September 5, 2017 Last Updated 8:10 am

Regnery Publishing unhappy with The New York Times ‘bestseller’ list, claims bias

The publisher claims the NYT favors books by liberal authors, so will no longer promote their books as NYT bestsellers, nor pay a bonus to authors whose books make the list

The publisher of conservative books, Regnery Publishing, claims The New York Times is undercounting book sales for its titles.

The Big Lie“As a conservative publisher, we believe that the Times’ list does not represent national sales of conservative books as accurately as other widely-published bestseller lists,” said Marji Ross, President and Publisher of Regnery in a statement.

The NYT’s bestseller list currently lists Dinesh D’Souza’s The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left as the number ten bestselling nonfiction book. But ahead of it are books such as Al Franken’s Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s longtime bestseller Team of Rivals.

“Our goal is that the lists reflect authentic best sellers,” NYT spokesman Jordan Cohen told the AP. “The political views of authors have no bearing on our rankings, and the notion that we would manipulate the lists to exclude books for political reasons is simply ludicrous.”

The kerfuffle may just be a publicity stunt by the publisher, or it may be a real grievance, or it could be something more — a sign of trouble at the publishing house as the company said they will no longer pay bonuses for books that appear on the NYT’s list.

The issue of liberal bias in the media is, of course, a major rallying cry for the alt-right. It is for this reason that the story of a book publisher unhappy with the NYT is the lead story on Breitbart News this morning — not DACA, Hurricane Irma, or the return of Congress to tackle the budget or the debt ceiling. Still, it seems unlikely that Regnery Publishing will stay mad at the NYT for long, it needs its promotional power to help it sell books.

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