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  •  But he doesn't have to live by ads alone (31+ / 0-)

    Joe Strupp's got a hilarious interview with Dick Armey up on Media Matters about how FreedomWorks shelled out incredible sums to Limbaugh (and even more to Beck) to talk up their astro-turfy wonderfulness on the air without bothering to declare it an "ad."  Turned out to be a lousy way to raise money, according to Armey.  

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 06:24:28 PM PST

    •  'infomercials' on RW radio need to be publicized (14+ / 0-)

      the extent may surprise all and would damage their credibility

      i wonder how much of that extra money these guys make like that

      sad part is the extent to which our universities put their sports logos on those megaphones for a few bucks

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 06:33:36 PM PST

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      •  This raises a question under the FCC's Rules and (11+ / 0-)

        the Communications Act.

        If Beck & Limbaugh were paid to say nice things about Freedomworks on the radio and did not disclose to their listeners that they were being paid to do so, somebody could go to jail.

        Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 317, requires broadcasters to disclose to their listeners or viewers if matter has been aired in exchange for money, services or other valuable consideration. The announcement must be aired when the subject matter is broadcast. The Commission has adopted a rule, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1212, which sets forth the broadcasters' responsibilities to make this sponsorship identification

        Section 507 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 508, requires that, when anyone provides or promises to provide money, services or other consideration to someone to include program matter in a broadcast, that fact must be disclosed in advance of the broadcast, ultimately to the station over which the matter is to be aired.  Both the person providing or promising to provide the money, services or other consideration and the recipient are obligated to make this disclosure so that the station may broadcast the sponsorship identification announcement required by Section 317 of the Communications Act.  Failure to disclose such payment or the providing of services or other consideration, or promise to provide them, is commonly referred to as ``payola'' and is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year or both. These criminal penalties bring violations within the purview of the Department of Justice.

        Link.

        Link.

        •  some one with law maybe ought to check it out. the (2+ / 0-)
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          stuff i saw looks like beck was up front with it, like an ad for freedomworks- but that's just looking at small sample.

          aside from the available stuff, it seems very strange that there might be other arrangements beside freedom works.

          when limbaugh does a whole week on a particular topic that's unusual and big. his programming is closely tied with the others and the think tanks can use them to spread whatever they want. so it's automatic that they'd work in unison to blast benghazi out-  that's probably part of what they get paid for - selling the talking points. but for instance, the week just before the copenhagen climate summit and obama's visit there limbaugh did a whole week practically, with the east anglia "climate gate' emails and eventually it derailed obama and basically the summit. michael mann said we lost years because of it. i could see the koch bros paying a little extra.

          and actually, the whole tea party thing that blasted up to stop health care reform was talk radio- armey may have over paid for the ads but stopped health care reform- cheap for a few million.

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:37:56 PM PST

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    •  "embedded media programs" (11+ / 0-)

      H/T KateCrashes - great catch

      http://mediamatters.org/...

      Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey says the conservative outlet that helped launch the Tea Party paid Glenn Beck at least $1 million last year to fundraise for the organization, an arrangement he said provided "too little value" for the money.

      "The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air," Armey, the former House majority leader, told Media Matters Friday. "I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure."

      Armey, who left the organization this past fall after a dispute over its internal operations, said a similar arrangement was also in place with Rush Limbaugh, but did not know the exact financial details.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 07:12:45 PM PST

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      •  great value - the tea party stopped public option (2+ / 0-)
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        maybe delayed payment for services prev rendered. read an ad and it's legal. get some of it back- even better.

        i wonder how far back the annual payoffs went.

        i'll bet those guys get tips.

        comment above by rahseverak refers to illegality

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:07:24 PM PST

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        •  I'm dating myself (5+ / 0-)

          This reminds me of Payola:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

          Payola, in the American music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio in which the song is presented as being part of the normal day's broadcast. Under U.S. law, 47 U.S.C. § 317, a radio station can play a specific song in exchange for money, but this must be disclosed on the air as being sponsored airtime, and that play of the song should not be counted as a "regular airplay".

          The term has come to refer to any secret payment made to cast a product in a favorable light (such as obtaining positive reviews).

          Some radio stations report spins of the newest and most popular songs to industry publications. The number of times the songs are played can influence the perceived popularity of a song.

          When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:20:39 PM PST

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          •  yeah, really. and they're all singing the same tun (2+ / 0-)
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            tunes- talking point by talking point.

            talking points might not apply but you know guys like that are lazy and aren't always going to personalize like they're supposed to. hannity is especially unimaginative - talking points machine gun.

            talking points may not apply but i'know they get some extensive coordination on important timely topics.

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 10:19:47 PM PST

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