The hearing was billed as an investigation into online
competition. And much of the evidence laid out before Bezos, who
owns The Washington Post, speaks to ruthless business practices.
Zuckerberg still doesn’t quite grasp the impact of Facebook on
civic life. And most of those on the subcommittee weren’t really
up to the task of questioning Cook on Apple’s business practices.
Still, the voices of small-business owners whose livelihoods had
been upended by Amazon were at least piped into the room.
Too many of the Republicans were focused on playing put upon and
abused. They seemed more interested in Trump Jr.’s Twitter habit
and throwing out accusations of anti-Americanism at the only
executive of color testifying. Stifled competition and bullied
employees were side notes. The event was virtual, but the disgrace
was real. The titans were diminished, but far too many of the
subcommittee members were the ones who looked small.
I watched the whole thing, and this is just an astoundingly fair and apt summary.