Regnery Publishing, who publishes books by Laura Ingrahm, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter and other conservative authors will no longer recognize the New York Times.

What that means is that Regnery will no longer acknowledge the Time’s accounting of book sales, meaning that Regnery writers can no longer claim to be a “New York Times best-selling authors.”

“Regnery is annoyed that its book ‘The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left’ was only No. 7 on the Times’ latest best-sellers list even though another organization that tracks sales ranked it No. 1.”

The Times, however, claims that there are no biases going into the list ranking and that conservative authors have routinely ranked high.

“’Our goal is that the lists reflect authentic best sellers,’ Times spokesman Jordan Cohen said. ‘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 way book sales are measured is not an exact science, and there is no one method to it. Regnery uses the Nielsen BookScan, which counts print sales in stores representing about 85 percent of the market.

The Times bases its list on a survey that is sent out to thousands of booksellers.

The Times has been at the center of a heated debate about “fake news” from conservatives and Republicans. It is rare however when a publishing company boycotts a newspaper that their writers use to promote their work. The writers with Regnery also will no longer get bonuses tied to their books appearing on the newspaper’s list.

“’I ask you to consider this: We are often told it’s foolish to bite the hand that feeds you,’ Marji Ross, president and publisher of Regnery, said in a letter to its authors. ‘I say it’s just as foolish to feed the hand that bites you.’”

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BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.