Limbaugh and Hannity shows feature paid actors, parent company admits

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  1. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    What's really sad about this is that it seems like part of human nature is to always look around us for cues, validation, and acceptance. The whole "mob mentality" scenario is based on an escalating level of tolerance because "the other guy doing it makes it okay."

    So here you have paid actors calling in (used, I assume, so that they can be sensationalist, audience-grabbing caricatures) with the audience totally unaware that it's a sham. So now you have these notions planted by the actors, giving credence to ideas that might, at worst case, be benign and latent seeds in the listeners.

    This is not to say that there aren't extremist crackpots that listen to these shows - but most listeners aren't extremists, are they? Yet if they hear these actors spreading their viral payload often enough, it starts to become "real enough." And it's authenticated by its repeated use on the show and the way the hosts corroborate it as "real."

    It's just sad. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    There are shills such as paid forum posters too, even on some political blogs and sites. What a wretched way to turn a buck.
     
  4. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Not particularly surprising. It's hard to push an agenda in a Q & A format unless you control both the Q's and the A's.

    Money talks.


    I will admit that I am paid a six-figure salary by the American Bacon Lobby to pepper my posts on MacRumors with morsels of pro-bacon sentiment.
     
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    I think most of us know better than to trust anything we hear on "Morning Zoo" type shows. But this adds a new, thicker layer of slime to Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, and (unfortunately, by association) even Jim Rome.

    Rome doesn't seem like a bad guy, and I hope he's had more sense than to get mixed up in this. As for the others, I already trusted them 0%. This just takes it down to about a -50%.

    In days gone by, this is the type of thing that could cause a company to lose its broadcast license. But we're so wimpy these days, I doubt the FCC will do anything to Clear Channel/Premiere. The FCC only worries about titties during football games.
     
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    I've suspected this on Ars Technica and Engadget because it feels like the same guy always posts in the piracy stories Ars always features. It's kind of funny, actually. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft and Apple has some guy trawling the internet for Apple and Windows stories only to comment favorably or to refute something. But that's a bit different.
    Hannity strikes me as the type of person who would do this. I'm not so sure about Limbaugh hiring paid actors.
     
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    Limbaugh is a drug addict who paid his maid to pick up his drugs for him. You really think something like this is beneath such a person?
     
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    I think it bears repeating, and should be brought up every time these clowns make the headlines.
     
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    Ever thought of serving those crispy morsels of bacon with tender romaine lettuce, plump ripe tomatoes or perhaps some fresh avocado? Bought to you by the American Fruit and Vegetable Grower's Association™

    Must admit I've tried to listen to Limbaugh on occasion. To a pseudo-Brit's ear accustomed to BBC radio, he sounds dangerously unhinged. Hannity, smug and cretinous, seen on YouTube being schooled by Robert Gibbs.

     
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    I wonder if Rupert Murdock has his fingers in Clear Channel? If so this might explain it.
     
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    Clear Channel is their own brand of evil. They killed local radio. Now you have the same crap everywhere you go.
     
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    They killed my favorite alternative rock station and tried to kill my local classical station. They are truly evil.
     
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    And that's why I'm listening to a lot of overseas radio now. RTL 2 (France) is particularly good. About 80% of their music is in English and it's way more diverse than Clear Channel. Adverts are fewer and - since they're in French - don't distract me from work. iPhone app, too.
     
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    I've had satellite radio in my last 2 cars. Haven't listened to terrestrial radio in 7 years now.
     
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    professional wrestling is fake
     
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    Messages from outer space? How much do your masters tell you?
     
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    The secret is to bang the rocks together, guys.
     
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    Ding! The Dittoheads won't change their opinion of Limbaugh, because each sees himself as too smart to be manipulated even while his relentless partisanship is being kneaded like a ball of play-do.

    Yep, astroturfing isn't new.
     
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    The best classical station around is BBC Radio 3. Been listening to them via stream ever since the local station (which was once excellent) went 'classical lite' following a rather hostile takeover by new owners.
     
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    Am I the only one picturing this sang to the tune of "Wakko's World" by Wakko Warner (Animaniacs)?

    :D

    BL.
     
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    My local classical is a non-profit with a big endowment, so fortunately they are no longer at risk to any takeovers. But most stations aren't so lucky.
     
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    They speak to me through Charlie Sheen.
     
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    It's so painfully obvious. Everyone who calls in either agrees with Limbaugh to the death, or someone who sounds unstable.

    So Limbaugh is obviously always right! :rolleyes:
     
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    Some of the callers who agree with Limbaugh are far too articulate to be true.

    Does Limbaugh know which callers are the actors ahead of time?
     

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