'Alternative Facts': Outrage and mockery target publisher who just gave Kellyanne Conway a book deal
Simon & Schuster has given Kellyanne Conway a book deal, the deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review reports, and people both inside and outside the company are furious. The 97-year old worldwide publisher also recently handed former vice president Mike Pence a multi-book deal with a multi-million dollar advance, after ponying up a two million dollar advance to former Trump national security adviser John Bolton for his book. Simon & Schuster also gave Missouri far right U.S. Senator Josh Hawley a book deal but canceled it after his leading role in the January 6 insurrection.
As the Times reports, Simon & Schuster employees were furious after their bosses gave Pence his major deal, and "much of the staff erupted in protest." On Monday, "more than 200 employees and 3,500 outside supporters, including Simon & Schuster authors" signed a petition demanding the company kill the Pence book deal.
That was before news broke about Kellyanne Conway, the former Trump campaign manager who got him into the White House then became Senior Counselor to the President, and one of his closest advisors. Throughout the Trump era many opposed to the administration called her "Minister of Propaganda."
And now many are outraged that yet another Trump administration official is making money off their time working for a president some – including at least one member of his administration – say is responsible for hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths.
Here's how people are responding to Simon & Schuster handing Conway a major book deal.
@TinaJordanNYT There have to be consequences, @simonschuster— Bharat Krishnan (@Bharat Krishnan)1619570869.0
Please don’t conflate publishing Trump political figures with some grand defense of free speech. Simon & Schuster h… https://t.co/771hCKIlVP— roxane gay (@roxane gay)1619576092.0
What's Kellyanne Conway's book called? "I Survived the Bowling Green Massacre"? https://t.co/bVdBUTlReu— Mark Jacob (@Mark Jacob)1619614421.0
How I sold my soul to Satan by Kellyanne Conway just isn’t at the top of my summer reading list. https://t.co/lBoz1ZNHra— Jane’s World...or else😎 (@Jane’s World...or else😎)1619614071.0
Kellyanne Conway's main job was lying to the American public, and now it appears that S&S has signed on to amplify… https://t.co/gY0HipmLZg— Maris Kreizman (@Maris Kreizman)1619612878.0
Society if Simon & Schuster stops publishing books by lying racists and bigots like Kellyanne Conway and Mike Pence https://t.co/cvD2gD4Kyk— Exploding Space Pillow Singh, MD 🌊 (@Exploding Space Pillow Singh, MD 🌊)1619615725.0
Is Kellyanne Conway’s book titled ‘Alternative Facts. https://t.co/6I5y94816I— Connie Dent (@Connie Dent)1619616965.0
.@simonschuster is publishing books by both Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway — putting their employees in a morally… https://t.co/390nIn2sru— Millennial Democrats (@Millennial Democrats)1619609023.0
Simon & Schuster think it’s important to publish a book by KellyAnne Conway, a woman who helped Trump facilitate hi… https://t.co/GuhQwWKi5q— Miss Adorable (@Miss Adorable)1619615196.0
Simon and Schuster is publishing books by both Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway. The working titles are: Mother,… https://t.co/nKirxXwJSB— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine)1619617141.0
The lawyers & editors are going to have quite a time fact checking Kellyanne Conway’s book. They might as well publ… https://t.co/3TLy03O5Vr— (((Mitch Gross))) (@(((Mitch Gross))))1619607432.0
Kellyanne Conway has a new book coming out from Simon & Schuster. Ironic that her publishers contain the letters SS!— Brian O'Sullivan (@Brian O'Sullivan)1619616144.0
@ChristopherHahn “Pride and Prejudice and More Prejudice”— Jay Black (@Jay Black)1619616751.0
@ChristopherHahn White Pride and Prejudice— 🥎 and 🌮 (@🥎 and 🌮)1619616509.0
So, Simon & Schuster are going into the lying business too, eh? The only people who are going to buy Kellyanne Co… https://t.co/xCn5nYsswx— KT (@KT)1619608432.0
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