Late. Warren’s Concerns Over COVID-19 Bookkeeping Trial – Boston News, Weather, Sports

SEATTLE (AP) – A small publishing house in Vermont is suing Senator Elizabeth Warren, saying she is chastising Amazon over the sale of a book promoting misinformation about COVID-19, equivalent to censorship.

The company, Chelsea Green, published a book called “The Truth About COVID-19,” which accuses the “global elite” of using the pandemic to seize “unprecedented power.”

It also promotes unproven and potentially dangerous treatments for coronavirus, while erroneously suggesting that COVID-19 vaccines approved by the government have not been properly tested.

In a letter in September, the Massachusetts Democrat accused the Seattle-based Amazon of selling misinformation. Warren also issued a press release indicating that the company’s actions were “unethical, unacceptable and potentially illegal.”

Chelsea Green, along with the book’s authors, sued Warren at U.S. District Court in Seattle this week. Amazon was not mentioned in the lawsuit, but the plaintiffs’ attorney wrote that the lawsuit was filed in Seattle because Warren sent the letter to Amazon.

The lawsuit says the book contains factual information and reasonable opinions protected by the First Amendment, and that Warren’s “veiled threats” that Amazon could have legal consequences if it did not stop selling the book constituted illegal government censorship.

The book is written by Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopath from Florida who has a long history of selling unapproved health products, and Ronnie Cummins, an activist against genetically modified food. It contains a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a longtime vaccine skeptic.

The Food and Drug Administration has warned Mercola to stop offering vitamin D and other products as “safe and / or effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.”

Warren’s office did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Tuesday. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment on Warren’s letter.

According to the lawsuit, Amazon announced to Chelsea Green on October 1 that they refused to accept ads promoting the book.

The book continued to be offered on Amazon’s website on Tuesday as a bestseller in the “political freedom” category.

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