Headline RoundupJune 13th, 2024

Study Suggests NYT's Bestseller List is Biased Against Conservatives

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A study from The Economist (Lean Left bias) suggests the New York Times bestseller list has an anti-conservative bias.

Key Details: According to the study, the New York Times bestseller list is 7% less likely to include books by conservative authors, even if their sales are equivalent to those of left-leaning writers.

Key Quote: “The New York Times has a view of an acceptable kind of conservative,” conservative commentator Michael Knowles told the Economist. The New York Times said that the “political views of authors or their publishers have absolutely no bearing on our rankings and are not a factor in how books are ranked on the lists.”

For Context: The prestige that comes from being included on the New York Times bestseller list often leads to more sales, better deals in future publishing contracts, and higher speaking fees.

How the Media Covered it: The New York Post (Lean Right bias) and The Economist noted that the Times has never revealed how it ranks bestselling publications.

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