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. Chas

    Oh my. We should ban all children's books written by conservatives. I say burn all of Limbaugh's books in Times Square while Lady Gaga sings, "Born This Way."

    March 21, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. DJ

    Reading all of these comments by Limbaugh supporters only reinforces my opinion of the man and the hatred he spews on a daily basis. Listen to yourselves. You HATE the left, you think liberalism is a diseae, you HATE the school system, you hate the media. Parrots imitating your hateful leader, all of you.

    March 21, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. T-Roy

    I always find it so hypocritical of the media branding Rush as controversial because of his comments. Yet his comments are quite calm compared to his Liberal counterparts who never get called controversial.

    March 21, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. philhooper1

    I love the editorial point of view, viz., Rush has said some controversial things and therefore should be discounted How about Biden, Obama, George Soros and a host of liberals. Critics of Rush only reveal they don't know him, nor his method of educating a woefully ignorant electorate *thank you liberal media and schools." Rush so often speaks truth, a great aversion to the Left. The book is fabulous and the kids love it. When liberals protest they display their ignorance and arrogance, two dangerous qualities. That's what I call controversial.

    March 21, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. susanne

    I'm so grateful that Rush is writing history books for children. Not only is he honest but he LOVES this land with a passion.

    March 21, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. mrsharfer

    Why would anyone want to read Rush's books when an option is Sally's Two Moms, or The Rainbow Wedding?

    March 21, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. JR

    DJ, what's not to hate about those things?

    March 21, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    philhooper1

    I love the editorial point of view, viz., Rush has said some controversial things and therefore should be discounted How about Biden, Obama, George Soros and a host of liberals. Critics of Rush only reveal they don't know him, nor his method of educating a woefully ignorant electorate *thank you liberal media and schools." Rush so often speaks truth, a great aversion to the Left. The book is fabulous and the kids love it. When liberals protest they display their ignorance and arrogance, two dangerous qualities. That's what I call controversial.
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    Don't any of you Limbaugh History fans realize that the "liberal media" in schools that youre so busy criticizing doesn't exist? Don't you folks realize that nearly 90% of the books used in our public schools are written, edited, and published in Texas by conservatives like yourself? Apparently, not.

    Rush has manufactured a phantom enemy, the liberal media in schools, for all of you to hate, just so that you would "Rush" out and buy his books. He's played all of you for a bunch of suckers.

    March 21, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. A in GA

    Poor Rudy in NY. You are so outnumbered in your opinion here. It musts be a lonely place for you in Liberalville.

    March 21, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Effie

    The protesting liberals are so predictable. Rush's books are fabulous and the kids (and adults) love them! That's a fact. The hypocritical "Rush Bashing" will only add to the success of these and future books in the Rush Revere series. Keep them coming, Rush!

    March 21, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Uniontired

    I always laugh at how the left just loves diversity....as long as we're all the same....so pathetic

    March 21, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. CinqueB

    Boy, Can't believe all the hate being spewed out. Bet 100% of these guys do not listen or have never actually listened to Rush let alone read one of his books.

    March 21, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Mike Bellerdine

    I love DJ's comments about conservatives following a hateful leader. You libs have got to be kidding with that one!!This DJ clown probably plants himself in front of MSNBC every night and cheers on the hate fest spewed out against the right, conservatives and Tea Party. And you got the gall to accuse us of being hatemongers?? You libertards wrote the book!

    March 21, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Kim

    Limbaugh didn't call Fluke names because of her support of women's access to birth control. Fluke wanted taxpayers to pay for her birth control. BIG difference.

    March 21, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Flo

    So a sitting president whose every move is political and unpopular when polled is not considered "controversial", "incendiary", or a "firebrand". But someone who voices a conservative opinion based on common sense, wanting the best for everyone in this country, individual liberty, and good old Americana is all the aforementioned.

    How about you judge the book on it's merits for what it is. Let me know if you find anything objectionable or wrong. You won't. Know back to the leader of the free world. Look at his books. Filled with lies (NY girlfriend wasn't real but a "composite" of people in his past), obscenities (cursing laced throughout; I don't care about the context), and illegal behavior (drugs). That's our president. That's a person in charge with power to execute and enforce laws. Rush is what? Someone with a microphone who people can turn off.

    What is wrong with all the objections to a wholesome and historically accurate book that seeks to inspire kids to learn and read more. What is wrong with this reporter, this country, and the liberals that plague us like a cancer?

    March 21, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Phish

    Why do liberals accuse Conservatives of hate when they disagree with the Liberal viewpoint?

    March 21, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. thomas

    Limbaugh does not spew hate as some have suggested. In fact, he can speak on any subject extemporaneously with out missing a beat. The people who are spewing hate are all on the left, lead by the poser in chief. His books are very well received and quite well done.

    March 21, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Californian7

    By "incendiary commentary" it is my opinion that Ms. Davidsen meant "not in line with my leftist regressive ideology"...

    March 21, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Jack Ryan

    Hey Liberals, Progressives, Leftists, Socialists, Communists, Statists ... and of course, "Obamaists"! ...

    It truly sucks to be you, doesn't it?!!

    March 21, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. rastus

    I have read the book and it's a very accurate account of what the pilgrims went through when they landed here and recounted by their very words. It's a story written for children with a smart Alec talking horse named liberty and some young students that take the journey with him in a time machine. It's cleverly written and sometimes humorous.

    March 21, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Merkin Muffy

    The late Maurice Sendak was an award winning children's author who expressed a desire to suicide bomb former President Bush and CNN was never upset about that.

    March 21, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    A in GA

    Poor Rudy in NY. You are so outnumbered in your opinion here. It musts be a lonely place for you in Liberalville.
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    I don't have opinions. I have facts. Whether you chose to ignore the fact that over 90% of academic history books used in our publica schools are written and published by Texas conservatives, not some phatom liberal media machine. If you don't believe me, and you have or know of a kid attending public elementary school, just take a look inside of their history book to see who wrote it and where it came from.

    Like I said just above. Rush has manufactured a phantom enemy, "the liberal media invading our schools", for all of you to hate just so that you would "Rush" out and buy his books. He's played all of you for a bunch of suckers. Don't you know that? It's not about history. It's about money, jus tlike it always has.

    March 21, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Lazar

    As someone with Russian background (got out of there 30+ years ago); it is OK for Putin to say russians are exceptional nation but somehow it is not OK for Obummer to do the same for the US of A... Same with the books – libs like to blame US for all ills, hence, well written book with accurate portrayal of American History is not good...Sad...

    March 21, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Ken Puck

    Anything that gives lefties apoplexy is a gift from God.

    March 21, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Californian7

    Dang it! With all the h8ting of Limbaugh, now I have to go buy a copy of the book and read it to all the kids I know....

    March 21, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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