth brooks

    I did my part. I cancelled my Gmail and Bing is now my homepage. Goodbye Google.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      good

    • truebearing

      I use Bing for a search engine. I don’t see any difference in the results. I intensely dislike Google and distrust them more than I dislike them.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Google has become the Evil “Microsoft” Borg.

  • Anukem Jihadi

    This is why. It’s not their kind of structure.

  • Toni_Pereira

    I can’t help thinking how companies like Google could prosper in a world ruled by people like that Caesar Chavez fellow…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      They’re more aligned with the Chinese approach. Lower profile and a lot more harmful to the globe.

  • Anukem Jihadi

    what it is

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      erdogan is EVIL.

      Consider his refusal to apologize to the Armenian people for the Turkish genocide of Armenia. 1,000,000 Armenians died.

      2015 is the 100th anniversary.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Google is one of those nefarious “international corporations” that we hear about all the time. They try to coopt leftist sentiments but really they’re just capitalists that will lean on cronyism or anything else that works. They’re not patriots just because they’re physically centered in the USA.

    • Anukem Jihadi

      Not at all they have major interests in China. Perhaps more so than the US.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Exactly.

  • USARetired

    Most likely Google is run and managed by a bunch of insensitive liberal idiots!

  • Fudge

    Because they are a wholly owned subsidiary of commiefedgov.com

  • Texas Patriot

    DG: Google wields enormous practical power. It has a virtual monopoly on the internet that is only broken by its failure to build a competitive social media platform. It spends a good deal of money lobbying and too few people ask what its agenda is.

    Yep.

  • Shadowwind

    Now Google is celebrating the birthday of Rachel Carson, whose fraudulent work resulted in the needless suffering and deaths of millions in the third world. They’ve got a neat little design that’s far more involved than the ribbon they threw up halfway through Memorial Day after people complained. Nice to see what their priorities are.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    I get so furious when I am reminded what narcissistic ingrates these google billionaires are.
    They wouldn’t have a pot to pee in if not for our soldiers fighting for our freedoms and freedoms around the world.
    They are narcissistic – pure and simple.

    • Tom Anderson

      And let me add this. If a terrorist group hit their headquarters, they would be screaming for the police, the marines, anyone to help them. They’d be screaming why FEDERAL armed forces weren’t there fast enough if there was a flood. Then, when saved by these forces, they would complain why they took so long and why they only saved the white people.

      These are the kind of people that live in the world of cyberspace, they’d have to hire someone to assemble their IKEA furniture because they can’t figure it out. Flat tire? Ca;l the AAA and play on their Android until the tow truck arrives. What happens in the middle of the country? They don’t know. Farming is gross. They don’t like to sweat unless it’s all a treadmill in an air-conditioned room. History? Just rewrite it to suit the agenda best. White people suck, indians were peaceful, Communism fails because of its implementation, Socialism fails because it never goes far enough, 1% of the wealthy keep others from having money. Etc.

  • JFW

    Google also ignores Easter.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Shame on Google.

    The public needs to know who at Google decides what holidays are worthy of being honored.

  • Tom Anderson

    Ok, let’s talk about how really sick this is–and how deep it goes folks.

    There is a HUGE graphic on Google right now. Go look at it. Do you know who it is for?

    Rachel Carson’s birthday.

    Remember Rachel Carson? She’s the debunked biologist whose efforts created the ban on DDT which killed millions.

    Yes, that idiot.

    And guess what?

    It gets smellier. Go to the wikipedia article on her. Know what it says? After paragraphs extolling the greatness of this woman, we get this:

    “Carson and the environmental movement were — and continue to be — criticized by some conservatives and libertarians as well as chemical-industry trade groups, who argue that restrictions placed on pesticides, specifically DDT, have caused tens of millions of needless deaths and hampered agriculture (and, implicitly, that Carson bears responsibility for inciting such restrictions).[80][81][82]”

    See, it’s just us crazy conservatives.

    Wikipedia, Google and yahoo are sick organizations, they really are.

    This is the downside of the information age; history can be changed and people doing research will get intentionally phony data.

    Proof point? Show me one Wikipedia article, ONE, that states….”Well, some Liberals believe…”

  • Race_Dissident

    Given that Leftists have conquered and grotesquely transmogrified this country to accord with their own warped image, you’d think Google would now be tripping over itself to laud America. I guess it says something when Leftists cannot even gin up a bit of patriotism for a nation they destroyed and rebuilt to their own specs.

  • Spirit of Jabotinsky

    With regard to the Rachel Carson doodle on Google today and other offensive letty doodles from Google (i.e. most of them, if not all) I found out today, to my joy, that you can use the ‘adblocker’ within your browser to block all the doodles from Google. If you have the ‘adblocker’ installed then just right-click in the doodle, select the ‘Block Image’ option and then just fill in the box that comes up to block the doodles. All I get now is the space to type my search request. Feels good.