A major conservative publisher is cutting ties with the New York Times after claiming “years of bias” in the paper’s closely-watched best-sellers list.
Regnery, which publishes writers such as Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and President Donald Trump, is displeased that Dinesh D’Souza’s book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, ” was merely No. 7 on the Times’ latest best-sellers list even though a different organization that ways book sales ranked it at No. 1.
“I ask you to consider this: We are often told it’s foolish to bite the hand that feeds you, ” Marji Ross, president and publisher of Regnery, said in a letter to its writers. “I say it’s just as foolish to feed the hand that bites you.”
However, a spokesman for the Times noted that conservative writers have frequently ranked high and in big numbers on its best-sellers list.
“Our goal is that the listings reflect authentic best sellers, ” Times spokesman Jordan Cohen told. “The political views of writers have no bearing on our rankings, and the idea that we would manipulate the lists to exclude books for political reasons is simply ludicrous.”
The publishing company’s novelists can no longer claimed responsibility for “New York Times best-selling” authors.
Book marketings are an inexact science. Nielsen BookScan, the measurement that Regnery quotes as ranking its books higher, counts print sales in stores representing about 85 percent of the market. The Times tells its listing is based on surveys of thousands of booksellers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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