A contest among children’s book authors has sparked a firestorm of complaints from liberals after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was named among the contestants for author of the year.
The Children’s Book Council holds the contest each year , selecting the top authors based on book sales.
Limbaugh has seen tremendous success with last year’s, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans,” and he recently released a sequel, “Rush Revere and the First Patriots” – which already hit No. 5 on The New York Times bestseller list.
He was chosen, along with three other authors, for the Children’s and Teen Choice Book award contest.
When Limbaugh was named among the contestants for the 2014 Children’s and Teen Choice Book contest, outraged liberals demanded he be removed from contention, according to Breitbart News.
The book council refused, issuing a public letter outlining its criteria for selection, saying:
The Author of the Year and Illustrator of the Year finalists are determined solely based on titles’ performances on the bestseller lists – all titles in those categories are listed as a result of this protocol. 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 kids are the ones who vote, by their book purchases, and no bias is permitted in the selections or the voting process, the group said, according to its website, CBCBooks.org.
“Ultimately, kids and teens (over one million of them if as many vote this year as did last year) will decide who wins in all six Children’s Choice Book Awards categories on May 14, so encourage them to vote starting March 25 at ccbookawards.com,” the council wrote. “We have procedures in place to eliminate duplicate, fake, and adult votes during the voting period as much as possible.”
The contest is not about endorsing authors, the group said, but about endorsing young readers.
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