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HarperCollins Pushes Back Against NY Times on Ted Cruz Book

By    |   Friday, 10 Jul 2015 04:33 PM

In a rare rebuke to The New York Times, publisher HarperCollins said Sen. Ted Cruz didn't try to game the paper's vaunted best-seller list by padding sales of his new book flatly dismissing the Times' rationale for blocking Cruz's well-selling "A Time For Truth."

In a statement, BuzzFeed reports it received from HarperCollins publicity director Tina Andreadis, the publisher said it has "investigated the sales pattern for Ted Cruz's book … and has found no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization."

BuzzFeed notes it's common practice for politicians to have their campaigns or political action committees buy up thousands of copies of their books.

And that's what a Times spokesperson suggested when it told Politico it found an "overwhelming preponderance of evidence" suggesting the numbers for Cruz's book were pumped up by bulk purchases.

"When questioned about the omission of ['A Time For Truth'] from its bestseller list, the New York Times told Politico, 'In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases,'" the Andreadis statement noted, Buzz Feed reports.

The statement added the book "ranked high on other publishing industry best-seller lists including Nielsen Bookscan (#4), a subscription service that tracks the vast majority of book sales in America, The Wall Street Journal (#4) and Barnes and Noble (#7). All these outlets omit bulk orders books from their rankings."

"The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out," Cruz campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler said in a statement, the Daily Caller reports. "But their response — alleging 'strategic bulk purchases' — is a blatant falsehood. The evidence is directly to the contrary."

"Demonstrate that your charge isn't simply a naked fabrication, designed to cover up your own partisan agenda," Tyler challenged the Times. "And, if you cannot do so, then issue a public apology to Senator Cruz and HarperCollins editor Adam Bellow for making false charges against them."

The conservative GOP presidential candidate's book has sold 11,854 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Bookscan more copies than 18 of the 20 books that will be on the hardcover best-seller list for the week ending July Fourth.

By taking on the Times, HarperCollins is going up against a powerful force in the publishing industry, BuzzFeed notes.

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In a rare rebuke to The New York Times, publisher HarperCollins said Sen. Ted Cruz didn't try to game the paper's vaunted bestseller list by padding sales of his new book - flatly dismissing the Times' rationale for blocking Cruz's well-selling "A Time For Truth."
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