Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir
March 20th, 2014
07:54 PM ET
6 months ago

Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh - radio host, conservative firebrand and... children's book author of the year?

The Children’s Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program released on Thursday their author-of-the-year finalists for their annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.

Limbaugh is one of the four finalists, and his nomination has prompted outrage on social media, given the host’s often-incendiary nature.

Limbaugh's book is titled, "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans" – a time-traveling tale of colonial America and the latest of two books in the "Rush Revere Series" published last year by Simon & Schuster.

Limbaugh, an outspoken figure in the political world, often expresses controversial sentiments on his radio program. Recently, Limbaugh blasted Pope Francis' economic views as "pure Marxism," and, in 2012, he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" for her support of women's access to birth control.

The Children’s Book Council issued a public letter, posted to its website and Facebook page, defending its finalist selection process following the uproar online and insisting that the author of the year finalists "are determined solely based on titles’ performances on the bestseller lists."

"Some of you have voiced concerns over the selection of finalists from bestseller lists, which you feel are potentially-manipulable indications of the success of a title. We can take this into consideration going forward, but cannot change our procedure for selecting finalists after the fact," the organization said in the letter.

The CBC letter goes on to say the kids, who will start voting next week, ultimately decide which author wins in each of the six categories, including best author. The letter goes on to assure that the organization has a procedure in place to protect against fraud and adult's voting in the contest.

"This program has never been about CBC or ECAR endorsing finalists," the letter says.

Limbaugh touted the apparent success of his book series on his radio program on Thursday.

"We just found out last night that on the New York Times Best-Seller List of March the 30th, ‘Rush Revere and the First Patriots’ will open at number one, and ‘Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims’ moves up to number four," said, according to a transcript of the audio.

Limbaugh’s book landed at the number-5 spot on the New York Times best seller’s list for the week of March 23.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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  1. Terri

    Point of clarification: Rush Limbaugh's objection to Sarah Fluke was not her support for women's access to birth control. His objection was to Sarah Fluke's demand that American taxpayers be forced to pay for her birth control. His objection was to her refusal to take responsibility for her personal choices.

    March 21, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  2. wise guy

    Hey rush, I'm voting for Obama, his third term, lmao, idiot.

    March 21, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. Cindy

    The media are upset because of who he is, and they don't care if the book is good or not. I suspect most haven't even read it.

    March 21, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  4. Bob Smith

    Way to go Rush! Typical liberals (Democrats); can't handle the truth, and certainly can't handle the truth unless it's "approved" via their group think.

    March 21, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. DragonSlayer

    If Rush had been an anti-American Leftist or a member of the MSM there would be nothing but praise for his selection.

    March 21, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  6. Rob

    In your face liberals! The reason liberals hate Rush so much is because he speaks the truth.

    March 21, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  7. John Adams

    Ouch! that's going to leave a mark on more than a few Lib Psyches.

    March 21, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  8. Doug Linn

    No bias in this review, (not!) The nomination was made because of the BOOK and it's popularity. You are reviewing the AUTHOR. You probably should read the book. You then would understand why is is so popular and you could write an accurate and unbiased review explaining the popularity.

    March 21, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  9. jxs26

    Just to be clear Limbaugh did not call Fluke those names because she supports access to birth control. He called her those names because she wanted everyone else to pay for her birth control. Access does not equal free.

    March 21, 2014 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  10. maddock631

    I am sure it breaks the heart of liberals in academia and libraries everywhere that books that portray
    this country as something to be proud of do so well with Americans across the country. They are just
    inconsistent with the left leaning indoctrination that children are getting across the board in schools today.

    March 21, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. Pops150

    What a hoot! THe doyens of tolerance and diversity can't handle Rush. Bwahahaha!

    March 21, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  12. CNeder

    It doesn't matter what the CBC does because of their political bigotry, children by the millions are loving these books and the thought police can't do anything about that.

    March 21, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  13. Dusan

    You say "outrage in the social media." What outrage? How many people are complaining. Given the size of our country, to qualify as an outrage in the social media" I would expect some 60,000,000 to 80,000,000 people complaining. That would be outrage. If, on the other hand, if there are 25 people, who dislike Mr. Limbaugh and can't stand the fact he wrote a couple of books kids actually like, that is not outrage. That is plain stupid.

    March 21, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  14. Dick Sicario

    Bought the book for my granddaughters birthday.

    Love to see liberals get their pants in a wad over anything Rush does.

    March 21, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  15. Chuck Curry

    Rush is a big enough fool on his own without CNN distorting what he says to fit your peculiar sense of outrage. You people deserve each other.

    March 21, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. Paolo

    Why does CNN label the TRUTH incendiary while it lies constantly expecting us to believe it. Answer, LIBERALISM.

    March 21, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. George

    They would rather have Pelossi for Baba Yaga.

    March 21, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. Reader

    I have read the first book in the series, and it is good. Further, it is non-political – just a great re telling of the voyage of the Mayflower and the hardships the Pilgrims endured to make it to the New World. The whimsical time-traveling horse is a clever vehicle to grab kids' interest while introducing them to American history. Wish I'd thought of it! Read the book(s) before you judge the author – you might be surprised to find that there is no issue here. Signed: History Major

    March 21, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  19. Mark Wright

    Why do people attack a good book that children love because of who wrote it? If it is written well, is true and children love it … leave it along.

    March 21, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  20. Christy

    My kids don't know or care who rush limbaugh is. We got the first book because my daughter was studying the american revolution. She loved the book. Everyone should probably read it before tearing the author apart. They may be surprised.

    March 21, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. Name

    It was "free" birth control. Convenient to leave that out, I know.

    March 21, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  22. John

    Nope, Rush did not call Fluke those names because he opposed her ”support of women’s access to birth control”. Good try CNN, next try fact checking. Rush supports access to birth control for everyone. His point was that WE shouldn’t be paying for it, especially considering how inexpensive birth control costs and that if one can afford $50K/yr to attend Georgetown Law School they should certainly be able to afford to pay for their own birth control.

    March 21, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  23. Eric Detwiler

    The author has incorrectly assessed the "Fluke controversy" . It was not for her support of birth control, it was for the fact that she expected the tax payers to pay for her birth control. That was the point. Another word that should not be in this article or any journalist's story is "apparent". Adjectives are used to sway opinion in the favor of the writer's view.

    The books that he has written are very good and my 13 year old has enjoyed them both.

    March 21, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  24. kevin

    It should be a read to all kids in all public schools. YOU GO RUSH.!!!!!!

    March 21, 2014 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Liberalism is a mental illness.

    March 21, 2014 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
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