Ted Cruz’s Book Will Be On The New York Times’ Best-Seller List After All

Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 5/28/15 Senator Ted Cruz at The Champions of Israel Gala. (NYC)
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After days of condemning The New York Times as a liberal rag and a whirlwind of free marketing, Ted Cruz is getting his spot on the paper’s best-selling books list – but not because the paper is admitting they got it wrong.

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy confirmed to Politico Wednesday that Cruz’s memoir “A Time For Truth” will debut at No. 7 on the list for hardcover nonfiction after its second week on stands.

“This week’s NYT best-seller list was arrived at using the same process as last week’s – and the week before that,” Murphy told Politico. “That process involves a careful analysis of data, and is not influenced in any way by the content of a book, or by pressure from publishers or booksellers.”

Both of the latter weighed in on the matter last week, as Amazon and Barnes & Noble reported their sales figures showed no evidence of “unusual” bulk purchases. HarperCollins, Cruz’s publisher, had also challenged the Gray Lady’s assessment, saying it found no evidence of bulk ordering “through any retailer or organization.”

The paper defended its earlier decision to leave the book off the list, saying its first week of sales showed “overwhelming” evidence of strategic bulk purchasing intended to manipulate the list.

Nielsen Bookscan put first-week sales of “Truth” at nearly 12,000 copies, which was more than 18 out of the 20 books that graced the Times’ best-seller list that week.

The announcement will likely go down as a victory for Cruz and his conservative supporters, who were were quick to condemn the omission as a partisan snub.

A Cruz spokesperson said Wednesday that the events should “concern any author” and called on Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan to scrutinize the paper’s methodology.

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