The publisher of Senator Ted Cruz’s new memoir, HarperCollins, has rejected the New York Times‘ claim that Cruz’s book sales were inflated by bulk purchases:
Publishing giant HarperCollins is publicly pushing back against the New York Times’ claim that Ted Cruz’s new book, A Time For Truth, was disqualified from its bestseller list because sales were limited to “strategic bulk purchases.” In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News, HarperCollins publicity director Tina Andreadis said the company looked into the matter and “found no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization.”
It is common practice for politicians to try to game the Times’ prestigious bestseller list by having their campaigns or political action committees buy up thousands of copies of their books. When Cruz’s book was left off the list this week despite outselling many of the entries that did make it, the paper’s spokesperson justified the omission by telling Politico they found an “overwhelming preponderance of evidence” that the sales numbers were being padded by bulk purchases.
By publicly refuting the Times’ claim, HarperCollins is taking on one of the most influential forces in the publishing industry — an exceedingly rare move for any large publisher.
People aren’t as afraid of the NYT as they used to be. This is what comes of selling your soul for a mess of Obama porridge.