Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir
March 20th, 2014
07:54 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (745 Responses)
  1. Arik

    I like how CNN is completely unbiased in its new coverage. ;)

    March 21, 2014 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  2. Doc Muir

    Would anyone have commented as harshly if the finalist we're say perhaps, Reverand Al Sharpton or perhaps Rosy O'Donnell.

    March 21, 2014 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. Luckybreaux

    Alway so quick to condemn anyone they [think they] disagree with (because they never listen to know for sure...),if the hysterical lefties would please read the books before trashing them, they might save just a smidgen of their credibility. If they ever had any in the first place...

    March 21, 2014 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  4. Brad

    Driving the liberals crazy. Love it.

    March 21, 2014 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  5. Descolada9

    Oh, won't the indoctrination industry be horrified if the kids vote Rush's book the winner.

    March 21, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  6. leagueobservr

    The left didn't seem to have a problem with a convicted murderer on death row writing childrens books several years ago, what's the problem now???

    March 21, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  7. Ken Ballard

    Thanks Rush, my grandchildren, 8 & 5 loved your books keep the good stuff coming! Ken Ballard

    March 21, 2014 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  8. Mike S.

    The article doesn't say exactly who "casued a stir" but I must say how tolerant of them. My guess is none listen to Limbaugh and think the first amendment is only to protect speech they agree with. Silence everyone else.

    March 21, 2014 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. stevetaller

    Dear Children’s Book Council, What the hell is wrong with you? Rush and his pinheaded ideas about history should never be shown to impressionable children. The man is a punk, a bully, and a liar. Children’s Book Council. Doesn't that mean you're supposed to be educated and have the best interests of children at heart? Prove it, dumbos. Sink Rush.

    March 21, 2014 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  10. jakee308

    He called Fluke those names not because she was advocating access to birth control but that she claimed to need it so badly was due to her promiscuity that she herself admitted to. Rush only added the label.

    March 21, 2014 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  11. Two left feet

    Coming soon to USA: good, old fashioned book burning

    March 21, 2014 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  12. DemNatCult

    So what, Rush has written a book that was researched and based in fact. Now, for the low-information crowd, it does have some 'enhanced' characters and abilities that are not 'real', but the historical accounts are researched and based in Fact. So, just put the semantics arguments back in your Dora backpacks.
    Dems have never concerned themselves with fact. Hence, this should not be of concern to them. But this is what will have the leftist/dems are in an uproar next? Really?

    Ever notice that the leftist/dem leadership, and the mainstream media talking heads will NEVER CHALLENGE Rush, or any Conservative on FACT ! For the leftists/dems, it's about name-calling and demonizing anyone and everything that does not fall into lockstep with their agenda.
    The low-information voters will faithfully repeat whatever they are instructed from the dnc. It's not a complicated pattern to follow.

    Cue more dnc-instructed hate-rhetoric in 3...2....1.....

    March 21, 2014 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  13. Clifton

    Oh but if his story was about 2 daddies and 2 mommies and how to have an abortion at age 14 the social(list) media would be genuflecting. No bias here folks, just move along, nothing to see here it's just the sound of CNN swirling the rim of the drain.

    March 21, 2014 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  14. pfwag

    Imagine the furor if Sarah Palin had wrote them.

    March 21, 2014 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  15. roboslater

    I hear from school teachers that it is a very, very good book. Very educational and fun for children to read. I congratulate this author, Rush Limbaugh.

    March 21, 2014 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  16. Rush Rush

    Another failure for the communist utopians.

    March 21, 2014 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  17. Sojourner Truth

    Can't deny it; Rush's book is an excellent book for kids, and manages to instill pride in children for their nation. I guess that's a real problem for those who hate the foundations of our country.

    March 21, 2014 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  18. P Luttrell

    It would be nice if the people who write this vitriol on social media tried reading something other than social media. These children's books – Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims and Rush Revere and the First Patriots – are loved by the children who are reading them and their parents.

    March 21, 2014 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  19. Ian

    Money can buy all kinds of awards, just ask Bill O'rilly...

    March 21, 2014 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  20. Jose A Agosto

    It looks like people let hate guide them through life. They hate America maybe. Some wish they can sink the Mayflower before it landed on Plymouth Rock

    March 21, 2014 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  21. YOUGOTTOBEKIDDING

    It is not about the book it is about the author. Just another collection of intolerant liberals wailing at the moon.

    March 21, 2014 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  22. SP in WA State

    The Left, who can forgive their own for being pedophiles, murderers, thieves, and drug addicts cannot even find it in their tiny black hearts to celebrate the positive contribution that Rush Limbaugh has made to society by getting kids to read a couple of books about America. Why am I not surprised? What crime has Rush Limbaugh committed? He hasn't killed anyone with an Oldsmobile. He hasn't smoked crack. He hasn't taken a bribe. He hasn't hired a woman who couldn't type. He hasn't been found with $95 grand of marked money in his freezer. Oh, that's right. He's committed thought crimes by using his mind independently.

    March 21, 2014 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  23. textee

    CNN: "Limbaugh touted the apparent success of his book series ...." CNN "thinks" that having the #1 and #4 best sellers is an "apparent success"? "Apparent"? You leftists are some sort of stuuuuuuuuuupid.

    March 21, 2014 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  24. Bob

    I've never known Rush Limbaugh to come across as "incendiary". He usually delivers his spiel with a chuckle.

    March 21, 2014 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  25. mark

    LOL, the left are in full tissy now. I love how the left refers to his often-incendiary nature, but when they look for direct examples, they do not exist. Just a long string of interpretation s or humor or parody quoted as fact. it is funny hiw the views of the left can only be defended by attacking their critics. The man man made global climate change can not be defended on merit, so one of the zealots of this faith based religion of the left is now calling for critics to be jailed. How far from greatness this country has fallen, it is truly sad.

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