Those cheeky progressives. They find ways to make anything good and conservative seem perverse and bigoted. Even when their rhetoric fails, they often find ways to subvert systems or “hack” conservative creations to make them appear to be what they’re not. The sad part is, they often surround themselves in contradictions in attempts to prove their point. They’ll fight racism by being… racist. They’ll fight fascism by being… fascist. But one of their favorite “self-owns” is when they fight intolerance by being… intolerant.
The Daily Wire‘s editor-in-chief, Ben Shapiro, is no stranger to being on the receiving end of their contradictory condemnation. He’s called a white supremacist by scores of progressives while simultaneously being the most targeted journalist in the world by white supremacists. He’s called a Nazi while being a devout Jew. And now, his book that explores how reason and moral purpose made the west great – including the role of religious tolerance – has been categorized by Amazon as “Religious Intolerance.”
“The Right Side of History” has been a huge success, rising to the top as the #1 bestseller for weeks. It’s the type of book any fan of history and American exceptionalism should read as it demonstrates why the combination of thought and faith have brought the greatest levels of prosperity the world has ever known. It is in no way a book promoting religious intolerance, but somehow progressive critics have been able to categorize it as such.
As Daily Wire editor-at-large Josh Hammer noted, the effect has spread across multiple categories.
I just pulled it up on Amazon and it looks like the hardcover is categorized as #1 bestseller in "Sociology & Religion," audiobook is categorized as #1 bestseller in "Religious Intolerance & Persecution," and Kindle is categorized as #1 bestseller in "Religious Intolerance."
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) August 9, 2019
Shapiro wasn’t amused.
Reaching out to Amazon. That’s nuts.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2019
Whether this was the actions of a group of progressives manipulating the algorithm or haters at Amazon itself trying to disparage Shapiro is unclear right now. But whoever did it is likely sitting in front of their computer smugly pleased with themselves. That’s a trait of many radical progressives. They have challenges with creating great works of their own so they take pleasure in tearing down the works of conservatives.
As I’ve noted multiple times, big tech’s leftist-leanings are a major concern going into the 2020 election cycle. Companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter wield tremendous influence over the hearts and minds of millions of American voters. They’ve engaged in concerted attacks on anything they deem to be “not woke enough,” which is essentially anything that can be classified as freedom-loving, liberty-defending, or generally conservative. Shapiro and his book fall into all three categories, so labeling it “Religious Intolerance” is an expected, albeit diabolical response to its success.
Big tech companies are not our friends. These types of “mistakes” can influence Americans negatively, driving a perverse sentiment that isn’t justified. Our response should be to (you guessed it) buy more of this book.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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