Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri is not having a good week to say the least.
He made headlines for saying he wouldn’t be able to certify the Electoral College results due to election rule-breaking in states like Pennsylvania and then was blamed when angry MAGA protesters stormed Capitol Hill.
The two biggest papers in Missouri are demanding that he resign.
Now his book contract with large publisher Simon & Schuster has been cancelled.
Hawley has been a leading voice warning against the danger of Big Tech censorship and anti-conservative bias. His book with Simon & Schuster the Tyranny of Big Tech was slated to come out this June but now the publisher says Hawley’s politics mean they will no longer be publishing his book.
In particular, Hawley’s statement that he would be unable to confirm the Electoral College results due to questions he had about their validity was linked by Simon & Schuster with the violence that occurred Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
“We did not come to this decision lightly. 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 to our democracy and freedom,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement.
Hawley’s two biggest home state papers, the KC Star and the St Louis Post-Dispatch, are calling on him to resign. Remarkable.
— Erin McPike (@ErinMcPike) January 8, 2021
Taking a Deeper Look at Simon & Schuster’s Progressive Roots
Taking a deeper look at Simon & Schuster’s progressive roots shows us some interesting things. The company is owned by ViacomCBS which was founded by Sumner Redstone’s daughter Sheri Redstone who merged Viacom and CBS in a 2019 deal after her father stepped down due to mental competency issues in 2016.
Sumner Redstone is famous for running MTV which helped spread sexual degeneracy and promoted illegal drug use for the past decades, aiding in the destruction of the American family and society.
Simon & Schuster was sold to Penguin Random House in November of last year pending approval, but it’s clear that its progressive roots don’t really regard voices like Hawley as necessary.
Hawley commented that the cancellation is “Orwellian” and is an attack on the First Amendment. He also said that “I will fight this cancel culture with everything I have” and “we’ll see you in court.”
Simon & Schuster fired right back and said they are allowed to cancel the book under the contract that exists. If Hawley is serious about legal action then I guess we will find out who’s right. It should be an interesting case.
Proving Censorship is Wrong by … Censoring Hawley
Hawley has been consistent in his criticism of Big Tech and the danger it poses to the republic. He slammed Facebook and Twitter for blocking sharing of the New York Post article which exposed Hunter Biden’s wrongdoing.
It remains to be seen what happens with Hawley’s book or what alternate publisher he finds for it, but it’s sure to be an interesting examination of the challenge and danger posed by Big Tech censorship and domination over public life.
By censoring Hawley and blaming him for what happened on Capitol Hill – which included the killing of an unarmed Trump supporter and the death of a police officer who was struck by a fire extinguisher – Simon & Schuster is showing that it’s not interested in having open discussions during this tough political moment but instead wants to retreat back to its safe corner where it can pretend everything is simple and clearly defined: Trump bad, Democrats good.
Sorry, but it’s not that simple Simon & Schuster. Not even close.