Former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is best known as being “that girl” seen in a lot of photographs of the 44th president and for looking absolutely nothing like a combination of Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood. That kind of public record does not a bestselling book make, so it was with some surprise that reporters noticed “Finding My Voice” debut at #14 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
A fourteenth-place ranking doesn’t necessarily indicate a blockbuster book – it’s not going to be shattering Michelle Obama’s sales records anytime soon – but it certainly means that people are buying the book. So it was funny – not ha-ha, but weird – to see where it ranked on other, comparable bestseller lists.
For instance, how could a book that ranks 1,030th on Amazon’s sales list be in the top 15 on the NYT’s? Jarrett’s ranking on Barnes & Noble was even worse: There, her new book sat at 1,244. While that sounds about right given the public’s lack of enthusiasm about Ms. Jarrett, it doesn’t explain how the Times list could be so different. What the hell’s going on?
Tucker Carlson addressed the controversy on Monday evening’s show, where he said, “So it’s not selling any copies and yet, here’s the amazing part: the New York Times put it 14th on the bestseller list. So a book that sold no copies made the New York Times best seller list. So book industry insiders who spoke to The Daily Caller News Foundation described that as ‘inconceivable.’ So inconceivable in fact that there’s only one explanation for it: fraud. Turns out there are private companies—the companies buy an author’s book in bulk for a fee in order to guarantee bestseller status.
“We’re not saying that happened,” Carlson continued. “We are just strongly suggesting that it must’ve happened.”
Indeed, a book industry expert told the Daily Caller that nothing else other than manipulation could explain the disparate results.
“Given the organic sales of that book and the fact that during the entire week of rollout it barely cracked the top 100 on Amazon, there’s no way the book should have a place on the NYT Best Seller list. Inconceivable,” the insider said. “There’s likely an effort to game the system, it’s the only explanation.”
An Obama official cheating and lying to make something look more popular than it actually is?
Huh, that doesn’t sound right…