We’re nearly two weeks out from when the Capitol riot happened, and since that time Democrats, the MSM, and Big Tech have used what happened as an excuse to ramp up their cancel culture/purge efforts against Republicans who don’t march in lockstep with left-wing/media narratives.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) are the two the left seem to be focusing on the most. Both of them were among the more vocal Republicans to voice objections to some of the electoral votes earlier this month.
Sen. Hawley appears to be on the receiving end of most of the backlash so far. As we reported last week, Simon & Schuster announced they were backing out of a deal with the Missouri senator to publish his book “The Tyranny of Big Tech” after the Capitol storming. We “cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom,” they tweeted at the time:
— Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) January 7, 2021
In response, Hawley blasted the move and indicated indicated he was preparing to sue the publisher.
“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,” Hawley stated in a tweet. “This is the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of. We’ll see you in court.”
Fast forward to nearly two weeks later, and Regnery Publishing has announced they are picking up Hawley’s book, and are accepting pre-orders:
BREAKING: @HawleyMO signs with Regnery after Simon & Schuster cancels book.
— Regnery Publishing (@Regnery) January 18, 2021
Not only did Regnery note they would now be handling the publishing of Hawley’s book, but their president Thomas Spence penned a powerful piece for the Wall Street Journal shredding “blacklists in publishing” and explaining why they opted to do what Simon and Schuster cowardly backed out of doing:
An independent publisher is vulnerable to today’s Jacobins in many ways, for it relies on large partners to print, distribute and sell its books. Now that dissent from the latest version of progressive orthodoxy is equated with violence and treason, my colleagues and I know we could be next. But we choose to fight back.
We’re proud to publish Mr. Hawley’s book, which his original publisher has made more important than ever. We don’t have to agree with everything—or anything—Mr. Hawley does. We ask only if his book is well-crafted and has something true and worthwhile to say. The answer is yes.
The statement of the 250 “publishing professionals” shows that today’s censors recognize no limits. I appeal to the real professionals of publishing, some of whom may be the bosses and mentors of those who signed that mindless rant: Remember that you are Americans. Americans argue, write, preach, campaign and vote. They don’t blacklist.
Unfortunately, this won’t stop the attempted blacklisting/Enemies Listing of conservatives by the left/media, but all the same, it’s nice to see that there are some out there in the media/publishing world who still have the courage to stand up and do what’s right when it counts the most.