Yesterday TFPP reported that Amazon.com (along with Walmart) had slashed 40 percent off the price of Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” before it’s even been released, a pretty unmistakable sign that the retail giants don’t exactly have much confidence that the failed presidential candidate will be a huge seller. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to give her a small boost through underhanded means.
At the Daily Wire, Emily Zanotti reports that Amazon has been rapidly deleting brief, one-star reviews of “What Happened,” claiming they only intend to clean up “abuse” of the review system by trolls who didn’t actually read or purchase the book.
The company isn’t saying outright that Trump supporters are to blame, but their customer service representative’s statement seems to imply foul play.
“In the case of a memoir, the subject of the book is the author and their views. It’s not our role to decide what a customer would view as helpful or unhelpful in making their decision. We do however have mechanisms in place to ensure that the voices of many do not drown out the voices of a few and we remove customer reviews that violate our community guidelines,” she told Fortune magazine.
Still a few hilarious examples have fallen through the cracks. One review read, “Read all the promotional excerpts, which combined come close to book length – pretty good novel. It is fiction, isn’t it? Surely, someone is playing a joke.”
And of course, even “verified purchasers” haven’t necessarily been kind. Reviews for Clinton’s book have been mixed. The New York Times liked it, but called it a “score-settling jubilee” as if Clinton wrote the tome while selecting possible scapegoats by throwing darts at a dartboard.
As of the time of this TFPP post’s writing, the book’s Amazon page shows 95 percent of the reviews being glowing five-star endorsements, with four and three stars at one percent each, no two-star reviews, and one-star reviews standing at three percent. One of the one-star reviews near the top of the sample list provides more than a one-sentence quip, and is worth reading in full:
She really makes you feel like you want to die. . .
Picked this book up at Wal-Mart out of sheer morbid curiosity. Returned it, claiming I bought the wrong book.
It appears to be written with the intent of securing a luxurious retirement. I really don’t think she cared much about the substance of the book itself – but merely finding ways to fill pages with content so as to generate a marketable product. At the end of the day, her name is what is selling the book; not the print on its pages. And even if she only sells 1,000 copies, that’s enough to make writing it worthwhile.
But if you’re looking for some kind of meaning or understanding out of this book, I’m afraid that it simply isn’t there. It’s merely the continuation of her meltdown performance, after being denied all other public platforms to on which to do so. It’s littered with baseless claims and accusations . . . a painfully stupid monologue not unlike that which you would see on an episode of The Bachelor.
The only conclusion that you will come to by the time you reach the ending is, “I’ve been had”.
In fairness, useless reviews with predetermined verdicts are inevitable with any product by any controversial figure. However, that applies to unearned adulation every bit as much as lazy mockery, and does anyone seriously believe that out of all the people who have read a good chunk of Hillary Clinton’s book, only three percent disliked it? In a country that rejected her almost a year ago? Please.
What do you think of Amazon’s interference here? Let us know in the comments!