Former New York Times reporter and creator Alex Berenson joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday to deal with Amazon’s preliminary refusal to publish his booklet expressing skepticism about the effectiveness of coronavirus lockdowns.
“They told me this morning they weren’t going to publish it and then some, you know, some people with loud voices said that was wrong and they backed off,” Berenson mentioned. “It’s a good day.”
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“Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1,” which included an introduction and a bit on dying counts and estimates, was anticipated to develop into out there on Amazon Thursday however Berenson informed host Tucker Carlson he wakened to an electronic mail from the online retailer informing him they might not publish it.
“They just sent an email saying something like… it didn’t conform to their standards. They were encouraging people to use official sources about COVID-19,” mentioned Berenson.
Amazon made the booklet out there after complaints from, amongst others, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who referred to as for Amazon to be damaged up. Berenson informed Carlson Thursday night time that the online large by no means apologized immediately to him earlier than publicly apologizing and altering course.
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“They’ve said publicly, but not to me, that they made a mistake. You know, people can judge that for themselves,” Berenson mentioned. “But I think the mistake they made was picking on somebody or trying to censor somebody who happened to have a big enough megaphone to shout back. And, you know, the booklet is selling incredibly well right now. And I think that’s because people really want information that they’re not getting.”
“It’s all facts. It’s all data. There’s no conspiracy theories in there,” Berenson mentioned of the booklet. “And it has information people need and they seem to want that.”
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Carlson requested Berenson if different authors have confronted the identical points with Amazon.
“We don’t know because it’s not like YouTube where stuff gets posted, then pulled. They can censor on the way in,” Berenson mentioned. “And I’ve heard from people [who] already have emailed me saying that’s happening, but we don’t know how many and we don’t know what the standards are.”
Fox Information’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.