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Political Sniping Explodes on Amazon After Obama’s Kindle Singles Interview

President Obama is front and center on Amazon’s homepage right now, and his arrival has brought partisanship and political sniping along with it.

Amazon is featuring a free 15-page Kindle Single interview with the president, a day after he toured one of the company’s warehouses.

President Obama, probably not writing a review

President Obama, possibly writing his own review

But if you want some help deciding whether the read is worth your time, well, don’t expect to get it from the Amazon reviews section.

Currently, 107 of the 122 reviews rate the interview with either five stars or one star. If you’re guessing that political party affiliations are playing a role in the ratings and reviews content, you probably read the headline of this post.

I won’t give either side a forum here, but suffice it to say that if you’re one of the more level-headed, probably best to draw your own conclusions by reading the interview yourself.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald