We all know that one guy/girl: the rage-quitter. They quit the match because they lost, so despite reality, you cheated and they’re “so outta there.” The conservative publisher Regnery has just become that guy by actually rage-quitting the New York Times best-sellers list.
Even when we were kids and these rage-quitters didn’t like the way the game was going, they’d claim that the game was rigged then take their ball and go home.
Well, when Regnery deemed that, though they are judged on an equal footing with all the others on the list, that NYT is rigged for liberals they look no more “grown up” than the whiny children above. They’re “done with” the NYT best-sellers list exclaims the right wing Washington Examiner. Them, and their authors; people like Anne Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin, right-wing anger peddlers, mostly.
Rage quitting seems to be popular in conservative circles, really:
— statelessnfaithless (@st8less) August 16, 2017
They claim that the NYT Best-sellers list is rigged, because their really awesome (?) book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left” was only No. 7 on the Times’ latest best-sellers list. Why? Because another organization that uses a different system ranked it number 1. Regnery says another of its books, “No Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You,” is not given the ranking it deserves, either. It’s all so not fair!(Perhaps the fact that most Americans are still interested in reality is the problem?)
Keith Olbermann saw right through their tantrum, congratulating them on conceding:
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 4, 2017
The concession appears to be that if they are judged on a level playing field they will not like the results.
This means that the authors who write for this company will not be able to claim “NYT Best-selling author” among their accolades. According to the publisher, they think they are being unfairly treated. It also means that authors for the publisher will not have to pay their writers for achievement on the list — so “bye bye” bonus check based on that performance.
Whether this is just a publicity quest to get their books into the public eye, a way to drop Author bonuses, or simply because they really, really don’t want to play if they aren’t going to win we just don’t know.
However, it seems pretty obvious that the NYT Best-selling list is not going to be affected by this, but their writers probably will. How does that taste, rage-quit publisher?
Featured image via Pixabay, rage face