Tablet magazine published an article last month about a service that pays actors to call into talk radio shows pretending to be real people.
The article reappared in the blogosphere over the weekend and today Rush Limbaugh answered charges that he has been paying people to call into his show.
I think it goes without saying he is not (both because he doesn’t need to and because….well, have you listened to his callers?).
Nevertheless, he spent a solid four minutes today indignantly denying the charges — “nothing on this program is scripted!” — and also revealed this interesting tidbit of radio history.
Apparently this whole paying actors to portray callers began when the FCC decided radio shows needed peoples permission to air their remarks. This apparently lead to hiring actors to portray the “dupes.” Who knew.
Point is: Rush doesn’t pay for it! Audio below.
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