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June 21, 2014 - 6:59 am

The Washington Examiner is charging the New York Times with an insidious form of censorship.

According to this article, Dinesh D’Souza’s new book — America: Imagine a World Without Her has been banished from the Times bestseller list despite the fact it would rank #8 in sales.

The way the Times calculates sales and assigns rankings for new books is a closely guarded secret. But the facts strongly suggest an element of bias in the Times‘ refusal to include D’Souza’s book on its influential non-fiction bestseller list.

The Washington Examiner reports:

His new book, on sale for three weeks, isn’t just absent from the top 10 lists already set for the next two Sundays, but totally missing from the list of the nation’s top 25 nonfiction hardcovers despite having sales higher than 13 on the latest Times chart.

According to sales reports provided to Secrets, D’Souza’s new book America: Imagine a World Without Her, sold 4,915 in the first week and 5,592 in the second week. Had it been included on the upcoming June 22 Times hardcover nonfiction list, it would have ranked No. 8, and then No. 11 on the June 29 list that puts Clinton’s sales at 85,721. The lists are widely circulated in the publishing industry before they go public.

The Times is somewhat mysterious in how it calculates its list, but it includes several books selling well under 3,000 copies in a week. A spokeswoman said, “We let the rankings speak for themselves and are confident they are accurate.”

America is expected to explode when the accompanying movie debuts next month. In America, D’Sousa slams Obama’s agenda and targets Clinton too — maybe one reason the Times hasn’t recognized it.

“They are part of the propaganda arm of the Obama administration,” D’Souza told Secrets from Philadelphia, where his book and movie bus tour had stopped before traveling to Washington on Friday. His Obama’s America was a Times No. 1 best-seller.

“It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know,” he said.

D’Souza, who last month pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, said the list is important to boosting sales. “It matters to be on it,” he said.

But to ignore his latest best seller, he said, “the Times is falling short of its journalistic and editorial responsibilities in a much a bigger way than keeping me off the list.”

The fact that D’Souza has already had a #1 bestseller on the list also suggests bias is at work. It’s not like D’Souza is some rookie author being published by an obscure house. Regnery Publishing regularly has top-selling titles and D’Souza has been a successful author for a couple of decades.

Obama’s America was one of the largest grossing documentary films of all time in addition to being a #1 non-fiction bestseller, and America is also expected to do well at the box office. Isn’t the Times worried about its credibility?

Why should they be? The only people who subscribe to the Times are probably in agreement that D’Souza’s book should be disappeared. The editors couldn’t care less what a few conservatives think about censoring Mr. D’Souza’s work. If they stay true to form, there won’t be a review of either the book or the movie. Or, if they do deign to recognize the book or movie, you can probably guess what those reviews would be like.

The Times doesn’t have the power any more to make or break a publication or film. But the bestseller list is still influential in publishing circles, and not including D’Souza’s work when it deserves to be may mean some lost sales, but hardly a disaster. Those wishing to read it will find it.

And there’s nothing the New York Times can do to stop that.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.
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Why are we bothering to feign being incredulous at the antics of the illegal regime's propaganda ministry? Is this not expected? Anything honestly critical of our criminal-in-chief will be marginalized if not outright censored- as would be expected from any banana republic. Why would this be any different simply because our status is a step in the dismantling and engineered decline of a once great superpower that can only dream of the respect it once commanded.

The treason-thieves need to be brought to justice- along with their complicit media henchmen (and women). We need to begin moving to effect the expulsion and incarceration of all who have conspired to effectively nullify the Constitution and diminish the formerly enviable rights and freedoms of what are now subjects of a rising tyranny.

This is just a symptom of an enormous problem... fixating us on such trivial weeds abets the criminals- enabling them to continue their agenda while we are choreographed into huffing and puffing our righteous indignation on an injustice that would not happen in a truly free society whose press was impartial and not complicit with its destruction.

Be happy DHS hasn't targeted the books customers for extra scrutiny for security purposes- if they haven't already
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The world would be a much better place, if the NYT and NYT best seller list didn't matter.

The NYT is sliding into irrelevance. We should hasten it fall.

Liberty Island ( libertyislandmag.com ) has show the way.
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Would the censorship surprise you?
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One should point out that the "New York" in the New York times clearly refers not to New York City, but to New York County, a.k.a. Manhattan, the city's third largest borough. They have more to do with Connecticut than with Brooklyn.

Do they still drive the news cycle, or did Drudge change that?
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The New York Times and Walter Duranty their Moscow Bureau Chief in the 20's and 30's hid the Genocide that Stalin had set up when he starved to death 7 to 10 million Ukrainian farmers because they refused collectivization. If they can make a Genocide disappear for the good of communism D’Souza’s book is nothing; the Times is the original "Memory Hole" that is famous in "1984".
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That fish wrapping factory has its days counted.
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"Publishing circles" the same folks that gave HRC $14M in PRE-sales? They wouldn't have a smidgen of bias.
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It is an excellent book - both scholarly and readable. Tolerable? - not really, if you're still recovering from shock the then shock and the hideous realities and consequences to this "city on the hill" of 6 1/2 years past and 2 more to go of "We're the ones we have been waiting for" and "I won" as foreboding of so much utterly predictable to come. D'Souza is going to prison for two years. Lapse of judgment or not, he is a better man and naturalized, legal immigrant than those he identifies and deserve far more time in prisons and total ignomy for what they have done to America and the sustained peril that they have caused Western Civilization for many years beyond any reader's or commenter's lifetime.
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It is OK to read it in small bursts. It has has been a tough 6 years of futile frustration, sustained helplessness, and rightful fear. The insult to injury and taunting escalation is particularly galling and distressing, eh?
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Reminds me of trying to read "the Truth at Any Cost" about the attempt of the special counsel to investigate the Clintons. Fighting against people with no morals who were backed by the press, it was too frustrating to read after awhile; the unfairness of it all was too much for me.

So how often will anyone mention Filegate now? Will she even be asked about it?
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PROPAGANDA organs like the NYT and the rest of the Lame Stream EneMedia are just like the NAZI propaganda organ the VÖLKISCHER BEOBACHTER which parroted the NAZI Party Line. A de-facto COUP has taken place in the USA all the Alphabet Organs of Govt are under the control of agents of or sympathizers with the corrupt DemocRAT REGIME and they do the bidding of OBOZO and his evil coterie without even being instructed. They KNOW what the Regime wants just like the average German KNEW what Adolph and his NAZIS wanted. Just as HITLER never needed to PERSONALLY put his wish for the 'FINAL SOLUTION TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM' into writing because there's no need for written instructions when your the MINIONS are of like mind with their MASTERS. As for the DOJ controlled by the RACIST criminal Holder that is the key post, just as control of the Police were in NAZI Germany and which is why it was the FIRST move they made after Adolph became Chancellor in 1933 just like the appointment of the BLACK RACIST HOLDER as DOJ was for OBOZO and his evil LYING corrupt REGIME. Put in place to deflect and hold up all legal challenges to the REGIME just as OBOZO knew he would and he most certainly IS doing.
This is what extreme LEFT WING SOCIALISM looks like America. Its just like the EXTREME LEFT WING NAZIS take over of GERMANY, slowly at first then increasingly brazen as they find that all the opposition is ineffectual and incompetent.
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This is basically what Ben Shapiro (whose site shares some personalities with PJMedia) said on Fox, except he left out the comparison (perfectly valid, he just wanted to avoid getting side-tracked). The example she used were the Mafia and Becket. (I would have thought Kelley would have heard of the movie.)
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Where do we go from here? The NY Times is a captured entity of the Democratic Party and Executive Branch.
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Hildahag's book sales are already dropping ... a small comfort of sorts?
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Because The New York Times is run by New York Jews for New York Jews.
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And that's why it is so anti-Semitic?
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Thanks for the recommendation, New York Volkische Beobacter! I went over to Amazon and bought a copy of the book. Your equivalent of trying to burn the book, like all good "Progressive" totalitarians like to do with books that do not go goosestepping along with their agenda, gives it a BIG seal of approval to me.

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