A company that publishes books by such conservative authors as Ann Coulter, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham says it is finished with The New York Times.
Regnery Publishing has decided not to recognize The Times’ accounting of book sales, citing what it perceives as a preference for liberal works on its best-seller list.
“I ask you to consider this: We are often told it’s foolish to bite the hand that feeds you,” Marji Ross, Regnery’s president and publisher, told its authors in a letter Monday. “I say it’s just as foolish to feed the hand that bites you.”
Regnery’s move means that its writers can no longer claim they are “New York Times best-selling authors.”
The company’s authors can also no longer get bonuses tied to appearing on The Times’ list, and they can no longer promote themselves using the publication’s rankings.
Regnery claims its book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left” was only No. 7 on The Times’ list despite another organizing ranking it No. 1 based on sales.
The publisher also believes its “No Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You” is also ranked lower that it deserves to be.
Times spokesman Jordan Cohen said that the newspaper has consistently ranked conservative authors highly and in great numbers on its best-seller list.
“Our goal is that the lists reflect authentic best sellers,” he said. “The political views of the 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.”
Regnery cites Nielsen BookScan, which counts print sales in stores covering about 85 percent of the market, as the source ranking its works higher.
The Times, meanwhile, contends that its own best-sellers list is comprised of surveys of thousands of books.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.