Best theories about Obama and Google

Ongoing FTC antitrust probe draws accusations of politics

As most readers know, Google has been the subject of several antitrust probes by U.S. and European regulators, including the most recent one by the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating Google's web search business and its Android mobile OS.

It's enough to make some people wonder whether our socialist, anti-capitalist president is using a federal agency to commit a Chicago-style mugging of a corporation whose sole crime is to be successful!

And when I say "some people," I mean many readers of the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, and right-wing website Free Republic.

Here are just a few:

''The real lesson here is that when you stiff the barry and stop contributing to his campaigns bad things happen to your company."

"The FTC ought to be put out of commission. A waste of taxpayer and consumer money on legal fees." ... "And currently run politically as Obama's hit squad."

"Why ... does the FTC feel a need to go after them with a "broad subpoena" if not at the behest of inferior competitors, or because an ultra liberal President needs to bolster his left wing support by taking a few swipes at big successful businesses?"

"I guess they will have to call in a couple of favors to Obama to get this investigation whitewashed. Or, maybe they are having a sham investigation performed now in anticipation of the republicans taking over in two years."

"Alright, who forgot to give the gangster-in-chief his payola? Haven't you execs at Google learned by now that this is Chicago politics?"

Apparently not. That's the downside of being nerds from Silicon Valley: They're not streetwise. (At least Groupon, which is based in Chicago, will be spared the Google treatment.)

The thing is, the general "ultra-liberal hit squad gangster-in-chief payola Chicago politics" school of thought espoused by WSJ's conservative commenters runs directly counter to a theory promoted by former Fox Network hero Glenn Beck, whose conspiracy-mongering credentials certainly trump those of any WSJ commenter's!

Back in February, when the White House announced that President Obama would be having dinner in California with at least a dozen tech leaders -- including Google then-CEO Eric Schmidt -- Beck offered this advice:

"May I recommend if you're doing your own homework, don't do a Google search. It seems to me that Google is pretty deeply in bed with the government. Remember, maybe this is explaining why Google is being kicked out of all the other countries. Are they just a shill now for the United States government?"

Maybe, according to another WSJ reader who was so eager to share this link that he posted it twice. It's to a article about the "love story" between Google and Obama, complete with a "Diary of a Love Affair" slideshow.

Honestly, what's a conspiracy theorist to believe?

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