Prior to his latest project, talk show legend Rush Limbaugh had gone two decades without releasing a book. The intervening years were filled with unparalleled success for the conservative host, though; and the first in a series of children’s books penned by Limbaugh has enjoyed monumental success in the marketplace.
In fact, the talker recently announced that both installments of the “Rush Revere” books currently available will simultaneously occupy a spot among the top five bestsellers on the venerable New York Times list.
Due to its popularity, “Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans” was included in the Children’s Book Council’s annual contest to award successful authors. In response to its inclusion, many of Limbaugh’s frenzied detractors protested the CBC and the affiliated Every Child a Reader program.
CNN covered the controversy, naturally offering a few examples of what it deemed “controversial sentiments” he has expressed on air. His children’s book series, however, is certainly far from a transcript of his wildly popular radio program.
Furthermore, the CBC chooses the authors on its list based on their popularity among consumers. Limbaugh has been indisputably successful in that regard.
Nevertheless, leftist opposition grew to a point at which the CBC decided to release a public letter to activist parents.
“Some of you have voiced concerns over the selection of finalists from bestseller lists,” the group wrote, “which you feel are potentially-manipulable indications of the success of a title.”
While the organization indicated that it would “take this into consideration going forward,” it stood firm on the assertion that it “cannot change our procedure for selecting finalists after the fact.”
Tellingly, the selection process has apparently not been an issue when a lightning rod like Limbaugh was not among the authors honored.
In the end, the group explained, it will be a tally of votes by children themselves that will select the winner. Should Limbaugh’s book win, one might prepare for a leftist backlash against young readers drawn to the pro-American narrative and readable writing style of talk radio’s reigning king.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom