ToDaZeD yeah… and?


So there’s the story about Premier Radio/Clear Channel hiring callers or radio shows. Immediately it is trumpeted about that The Big Three [Rush, Glenn & Hannity [?!?]] “using fake callers OMGOMGOMG!!1lebenty11!!!”

Rly? And?

No really. So what? Hey. It’s a radio show, Mr Gullible. Those people getting “thrown off the island” are paid, too, yanno. Not tossed into shark-infested waters. That’s TV. This is radio. What did you think you were listening to? Reality? Those [much like NBCBSABMsNBC Nightly Nooz] are opinion commentary shows. They screen their callers carefully in order to expound on particular, carefully chosen points. If they hire someone somewhat articulate to draw out a point they want to make — because it’s their show, for which they are responsible — I got nothin to say.

A] because it’s not my show. 2] because I listen to find out what Rush or Glenn or Mark [ Hannity?!? rly] or whoever has to say. Not because I want to hear what Ray from Hayfork or Maude from Brooklyn has to say.

Just Me™?

Turns out — shocked, I tell you — it was yet another chunk of Teh Narrative:

In that story Leibovitz does write about Premiere Radio’s service, ‘Premiere On Call’ and how stations around the country are using actors to augment their programs but nowhere in the article does he offer legitimate proof or any reasonable semblance of proof that Beck, Hannity, or Limbaugh ever made use of the service.

Rush’s response:

… I tried to buy a left-handed baseball bat this way. …


  1. DoubleU
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 8:55 am |

    Randi Rhodes is part of Premiere Radio, does she pay her leftist callers also?

  2. apotheosis
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 9:15 am |

    I’d care a lot more about this if…

    …actually I can’t think of any circumstances under which I’d care about this. I don’t listen to talk radio and haven’t for years. Even when the shows were tolerable, the frequency and execrable quality of the AM radio commercials drove me off.

  3. DougM
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 11:32 am |

    Just slingin’ mud to see what sticks.
    Doesn’t really matter to the Left, though.
    The accusation is sufficient.
    Conviction and proof are not related.
    When it comes to supporting or testing the validity of The Narrative™, they apply The Template™ — if it must be true or should be true in order for their little imaginary reality playground to work, then it is true.

    Hey, I’m not makin’ this up!

  4. Posted March 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm |

    I have some experience with talk radio. Ok, a LOT of experience. I have never been paid, or been offered payment. Well, one time the program director at WFAN insisted on paying my cabfare back to the airport from the station. Note: they didn’t pay me to come to New York, but they did pay me to leave, so I’ve got that going for me.

    And why would Rush have to pay for callers? People wait on hold for hours just to talk to him. I’m calling bullshit on this one.

  5. ZZMike
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm |

    “. . . nowhere in the article does he offer legitimate proof or any reasonable semblance of proof that Beck, Hannity, or Limbaugh ever made use of the service. ”

    Now there, e-Claire, that’s one of those things that’s so wonderful that we have to believe it even if it isn’t true. Because, y’know, we all know that there aren’t more than a few hundred people who actually listen to those guys.