When he was talking about the release of his new book, A Time for Truth, Sen. Ted Cruz said he wanted to counter what he views as “unfair ‘caricatures’ of the right as ‘stupid,’ ‘evil,’ or ‘crazy.'” So reported Breitbart News about an interview the 2016 GOP contender gave to the Associated Press in which the Texas senator argued that, for conservatives such as himself, “The image created in the mainstream media does not comply with the facts.”
Ironically, the conservative presidential candidate’s comment regarding the “mainstream media” and not complying with “the facts” was, in a startling way, prophetic. As the website Politico reports, the senator’s new book is being left out of a key list The New York Times regularly publishes, despite having sold an impressive 11,854 copies during its first week in release.
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“The New York Times informed [publisher] HarperCollins this week that it will not include Ted Cruz’s new biography on its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times’ bestselling titles, the On Media blog has learned,” says Politico.
The Times’ slight of A Time for Truth comes despite the book’s noteworthy inclusion on a number of other top-seller lists compiled by respected organizations that track book sales. The Politico piece observes:
“A Time For Truth” has also sold more copies in a single week than Rand Paul’s “Taking a Stand,” which has been out for more than a month, and more than Marco Rubio’s “American Dreams,” which has been out for six months. It is currently #4 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover list, #4 on the Publisher’s Weekly hardcover list, #4 on the Bookscan hardcover list, and #1 on the Conservative Book Club list.
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The excuse offered by the Times’ staff for the absence of Truth from its bestsellers list was, according to Politico, that the book didn’t meet the newspaper’s “standard” in its analysis of book sales.
After news of the omission of Cruz’s book from the Times’ closely-watched list began to circulate and generate criticism of the paper’s treatment of the conservative senator’s well-received biography, Politico reported getting a further clarification from the Times. A spokesperson for the liberal newspaper reportedly said, “In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.”
Apparently, The New York Times gave no evidence for their finding that Ted Cruz’s A Time for Truth wasn’t worthy.
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