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

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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. MontanaTrace

    Selections should be made like a blind wine tasting. Select the best and then show the label.

    March 20, 2014 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Uintah

    Oh, great... the natural extension of celebrities writing children's books. Next we'll have Putin penning "Sputin's Excellent Vacation on the Black Sea," Kim Jong-un producing "Kim Presents His Uncle with Dogs," and John DiFronzo publishing "Chicago for Toddlers."

    March 20, 2014 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    As a republican i really dont care much for Rush. he is a little over the top. but if the children like his book then adults should cut the politics and stay out of it

    March 20, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. TM

    They need to look closer at their requirements for finalists. Most of Rush's "sales" are massive bulk purchases. The books themselves are likely sill sitting in a warehouse somewhere, unopened and unread, gathering dust next to similar piles of vapid prose written by (or more likely for) Palin and Huckabee.
    I doubt you could find 10 children in the entire country that actually read anything written by Limbaugh.

    March 20, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    If the book has merit, then it should be on the list. My question is how much help did he get on the book? How much of the book did he write himself?

    March 20, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. readerpan

    Why should he not be a top children's book author? His commentary is at best puerile and at worst infantile tantrum..

    March 20, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Mark

    It is a failure of democracy that people like Rush Limbaugh are permitted to waste valuable oxygen.

    March 20, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Dan H

    It should be noted that it is fairly easy for an author with some resources to arrange for a book to become a "best seller" by having sympathetic bookstores all place orders for the book within a small time window, even though they're ordering a supply they will not be able to "unload" for a year or more. And I'm recalling that they can subsequently get a refund from the publisher if the books are 'remaindered", or something along those lines.

    March 20, 2014 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. 1776usa2016

    Has this council taken leave of their senses?

    Limbaugh is only surpassed by Fred Phelps Sr. as the most hated man in America.


    March 20, 2014 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. McBob79

    hysterical! This has got to infuriate the left.

    March 20, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Not a big deal as long as children do not listen to his radio program.

    March 20, 2014 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. Rocky

    It's "adults voting...." Come on, now.

    March 20, 2014 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. localhost

    I hate Rush, but if he wrote a good children's book, then he wrote a good children's book.

    March 20, 2014 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Fiorella

    That's it, then. This is how a democracy dies, with a children book by Rush.
    We are so doomed.

    March 20, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. Dan

    Let them rant. Those that believe all the media BS about Rush have never taken the time to listen to his show or look into finding the truth about anything.

    Hope he wins, great book.

    March 20, 2014 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. jnsesq

    "[A]nd his nomination has prompted outrage on social media, given the host’s often-incendiary nature."

    By "incendiary" I believe you really mean Conservative. Nice word play - typical.

    March 20, 2014 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. Ron Dugan

    CNN bias shows through again. Ms. Davidson should research her history more before reporting. Rush was never against a woman's access to birth control. Women have always had access to birth control, even those who might not be able to afford it on their own. What Rush was against was having birth control for everyone, including those who could afford it otherwise, paid for by the taxpayers.

    March 20, 2014 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. Zeke

    I think the "outrage" is pretty much with CNN and their deranged leftist ilk. I think CNN just shat the bed. That being said, Limbaugh's constant shill spots for his book have virtually turned me off his radio program for the past five months or so. Had my fill of commercials between the commercials.

    March 20, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Name

    Nice work

    March 21, 2014 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. Rob

    Congratulations, Rush!

    March 21, 2014 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. gunnyginalaska

    Why the problem? Because his books are researched truth and not liberal revisionist crapola?

    March 21, 2014 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. FBSport

    I have read Rush's two books for kids and highly recommend them for kids 8-12 (like my grand kids). Without forcing kids to memorize names, dates and places, Rush weaves an interesting and humorous story that captures a kid's imagination. Liberal socialists don't like these books because they use an entertaining story to make it obvious to even a 9 year old that communism won't work and that we should value freedom.

    March 21, 2014 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. TJ

    I appreciate the fact that free speech lives on!

    March 21, 2014 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. Mike

    I'm reading the first one with my 9 year old now and it's a very good book. Not political just fun history. This is a book our son asks me to read to him and is excited when I do.

    March 21, 2014 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. Diggio

    Good for Rush.

    March 21, 2014 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
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