The New York Times on Wednesday took to Twitter to slam an essay by conservative author Dennis Prager accusing the newspaper of religious bias for leaving his new book off its bestseller lists.
Prager wrote "The Rational Bible: Exodus," which he said Wednesday had placed within the top three spots on lists published by The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, book wholesaler Ingram, and other retailers.
"But it is not even listed on The New York Times best-seller list," Prager said.
"I was told years ago that the Times best-seller list almost never includes overtly religious books," he added. "I believe it but cannot prove it."
But the Times hit back hard, through its official corporate communications account on Twitter:
One Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, who covers the Islamic State and other terrorism issues, noticed the Times' unusual tweetstorm:
Earlier this month, the Times came under fire for not listing conservative author Jerome Corsi's book, "Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump," on its best-seller list.
The newspaper eventually agreed to list the pro-Trump book at No. 15 on its combined print and e-book bestseller list.
"Killing the Deep State" has also climbed to the No. 1 spot on several Amazon categories and was a top 10 best-seller with Barnes & Noble.
"Killing the Deep State" is published by Humanix, a division of Newsmax Media Inc.
When Newsmax reached out to the Times to ask the book was not included, the query was met with a terse "no comment."
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