Simon and Schuster is the third largest publishing company in America. It’s owned by ViacomCBS, a mega-media corporation with a Liberal history.
Simon and Schuster is also the company that cancelled the publication of Josh Hawley’s book “The Tyranny of Big Tech”. Hawley is the Republican Senator from Missouri who believed it was his responsibility to challenge the results of the Presidential election. That belief incited Antifa rioters to camp-out on his DC doorstep and terrorize his wife and three kids.
Last week Simon and Schuster said nothing of the threats at Hawley’s home however, they did release a statement about his book cancellation. “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 democracy and freedom.
In response Senator Hawley Tweeted: “This could not be more Orwellian. Simon & Schuster is cancelling my contract because I was representing my constituents, Leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to define as sedition. 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. 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.”
In stark contrast to Senator Hawley’s experiences with cancel culture, last month Howard Stern’s contract with Sirius XM radio was extended. The 66 year old, who celebrates his birthday today, was once an advocate for First Amendment rights. For the next five years he’ll be paid a king’s ransom to broadcast Liberal views to Sirius’ 33 million+ subscribers. He too takes the responsibility of his job seriously.
More than just a ‘shock-jock’ Stern is also the author of “Howard Stern Comes Again“. Published by Simon and Schuster Stern’s book of interviews amplifies a variety of voices and viewpoints ~ all of them from the Left.
At his best, the self-proclaimed ‘King of All Media’ can be thought provoking, genuinely funny and often persuasive. His success is greater than the sum of sex-capades and fart jokes and that’s what makes him, his guests and his monolithic alliance with Simon and Schuster / ViacomCBS dangerous. Stern’s gravitational pull promotes a dictatorial zeitgeist.
Praising only Democrats and censoring anyone who supports an alternative candidate, Stern is increasingly histrionic when someone lists the accomplishments of President Trump or mental deficits of Joe Biden. “Get off my phone” is the beginning of a diatribe that began as a dialogue.
After years of psychotherapy the ‘King of All Media’ has developed the ability to morph on-air into Dr.Stern, a mature man who asks nuanced questions. ‘Comes Again’ is a collection of some of what Stern considers the best of those interviews. You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to read the compilation of excerpts as a Rorschach test of political dogma. By amplifying only voices and viewpoints in concert with his cohort, Stern is working for the DNC.
The relaxed format of the Stern’s show delivers a loyal audience to anyone promoting a movie, TV show, or political campaign. As long as a celebrity is in political alignment with leftist dogma, they thrive in his kingdom.
Stern swears he’s open-minded but he’s only kidding himself. He’s a new-age, multi-platformed censor, ceaselessly ridiculing Republican callers and staffers. In his kingdom he is the ultimate authority on ‘political correctness’.
Smugly satisfied by Biden’s contested victory, dismissive of President Trump and his supporters, Howard is eager to see the reign of Democrat’s expand. Already navigating a potential marketing campaign ‘Cuomo for President in 2024’ The King of All Media praises the Governor’s mis-management of New York City and dodges any discussion of sexual harassment allegations by former aide, Lindsey Boylan.
To silence Senator Josh Hawley, Simon and Schuster’s mission cancelled the ” Tyranny of Big Tech”. Ironically, their endorsement of “Howard Stern Comes Again” proves Hawley’s case; The First Amendment is ‘under assault when only approved speech can be published. The responsibility of Simon and Schuster to evaluate dangerous threats to democracy shouldn’t be taken lightly but they need to acknowledge they have corporate awareness when the Right to Free Speech is censored, it’s the publisher who poses the greatest threat to freedom.