Conservative talk radio accused of using actors as callers

March 5, 2011

Glenn Beck

Allegations are being made, accusing conservative talk radio show hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, of using paid actors to portray angry callers into their nationally syndicated programs. [Columbia Journalism Review]

Published reports suggests that the call-in shows use actors provided through Premiere On Call, a subsidiary of Premiere Radio Networks. Premiere, which is the largest radio syndicator in the country, currently offers the broadcast trinity of Beck, Limbaugh, and Hannity to thousands of stations across the country.

“Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service,” read the service’s website, which disappeared as this story was being reported. “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.”

The talk show actors had to audtion to be considered. According to one man who participated in the charade, if the actor passed the audition he would be invited periodically to call in to various talk shows and recite various scenarios that made for interesting radio. He would never be identified as an actor, and his scenarios would never be identified as fabricated—which they always were.

Premiere Radio Networks is owned by Clear Channel, Inc. Conservative talk radio shows can be heard locally on KPRL (Paso Robles), KVEC (San Luis Obispo), KUHL (Santa Maria), and KSMX (Santa Maria).

 

 

 


57 Comments

  1. bobfromsanluis says:

    So far no conservative has stepped up to say that these allegations would be a bad thing IF they turn out to be true for any of the conservative radio hosts. It is true that these are only “allegations” and that no one has accused Rush, Sean or Glen of these deceptive practices directly, but is it any surprise that both Beck and Limbaugh have both already denied the story? Dave had a segment on his show today with Dr. Larry Martinez and of course, I called in. I pointed out how no conservative has stepped up and said that this would be bad if it were true; all of the conservative callers did the same thing, not one of them said it would be bad if true either. So keep denying, keep pointing the fingers at liberals as being behind the accusations, and of course, don’t anyone step up and say how bad it would be if the charges “might” be true.

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  2. SnakePliskin says:

    From the trib web site.

    FAUX NEWS: “Government employees such as teachers should expect to see cuts in their ample $50,000 a year salary plus benefits.”

    “When you are increasing taxes on people who only make $250,000 a year, you’re taxing people who are not rich and even close to poverty if they have a family of four with kids in college.”

    FAUX NEWS…. we make things up…….you decide if it is cognitive dissonance on steroids…hypocrisy…or standard sociopathy.”

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    • rferris says:

      How quick you are to leap to judgment! If you watch the entire clip it is very obvious that O’Reilly had just said that there was union violence all over America and the clip was in the background. later in the show during a different collage of union activities it was also briefly shown…neither time was the context that these were people from Wisconsin. Go to our own local web site “I hate the media .com” They are both fun and informative. They have a full story setting facts straight and allowing the truth to be seen. Ironic that no one has time to catch or comment on all the deliberate deceptions that routinely appear on both the mainstream media and of course to an extreme degree on MSNBC; the greatest distorter of fact I have seen in my times.
      I am amazed that considering how the left always says Fox always lies, why is it so seldom that they are ever able to come up with actual lies????
      Lastly why all the talk without trying to find out what actually happened??

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  3. kitten says:

    More Liberal lies and truth twisting. Sounds like John Wallace answering questions about the SSLOCSD!
    C’mon ppl, we have alot more serious problems in this country than bashing each other. Why is it that the lib’s insist that conserves are lying, but they cannot name ONE instance?
    This is AMERICA, land of the FREE!!!!!!!! If you want to live where the government provides housing, jobs, health care, transportation, etc., then move to Russia or China. If Michael Moore feels so strongly about taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor, WHY DOES HIS BANK ACCOUNT READ MORE THAN ZERO??!?!?!?!?!? The Liberal elites won’t give up THEIR money, but they sure are quick to take yours. I don’t want any one to have the power to tell me what I can and cannot eat. I do not want anyone to have the power to tell me what I can and cannot drive. I do not want anyone to have the power to tell me where I can and cannot live. Lib’s want the government out of their “wombs”, but they’ve got no problem with being in my STOMACH?!?!?!?!?!?!? Get real.
    Check out this story and follow the links.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/uncovered-another-soros-funded-attack-on-glenn-beck-and-talk-radio/

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    • zaphod says:

      Certain Fox “products” are not available in Canada, deception is against the law there, if you watch Shawn’s videoclip of angry union protesters in Wisconsin look for the palm trees in the background, crap like that is illegal in Canada, the government there wants networks delivering news to tell the truth.

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      • racket says:

        Is that censorship?

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        • zaphod says:

          Only in the Platonic sense , what use are lies and deception in a well informed republic?

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      • zaphod says:

        Canada’s broadcasting regulator has abandoned its attempt to change a regulation that prohibits the dissemination of false or misleading news.

        The decision from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission followed a meeting last week of Parliament’s joint committee for the scrutiny of regulations, which ended its 10-year bid to get the regulation to comply with the law.

        Globe and Mail

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    • WiseGuy says:

      Kitten, how much is the Beck organization paying you to defend hate radio crap and spread all these lame cliches about “liberal elites” and post these links to obvious propaganda? And if you are not getting paid, you are simply a sucker who has fallen for all that B.S.. But either way, the script your reading is worn out. Can’t they afford something fresh for you to spew?

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    • Typoqueen says:

      LOL oh this is rich. Lib lies and truth twisting, yea right. It’s okay, I understand that for some the truth does hurt. Yes we do have serious problems in this country and the lies by these right wing nut-jobs are a big problem because sheep,,I mean people like you believe them and that causes major division in this country which in turn causes constant gridlock in Washington.

      There are so many lies by these guys that they just might be compulsive liars. I could post a hundred more of these but I just posted a few short videos of these right wing demigods

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y43LTuGlVaI

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS1NWYV1i_E

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h172eAPdPFo&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huoXJAtj7ik&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Aazefhg-rA

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGuvD9uMWlU

      It’s so funny with you righties. I will get so many thumbs down for pointing out facts. I notice that every single post where the cons get schooled with truth and facts you (cons) give the poster thumbs down,,,like truth is a bad thing.,,very funny.

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      In my first comment on this thread, I wondered how the right would spin these accusations so that it is the fault of the left; well, Glen Beck did not disappoint in accusing George Soros as being behind the story. I told you so, no surprise.

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  4. Booty JuJu says:

    That Beck Limbaugh et al have more than two listeners completely and permanently removes all doubt, if there ever was any, that average Americans were long ago transformed from “citizens” into “consumers” – without a peep of complaint from anybody – who willingly surrendered their duties, obligations, and responsibilities to anything beyond their hunger for Bud Lite, Bensons, and Cheez Doodles, and now find themselves utterly devoid of individualism or independent thought and staggering down the highways in mobs wherever a whiff of blood emanates from a strip mall.

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  5. WI_Patriot says:

    Are you a complete idiot? If there were any “paid” lib callers, they would be shouting and bragging it from the highest mountain tops. You see, libs have a real hard time keeping their mouths shut, let alone editing what comes from that mouth.
    Don’t you think there are enough Rush, Hannity and Beck haters without having to pay someone?

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      NIce going, again, trying to deflect the charges and to diminish what the meaning of the charge of using paid professional actors reading from a script pretending to be actual callers to the talk radio shows of Rush, Hannity and Beck. Why can’t a single conservative address the accusation head on and decry what “may” have happened? If the charge were that a progressive radio talk show host did this, I would be one of the first to point out how wrong it is, if it proved to be true. None of you conservatives have done that, instead you all either attack the messenger, downplay the charge, obfuscate by attempting to direct some venom at liberals for even bringing up the topic. Man up; IF the charges are true, do you think that the shows mentioned were wrong in doing so, yes or no. The truth can be expressed very simply here with a response, you either think that if they participated in this program was wrong or you don’t care. Which is it?

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  6. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    I just love reading you folks hating on each other. It doesn’t matter if the allegations are true or false, nobody here is going to change the way they see things in a political sense.

    Keep on hating, the devil is smiling.

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      You funny: “nobody HEAR is going to change …. ” um, did you mean “nobody HERE is going to change”? Your slip is funny since we are talking about talk radio meaning you LISTEN, using your “hearing” . Nice one BCP, unintentionally funny. Oh yeah, another attempt to diminish the allegations: “It doesn’t matter if the allegations are true or false”, uh, yeah it does matter. Either the big three, Rush, Sean and Glen have integrity or they don’t; which probably doesn’t matter to you since you will listen and agree with them anyway, which is your “right”, pun intended.

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