After a reportedly exhaustive internal review, publishing house HarperCollins has concluded that the New York Times’s rationale for excluding Senator Ted Cruz’s book A Time for Truth from its bestseller list is without merit.
“HarperCollins Publishers has investigated the sales pattern for Ted Cruz’s book ‘A Time for Truth’ and has found no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization,” the publisher said in a statement on Friday.
On Thursday, Politico reported that the Times refused to put Cruz’s book, released June 30, on its bestseller list despite the fact that it had sold more copies than all but two of the other top titles. The Times explained that their analysis of book sales goes “beyond simply the number of books sold” and that the “preponderance of evidence” showed sales “were limited to strategic bulk purchases” rather than individual buyers.
The paper came under withering criticism for the choice, with many conservative commentators suggesting that the Times kept Cruz from the list due to political animus. Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott tweeted that the Times “shows bias by purposely omitting Ted Cruz book from bestsellers despite it being 3rd best.” Conservative columnist and Fox News analyst Monica Crowley said the Times is “not even faking it anymore.”
HarperCollins has concluded that the New York Times’s rationale for excluding Senator Ted Cruz’s book A Time for Truth from its bestseller list is without merit.
In a statement, the Cruz campaign accused the Times of perpetuating a “blatant falsehood,” saying the paper “has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher Harper Collins.”
The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, and Barnes & Noble all included A Time for Truth on their bestseller lists, with most placing it at #4 for nonfiction.
A Journal spokeswoman would not comment on why their analysis differed from the Times’s, but pointed NR to the paper’s methodology for determining bestsellers. The Journal uses data from NielsenBookscan, which gathers point-of-book sales from 16,000 retail locations and all major e-book providers. That means bulk purchases are also not included in its analysis — a point HarperCollins made sure to note in its statement.
When reached by e-mail, Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy says, “We have no comment beyond the one we issued last night and stand by” the paper’s previous claim that an “overwhelming preponderance of evidence” shows that bulk book purchases constitute the majority of Cruz’s sales.
— Brendan Bordelon is a political reporter for National Review.