Amazon to New York Times: You’re Lying about Ted Cruz

Amazon claims that the new book by Ted Cruz deserves to be on the best seller list; there is no unusual bulk purchasing

When I expressed my doubts about the New York Times’ justification for not listing the new book by Ted Cruz on their bestseller list, I figured I would never know for sure. I certainly never expected Amazon to come to the defense of Ted Cruz. But on this issue they did.

As Politico.com reports, “Amazon: ‘No evidence’ of bulk sales for Cruz book.”

The New York Times’ refusal to put Ted Cruz’s memoir on its best-seller list is once again being called into question — this time by Amazon, the largest Internet retailer in the country.

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 best-selling 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.

So is whoever is in charge of the New York Times really that irrational? I’m not referring to their decision to keep Ted Cruz off the bestseller list. We all already knew they were irrational and hateful enough to do that. I mean, are they so irrational that they made up a story that they can’t possibly get anyone to believe? It seems crazy to use a lie that they could not possibly get away with in order to explain their decision.

Not only has Amazon contradicted the New York Times explanation, but the publisher of the Ted Cruz book, HarperCollins, is pushing back as well.

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.” 

So it seems that the New York Times is publicly shredding any reputation it has left. They are publicly censoring a candidate and lying about it as they do so in a way that no one can miss.