Michael Savage’s new book, “Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country After Obama,” will debut at No. 4 on the New York Times bestseller list, but the talk host notes that his title actually has outsold the No. 2 and the No. 3 books.
Savage cites Nielsen Bookscan, a publishers’ service that reports book sales by ISBN number at retailers nationwide.
As WND reported, Savage contends in his book that Obama’s “scorched earth policies” are turning America into a Third World nation of terror, riots, mobs and chaos.
He told WND he believes America “could be one bad election away from losing everything.”
In March 2015, Savage’s novel “Countdown to Mecca,” outsold four books in the New York Times’ fiction top 20 in its first week but was not on the New York Times list.
Savage at the time saw the omission as proof of the paper’s unreliability when it comes to reporting facts.
“I have faced the fangs of affirmative action many times in my life, but numbers don’t lie,” he told WND. “In this case, the New York Times has stolen my success to push their agenda and reward the ‘in crowd.’”
Savage’s book agent, Ian Kleinert, explained to WND at the time that the New York Times Book Review’s formula for determining its list is a closely guarded secret.
The Times, he said, argues it is guarding against inflated sales and insists it tries to make the list as fair as possible.
A movie star who has a signing and draws a massive crowd of people lined up around the block would have his book’s sales weighed differently than others, Kleinert explained.
“While their method does have some credence to it,” he told WND, “because it’s a subjective formula, just like the bias in the media, it’s impossible to think that ideology doesn’t seep into it.”
‘Anti-Obama’ book left off list
In 2014, Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza’s book “America: Imagine a World without Her” was missing from the Times’ list of 25 nonfiction hardcovers despite having sales higher than 13 on the chart.
Regarding the omission of D’Souza’s book, a Times spokeswoman said at the time, “We let the rankings speak for themselves and are confident they are accurate.”
D’Souza said the Times is “part of the propaganda arm of the Obama administration.”
“It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know,” he said.
Eventually, D’Souza’s “America” hit No. 1 on the Times’ list, as WND reported, beating out Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” at No. 3 and Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” at No. 5.
In July 2014, Costco pulled D’Souza’s book from its stores nationwide one day before the companion movie of the same name was scheduled to open at more than 1,000 movie theaters nationwide. In the nationwide uproar that resulted, the book “America” shot to No. 1 on Amazon.com bestseller list. The day after WND’s July 7, 2014, story, WND reported Costco, amid a flood of opposition from members, reversed its decision.