The Latest: New York Times denies list favors liberal books

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The Latest on a conservative publisher's decision to sever ties with The New York Times and its best-sellers list (all times local):

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6:55 p.m.

The New York Times is disputing a conservative publisher's claim it favors liberal books for its best-sellers list.

Regnery Publishing said 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.

But the Times notes conservative authors have routinely ranked high and in great numbers on its best-sellers list.

A Times spokesman says the political views of authors have no bearing on its rankings and the notion it would manipulate its lists to exclude books for political reasons "is simply ludicrous."

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The newspaper is a frequent target of conservatives and Republicans, including President Donald Trump.

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4:50 p.m.

The company that publishes books by Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter and other conservative authors says it wants nothing to do anymore with The New York Times.

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.

Regnery is annoyed its book "The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left" is only No. 7 on the Times' latest best-sellers list even though another organization that tracks sales ranks it as No. 1.

The Times hasn't responded.