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The New York Post is trying desperately to make sure the American public doesn’t read “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s epic takedown of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Why would the Post do that?

I guess it could be that Keith Kelly, likely the most powerful staff writer at the Post over the past 25 years, has a personal vendetta against Kennedy.

Kelly has called Kennedy “a science-denying anti-vaxxer.” He admits, predictably, that he hasn’t read “The Real Anthony Fauci,” but adds that “from what I read, a lot of what he says in the book has already been debunked.”

One has to wonder where he read that. Maybe in an email from Fauci?

Is Kelly aware the book makes serious and well-documented allegations of corruption against Fauci? Does he know the book has 2,194 meticulously researched citations?

Does Kelly know “The Real Anthony Fauci” contains blurbs from doctors, scientists and lawyers — even a Nobel Prize winner?

Or is Kelly just going after Kennedy because he always has?

Maureen Callahan, another long-time staff reporter at the Post, also has attacked Kennedy, relentlessly, for more than a decade. She called him “the dumbest Kennedy” and said his lack of education is “jaw-dropping.”

In fact, Kennedy has been a law professor at Pace University for decades and has brought more than 500 lawsuits against corporations that were either polluting the environment or selling products that harmed public health.

He has dedicated his life to fighting corruption and greed.

Callahan has spent most of her career as a fashion and gossip columnist.

When Callahan wrote about “The Real Anthony Fauci,” she failed to mention a single detail about the contents of the book. That’s because, like Kelly, she likely hasn’t read it.

Nevertheless, she felt justified in spewing out a laundry list of misinformation about it. She claimed, for example, the book was published by Simon & Schuster, when in fact it was published by Skyhorse Publishing.

She wrote that the book had no reviews on Amazon and asked rhetorically, “What does that tell you?” In fact, “The Real Anthony Fauci” has 9,895 Amazon reviews, 91% of which are five-star.

Maureen’s own book, “Champagne Supernovas,” has 125 reviews on Amazon.

Kennedy’s book, with more than 900,000 copies sold, likely sold 100 times what Maureen’s book sold. What does that tell you?

Finally, the most recent article in the Post, written by investigative reporter Isabel Vincent, is titled: “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is Making Millions Off His Anti-Vax Crusade.”

In an email to Vincent Feb. 1, Skyhorse Publishing confirmed, Kennedy donated all income from his book to charity.

Why would Kennedy do this? He does this because he’s convinced his calling is to protect the American public, especially children. In fact, all of Kennedy’s environmental work, all of his work to protect the world from greedy corporations and corrupt public officials, has essentially been volunteer work. He worked on “The Real Anthony Fauci,” for example, 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for more than nine months.

Thankfully, attacking authors and boycotting their books doesn’t work. Art Spiegelman’s Maus books are a clear example. Banning them turned them into instant bestsellers. Three of them are currently sitting at the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

Similarly, despite the total media blackout, boycotts by major bookstores, no reviews in leading newspapers, censorship in sales reporting and from bestseller lists, and ad hominem attacks by reporters who write about books they haven’t read, “The Real Anthony Fauci” has outsold any other book in America over the past three months.

That is the beauty of democracy. People refuse to be told what to do, what to think or what to read.