Tanenhaus replied the next day, in part: "Encounter [the book's publisher] has had a stated policy for some years now of not sending us books because, as I understand it, Roger Kimball does not want them reviewed in the Book Review. Of course that is his choice. But until he changes his mind we're not in a position to consider any Encounter titles for review."
Tanenhaus is referring to a post by Encounter Books Publisher Roger Kimball on June 23, 2008: "Encounter Bids The New York Times Farewell." An excerpt:
Beginning today, June 23, 2008, Encounter Books will no longer send its books to The New York Times for review. Of course, the editors at the Times are welcome to trot down to their local book emporium or visit Amazon.com to purchase our books, but we won't be sending gratis advance copies to them any longer.
Kimball explained, in part:
In the last month, Encounter has had two titles on the extended New York Times best-seller list: Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor by Roy Spencer, and Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, by Andrew C. McCarthy. But that list is the only place you will find these books mentioned in the pages of The New York Times. We've also published other brisk-selling books that the Times has ignored....
Kimball also noted that "The Times had nothing but praise for What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News ("impressively researched and documented") by The Nation's Eric Alterman, but it completely ignored William McGowan's Coloring the News: How Political Correctness Has Corrupted American Journalism, which won the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism but, being published by Encounter and being critical of the Times, just didn't make the cut."
Calling the response by Tanenhaus an act of hypocrisy, McGowan suggested Tanenhaus used the Kimball post as a fig leaf to avoid the drama of dealing with both the book and his boss, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
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