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Old 03-07-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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This is untrue, as most all of these stories are. Newflash, they don't need actors to talk to them. They didn't pay anyone. They don't need to.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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This is untrue, as most all of these stories are. Newflash, they don't need actors to talk to them. They didn't pay anyone. They don't need to.
Yes it is true. On very liberal programs, they worry that some totally spaced out person will call in and they'll lose their audience or that some right wing stormfronter will get through and turn their tea party into a mosh pit.

On the very conservative programs, they worry that their targeted audience doesn't have the ability to articulate their message, pertenent to the conversation, or that some right wing stormfronter will get through and turn their tea party into a mosh pit.

So they seed their calls and sift their calls. The screener tries to weed out the ranting, and the way the industry justifies the "seeding process" is that the Host never knows who the seeded caller is, so technically, he answers honestly with his own thoughts, rather than a script.

But by all means, the caller is prompted and paid to feed the host with talking points and anecdotal evidence to support the host. It's all part of the production. Early on when talk radio and call in shows started they realized that they were being overwhelmed by bunk calls. Ratings plummeted and some shows were canceled. Quickly the producers realized the process of seeding and sifting the audience and incoming callers. The show is the message, not the action. It's called a "SOCO" in the industry. Don't ask me how I know.

OH, "Single Overiding Communication Objective" SOCO

Every talk show has a message or talking point for that particular show and all input must reinforce that message. It's not politically specific, it's industry specific.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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This is untrue, as most all of these stories are. Newflash, they don't need actors to talk to them. They didn't pay anyone. They don't need to.
They really don't get this, which is why attacks like these falls apart straight down the toilet.

Rush and Fox don't need to pay callers, both are wildly popular, attracting millions of Americans everyday - all while driving the Left to resort to ridiculous made-up stories.

Good times.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:35 AM
 
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They ARE popular but not necessarily for the reason you think.

They get thousands of people calling in so they can pick and choose the callers they let on. For the most part, those that agree sound well educated while those that don't sound like they can barely string words together to have a conversation, and you can be 100% sure they get callers that are just the opposite too.

By the way I used to listen to both Rush and Beck.

When Rush was going deaf from his drug use and he was starting to sound like someone who is deaf(he even had callers telling him he sounded different), he blamed the sound guy.
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