Yesterday, we reported on a George Soros-funded attack on the credibility of Talk Radio's three most successful programs: Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. At least three separate online stories tried to cast doubt on the veracity of these shows by speculating (incorrectly) that callers heard over the airwaves were actors, paid to read scripts in order to drive home some Conservative agenda.
The only truth in these stories:
Limbaugh, Hannity, & Beck are the most listedened-to talk radio shows in the country
Premiere Radio Networks has a service available called Premiere On-Call that provides actors for radio programs.
Crooks and Liars, The Columbia Journalism Review and Tablet Magazine all neglected to exercise the most basic journalistic common courtesy - asking the accused for a response. Instead of seeking real answers, they printed what they wanted to believe.
Curious as to why a journalist/reporter might risk their own integrity by printing misleading or blatantly false stories, we have petitioned Susie Madrak, the author of the Crooks and Liars story as well as Liz Cox Barrett, writer of the Soros-funded CJR story. To date we have no response to the following questions:
Why didn't you speak with someone at Beck's show or his company, Mercury?
Did you ask Hannity or Limbaugh's show if they used fake callers? If so, what was the result?
Did you reach out to anyone at Premiere Radio Networks? If so, what was their answer?
We reached out to Premiere and they happily answered with this statement in response to the misleading stories stating:
"Premiere On Call is not utilized by any of Premiere’s nationally syndicated talent, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Premiere On Call is a recently launched audio service connecting local entertainment radio stations with great voice talent to supplement their programming needs. The service is not utilized by News/Talk programs or stations."
Glenn's Executive Producer, Stu Bruguiere, and his co-host, Pat Gray, both deny ever using actors or faking calls on the show.
Hannity himself sent me a one word reply, 'Never.'
And Rush vehemently denied ever using actors and then explained that if it had happened, you would have heard about it by now: