A prominent publisher of conservative books says The New York Times' famed list of best sellers has become so discredited and tainted by bias that it will no longer be trusted or cited.
Regnery Publishing, which has published books by noted conservative authors such as Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and Mark Levin, revoked its recognition of the Times list on Monday, the Associated Press reports:
“Regnery Publishing said on Monday it will no longer recognize the Times’ accounting of book sales, meaning its writers can no longer claim to be 'New York Times best-selling authors.' That’s a big deal in the book business.”
The Times’ low ranking of the book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left” was, reportedly, the last straw. Regnery analysis of sales shows its book should have been ranked much higher:
“Nielsen BookScan, the measurement that Regnery cites as ranking its books higher, counts print sales in stores representing about 85 percent of the market. The Times says its list is based on surveys of thousands of booksellers.”
Regnery President Marji Ross defended the decision to disassociate with the Times in a letter to the publisher’s authors. “It’s just as foolish to feed the hand that bites you” as it is to “bite the hand that feeds you,” Ross said.