In today’s fake news, alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is claiming his book, Dangerous, has sold more than 100,000 copies
The problem with that number is that it’s not real. Nielsen Bookscan, which monitors book sales through almost all outlets, has reported book sales for the former Breitbart editor are much, much lower. Since launching on July 4, Dangerous has sold 18,268 copies in the US and 152 in the UK, which is 18,268 and 152 too many, respectively.
Yiannopoulos responded to this drag in his usual, truth-spinning way, claiming that: “It’s true that the major booksellers only managed to ship out 18,000 copies to retail customers by the list cutoff. But that’s because they didn’t order enough ahead of time, and have been scrambling to play catchup ever since. The real news is that we’ve received wholesale orders and direct orders of such magnitude that our entire stock of 105,000 books is already accounted for.”
The real news actually seems to be that people don’t want to buy a book written by a rightwing controversialist who’s openly voiced support for child abuse and thinks it’s fun to harass transgender people on his college campus tours.