Righty Radio Hosts Hire Scripted “Callers”

If you are a radio host who can’t find anyone to agree with your inane ranting, apparently you can just pay professional actors to appear to call in to the show and provide moral support and anecdotal evidence supporting the legitimacy of said inane ranting.

I’m not sure why one would even need this service unless your message is so illegitimate that non-actors calling into these shows to agree with you are clearly either off their rockers or so obscenely hateful or ignorant (or both) that they would make the host sound even more irrational than they already are.  Some hosts may spout nonsensical gibberish, but at least it’s done in a bold, confident, tone so it sounds good to anyone too lazy to pay attention to pesky things like facts.  Or perhaps real listeners calling in to offer their opinion might bring to light actual facts that cloud The Message too much?

Enter Premiere On Call, a service offered by Premiere Radio Networks,  a subsidiary of media giant Clear Channel Communications.  For a mere $40 an hour, Premiere On Call will supply your callers/drones for you:

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.

Premiere syndicates some of the more sterling names in radio, including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.

It’s curious that politicians like Sarah Palin bash liberals for not being “real Americans,” while the “real Americans” conservative pundits are putting on the air may well be paid actors willing to trade their ethics for rent money.

Add this media fraud to Sean Hannity using fake footage to hugely inflate the number of Tea Party protesters at a rally,  Fox News playing the wrong footage to possibly benefit Mitt Romney, Bill O’Reilly substituting unrelated footage of angry protesters for the peaceful Wisconsin protests, and the innumerable instances of similar manipulation and outright falsehoods that no one has noticed – or been able to prove and you have what?

A propaganda machine.

But does it work?

Why, yes.  It does.  According to a recent study, regular Fox News viewers are much more likely than others to believe false information about American politics.

Those who watched Fox News almost daily were significantly more likely than those who never watched it to believe that most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely), most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points), the economy is getting worse (26 points), most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points), the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points), their own income taxes have gone up (14 points), the auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points), when TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points) and that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points). The effect was also not simply a function of partisan bias, as people who voted Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to have such misinformation than those who did not watch it–though by a lesser margin than those who voted Republican.

In fact, it is their legal right (or Right, as the case may be) to misinform, to manipulate, and to even purposefully lie and pass these lies off as the truth – as “news.”

The attorneys for Fox, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, successfully argued the First Amendment gives broadcasters the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on the public airwaves.

In its six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals held that the Federal Communications Commission position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a promulgated law, rule, or regulation.

The bottom line is that many conservative voters are getting their information from a source often ethically and factually no better than THIS.

To those conservatives who watch these programs – are you just gullible or do you enjoy being lied to?  Is it somehow reassuring to listen to “information” sources that tell you what you want to hear rather than telling you the truth?  Don’t you ever wonder what the true motive is behind these propaganda efforts?  Do you enjoy being a pawn?

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3 Comments

  1. Anne Kelley said,

    March 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Inconceivable! (Love that movie)

    sad

  2. lbwoodgate said,

    March 5, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Excellent expose’ on this RL. Jesus, this is so Orwellian.

  3. March 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Getting lots of hits on this entry – anyone care to share where you are coming from?

    -NosyLawyer


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