FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
W Ketchup™ Withdraws All Google Ads
Eagle Bridge, NY — February 16, 2006 — W Ketchup announced today that it has cancelled all advertising with Google, including both search engine ads and content network ads. The company took this step to protest Google’s agreement to help the Communist regime in China suppress liberty and free expression in that country.
Summing up the situation, Frida Ghitis in the Boston Globe wrote: “Google knows more about us than the FBI or the CIA or the NSA or any spy agency of any government. When a company that holds digital dossiers on millions of people decides profits are more important than principles, we are all at risk.”
CEO Dan Oliver commented: “It’s a rare day when the folks here at W Ketchup agree with the Boston Globe, but when an American company sells out democracy and liberty for a few bucks, freedom-loving Americans everywhere should be appalled.” Oliver continued: “At a time when brave American soldiers are fighting and dying to bring democracy to the Middle East, it is particularly vile to see an American company colluding in the support of tyranny and oppression. Google’s motto, ‘Don’t be evil’ apparently means something else when translated into Chinese, perhaps: ‘Sell principles for very good price.’”
Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) holds a Congressional hearing today to investigate Google’s activities. W Ketchup calls on Congress to expand the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to include a ban on American businesses assisting tyrannical governments. The basis of the FCPA is that corporate bribery of foreign officials corrupts and tarnishes the reputation and image of all American businessmen. The activity that Google engages in corrupts and tarnishes the reputation of all Americans.
Since the story was reported on January 25, Google’s market capitalization has fallen 23%, or nearly $31 billion.
W Ketchup continues to sell delicious, American ketchup to freedom-loving Americans everywhere, and continues not to support the Democratic Party and its liberal ideology. W Ketchup is available on the internet at www.wketchup.com and in select stores.
Founded in 2004, W Ketchup™ is a private company that makes ketchup in America solely from ingredients grown in the USA and does not support the Democratic Party. For more information visit www.wketchup.com or contact 1-866-WKETCHUP.