Conservative book imprint Regnery Publishing announced Monday that it will no longer recognize the New York Times Bestseller List as a measure of book sales, and it will not allow its authors to use the title "New York Times bestselling author" to promote themselves.
The decision comes after the Times ranked Dinesh D’Souza’s The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left as the seventh bestseller in the nation, while the sales tracking organization BookScan listed the title in first place. In a letter to authors, Regnery president and publisher Marji Ross asserted, “I ask you to consider this: 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.”
The former newspaper of record responded to the move by denying any ill treatment of conservatives. “Our goal is that the lists reflect authentic best sellers,” insisted Times spokesman Jordan Cohen. “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 Gray Lady doth protest too much, methinks. My magnum opus Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide sat at the very top of Amazon’s sales charts for 11 consecutive days. By the time a major publisher purchased the rights to the second edition, we had sold nearly 100,000 copies.
That was all before President Trump endorsed the book on Twitter, catapulting it back to the upper echelons of sales charts across a wide swatch of booksellers.
Yet at no point during these whirlwind weeks of sales did Reasons To Vote For Democrats land on the vaunted list, despite selling far more copies than the alleged number one bestseller. I never received an explanation, but the silence told the whole story. While virtually every other mainstream news organization not just throughout the United States but around the world covered the story that so embarrassed Democrats, the New York Times obstinately refused to cover it. The one mention it received from that failing former newspaper came in an op-ed by the screenwriter of the Obama biopic Barry that lamely repackaged the gag to mock Republicans.
For decades Republicans and conservatives have masochistically sought the approval of those Democrat communications firms masquerading as news outlets known euphemistically as the mainstream media. Recent Republican candidates for high office who have treated those media organizations with undeserved respect have fared worse than those who have excoriated them at every turn—just ask John McCain, Mitt Romney, and President Trump.
The Regnery family has helped to lead the American conservative movement since the 1940s, and it seems they’re at the vanguard still.