The New York Times is not listing a new biography written by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on its upcoming bestsellers list because the newspaper believes that sales of the book were strategically bought in bulk.
In one week, Cruz's book "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America," has reportedly outsold books by Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, which have been on the market longer.
Rubio's book has been on sale for six months, while Paul's tome has been on the market for more than a month.
The New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy explained why Cruz's book won't be on the bestsellers list this week:
We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold. This book didn't meet that standard this week.
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.
Murphy told Politico in an email, "In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases."
MediaMatters.org and Washington Monthly have reported about conservative groups that buy books in bulk so that conservative figures and Republicans can boost their sales and get on bestsellers lists.
Salon.com reports many conservatives are angry because Cruz has been left off the bestsellers list for this week.
HarperCollins publicity director Tina Andreadis told Buzzfeed in a statement today:
HarperCollins Publishers has investigated the sales pattern for Ted Cruz’s book A TIME FOR TRUTH and has found no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization.
Politico reports today that Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler said in a statement:
The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response—alleging ‘strategic bulk purchases’—is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher Harper Collins.
We call on the Times, release your so-called "evidence." Demonstrate that your charge isn’t simply a naked fabrication, designed to cover up your own partisan agenda. And, if you cannot do so, then issue a public apology to Senator Cruz and Harper Collins editor Adam Bellow for making false charges against them.