David Frum identifies conservative pay-for-play scam
Original post made by Alfred E Newman, Atherton, on Jun 16, 2011
Golly, just think how we thought Rush was so pure. Sean was so sincere. Glenn so independent. Mark Levine and all the third stringers so courageous!
I guess Rush's $400 million contract wasn't enough. Have to sell his soul to Heritage (Richard Mellon Scaife, Koch Bros, etc...) to afford to send his maid out to refill those empty cigar boxes with oxy. Web Link
Someone's gotta sow fear so the sheeple can be talked into buying gold from the show's official gold sponsor, but why not pick up another couple million and required script points from a thinktank?
Frum: "None of this behavior would be remotely acceptable at CBS, ABC, NBC, or most major newspapers.
And yet when it's done by conservative media, the reaction is a big ho-hum from within the ranks."
Frum's op-ed sourced from: Web Link
Frum: The conservative media's pay-for-play deals
- Want better coverage on talk radio? Buy it
posted on June 15, 2011 Web Link
"Regular listeners to the Rush Limbaugh program will rarely, if ever, hear the broadcaster cite the work of the American Enterprise Institute. Or the Cato Institute. Or the Manhattan Institute. Or other right-of-center think tanks.
The rival Heritage Foundation does, however, get frequent and favorable mention on the most popular conservative talk show in America. In part, Heritage owes this attention to Limbaugh's genuine admiration for the institution...
But there's another reason that Heritage gets such unique and favorable treatment on the Limbaugh program. It pays for it. "
* * "It pays for it." * *
Wow. The fringe will probably blather something about Soros owning the world, limousine liberals, or the mainstream (corporate) driveby media being too liberal (a fantasy always good for a <resigned> laugh from those the left.)
"Understand: We are not talking about commercials, separated from the main flow of editorial content. Heritage work is embedded and inserted directly into the editorial flow of the Limbaugh program, as if selected without regard to the money paid.
Also understand: It's not just Limbaugh, and it's not just Heritage.
Heritage pays for similar treatment on Sean Hannity's radio program. FreedomWorks pays for mentions on the Glenn Beck show. Americans for Prosperity pays to be promoted on Mark Levin's show. The endorsements often obscure the paid-for nature of the broadcaster's endorsement.
Ditto for the relentless advocacy of gold purchases by almost every radio host."
Nice little dig on that one, David.
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