The New York Times’ Bestseller List is synonymous with the top selling books in America–but, now, there’s one top-selling author whose book purposely won’t be on the list: Ted Cruz.
Cruz’s new memoir, “A Time for Truth,” was released on June 30 and sold 11,854 copies in its first week–which should place it at #3 on the Times’ list, since it has sold more than all but two of the other entries on the list.
But, curiously, Cruz’s name wasn’t included on the list–even though fellow Republican presidential candidates, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, made the cut, despite selling fewer books. When his publisher, HarperCollins, wrote a letter to ask why Cruz hadn’t been included, the New York Times came back with a long explanation–that, curiously, said just about nothing.
“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,” Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for The New York Times, explained. “This book didn’t meet that standard this week.”
Fair enough. But, when asked what those exact standards were, that Ted Cruz violated (but other presidential candidates didn’t?), Murphy had
“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.”
Huh? It’s a best-selling list. If Cruz sold more copies than almost every other book in America, why wouldn’t he be included?
The New York Times has no answer–which makes it all the more clear that the mainstream media, including the newspaper that used to bill itself as including “all the news that’s fit to print,” would rather keep conservatives down than report the news as it appears.