Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson reported that his career will receive a major boost from publishers Simon & Schuster — who agreed to publish a book he authored that included a section on the publisher’s censorship, according to Breitbart News.
Carlson’s forthcoming book, titled “The Long Slide,” which will be out in August, will include interviews with Simon & Schuster executives concerning their decision not to publish a book by Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) after he made some controversial public comments.
According to Carlson while Simon & Schuster is believed to have been within their rights to turn down the book, the publishers could still have done damage to Hawley’s rights.
“Simon & Schuster is not the government,” the Fox host explained. “It is a private company. But Hawley’s point of the First Amendment is real — what good is free speech if you can’t exercise it?
“But for me personally, what happened to Josh Hawley with more than an academic question. At the time his book was canceled, I was also under contract to produce a book for Simon & Schuster — a collection of magazine journalism. Simon & Schuster was paying me to do it, but it still seemed cowardly not to address directly what they had done to Josh Hawley.”
Carlson went on to say that he called the company CEO, Jon Karp, and said that he believed what the publisher did was “disgusting and wrong and it set a very bad precedent for American publishing.” The television host and author said that he then told Karp he wanted to write about that opinion in his new hook, as a demonstration of what was happening in America, and he ended up interviewing Karp and other executives on the record.
“I asked them under what circumstances are you willing to censor the political views of your authors?” Carlson said. “It turned out to be an amazing series of conversations,” he added.
“They were highly uncomfortable, as you can imagine, but fascinating. Their answers, some of them honest, some of them lies — revealed in the clearest possible way how Corporate America undermined free speech and the country itself. Last week, Simon & Schuster confirmed that they will publish my account of their censorship. CEO Jon Karp said he will come on this show to explain what he had done and attempt to justify it. We assume he will keep his word. We hope so. That book comes out of the week of August 10. You can preorder it now.”
Carlson’s 2018 book “Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution,” burst onto the scene at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, which pushed Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” out of that slot according to The Hill.