Regnery Publishing has acquired Missouri senator Josh Hawley’s The Tyranny of Big Tech after the book was dropped by Simon & Schuster following the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Hawley was the first senator who objected to the Electoral College results declaring Joe Biden the president-elect, and it was during the certification process of the vote on January 6 when the attack on the Capitol took place. In announcing its decision to cancel the book, S&S said it weighed its mission as a publisher to amplify a variety of voices with its “public responsibility as citizens." It was that latter responsibility, S&S said, that convinced company management that S&S “cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”
In announcing its decision to publish the book, Regnery, which is distributed by S&S, called Hawley “one of the highest-profile victims of the cancel culture.” In a statement, Regnery president and publisher Thomas Spence criticized S&S, and the other major New York houses, for censoring conservative voices.
“It’s discouraging to see [the Big 5] cower before the ‘woke mob,’ as Senator Hawley correctly calls it. Regnery is proud to stand in the breach with him,” Spence said. “And the warning in his book about censorship obviously couldn’t be more urgent.”
Regnery said it will publish Tyranny, which examines the market power of the large tech companies, this spring.