The Times, after refusing to include Cruz’s book, “A Time for Truth“, on its non-fiction hard cover list when it was first released June 30 reversed course and said it has listed it this week, where it is #7 of the top best-sellers in the country. “In order to avoid compromising that process, we do not disclose who reports sales to us”, Murphy added.
“This week’s best seller list was arrived at using the same process as last week’s – and the week before that”, said Murphy.
Ted Cruz reached out to other Republican hopefuls Wednesday in an effort to pressure the conservative news network to change the qualifications to appear on stage in August.
Cruz acknowledged public attention had helped propel his book onto the list.
“The New York Times has a responsibility to authors and readers to have the public editor Margaret Sullivan examine its methodology, and I join others in calling for the Times to do just that”.
“I’m sure you are aware, the standards set by Fox News for the first GOP Presidential debate are unclear and, it would appear, undefined”, Wilson writes in the memo.
“I can’t wait until Senator Cruz is President, so he can tell all the networks how to run their business”, said Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente, tongue firmly planted in cheek.
“As of yesterday, “A Time for Truth” was the number 13 best-selling book, and there is no evidence of unusual bulk purchase activity in our sales data”, Sarah Gelman, Amazon’s director of press relations, said in an email. One wonders how many other conservative books have been frozen out of best seller lists, have gone unreviewed, and generally been buried by the liberal press that still dominates the book world.
The New York Times declined to offer evidence of the alleged bulk purchases or have given Senator Cruz an apology.
Both HarperCollins and Amazon, the nation’s largest Internet retailer, found no evidence of bulk sales in its research. “If the Times said that it didn’t list Cruz’s book because its ‘sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases, ‘ while knowing that this statement was untrue or having no grounds to believe it true, HarperCollins could very well have a cause of action against the Times, should the publisher choose to pursue it”.
Cruz’s campaign said that was “a blatant falsehood”, noting Cruz’s book had sold more copies than 18 of the 20 books on the list at that time.
– Updated at 9:49 p.m.