It's been a tradition that after the Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners are announced at the American Library Associations' Midwinter meeting the award recipients are interviewed on the Today show live in New York City. That didn't happen this year. Apparently the Today Show the morning after the meeting was already booked, and Matt Lauer interviewed...
For those of you who don't know who Snooki is, she's famous for getting drunk on ron ron juice and smushing in front of millions of viewers on MTV's The Jersey Shore.
Really, today show? Really? You're going to promote Snooki's new "novel" over award winning children's literature? When America is clawing itself out of a horrible recession, there was a recent national tragedy and the political arena is so vitriolic its painful to watch the news, this is what you choose to put on your show?
For those of who are as outraged as I am - there is a facebook campaign to try and get the Medal Winners back onto the today show. Who knows how successful it will be, but if facebook got Betty White onto SNL than it might just work for this campaign too.
And for those who are interested in who actually won the award, rather than the drama surrounding them, check out the Newberry Winner by clicking here and the Caldecott by clicking here.