On January 6, hero Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s (MO) stood up to Democrats and RINO’s in Congress and lead the debate on refusing to certify the Electoral College votes from contested states. Millions of Americans stood behind his decision and still believe that massive voter fraud affected the outcome of the November election.
Unfortunately, because of a breach at the Capitol building, the voter fraud issue has now been completely swept under the rug, and the focus instead has shifted to blaming President Trump for the breach and for the Republican lawmakers, like Josh Hawley who courageously stood up to defend free and fair elections.
Instead of wanting to get to the bottom of why Georgia election officials sent workers home and then proceeded to drag suitcases out from under the tables where ballots were being counted and were then seen putting ballots through vote tabulators, large corporations chose instead to cancel politicians who dared to stand up to potential massive voter fraud.
The day after the Capitol breach, Publisher Simon & Schuster announced they would be canceling their plans to publish Senator Josh Hawley’s new book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech.”
“After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, DC, Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel the publication of Sen. Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book,” Simon & Schuster announced in a statement.
The Hill – The publisher said it did not come to its decision lightly and said, “it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints,” but said Hawley’s role in objecting to the electoral results of the presidential election had crossed a line.
“We take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom,” the company said.
Hawley called the publisher’s decision “Orwellian” and accused it of trying to censor him.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“Let me be clear; this is not just a contract dispute. It’s a direct assault on the First Amendment. Only approved speech can now be published,” he said. “This is the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of.”
Hawley concluded his statement with a terse: “We’ll see you in court.”
Regnery, a free speech publisher, has stepped up to the plate and has agreed to publish Senator Hawley’s book.
Thomas Spence of Regnery wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal to explain their decision to publish Hawley’s book.
I am an independent book publisher, and in recent days I have been taking calls from journalists asking which authors I would refuse to publish. That’s an odd question to ask an American publisher, but suddenly it seems to be on everyone’s mind in our industry. Some 250 self-described “publishing professionals”—mostly junior employees of major houses—have issued a statement titled “No Book Deals for Traitors,” a category in which they include any “participant” in the Trump administration.
Readiness to silence someone because of who he is or whom he associates with is often called the “cancel culture,” but I prefer an older term—blacklisting—whose historical associations expose the ugliness of what is going on. Not so long ago, publishing professionals would have been horrified to be accused of it. Today they compete to see who can proclaim his blacklist with the fiercest invective.
On Jan. 6, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri invoked his legal right to object to Congress’s certification of electoral votes. Reasonable people can disagree whether his act was noble or cynical, courageous or rash, but no one can reasonably argue that he intended to incite that afternoon’s invasion of the Capitol by a lawless mob. He immediately and forcefully condemned the attack. But the next day Simon & Schuster canceled his forthcoming book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” citing the senator’s “role in what became a dangerous threat.”
I started getting calls from reporters in effect daring me not to join the blacklisters and from publishers, editors and agents who wondered when and how the mob would come for them.
The founder of my publishing house, Henry Regnery, proudly called himself a “dissident publisher.” The conservative books to which he devoted his fortune and career were no more in favor in 1951, when he published William F. Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale,” than they have been during my own 25 years in this business. But blacklisting then, though real, was discreet. Everyone knew it was un-American. No one was proud of it.