Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and publisher HarperCollins are calling out The New York Times as liars.
Sales figures suggest Cruz’s book, “A Time for Truth,” should be in the No. 3 spot on the newspaper’s list of bestselling books.
The Times is now saying it refuses to include the book on its coveted list because “evidence” suggests the sales figures were bloated by “strategic bulk purchases.”
Tina Andreadis, HarperCollins’ publicity director, released a statement to BuzzFeed News on Friday indicating that the publisher conducted a thorough investigation and “found no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
When the issue first arose, the Times indicated the book didn’t meet the newspaper’s bestseller criteria.
“We have uniform standards that we apply to our bestseller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy wrote. “This book didn’t meet that standard this week.”
When asked for specifics, Murphy replied: “Our goal is that the list reflect authentic best sellers, so we look at and analyze not just numbers but patterns of sales for every book.”
When pushed further, Murphy replied, “In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases,” according to Politico.
The Cruz campaign isn’t mincing words. It’s calling the paper a liar.
— Team Cruz (@TeamTedCruz) July 10, 2015
@TeamTedCruz They must feel he is a threat to their agenda. Before I even knew they were lying, I ordered the book.
— Deborah Farolino (@Emperipolisis) July 10, 2015
@AsheSchow “Patterns of sales”? Dafuq does that even mean? It sold 4 less copies on Wednesday, so it’s disqualified?
— Donnie G (@BurgerVonStadt) July 9, 2015
— novaculus (@novaculus) July 9, 2015
Watch this report via the Washington Free Beacon:
NY Times embarrasses itself with reason why they won’t put Ted Cruz on ‘rigged’ bestseller list
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