By Charles A. ProxyCharles A.
Proxy | GettyA number of prominent technology companies have decided to cut ties with the family of an outspoken tech critic.
“Travis” Proxy, the man behind the popular online book review site Scribd, said he will not be attending the White House Correspondents Dinner next month.
The company said Friday it will donate all proceeds from his book, “The Tech and the Truth: Why Tech is the New Journalism” to the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The book has been a tremendous success and I have enjoyed speaking out on issues that matter to my community,” Proxy said in a statement.
“I appreciate the opportunity to help the N.E.A. and its programs in their efforts to advance journalism and diversity, and I look forward to contributing to their work.”
Terrance O’Brien, who co-founded Scribd in 2004, told CNNMoney he would not be at the White, or any other White House, event.
“I don’t feel the White house is the place for me, and the book is my personal project and I’m going to work on it and not have anyone else speak about it,” O’Briensaid in a text message.
“That’s all I can say about it right now.”
Tucker Carlson, a Fox News personality who is also the host of Carlson Tonight, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Carlson has criticized the president for not having the guts to take on the issue of racial profiling and violence against people of color.
The president’s chief of staff, Andy Card, also announced he was stepping down.
“As the president has made clear, he does not want to be the face of the Trump administration, nor does he believe the president should be the leader of the free world,” Card said in an email.
“It is incumbent upon us all to hold our leaders accountable, especially in the face to the president, who has been unyielding in his disdain for the American people.”
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