Originally published June 29 2015
Amazon.com caught lying about Confederate flag censorship while supporting terror groups
by S. Johnson
(NaturalNews) In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Internet retailers have scrambled to remove the Confederate flag from their online stores. Amazon also participated in this misguided gesture of political correctness. Yet instead of being honest about their (questionable) reasons for discontinuing Confederate flag sales, Amazon deliberately lied to customers, claiming that they were instructed by the federal government to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise.
In a live chat with a customer one Amazon representative claimed that the company was obliged to remove the flags from sale according to federal law. The representative also alleged that other retailers such as Walmart were removing the flag for the same reason. The Amazon representative then asked the customer if they had "checked the news," even sending the customer a link to a poorly written CNN article about Confederate flags that had been removed by many online retailers. The representative used subtle manipulation to suggest that the customer should be aware of this law even though no such law exists. Amazon's use of deception and manipulation in this case is essentially equivalent to censorship and "thought policing" under the guise of following federal law.
Thomas Pynchon famously said, "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Not surprisingly, as the Rachel Dolezal trans-racial question and the Confederate flag controversy were saturating the media, Congress cleared the way for President Obama to press ahead on globalist trade deals by approving fast-track negotiating authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.
Since many Americans rely on trusted news networks to keep them informed, you can't help but wonder why reporters and journalists don't do a better job of discussing the most important, really pressing issues of the day. This year, Netflix is expected to have a bigger daily audience than all of the four big networks combined. So while half the nation is being distracted by irrelevant news items like the puff pieces about prison escapees or trans-racial activists, the other half is busy binge-watching Orange is the New Black. But the real stories, such as the TPP and the profound impacts it will have, are not being aired, much less discussed.
Amazon's hypocrisy has us asking the wrong questions. In an attempt to appear tolerant or racially sensitive, the mega-company has only succeeded in demonstrating how real censorship actually works. Strangely, Nazi memorabilia can still be purchased on their website, so while you won't be able to buy the Stars and Bars any longer, you can still find the occasional bust of Hitler, or a swastika tie pin.
While Amazon is busy censoring American history, they are still continuing to sell Hezbollah and Hamas flags and merchandise, in support of the terrorist groups.
In 2010, Amazon defended their right to sell the book The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct. In response to why they felt justified to continue selling this book, Amazon released the following statement: "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."
Fair enough, Amazon, but the same standard should apply to other kinds of objectionable content, as well. But perhaps instead of worrying about Amazon's selective moral compass, we should focus our attention on how our free speech rights are being squeezed at levels higher than the checkout page.
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