COMMENTARY | Breitbart’s Big Journalism is reporting that Rush Limbaugh, the famous conservative radio talker, has gotten himself into another controversy. It revolves around a pair of children’s books he has published.
“Last year, Limbaugh published his first children’s book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. The book instantly landed on best seller lists across the industry. This year, Limbaugh published his second book, Rush Revere and the First Patriots, and it, too, quickly hit the top selling list, appearing as number five on The New York Times bestsellers list for the week of March 23.
“Consequently, along with three other authors, Limbaugh’s momentous book sales landed him in the CBC’s Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards author of the year contest.
“Liberals cried foul, demanding that the CBC remove Limbaugh from the contest. The book group, however, is refusing to bow to demands to excise Limbaugh from its list of popular authors.”
The books concern a substitute middle school teacher, who seems to have a remarkable resemblance to Mr. Limbaugh, and a talking horse who travel through time, thus far to the time of the Pilgrims and the American Revolution, to experience American history as it happens. It is not, needless to say, the version approved by the late Howard Zinn, the Marxist writer who published The People’s History of the United States that has come to be taught in far too many schools.
Limbaugh has been pushing his books heavily on his radio show and they seem to have found an enthusiastic audience. Limbaugh occasionally takes calls from young readers to sing the praises of his books.
A number of things are likely to happen as the result of this kerfuffle.
First the CBC is in for more publicity than it could buy in a lifetime. This is all to the good, since anything that entices the crumb crunchers away from their Xboxes and to a good book or two is a good thing. Limbaugh is kind of like J.K.Rowling in that.
Second Limbaugh has a pretty good chance of winning the award, since it is given by a vote of actual readers and not by a committee of academics and editors.
Third the sales of the two Rush Revere books and any subsequent volumes Limbaugh pins will ascend into orbit. Can a movie deal be far behind?