The left-wing New York Times claimed last week that Republican presidential candidate ted Cruz was not listed on the New York Times bestseller list because “Cruz’s new book, “A Time For Truth” was benefitting unfairly from bulk sales that artificially inflated sales figures. Harper Collins said that is not true and Amazon backed that up:
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.” …
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.” Moments after that announcement, Cruz’s campaign issued a press release accusing the Times of lying and calling on the paper to provide evidence of bulk purchasing or else formally apologize.
The New York Times caught lying is a dog bites man story but always worthy of note.
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has good reason to expose the Times as liars. Bezos owns the left-wing Washington Post. In the age of the Internet, the Post and Times are in direct competition online.
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