After failing to include presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s latest book, A Time for Truth, in its venerable best-sellers list, the New York Times explained the decision was based on suspicions that “strategic bulk purchases” artificially inflated sales numbers.
During its first week in print, the book outsold all but the two works atop the Times’ list. In response to the newspaper’s claim, both Amazon and the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, investigated its validity.
As it turns out, both entities concluded there was no evidence of any improper purchases, with Amazon spokesperson Sarah Gelman confirming the book should have reached number 13 on the list judging from the previous week’s sales.
A Cruz source responded by saying, in part:
In leveling this false charge the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher HarperCollins.