YouTube tells White House it will not remove video blamed for sparking riots

As anti-American rioting continues tonight in as many as 20 countries around the world, the White House has finally decided to make a definitive display of power — against YouTube. And YouTube isn’t backing down.

As Twitchy reported earlier, the White House contacted YouTube and requested they review the video which the Obama administration insists is responsible for sparking the attacks against several American diplomatic outposts. Press secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that the riots were “in response not to United States policy, and not to, obviously, the administration,” even as mobs in Gaza burned the American flag and an effigy of President Obama.

Choosing to get tough against a video rather than the mob is certainly the easier course, but not even Google, owner of YouTube, seemed intimated by this administration. A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement:

We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere.  This video — which is widely available on the Web — is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.

For the moment, at least, it seems that Google is a greater champion of First Amendment rights than the White House, and that’s a very awkward position for Americans to be in, considering YouTube’s recent history of censoring videos which criticize Islam. That, coupled with desperate calls for the filmmaker to be jailed immediately, remind us that freedom of speech is perhaps in as much need of defense at home as our embassies are overseas.

  • Dioptase

    I give Google a week before they buckle.

    • Cynthia Bauers

      I don’t even give them that long. 2 days, tops!

    • TugboatPhil

      Google is checking with their Red Chinese overlords for permission right now.

      • weRbroke

        You might be on to something.

    • Bill Gryan

      I’m sure Eric Holder is digging through files right now to see if Google has so much as an unpaid parking ticket. The lawsuit is forthcoming.

  • CanofSand

    I’m tempted to start a #IStandWithGoogle tweet spree, but I don’t have the time to really go at it, and it’s hard to really stand with Google given some of the other crap they’ve done. Although, people do the “stand with” thing even with people they detest when it’s for a good cause sometimes. So, maybe. Other people, feel free to take my idea and run with it.

    • papertiger0

      I think we’re all in the holding our breath mode regarding Google. Shocking, the people we find taking a stand for liberty sometimes. Who would have guessed this from the guys who deleted content that made fun of Oprah Winfrey?

    • Bill Gryan

      I like Google’s stand here, but in China they are quick to meet the censors’ demands.

  • W J P

    Just a matter of time, Google will relent.

    • Laura Behnke

      I hope they don’t.. I seen the video.. or part of it.. it was so stupid I couldn’t continue.. I can see how it can be very offensive to muslims.. however.. we have to stand up for our freedom of speech.. Google needs to not back down.. hold their guns.. if they fall.. what is next..

  • clocker1

    Obama will pass a new law by executive order and Eric Holder will enforce it. They will then press charges against google. guaranteed.

    • Michael Hampton

      Way to persecute someone for what you think that they will do.

  • Mike Sanfilippo

    Typo in the article- intimidated, not intimated. I know, I know I’m sorry!

  • Mike Sanfilippo

    freedom of speech is perhaps in as much need of defense at home as our embassies are overseas.” That’s a brilliant line to wrap the article up with, and sadly it’s so very true.

  • Mickey Byrd

    It’s become obvious to me why other countries hate America… under this administration I’m not sure I like us anymore. It’s such a shame that the rights and freedoms of this country are being taken away while murderous terrorists are being rewarded.

    • Garth Haycock

      These countries have always hated the US. They’re just now emboldened because they know that Obama is a coward who will do whatever it takes to appease them.

    • cunt

      how’d you like america under the last one?

  • Norma Cabugawan

    No one is talking about the possibility,
    these scam bag cause this mess by using bin laden as big accomplishment of his
    administration during the campaign which the VP was so proudly stated when he
    was campaigning in OHIO and also the Nauseating in Chief during his acceptance
    speech at the DNC. Blaming the film is nothing but an escape goat for the
    administration failed governing.

    • papertiger0

      is it weird that this made sense to me?

    • Daily George


    • RightyFeep

      “escape goat” – exactly correct!

      • John (it true me am)

        My goat keeps escaping too.

    • Bill Gryan

      I had to read it a few times, but I think I agree. Chest thumping about killing Bin Laden incites hatred, then apologizing creates disrespect. This administration is pathetic.

    • cbunix23

      You mean OIHO.

    • DontMetaDataMeBro

      This actually makes sense.

    • David Simpson

      Good point, Obama’s been bragging about killing Osama for a year. Maybe that’s the reason for the violence. Weren’t all chatting ” We’re all Osama”.

    • David Simpson

      Good point, Obama’s been bragging about killing Osama for a year. Maybe that’s the reason for the violence. Weren’t all chatting ” We’re all Osama”.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      Escape goat?

      • RightyFeep

        Yeah, but y’know, it’s actually better that scape goat. She said “Blaming the film is nothing but an escape goat for the administration failed governing.” The use of a scape goat involves the acknowledgement of one’s own faults, but the substitution of the goat to bear the burden of those faults in the eyes of whatever deity is involved. But “escape goat” captures what is actually happening here – Obama is not admitting anything – he is, through his minions in the press, blaming the film and not acknowledging his own failure at all. Hence, “escape goat” nails it!

    • Lee Reynolds

      In the search to understand what motivates islamofacists, it is a dire mistake to look to ourselves as the cause. They are not evil because of who we are, but because of who they are.

      We were not attacked because of a movie or because the president was overly boastful. We were attacked because our enemy saw an opportunity to attack us, and took it.

      The mistake that our side made was in failing to secure our embassies. Had the proper precautions and security procedures been in place, the headlines would have read “Marines thwart terrorist attack; dozens dead, no Americans harmed.”

  • Ramone Love

    The Washington Post spin on this is LOL funny. If you only read their account, you would leave with the impression that Google bowed to the mighty will of Obama.

  • Brewster52

    Hoax! WH doesn’t really want it removed…

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Someone else should just buy YouTube…

  • lana ward

    Those at Google better watch their backs, the kenyan will kill them just like he did Andrew Brietbart

  • EastValleyConservative

    Okay, one point for Google. I still don’t trust them though. Maybe they realize that eventually, they won’t be in the “favored” circle and they will be eaten too.

  • Garth Haycock

    I’m surprised by this, as the folks at google tend to be Obama fans. Good for those who made this decision as they believe that the 1st Amendment is more important than the POTUS.

    • Michael Hampton

      Is that like Brent Bozell at the Voter Values Summit who told the attendees to beat up any demonstrators outside?

      • Garth Haycock

        No, it’s more like when the SEIU beat the hell out of folks who tried to disagree with the progressive politicians at town hall meetings before the ’10 elections.

        Now, if you want to make this accusation, prove it or you’re a liar.

  • Lee Reynolds

    Google actually did the right thing.

    A small piece of my faith in humanity has just been restored.

    • Michael Hampton

      Too bad they believe in marriage equality so you are not allowed to support them.

      • weRbroke

        google isn’t in with Muslims…who hate gays and treat women like schit.

      • Lee Reynolds

        I believe in marriage equality too. A marriage should be a partnership of equals, not a situation where a man is oppressing his wife, or a wife her husband. Such situations are abusive and/or codependent and produce children who are equally messed up, ensuring that the cycle will repeat itself down the line.

  • Jaynie59

    I guess I’m just way too cynical, but I don’t believe for a second that the Obama administration wants Google to remove the video. They need that video to stay up because that’s the excuse they’re using to explain the attacks against us. As Michelle has pointed out, YouTube has a long history of censoring anti-Islam videos so the only reason for the admin to contact Google at all would be to ask them to keep it up.

    • Donna

      I agree. And Jay Carney is an idiot, because they were in the streets chanting against Obama himself when this rioting broke out.

  • AnnS

    CNN’s cameras were in the capital interviewing protesters who said that the main purpose for their protest was to have Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman (known as the ‘Blind Sheik’) released from a U.S. prison.

  • Mike

    Recommend new pledge of allegiance for Democrats and MSM: I pledge allegiance to the President of the ‘United’ States of America, and to the collective, for which he stands, one nation, under Allah, divisible, with liberty and justice for people who agree with us.

  • paevo

    Create a software program that automatically creates an anti-Islamic video every hour, then posts them to YouTube. That would be a fine thing indeed…

  • Michael C. Fuller

    The protectors of our Constitution are failing. Get rid of these people before it’s too late.

  • Arthur Gannon

    You go youtube. If we allow the government to start dictating what is acceptable under the First Amendment, we open a door that will only get bigger. What next, any dissent against the government. Please stand film and not allow the Obama bullies to stomp on your, and all of our, First Amendment Rights.

    • Michael Hampton

      So do you also support One Million (minus 960,000) Moms trying to censor network shows because they don’t like the content? Do you also support their censoring of commercials and ads?

  • dcnj

    Go ahead riot, let them seal their fate. All we need now is a president with b a l l s to cut the cord from these animals. Maybe put some of that “AID” back into USA and back to the people who deserve it.

    we have more then enough reasons…

  • Brett McMicken

    it’s youtube vs youboob

  • Brett McMicken

    hey people, i think we are getting off track from what’s important: has ms. fluke got her birth control yet, and does little johnny still have a muffin-top?

  • Leon Hall

    I notice there haven’t been riots in the states. As for down under, didn’t one your mates already suggest that anyone that doesn’t like it there leave? Now might be a good time to remind them again.

  • Leon Hall

    I notice there haven’t been riots in the states. As for down under, didn’t one your mates already suggest that anyone that doesn’t like it there leave? Now might be a good time to remind them again.

  • Adela Wagner

    Good, Free Speech 1..White House..0. If Google backs down and these idiot liberals win this one, next they’ll be MAKING us buy stuff we do not want by calling it a TAX, like crappy medicaid based healthcare….oh wait…nevermind…
    And google has agreed to censor this to other countries.

  • Mom for Mitt

    Al Qaeda planned these attacks before there was a movie. They used the movie to incite the rest of them to mob our embassies. Guess they needed a little help to get it done. None of this is because of the movie. It was Al Qaeda’s 11th anniversary celebration. We were warned for years about this… that it would happen & where and when you least expect it. We expected it on the 10th anniversary and inside our borders.

  • Maria

    Well if Google removed that video, they’d have to remove every offensive video on the entirety of YouTube. That would take a long long time. You can’t take one video off and leave the others. You can’t show favoritism to one set of offended peoples or other peoples will become enraged that they are being ignored.

    • Mark Hooks

      Well, if the huge inventory was the reason, so be it. The First Amendment protecting itself, thru it’s sheer enormity. It’s bigger than any presidential administration.

    • Guest

      Sure they can take it off and leave the others. This is the Obama administration at it’s very best. And, if Youtube caves, it’ll be Youtube at it’s worst!

  • Mickey Byrd

    Dang… someone step up to the plate and do something the Prez asks for… anyone? anyone? anyone? C’mon. This is getting embarrassing when no one pays attention to him.

  • James Neal

    Just a thought: What if the movie is a stalking horse conceived and funded by Islam itself as napalm on the global fires for the radical elements in all countries to whip themselves into a frenzy and destabilize moderate governments thereby facilitating the next waves of radical insurgency? If they could send suicide bombers to the WTC, they could be diabolical enough to carry out a plan like this. So far, it is working brilliantly and the BSdonthaveaclueBO administration is playing right into their hand.

  • Guest

    Does anyone here think that the White House might have simply asked Youtube to review the video, as is stated in the press releases? Are there people here who actually think the White House would be dumb enough to try to force the removal of the video? Did they even ask it to be removed? Also, appeasing Muslim extremists? Does anyone remember the decade of hell-fire raining down upon them, which continues to this day?

    The administration has denounced the video, as well as the violent response to it.

    I doubt the administration is willing to blame the violence on the video over blaming it on the protesters themselves. The president may be a lot of things but the guy isn’t stupid. The reckless abandonment of common sense that is happening… in the Middle East isn’t unprecedented. This isn’t the first time the Muslim world has over-reacted to low-budget media. Remember the Danish cartoon in 2005? Similar results.
    There is a lot more going on here than ‘Obama trying to take your rights away’… Not everything revolves around us. I can’t claim to know the details, but considering that there have just been political revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen, and also considering that current state of relations between Israel, Iran, and the Arab world, it’s not surprising that the administration is approaching this issue with some caution.–abc-news-politics.html

    • weRbroke

      Will you wipe the schit off your brown nose.

  • Mom for Mitt

    Check out Rucka Rucka Ali – Call Me Maybe Parody on You Tube! If You Tube/Google bent over for the Obama Administration then these posts would also be removed. Purely hilarious!

  • Mom for Mitt

    Check out Rucka Rucka Ali – Call Me Maybe Parody on You Tube! If You Tube/Google bent over for the Obama Administration then these posts would also be removed. Purely hilarious!

  • BeeKaaay

    WHAT? Google actually believes in free speech this time? Amazing.

  • jchandler

    Google is probably less interested in 1st amendment rights and freedom of speech and more about spurring interest and hits on youtube to build stats.

  • RightyFeep

    No, “escape goat”. I know he intended to say “scape goat” but think about it for a minute. What Obama is doing is escaping from his responsibility for this failure in his foreign policy by having his lapdog media gang up on Romney’s so-called “gaffe”.