There are many ways to describe Rush Limbaugh – conservative radio behemoth, Viagra smuggler, Warrior on Women, Apologizer to Tommy Christopher – but Award-Winning Children’s Book Author was never one of them, until now. Limbaugh’s Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims has netted him the coveted Children’s Choice Author of the Year Award, placing him alongside the creators of the Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series’. The award was based on an online vote that couldn’t possibly have been gamed by Dittoheads, right?
The nomination of Limbaugh’s book was controversial from the start, as people in the “children’s literature community” (or “LIBERALS” as Breitbart.com calls them) expressed concern over selecting Author of the Year nominees from bestseller lists, because of the potential for manipulation. Not only are online votes susceptible to gaming, but so are bestseller lists. Through bulk purchases and book giveaways, an author can inflate early sales to get on bestseller lists. In December, Limbaugh did announce on his radio show that he was giving books away to a “huge number” of schools, but would not say how many.
“We can take this into consideration going forward, but cannot change our procedure for selecting finalists after the fact,” the Children’s Book Council said in a letter addressing the concerns, but added that “We have procedures in place to eliminate duplicate, fake, and adult votes during the voting period as much as possible.”
The operative phrase there is “as much as possible,” which, according to the group’s executive director, isn’t that much…READ MORE