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It’s Kochs vs. Mercers in the Right’s Big Tech Brawl

Conservative Republicans and their backers think libertarian groups and right-wing nonprofits are shielding tech companies from regulation.

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, pauses while speaking to members of the media near the Senate subway in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2020. 

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, pauses while speaking to members of the media near the Senate subway in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2020. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Tucker Carlson, the Fox News commentator and Donald Trump whisperer, shocked the conservative ecosystem when he devoted a segment of his show last month to vilifying right-wing nonprofits.

Carlson said many groups have betrayed the conservative cause and “colluded with Big Tech to shield left-wing monopolies” from oversight. The U.S.’s large internet companies work in secret to impose a left-wing agenda on the country, he said, and no one in Washington is doing anything about it.