Amazon.Com Deflates NYTimes’ Claim That Ted Cruz is Cheating on Sales of His Book

Last week RightWingNews reported that The New York Times has conspired to keep Senator Ted Cruz’ campaign biography off its best sellers list. The paper claimed that Cruz had bought large blocks of the book and that this makes his sales numbers false. But now Amazon.com is saying that it doesn’t see any evidence that Cruz has cheated on book sales.

Last week the Times claimed that Cruz’ book didn’t “qualify” to appear on its best sellers list.

But now Amazon.com is denying the Times’ claim that Cruz’ book sales are skewed.

On Sunday, an Amazon spokesperson told the On Media blog that the company’s sales data showed no evidence of unusual bulk purchase activity for the Texas senator’s memoir, casting further doubt on the Times’ claim that the book — “A Time For Truth” — had been omitted from its list because sales had been driven by “strategic bulk purchases.”

“As of yesterday, ‘A Time for Truth’ was the number 13 bestselling 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.

Amazon’s findings match those of HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, which said Friday that it had “investigated the sales pattern” for Cruz’s book and found “no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization.” Moments after that announcement, Cruz’s campaign issued a press release accusing the Times of lying and calling on the paper to provide evidence of bulk purchasing or else formally apologize.

“The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response — alleging ‘strategic bulk purchases’ — is a blatant falsehood,” Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler said in a statement Friday. “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.”

“A Time For Truth,” which was published on June 30, sold 11,854 copies in its first week — more than 18 of the 20 titles on the Times bestseller list for the week ending July 4, according to Nielsen bookscan. On raw numbers, Cruz’s book would have finished at #3 on the Times’ influential list of hardcover nonfiction. However, the Times informed HarperCollins last week that Cruz’s book would not be on the list.

So, once again we see that The New York Times is NOT about “news,” but is instead all about pushing its far, far left agenda. And if the truth of even book sales has to be mangled to fit that leftwing agenda, so be it.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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