Wouldn’t you expect a popular presidential candidate in the middle of a press tour for a new book to at least rate on The New York Times bestseller list? Well, despite selling over an impressive 11,000 books in its first week — which would put it in THIRD — the paper kept the Ted Cruz’s A Time for Truth completely off the list.
A Times spokesperson claims Cruz’s book didn’t meet “uniform standards”.
“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,” Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy explained when asked about the omission. “This book didn’t meet that standard this week.”
Asked to specify those standards, 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.”
Glenn called the news “shameful but expected.”
“I have eight #1 New York Times bestsellers but many more times than that we sold more books than what placed number one,” Glenn wrote. “What is new is that the third most popular didn’t even show up on the list.”
Times spokesman Eileen Murphy told Politico “In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.”
“I believe they are accusing Mr. Cruz of buying his own books,” Glenn wrote. “First off, I don’t believe it. He did enough TV interviews to sell 11,000 copies. His fans do want to hear from him.”
“And let’s ask The New York Times this question: Do you know how many palettes of Hillary Clinton books are lost in some empty storehouse?”
Featured Image: WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 29: Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce discussion at the National Press Building April 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. The USHCC held its first in a series of planned discussions with 2016 presidential candidates on on issues that are crucial to America’s 3.2 million Hispanic businesses. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)