Douglas Andrews / April 9, 2021

The Untouchable Hunter Biden

Conveniently, Amazon has blocked negative reviews of Hunter’s new memoir.

White males, it’s generally understood, are the sum and source of all that’s wrong in the world — from the ChiCom Virus to the border non-crisis to baseball’s designated hitter. And, as such, we tend to come in for a lot of opprobrium.

Except one of us. One single white male among us has managed to avoid the day-in, day-out attacks on our white privilege and our toxic masculinity. His name? Hunter Biden. And his protectors? Big Tech.

It began back on a date certain: October 14, 2020. That morning, the New York Post published a bombshell story on Hunter Biden that threatened to derail his dad’s presidential campaign with just over two weeks until the election. And had Big Tech not circled the wagons and censored that story from distribution on Twitter and Facebook, Donald Trump would likely be three months into his second term.

Of course, with the election safely in the rearview mirror, Twitter now admits that banning the Post’s reporting for two weeks was “a total mistake.” And yet the rest of the media still has no interest in holding Hunter Biden accountable, even as he peddles his self-serving memoir.

As for that memoir, we’re not even allowed to speak ill of it on Amazon. As Matt Margolis at PJ Media writes, “My book, The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, is routinely targeted by the Left for bogus negative reviews. Roughly 25 percent of the book’s reviews have always been bogus one-star reviews that are not tagged as a ‘verified purchase’ that simply accuse me of being racist, claim the book is poorly researched (it has over 1,000 endnotes), or involve some other attack. Since its original publication in 2016, the percentage of these bogus reviews appears virtually unchanged. I’ve made many complaints to Amazon over the years for the incredible number of undeniably bogus reviews that make it through the company’s screening process. So, I was incredibly shocked to discover that while Amazon took no interest in protecting my book from bogus reviews, that it has chosen to protect others.”

What other books might those be? Well, Hunter Biden’s memoir, Beautiful Things, for one. But if you want to zip over to Amazon and neg the book, don’t bother. You’ll be met with this message: “Amazon has noticed unusual reviewing activity on this product. Due to this activity, we have limited this product to verified purchase reviews.”

So, to summarize, “unusual reviewing activity” refers to negative reviews of certain favored books.

“That must be nice,” Margolis continues. “I wish my book could have been protected from bogus reviews, too. I wonder why it wasn’t, despite my complaints. Now, let me be clear, I do not condone posting bogus negative reviews on Amazon. But, if Amazon’s policy is to allow reviews and ratings from people who haven’t purchased a particular product on its platform, there’s something wrong with the company protecting some books from reviews from people who haven’t bought it, while not protecting others.”

Why, if we didn’t know better, we’d swear Amazon were playing favorites.

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Big Tech is corrupt, even evil, and it’s the enemy of conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and honest liberals everywhere.

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