New York Times Won't Put Cruz on Best-Sellers List
Because of 'strategic bulk purchases'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2015 10:55 AM CDT
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – Ted Cruz sold nearly 12,000 copies of his biography A Time for Truth in its first week (it was published June 30), which in terms of raw numbers would make him No. 3 among this week's best sellers in the New York Times. But you won't see Cruz's name anywhere on the list, reports Politico. The Times told HarperCollins it wouldn't be including the book; it cites concerns about "strategic bulk purchases," suggesting the Cruz campaign is buying as many books as it can to goose the numbers.

The newspaper has long kept its exact formula for determining which books make the cut under wraps, in part so people can't "rig the system," notes New York. Conservatives are lighting up Twitter with accusations of liberal bias, but New York says the Times has used this "bulk" rule previously—and it adds that Ann Coulter and Fox's Dana Perino are represented on the list.