Ted Cruz Versus The New York Times

CANDIDATE BATTLES THE LIBERAL MEDIA OVER “BOOK BIAS” || By FITSNEWS || We haven’t read U.S. Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s new book … but apparently lots of people have. In fact according to Cruz’s campaign, the book – A Time For Truth – is the No. 3 best-selling book…


|| By FITSNEWS || We haven’t read U.S. Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s new book … but apparently lots of people have.

In fact according to Cruz’s campaign, the book – A Time For Truth – is the No. 3 best-selling book in America, according to Nielson’s Bookscan.

Bookscan’s No. 1 and No. 2 books are also ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Not on the Times‘ list, though?  Cruz’s book – even though it apparently sold more copies than 18 of the 20 volumes that did make the Times‘ list.

What gives?

“We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold.” the paper stated in explaining its omission.

After being accused of political bias, the Times added “in the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.”

Strategic bulk purchases?

Yeah … basically the Times just accused Cruz of buying a bunch of his own books to pad his numbers.

Cruz’s campaign was livid.

“The Times is presumably embarrassed by having their obvious partisan bias called out. But their response—alleging ‘strategic bulk purchases’—is a blatant falsehood,” Cruz’s campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said. “The evidence is directly to the contrary. In leveling this false charge, the Times has tried to impugn the integrity of Senator Cruz and of his publisher Harper Collins.”

Tyler called on the Times to release any evidence supporting its claim.

“Demonstrate that your charge isn’t simply a naked fabrication, designed to cover up your own partisan agenda,” he said.  “And, if you cannot do so, then issue a public apology to Senator Cruz and Harper Collins editor Adam Bellow for making false charges against them.”

Gauntlet.  Thrown down.

Assuming the Times deliberately omitted Cruz’s book for ideological reasons – and then fabricated its rationale for doing so in an attempt to further harm Cruz- that’s kind of a big deal.

Sure it’s their list and they can do as they please with it, but such a transparent and poorly executive hit job – again, assuming that’s what happened – would be a major blow to the credibility of the paper.

It would also represent case study in how the marketplace of ideas held the actual marketplace accountable for its actions … which is its job.

Will any of this make us slog through Cruz’s book?  Probably not.

But it does help him make the argument that the liberal media is out to get him … which is quite the badge of honor in a “Republican” presidential primary.


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Liberals HATE Truth July 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Cruz is hated by FITSNews, just like the NYT. There is not a lot of difference in you enemies list.
We’ve gone from slanted reporting, to ignoring the facts, lying and just plain media corruption.
Winning is all that matters to you, leftwing ideologues.
Truth is being tested. Americans have always defeated the liars. Will we defeat the Democrat Party this time?
Cruz book sale numbers suggest we will.

flip July 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Hey Grand Tango buddy check out my post about Hillary being an android on the other story. We need to get word out that she’s a robot and is stealing campaign money to build a daycare on the moon for muppet babies.

Freaky Right Wing July 10, 2015 at 4:25 pm

You serious, Bo?

FastEddy23 July 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm

There is a lot to dislike about The Tedster. Greasy haired, slicked back, good looking to “that sort of women”. If He wore a pencil thin mustache, well …

Unfortunately for the losers on the left, He is exactly perfect for a debate. Sharp and sharp eyed. Fast with the thrust and parry. He is impossible to interview by the “progressive” manipulated press … and They hate Him for being smarter and more charismatic than They are.

Goobersmacker July 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Wrong again, douche. We hate Ted Cruz because he’s a fucking asshole. The same reason other Republicans hate him.

FastEddy23 July 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Of course you do …

Billy July 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

I hate him because he is the immigrant son of a wetback. Half Cuban half Canadian. No American.

FastEddy23 July 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Mmmmm … then you might also have a bit of trouble with the Kenyan.

Manray9 July 10, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Cruz is a charlatan. He went to private schools, Princeton and Harvard, clerked for the Supreme Court, and was a partner at a prestigious law firm, but pretends to be a cowboy-boot wearing goober to dupe the rubes in Texas. He’s as elitist as Obama — perhaps more so.

Manray9 July 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

For a number of years now bulk purchases have been a tool of certain authors to gain prominence on best-seller lists. As I recall, the culprits are usually politicians.

FastEddy23 July 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Yup. Billary/Obama did it too.

shifty henry July 11, 2015 at 7:37 am

It can be a bummer for a writer/author. Eight years ago I submitted a children’s new age reading primer which was rejected by every major publishing company. I had hoped that “DICK and JANE KICK THE HABIT” would become my first blockbuster.

FastEddy23 July 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Alt: “Dick and Jane Kick the TV Habit” or “Dick and Jane Cut the Cable”.

shifty henry July 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

good ones….. how about “Dick and Jane Ditch T-Rav “

Victorious Secret July 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I had to read this article 3 times to make sure I was correct. There are only two hyperlinks located in this entire article; and only one of them links to another Fits article.

….and it failed to mention “horrific, racially motivated.”

I’m beside myself. What is happening?

tomstickler July 10, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Start drinking on “rebuke”.

NewsCorpse July 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Of course, there may be another reason that Cruz failed to make the list. When asked by Politico why Cruz was omitted, the Times told them that “the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases.” In other words, Cruz’s book was bought by his campaign or its allies in an effort to game the system. This is often done to artificially inflate sales and grab a spot on the coveted Times list. Then they give the books away to supporters as candidate swag. The Times has procedures in place to ascertain the actual sales data so that only authentic buyers are counted. Otherwise the Koch brothers could purchase a few thousand copies of any book that they want to promote and it would become a Times best seller.

If any other evidence is needed to debunk the paranoid notion that Cruz is being singled out for persecution, a quick check of the current best sellers list shows that several right-wing authors who didn’t cheat (so far as we know) managed to get recognized. They include David Brooks, Ann Coulter, Dana Perino, and Bill O’Reilly. Going back a little further we find folks like Charles Krauthammer, Edward Klein, Dinesh D’Souza, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin. We even see current GOP primary candidates Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson.

nitrat July 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Ted Cruz is a Dominionist.
They believe anything is allowable if it hastens the day they install their theocratic government; the ends justify the means.
Ethics are for other people.

NewsCorpse: great play on the fact that Cruz is published by HarperCollins aka News Corp aka Rupert Murdoch.

FastEddy23 July 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

It’s The Donald and Sheriff Joe against the New York Slimes, today.

Big rally in Phoenix has NYT panties bunched up … Hillary ain’t drawing flies …

Normal operation July 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

Will, don’t act like strategic bulk purchases aren’t the way these political writers make any best seller list. Like every republican wannabe candidate before him, his book will be available for pennies in a few months.

Dan Ruck July 11, 2015 at 7:09 am

What a crock of shit! This scam — buying books by the boatload to make them look popular has been well known for years. That’s why The Times queries sales records before putting a book on the list. Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin have always done this.

The Buzzman July 12, 2015 at 7:52 am

I can’t stand Cruz, but he’s right on this. A best-seller is a best-seller. Period.

The Buzzman July 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

Deleted my own comment. It was not deleted by the site admin.

The Buzzman July 12, 2015 at 8:06 am

Gotta laugh at some of the ads today. “These Girls Would Be Hot If If It Weren’t For These Disgusting Tattoos.” Yeah, right. Like at least 95% of the straight guys looking at ’em would not do it with them ’til the cows come home. Then there’s the one about an outfit Taylor Swift is wearing, that supposedly leaves little to the imagination. Hell, it leaves plenty to the imagination, it’s got everything well covered, little cleavage, no cameltoe, etc. Click-bait for sure. Yeah, they got me on that one. This shit about Cruz is such a snooze, I thought some nearly-nekkid TS T&A might wake me up.

shifty henry July 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm

What I don’t see as attractive is the recent trend of girls putting tattoos on the back or side of their calves. At a distance it appears they didn’t bathe before going out in public.

Slartibartfast July 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Think of the scandal if they were to simultaneously and accidentally get a piece of toilet paper attached to their heels!

shifty henry July 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

hah! I have seen girls with a 8 -10 foot banner trailing behind them!

shifty henry July 13, 2015 at 8:24 am

“heavily tattooed women can be said to control and subvert the ever-present ‘male gaze’ by forcing men (and women) to look at their bodies in a manner that exerts control.”
? Margo Demello

Slartibartfast July 13, 2015 at 1:21 pm

“They’re not tattoos, they’re skin illustrations! Don’t you ever call them tattoos!” – Carl (Rod Steiger) in The Illustrated Man 1969.

shifty henry July 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

for some folks that is true….

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