Gray Lady Kicks Cruz Off the Best-Seller List

Senator Ted Cruz speaks against pending immigration legislation during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on June 20, 2013. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The New York Times has refused to include a book written by Senator Ted Cruz on its best-seller list.

Cruz, a Texas Republican who is running for president, published his book, A Time for Truth, on June 30. On Thursday, Politico reported that the book "sold 11,854 copies in its first week":

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.

Cruz's book should have qualified to be in third place on the list of hardcover nonfiction, but A Time for Truth is absent from the Times's best-seller list for the week of July 5. "In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases," a Times spokeswoman told Politico.

Authors, publishers or marketing companies will sometimes organize bulk purchases of books, allowing the title to climb the best-seller lists, only to return the books at a later date. Many media outlets that rank book sales, including the Times, try to omit these purchases from their rankings.

But Cruz's campaign and the publisher of his book refuted the Times's claim that the book's sales are not authentic.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, HarperCollins publicity director Tina Andreadis said that the publisher "has investigated the sales pattern for Ted Cruz's book" and "found no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization":

"A Time For Truth" ranked high on other publishing industry bestseller lists including Nielsen Bookscan, a subscription service that tracks the vast majority of book sales in America, The Wall Street Journal and Barnes and Noble. All these outlets omit bulk orders books from their rankings.

In a statement, the Cruz campaign said that the Times "is lying." Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said in the statement that the claim "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, HarperCollins," Tyler said.

The campaign added that Cruz has attracted large crowds to all of his book-signing events.

On July 12, the nation's largest bookseller, Amazon, also denied the Times's claim.

"As of yesterday, A Time for Truth was the No. 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, told Politico.

Kate Scanlon is a news reporter for The Daily Signal, which is where this article first appeared.

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