Writers, Publishers and Editors Call for Termination of Barrett Book Deal in Latest Censorship Campaign

We have been discussing the rising support for censorship on the left in the last few years. Silencing opposing views has become an article of faith for many on the left, including leading Democratic leaders from President Joe Biden to former President Barack Obama. What is most distressing is how many journalists and writers have joined the call for censorship. However, even with this growing movement, the letter of hundreds of “literary figures” this week to Penguin Random House is chilling. The editors and writers call on the company to rescind a book deal with Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett because they disagree with her judicial philosophy. After all, why burn books when you can effectivelyban them?

The public letter entitled “We Dissent” makes the usual absurd protestation that, just because we are seeking to ban books of those with opposing views, we still “care deeply about freedom of speech.” They simply justify their anti-free speech position by insisting that any harm “in the form of censorship” is less than “the form of assault on inalienable human rights” in opposing abortion or other constitutional rights.

Yet, the letter is not simply dangerous. It is perfectly delusional. While calling for the book to be blocked, the writers bizarrely insist “we are not calling for censorship.”

While the letter has been described as signed by “literary figures,” it actually contains many who are loosely connected to the “broader literary community”  like  “Philip Tuley, Imam” and “Barbara Hirsch, Avid reader.” It also includes many who are simply identified by initials or first names like “Leslie” without any stated connection.

Nevertheless, there are many editors and publishing figures who list their companies (including HarperCollins, Random House and other companies) and university presses (including Cambridge, Harvard, Michigan Northwestern, Oxford) with their titles in calling for censorship. The list speaks loudly to why dissenting or conservative authors find it more difficult to publish today. These are editors who are publicly calling for banning the publication of those who hold opposing views from their own.

It also includes academics like Ignacio Leopoldo Götz Römer, Stessin Distinguished Professor Emeritus, New College of Hofstra University and Carole DeSanti, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English Language and Literature, Smith College (and former VP and Exec Ed, PenguinRandomHouse).

159 thoughts on “Writers, Publishers and Editors Call for Termination of Barrett Book Deal in Latest Censorship Campaign”

    1. JOE Blow Smith says:
      October 30, 2022 at 5:32 PM



      And it appears they & their corrupt Nutjob Billionaires controlling Govt & corporations should always pay the Gigolo & the pimps of underage kids!

  1. Amy Coney Barrett has been a big disappointment. All one has to do is follow her voting record. Of course Mitch McC and the rest of the Globalist Rhinos pushed her nomination along. Ironically, that push for her nomination was met with almost no resistance from the Democrat party. That alone is telling.

    And don’t get me started on the “Cry Baby” that was nominated, but during questioning was pissing his pants because he likes drinking beer!

    1. What a useless response. You demonstrate a blatant intolerance of opposing opinion. The two justices you mention hold extreme conservative views. But they both offer balance to a society overrun by self-important, self-absorbed idealists bent on convincing America that they know best. So far, the progressive record is unimpressive and destructive at best. Maybe you should listen more to opposing opinions and consider not every thought you have is the ideal direction for us all.

  2. Coney Barrett adopted 2 children from Haiti when there were (and are) plenty of children across Indiana, even white children, who could have used the support, social networks, and resources that a wealthy professional couple like Coney Barrett and her husband could provide (and obviously can provide today). But adopting struggling white children in Indiana isn’t glamorous or fashionable, and it’s harder to virtue-signal to your “Woke” peers in academia when you adopt children who aren’t fashionable or politically popular. She also sat in on the 2020 election theft, and signed off on it, even with mountains of evidence crying out for justice to be served. Barrett the virtue-signaler ducked, and we should all remember that. I have no sympathy for her. She’s as much a part of the problem as the rest of them. Just another virtue-signaling, morally bankrupt white woman who’ll sell out her own community and white society for a better social credit score. Actually, white women are quite a scourge on western society. If they’re good at anything, it’s tearing down that which men have built – when not tearing down men themselves, ofc.

    1. How many has/is she harming/Whacking with her Anti-American Stances on so called mRNA vaxxes????

      Pure Evil or Ignorant?


      Video on the link below:

      Political Analysis
      CV19 Vax Destroys Hearts & Brains of Billions of People – Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi
      CV19 Vax Destroys Hearts & Brains of Billions of People – Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi
      By Greg Hunter On October 29, 2022 In Political Analysis 226 Comments

      By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Saturday Night Post)

      World renowned microbiologist and virologist professor Sucharit Bhakdi MD has won many medical and scientific awards and has more than 300 peer reviewed research papers. Dr. Bhakdi was one of the first top global doctors to warn about the deadly and debilitating effects of the CV19 vax. He was right. Dr. Bhakdi says there is proof that if the injections reach the heart or the brain, they will be damaged beyond repair. Dr. Bhakdi brings up one autopsy that found this and explains, “In multiple parts of the brain in this deceased man, the doctor found the same thing. . . . He found the damned spike proteins in the smallest capillaries of the brain. . . There is no repair because what the doctor found was these small vessels were attacked by the immune system and destroyed. The doctor found irrefutable evidence of brain cell damage of cells that are dead and dying. This poor fellow died because his brain cells were dying. . . . The same patient that died . . . . had this multifocal, meaning at many different locations, necrotizing, meaning dying, encephalitis. . . . He had typical things being seen now in people post vax. They lose their personality. They lose their minds. They lose their capacity to think. They become demented. They can’t hear. They can’t speak. They can’t see. They are no longer the humans that they were. They are destroyed human beings. Their brains are destroyed. The doctor found something so terrible he had to publish right away. This was published October 1, 2022, in “Vaccine,” which is a leading scientific journal. It’s peer reviewed, and it was accepted right away. . . . It can be read by anyone. I beseech you to read it for yourself. The doctor doing the autopsy found apart from these terrible things happening to the brain, the same things were happening in the heart. It was happening in the heart of the same patient. He saw these same damned devil designed spike proteins. This means the gene that the perpetrators injected into billions of people reach the vessels of the brain and the heart. They are killing people. They are killing people in the most terrible, terrifying and tormenting way.”

      Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Mike Yeadon and I always sing the same thing. You have to realize we did not know each other until Covid came, and there are so many others. They are not stupid, and they are wonderful and intelligent people, and if everyone is saying the same thing, you have to start thinking we may be right. If we are right, and I say it’s not me, I am one of thousands, and these thousands are right maybe, you are killing yourself and your children and your loved ones. Why do you do this? Why?”

      Dr. Bhakdi contends that the world should stop the injections now. . . . and Covid is a “criminal hoax.”

      In closing, Dr. Bhakdi says, “I am afraid to say it, but up until one and a half years ago, I was a scientist. Now, I see what is going on. I have to admit that the colleagues and friends of mine that have been telling me that this is genocide may be right. I don’t know, but I feel in my mind there can be no other agenda. There is no other explanation. There is no other explanation because it is clear these gene-based vaccines are not needed because we are not dealing with a killer virus that is destroying mankind. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously lying to your face. Second, it is obvious these so-called vaccines could never ever have protected against infection. . . . Third, and the worst, these gene-based vaccines are the most terrible instruments that have ever been introduced into the human body to destroy humans. . . . These vaccines are going to destroy mankind.”

      There is much more in the 53-minute interview.

      Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he goes one on one with world renowned microbiologist and virologist, professor Sucharit Bhakdi MD for 10.29.22.

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      After the Interview:

      Dr. Bhakdi says the German government is persecuting him with totally false charges of antisemitism, but he is really being punished for speaking out against the CV19 vax. Early on he told people not to get the CV19 injections. If convicted, Dr. Bhakdi says he faces 5 years in prison. His trial is in 2023.


    2. True… Have u ever heard of blax adopting white babies. Errr.. Well they don’t even want their kin babies.. Forget it.

    3. Counter speech to longhawk…. Is anything you just said factual? In my opinion, it is more virtuous to take in a foreign actual parent-less orphan from Haiti than to take in an american kid who was orphaned by law (kidnapped) because of Cps. Also given her Catholic faith…would she even qualify to take in an american foster then adopt? ? And did she want all that scrutiny as a judge….to prove to 25 year old “social workers”….she’d provide a good home? Indeed she “signaled”. …. She signaled there are true orphans who she could help. Thereby did. And she signaled….something about about our system of orphans….of which there is a huge market for …who aren’t actually real orphans….but just kids the system needs to place….because of their “ind u$try”! Our “social workers” don’t harass hatians….but they do harass americans! Justine peltier???? Ring bell!?????

    4. But you may be missing the BIG picture. This is not really about ACB so much as it is DEFINITELY about the left’s blatant disregard for the Constitutional FREE SPEECH that we all enjoy!!!

      1. Free speech …..hogwah……Pick up the pen or phone and call it -write to your listeners…..all ten followers. This is about the fourth amendment to be secure! Not about free speech per se! Their was no big tech at the founding principles…..when no one who collected everything about you…. Peopls s first amendments aren’t what’s being cancelled. Actually. Instead it by steady breach of privacy….it can be said you actually believe it….via what’s known by breaching the fourth. hereby can’t be allowed to say it! There is a distinction with a difference! Which begs if you can consent with these platforms to collect everything about you…And monetize it….why cans you not consent to censorship? People are going to get it now….with musk’s mistake. .maybe…but if one reads cfp….lol – there don’t know what it takes to be listed on the nyse let alone what a privately held company is! We have a long road ahead….but real money last week vacated facebook. For this very reason. Think about it heretofore Twitter was publicly traded. Big company could….hedge it’s advertisement…against a stock price. That hedge is gone. For both the advertiser and it’s consumer…And shareholders. Now Twitter is purely rendered to be a privacy creep to make money. ppl won’t like that! Private model. Which is basically what Facebook has with its voting shares. The more ppl get it…..the more the lipstick smears. It’s over!

        1. Btw I let my money runners…run….but I’ll be asking why they didn’t get out when the writing was on the wall….but they have us believing…becUse….we’re just mere retail investors! Not a accredited!! Blessed by the govt! ! It wouldn’t be suitable to rescue our money…..no we’re mere retail investors. Bring it to a head navarro!

  3. The left must censor and ban all wrong think because they can never allow any debate or argument.
    Any debate will expose their ideas as devoid of facts logic and most importantly morals

    1. Few seem capable of rational debate or even the ability to articulate WHY they are upset about something. Mostly college educated Millennials.
      I saw a snowflake cursing and threatening an old man on the bus. I wondered why. Between the lengthy string of obscenities and “This is not okays!” she finally got to the point. He’d said smoking while pregnant can lead to babies with lower birthrates. “That may be your truth. My personal truth says otherwise!”
      Yes, she was coming home from college.
      Listening to her rant felt like inhaling airplane model glue. Probably killed as many brain cells.

      1. Rachel:

        “He’d said smoking while pregnant can lead to babies with lower birthrates. “That may be your truth. My personal truth says otherwise!”
        Point taken and admired but I think you meant lower birth weights (from anoxia and by a factor of 2).

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