Based in Washington D.C., Regnery Publishing is the foremost publisher of conservative books in the country. Its list of authors is a who’s who of leading conservative figures, including Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, Patrick J. Buchanan and Michelle Malkin.
In a press release, Regnery announced it will no longer promote or publicize the list because of its obvious bias against conservative titles.
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,” commented Marji Ross, President and Publisher of Regnery.”
According to recent industry data, two recent Regnery titles have not been accurately portrayed on the Times bestseller list. Nielsen BookScan Data reported that No Go Zones by Raheem Kassam should have had the 10th highest sales of the 15 books on the list. It was not featured at all.
No Go Zones is an expose of areas in Europe that have been totally transformed by mass immigration and multiculturalism.
Regnery believes another of its titles, Dinesh D’Souza’s The Big Lie, which exposes the American Left’s past relationship and present affinity with the Nazis and their tactics, should have been ranked at number one in sales — but the New York Times trailed it in at number seven.”
The Times list is not compiled by relying solely on sales data. The company admits it “surveys” handpicked book sellers from across the country, and like political pollsters, weights the list based on its survey. Regnery believes the Times assigns priority to liberal-themed books.
Another prominent bestseller list, Publishers Weekly, relies on quantifiable sales data for its selections. As a result, Regnery has decided to rely on Publishers Weekly as its benchmark.
In a letter to its authors, Ross explained the change in bestseller list in a colorful manner:
We are often told it’s foolish to bite the hand that feeds you. I say it’s just as foolish to feed the hand that bites you.”
As with so many other areas of society that have become heavily politicized, so it’s happened with book selling and book publicity. There no longer is an agreed objective standard.