New York Times: Even Though Ted Cruz’s New Book Is A Best Seller, We Refuse To Put It On The Bestseller List
[guest post by Dana]
That Ted Cruz. Can he be any more of a thorn in the side of Democrats and the Republican professional political class, as well as being a tough challenge for the major media outlets whose pressing mission is to smear him? He’s blunt, articulate, savvy to the media games, maintains his composure during “gotcha” interviews along with compelling interviewers to stay on point, and most frustratingly of all, he remains faithful to the Constitution and to the core principles of conservatism. Without shame, without reservation, and without hesitation. He is everything the left and the GOP elites hate. He speaks truth to power, and that is simply unacceptable. Further, to their chagrin, Cruz welcomes any challenges to his positions and uses them as opportunities to spread the message of conservatism, and to get the facts out and set the record straight.
The unmitigated gall.
Now, to top it off, Cruz has written a bestselling biography. And how seemingly irked is the New York Times by this? Enough to not add the book to their bestseller list:
Cruz’s “A Time For Truth,” published on June 30, sold 11,854 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Bookscan’s hardcover sale numbers. That’s more than 18 of the 20 titles that will appear on the bestseller list for the week ending July 4. Aziz Ansari’s “Modern Romance,” which is #2 on the list, sold fewer than 10,000 copies. Ann Coulter’s “Adios America,” at #11, sold just over half as many copies.
“A Time For Truth” has also sold more copies in a single week than Rand Paul’s “Taking a Stand,” which has been out for more than a month, and more than Marco Rubio’s “American Dreams,” which has been out for six months. It is currently #4 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover list, #4 on the Publisher’s Weekly hardcover list, #4 on the Bookscan hardcover list, and #1 on the Conservative Book Club list.
This week, HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, sent a letter to The New York Times inquiring about Cruz’s omission from the list, sources with knowledge of the situation said. The Times responded by telling HarperCollins that the book did not meet their criteria for inclusion.
“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.”