Blacklist: Simon & Schuster Cancels Plans to Publish Josh Hawley’s Book
In a move that is becoming disturbingly common in the publishing world, Simon & Schuster bowed to political pressure on Thursday and announced that they will cancel the publication of Sen. Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book entitled, “The Tyranny of Big Tech.” The move was particularly ironic, given that a major thrust of Hawley’s book was undoubtedly to be focused on Twitter and Facebook’s relentless censorship of conservatives.
Simon & Schuster released a statement linking the cancellation of the book to the Capitol Building siege that took place on Wednesday.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster said. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat.”
Sen. Hawley wasted no time in blasting the publisher for their hasty decision.
“This could not be more Orwellian,” he said. “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition. We’ll see you in court.”
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time that we’ve seen publishers cave to the woke mob. The most recent example was from last summer, when Sen. Tom Cotton penned an op-ed for The New York Times in which he called on Trump to “send in the troops” to deal with the escalating Black Lives Matter riots in many American cities. That op-ed led to a NYT revolt as black staffers claimed that Cotton’s op-ed made them “unsafe.” The editor of the opinion page actually lost his job in this madness.
Compare Cotton’s op-ed to some of the vitriol we’ve seen from people on cable news directed towards the Capitol Hill rioters. Liberals have been all over the place, all but fantasizing about the idea of Capitol Police and the National Guard opening fire on the masses. Has anyone lost a book deal over these bloody, vengeful ideas? Has anyone even been lightly criticized for this rhetoric? No, instead we see BLM and its allies (again) claiming victimhood status. Oh, if these rioters were black…
Well, for one, no one in the media would have called them rioters and insurrectionists. Or, if they did, we’d hear from people like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who asked this question over the summer: “Where is it written that protests must be polite and non-violent?”
We damn sure would not see people like Patrisse Cullors, Ibram X. Kendi, or any of these other racial instigators losing their book deals.