[Click above to embiggen: the bogus review by “LPZ Berskutis” that ALA Think Tank members encouraged to be left on Amazon.com to suppress sales of the new book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment on its first day of release, 5/26/16.]
This is sickening (but thankfully Amazon.com ultimately did something about it).
Members of the ALA Think Tank (a Facebook group that Barbara M. Jones — the former Director of the ALA’s Orwellian-sounding Office for Intellectual Freedom — had used during her tenure to direct ALA members to do her bidding) openly talked about tanking the debut of SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment by writing negative reviews for the book on Amazon…without ever reading the book or knowing anything substantive about what was in it.
The book was published on 5/26/16…and aside from a handful of people who received Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) from Megan Fox and myself personally, no one who has purchased a book from Amazon has even been able to read it yet. The books are being printed in South Carolina and then shipped via UPS…and so a book ordered on 5/26/16 would not have even been shipped as of 5/26/16 (let alone be in the hands of anyone who could have read it). Anyone posting a review of the book on 5/26/16 was, thus, being dishonest when slamming the book (that they never read) in a bogus Amazon 1-star review.
On 5/26/16, ALA Think Tankers aggressively targeted SHUT UP! for attack with negative reviews…from librarians who never actually read the book. This was similar to how the leftist site Wonkette attacked SHUT UP! earlier in the month, without ever actually reading it, because Wonkette lost its mind and became upset that Megan Fox and I released a book trailer for SHUT UP!.
This is how the Left works in case you haven’t noticed: leftists reinforce what each other say and make something true by repeating it in an echo chamber. Wonkette lied about SHUT UP!, but future leftists will cite Wonkette’s lies as fact…and build off them. Then, other leftists will cite and build off that…and it’s the Alinsky Telephone Game to destroy the target with overlapping lies.
The good news for the moment is that Amazon is sophisticated enough to realize what these leftists are doing, so the “drive-by” fake negative review that the ALA Think Tankers put up was yanked. It’s likely they will continue to post fake negative reviews in the future though, which is part of the Left’s longstanding habit of suppressing and censoring and banning whatever they do not agree with or like.
Librarians who frequent that ALA Think Tank page are so naked in their prejudiced bias and Alinsky nature. Look how they were so easily caught plotting to post the fake reviews to hurt Megan and me.
Do you think this is how people who truly believe in “intellectual freedom” should behave?
Example One from ALA Think Tank page:
So, not only are they ginning up the “insightful reviews” talk (of a book they have never read and probably have no intention of ever reading), but look at what Amy Vecchione wrote about violating our book’s copyright by just scanning it and putting it up on a “Tor node.” According to a Google search, Vecchione works in the library field at Boise State University. Here, she was caught on the ALA Think Tank page on 5/26/16 openly advocating for copyright infringement. Since she is a university professor, I wonder what she is teaching her students!
Example Two from ALA Think Tank page:
Again, none of these people have read the book SHUT UP!, but they decided to band together to suppress it by encouraging negative reviews…of a book that none of them have ever read. This is shocking and malicious willful intellectual dishonesty from the people who claim they are supporters of “intellectual freedom.” Why does the American Library Association encourage (or tolerate) its members to behave this way? Look how Terry Moore, who claims to be a librarian working in Midlothian, Texas, encourages people who have not ever read our book to trash it on Amazon…and a few hours later one of his fellow ALA Think Tankers has taken him up on his challenge.
Example Three from ALA Think Tank page:
Then came Tricia Jauquet with more of this garbage, strangely wanting the actor George Takei (from Star Trek) to involve himself and/or have other people do “creative reviews.” Again, none of these people could possibly have read SHUT UP!, as it was only published that very morning…yet Jauquet and others were gleefully plotting to trash the 666-page book with bogus negative reviews on Amazon (and even involved a beloved Asian Sci-Fi actor in her scheming). According to her Facebook page, Jauquet is the Assistant Director and Technical Services Librarian at Purdue University North Central. What the hell kind of library are those people running?
Yet again, we bust an academic librarian advocating posting dishonest and bogus negative reviews of a book she has not even read…because she wants to ban, censor, and suppress a book that she believes she will not agree with. No less than Thomas Sowell has called the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week” by a new name — National Hogwash Week — because of the complete and utter shameless dishonesty of ALA members who participate in this hypocritical lunacy.
Is this disgusting behavior what librarians are learning in library school these days? Would their hero Neil De
Grassi Junior High Grasse Tyson approve of such shameful actions from Tricia and her ALA member colleagues?
The ALA and its leadership like James “Jamie” LaRue should be ashamed of themselves, as the people who participate in the forums that Barbara M. Jones was such a key part of when she was the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom are clearly people who make an absolute, unfunny mockery of “intellectual freedom.” How can a society be “intellectually free” when librarians work so hard to suppress or eliminate opposing viewpoints and sabotage books they believe they will not like (when they haven’t even read them yet)?
The American Library Association REALLY doesn’t want you to read SHUT UP!.
What are they so afraid of?
I hope it makes you interested in finding out what librarians like Amy Vecchione, Terry Moore, and Tricia Jauquet are so desperate to ban, censor, and suppress. Many in the American Library Association membership ranks seem to feel our book is an existential threat to the ALA’s very existence. This seems to be why they are so committed to suppressing our book any way that they can.
Could SHUT UP! collapse the ALA the way that James O’Keefe’s expose collapsed ACORN? If enough people read it, maybe it could. Hence, the determination by librarians to ban, censor, and suppress this book!
© 2016, Kevin DuJan. All rights reserved.
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