November 7, 2007

Yahoo: Moral Pygmies

"Two top Yahoo officials on Tuesday defended their company’s role in the jailing of a Chinese journalist but ran into withering criticism from United States lawmakers who accused them of complicity with an oppressive Communist regime.

“While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies,” Tom Lantos, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said angrily after hearing from the two executives, Jerry Yang, the chief executive, and Michael J. Callahan, the general counsel.

The journalist Shi Tao was sent to jail for 10 years for engaging in pro-democracy efforts deemed subversive after Yahoo turned over information about his online activities as requested by Chinese authorities.

Mr. Lantos angrily urged the two men to apologize to the journalist’s mother, who was sitting directly behind them."

New York Times ...


  1. I think it was yahoo (maybe it was google) who wouldn't release information about child pornographers here in the USA, but they have no problem rolling over
    for the ChiComs. And this poor journalist isn't even a criminal!

    I don't often agree with Sen. Lantos, but I think he's spot on.

    Moral pygmies indeed.

  2. I've always loathed Yahoo; have avoided them like the plague for at least a decade. I'd feel jauntily vindicated in my excellent judgment if it wasn't all so repugnant.

    Filth and scum.