Talk Radio Ethics 101

Brucetheeconomist just remined me in a thread about a blog I used to follow, so I stopped over there and found a link to this from Raw Story.

 The  company responsible for syndicating big conservative radio names like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity has been using paid actors to call in to their radio shows. . . . “Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service,” the website said. “We supply voice talent to take/make your on-air calls, improvise your scenes or deliver your scripts. Using our simple online booking tool, specify the kind of voice you need, and we’ll get your the right person fast. Unless you request it, you won’t hear that same voice again for at least two months, ensuring the authenticity of your programming for avid listeners.”

Who’s surprised?

10 responses to “Talk Radio Ethics 101

  1. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Glenn Beck is being forcibly removed from FOX.
    Questions about the AIPAC Neocon 9/11 Scam.
    3 towers, bldg 7, pentagon, shanksville, anthrax.
    Controlled Media must protect Federal Reserve.
    5 dancing Mossad arrested in NYC on 9/11 cry.

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  2. Appears that Beck’s demise is being reported in some circles. While his audience may be down, I’ll bet the wish is the fathter to the thought.

    On your post Moe, I wonder if Mark Levins liberal callers that he beats the hell out of are plants? Of course with his mute button, I’m not sure he’d need that, being the brave fellow he is.

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    • I’ve never heard Mark Levin or even heard of him! Assuming he’s a liberal host – they just don’t get the same saturation as the Rush’s of this world. I can hear Rush pretty much 9-10 hours a day in my area, but we don’t get a single ‘liberal’ or nonpartisan talk station.

      I always thought the liberal callers to Rush (one a month?) were carefully screened to be absolutely sure they were fools and would sound so. Rush again triumphant! (but you know how I feel about his type)

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  3. I wonder if they’ll soon offer a ‘toll for a troll’ service’ where a blogger can pay for an argumentative commentor to appear with a provided script! That’d build traffic!

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  4. Mark Levin is no liberal. He’s one of the loudest of right wing loud mouths.

    He worked for President Reagan and is apparently a trained lawyer. I don’t think he’s stupid at all, but he knows what his audience wants: liberal bashing – the bloodier the better.

    About every 4th or 5th caller from his screener is a sacraficial liberal or moderate. Levin lets them get about 2-3 sentences and then proceeds to dismiss and dismember the poor soul (remember that mute button). He usually finishes with something like: “I hate what you liberals are doing to this contry…” or words to that effect.

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  5. Unethical and dishonest. Why am I not surprised that an outfit like this exists?

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