‘Tyranny of Big Tech’? Publisher CANCELS Sen. Hawley’s book on censorship over his election challenge
A major US publisher is refusing to release a book penned by Republican Senator Josh Hawley over his challenge of the 2020 election results, a move the lawmaker blasted as “Orwellian,” calling the company a “woke mob.”
Simon & Schuster, among the largest US publishing houses, said on Thursday that it would not bring Hawley’s forthcoming book – ‘The Tyranny of Big Tech’ – to market, citing his stance on the 2020 race in light of a violent riot that erupted at the US Capitol the day prior.
“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,” the company said in a statement, calling Wednesday’s chaos a “disturbing, deadly insurrection.”
S&S says "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"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 7, 2021
A page on the company’s website dedicated to Hawley’s book has since been purged, now returning an error message – perhaps giving weight to the premise of the work itself, which decries online censorship efforts by Big Tech behemoths.
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The GOP senator, who has joined President Donald Trump in alleging the 2020 election was marred by endemic fraud, responded to the decision with a scathing statement of his own, addressed to the “woke mob at Simon & Schuster.”
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 7, 2021
“This could not be more Orwellian. 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,” wrote Hawley. “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.”
Publishers have a right to run their businesses as they see fit. I openly oppose Hawley’s election objection scheme & disagree with his proposed remedy on big tech censorship concerns. I think canceling his book is the wrong move for discourse & counterproductive.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 7, 2021
This is the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of. I will fight this cancel culture with everything I have. We’ll see you in court.
I am against censorship and believe deeply in freedom of speech. Even the despicable poseur Hawley has a right to write – but that doesn't mean a publisher has to publish him. I'm proud that my publisher decided to chuck him out. He'll find another publisher for his tripe. https://t.co/Mld75vUuts
— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) January 8, 2021
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