Publishing exec defends plans to publish Sen. Hawley's book amid industry 'blacklist' trend

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Regnery Publishing president Thomas Spence says "blacklisting" conservative authors and Trump allies has become common practice in the publishing industry – but he won’t let the un-American trend compromise his professional standards.

Simon & Schuster decided not to publish an upcoming book from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., following the pro-Trump riot at the U. S. Capitol on Jan. 6. As a result, Spence penned an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal headlined "Blacklists Are the Rage in Publishing," in which he revealed that his company would publish Hawley’s book instead.

"Blacklisting is becoming a form of virtue signaling, almost a badge of honor," Spence told "America's Newsroom" on Thursday. "It is getting to be like junior high school. Who are you not going to talk to?"

The power of the "blacklisting lobby" is so strong that it managed to pressure Simon and Schuster into doing "something that I think is plainly against their economic interest [and] against their business interest," Spence explained.

"It is getting to be like junior high school. Who are you not going to talk to?"

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