By Alan Gordon
Republicans are not too good with technology. Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was embarrassed in 2008 when he admitted that he didn’t know how to use a computer. And Sen. Lindsey Graham, who serves on the Senate Technology Subcommittee, says he has never sent an email.
But it seems that some Republicans are mad at the Internet, which they think is biased against conservatives. Right-wing talk show host Michael Savage has suggested that conservatives create their own internet, which promotes right-leaning news and blocks liberal stories.
“We need to create our own internet, which promotes conservative views,” said Savage on his radio show. “We all know how hard it is to get out conservatives stories online.”
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, recently met with several Republicans who were concerned the social media site was blocking conservatives stories.
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh also stoked fears of Internet domination by liberals, according to http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/06/17/limbaugh-conspiracy-obama-will-use-situations-orlando-take-control-internet/211023
“Obama’s takeover of the internet will not be to prevent these kinds of things from happening,” said Limbaugh. “He’s got an entirely different agenda. All the Democrats do. It’s total control. It’s limiting access to information. It’s about shutting down opposition. That’s why they want control of the internet.”
Current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was under the belief he could get Microsoft founder Bill Gates to “close up” the Internet.
“We’re losing a lot of people because of the internet,” said Trump. “We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some ways. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.”