Show of hands from anyone surprised that the New York Times would use a little voodoo to force David Limbaugh’s new book, “Jesus on Trial,” off the bestseller lists? Nobody? Good. They’ve done this crap before, and they’ll do it again. Bestseller-blacklisting is a badge of honor. Take a bow, Mr. Limbaugh!
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports:
According to publishing sources, Limbaugh’s probe into the accuracy of the Bible sold 9,660 in its first week out, according to Nielsen BookScan. That should have made it No. 4 on the NYT print hardcover sales list.
Instead, Henry Kissinger’s World Order, praised by Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post, is No. 4 despite weekly sales of 6,607.
As Secrets wrote about a similar banishment early in the sales of conservative Dinesh D’Souza’s America, the Gray Lady is mysterious in how it calculates its list. A spokeswoman said, “We let the rankings speak for themselves and are confident they are accurate.”
The September 28 list of the top 20 print hardcover best sellers includes one book that sold just 1,570 copies.
Limbaugh, published by Regnery, has been a New York Times best seller, so the newspaper should have been looking out for his high sales numbers. And as a hint, they could have looked at Amazon, where Limbaugh’s Jesus hit No. 1 recently. On Thursday, it ranked No. 6 in books sold on Amazon.
Sure, as long as you don’t have any crazy notions about how the books on the best-seller list should have sold more copies than the books which didn’t make the list, they’re accurate as hell. Don’t dwell on what they’re measuring, just accept that it’s accurate.