It wasn't Apple that gave Ivanka Trump the Internet Freedom Award

Yet somehow Apple gets slimed with the same goo as the guys who did.


From “Tech Giants Amass a Lobbying Army for an Epic Washington Battle” on the front page of Thursday’s New York Times:

Faced with the growing possibility of antitrust actions and legislation to curb their power, four of the biggest technology companies are amassing an army of lobbyists as they prepare for what could be an epic fight over their futures.

Initially slow to develop a presence in Washington, the tech giants — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — have rapidly built themselves into some of the largest players in the influence and access industry as they confront threats from the Trump administration and both parties on Capitol Hill…

Last month, the industry lobbying group, the Internet Association, which represents Amazon, Facebook and Google, awarded its Internet Freedom Award to Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House senior adviser. (emphasis mine)

My take: This lumping of Apple with Amazon, Facebook and Google is starting to make me nuts. Apple faces legislative risks, to be sure, but it’s not in the same danger as the three other bad boys. Also from today’s Times:

Apple is preparing to move into a bigger [Washington D.C.] office.

In 2,000-words about the tens of millions spent by big tech to fend off government regulation, that’s all they got on Apple? Kara Swisher wrote in Tuesday’s Times that The People Screaming for Blood Have No Idea How Tech Actually Works. I might say the same of whoever edited this story.