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THE AMAZON.COM REVIEW CESSPOOL

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 23, 2006 01:08 PM

Much has been made of the rabid Left’s online swarm that shut down the Washington Post’s blog comment section. The comments seemed comparatively tame to me. Maybe I’ll copy off Chapter 6 of Unhinged and send it off to the WaPo ombudsman and her editors to help them feel better.

Meantime, the moonbat manipulation of Amazon.com’s reviews deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting. Kathryn Lopez shed light last week on the organized campaign against Kate O’Beirne’s book (published by Penguin/Sentinel).

Daniel Coppens at Crown Forum writes today that one of its books is now being subjected to the same abuse:

Rebel in Chief, the new book by Fred Barnes, has also been subjected to the Liberal smear campaign. The attached photo has appeared on our books’ Amazon page after each time we make Amazon take it down.

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And check out the first page of bogus one-star reviews of Barnes’ book at Amazon.com. It’s a virtual Daily Kos/Democratic Underground playground:

28 of 42 people found the following review helpful:
Rebel in Chief? more like DRIBBLE in DISBELIEF, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: medaka (Nara, JP) – See all my reviews
American hero? Fearless leader? Naaaah. More like: Torturer. Liar. War Criminal. Dry Drunk. Immoral Christian. English-language Incompetent. Loser Businessman. Mediocre Human. Apocolypse Pox on American Politics. Bad book about a worse person. May both disappear from the face of the earth.

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31 of 46 people found the following review helpful:
A Book to Chuck, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: Ann – See all my reviews
Honestly, how dumb does the publishing company think we are? Do they seriously expect us to believe this wasn’t ghost written by Karl Rove, or somebody who can string a decent sounding sentence together? They must think we are ALL Bush supporters. What is sadder is people actually wasted their money on this pile of dead tree stumps to put “morals and values” back in the White House. Unfortunately, the right wing Pat Robertson definition of this really means “Jingoism and Idiocy”. I feel for anyone who wasted their money on this. They could have better used it to buy the high price healthcare and gasoline which have skyrocketed under this bimbo. God save America.

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29 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
They didn’t have a zero star rating., January 22, 2006
Reviewer: OGould – See all my reviews
I completely recommend this book if you like being underwhelmed, or if you want to be whipped into a catatonic stupor. If you must read it, get it from the library so you won’t feel like you did when you bought the Ding King from the TV commercial. (As for the writing style, I’m not sure our president can push a subject against a predicate, at gunpoint.) If this was written by a ghostwriter, he or she should be taken out and shot.

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24 of 37 people found the following review helpful:
Correction of Title, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: EricD – See all my reviews
There was an error made in the title of the book. It is supposed to read
George W. Bush: Resus Monkey-in-Chief

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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful:
A Love Letter presented as a Biography, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: Margie – See all my reviews
Fred has quite an obsession with the president. It seems a tad abnormal and not based in reality.

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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful:
A very prolific author, November 3, 2005, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: ValerieH – See all my reviews
If you click the author’s name underneath the book title, you will be linked to about 130 articles written by him about Bush. Perhaps Mr. Barnes is in Love?

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
Delusional, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: TC – See all my reviews
This book doesn’t describe how a man so delusional can become so powerful. It doesn’t describe the nasty tactics that Republicans used to get him into office. It doesn’t tell you that many of his actions are close to the actions and thoughts of the “dry drunk.” It doesn’t tell you about his drug abuse. It doesn’t tell you about the various international acts he has violated in becoming a war criminal. It doesn’t tell you the specifics of the brain-washing he received to become evangelical. This is a man who claims divine right. (forget about the theocratic leanings) The separation of Church and State was put into the Constitution for a reason. Talking to God and having “him/her/it” speak back to you telling you to invade countries for no good reason is not quite the attribute of a leader (and is specifically illegal by the Constitution). The day that Iraqi’s tell of Bush being chosen by god will be the day that Bush vindicated.

Please. When telling the story of Bush Jr. please tell the whole unadulterated story, maybe then we can decide for ourselves if he is a leader.

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
Only for the radical right, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: Willow K – See all my reviews
This is bound to be a book that right-wing Republican supporters will love and one that non-Bush supporters will find hard to take. Sound bites and emotional photographs fail to come to grips with the facts and fallacies of the radical right, whose visible leader is President Bush. Oh – (and my bias will show here) – Bush probably thought “Brazilian” was a number-substitute, similiar to gazillian.

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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
Good idea, but all filler, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: ESimon – See all my reviews
This book could be the memoirs George W. would have a crack team of political writers put together after his presidency. Not a critical or even neutral review of his first four years in the office, this book fails to make any impact on the reader at all. The author(s) try, and fail(s) to paint a portrait of a good old-fashioned, true-to-his-values president who stands up to the Enemy and fights the Righteous Cause. However, the totality of all these stories is fractured, like the man himself in times of stress. What I wanted from this book was a straight forward, upbeat and selective adoration of This Great Man. But after the last page, this book is just a bunch of cheap, cute filler.

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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
Portrait of TOTAL CATASTROPHIC FAILURE!, January 22, 2006
Reviewer: Gretchen – See all my reviews
Apparently, there are still many with delusions about the “greatness” of our current president. However, after the drowning of a GREAT US CITY , NEW ORLEANS, millions of former luke-warm Bush & Co. supporters finally recognize this as the most INCOMPETENT, INEPT, AND IGNORANT ADMINISTRAITON in US history! Still, the reactionary ideologues continue to priase this “leader” to the skies. What did the hurricane reveal once and for all? Bush & Co. trashed/gutted FEMA, a fact which no reactionary ideologue can deny if he bothers to read the facts! And the “No one thought the levies would break” mindset makes crystal clear this fact..Or as Rice said “No one thought an airplane would be used to crash into a skyscraper!” The same level of brainpower! And the wonderful “Shock and Awe” War of revenge by Bush and Dad’s retreads has been , according to many military experts the #1 Strategic disaster in US history..And even C. Powell has admitted his UN War monologue was a pack of lies! So, we have now 15,000 dead and maimed US soldiers, ten of thousands of incinerated Iraqis, $200,000,000,000 spent down a gutter, Lousiana Guardsman in Iraq, not able to protect their own nation/city/state, not to mention amphibious vehicles stuck in Iraq as well! And a huge recruiting ground for BinLaden types,another fact agreed by all intelligence experts, but denied by the fervid reactionaries! As for all the comments on “Bush-Bashing”. These same ugly reactionaries always conveniently forget the huge hate, character assasination campaign of the Clinton years, indeed the nastiest in US History! And this past week the Commander in Chief says “Wow-Brazil is a big place!”after checking a map! The list is endless, but no doubt there is a huge “Buyer’s Remorse” within millions of hesitant 2004 Bush voters!

That’s just the first page. It goes on and on and on.

I had similar experiences with all three of my past books. For obvious reasons, I actually welcomed the crazies’ comments on my last book–many of which Amazon.com did eventually get around to deleting (though not at my request, as the projecting paranoiacs suspected). But every author deserves a fair shake, and conservative authors aren’t getting it.

Amazon.com’s cozy, exclusive business arrangements with liberal celebrities such as Bill Maher and Al Franken only exacerbate concerns that the online book-seller is soft on left-wing online vandals.

Bottom line: The Amazon.com review section has become a joke and a cesspool, and if the company cares about its credibility with a large segment of its book-buying audience, it better fix the problem.

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Fortunately, there are many other ways to buy books online. Here are three:

Conservative Book Club
NR Book Service
American Compass

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Stunningly, one of the left blogosphere’s crudest, unhinged haters who spearheaded the sabotage of O’Beirne’s Amazon.com page has been invited by the Washington Post to participate tomorrow in a “live online roundtable conversation on the issue of what the rules are/should be for major media in accepting free form comments, or indeed whether there should be rules at all.” This blogger refers to O’Beirne–please pardon the vulgarity–as “sandpaper snatch” and threatened that “The bitch is dead meat.”

Is that the kind of constructive dialogue the Post endorses?

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Ed Morrissey:

The Left doesn’t want people to hear what conservatives have to say, perhaps knowing that they have been intellectually outclassed and proven disastrously wrong by history and current events. Instead, they issue mindless attacks, childish insults, and do everything possible to keep people from having access to conservative thought.

That’s not the actions of people who have confidence in themselves. Those are the actions of a fearful, small-minded, vulgar group of Neanderthals who have suddenly seen Homo sapiens and realized that their days are numbered. These mouthbreathers cannot offer any new ideas, so instead of trying to compete with conservatives, they’re busy with the electronic equivalent of sticking their fingers into their ears and shouting, “LA-LA-LA-LA, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU!!” as loudly as possible.

In short, the Left consists of ill-educated, ill-mannered children. That they keep going to such lengths to prove it shows that they don’t have anything else to offer.

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