It could be that 10 year old kids are lining up around the block to call Rush Limbaugh and tell him how much they love his work.
But give this clip a listen and see if a tiny wisp of bullshit comes curling out of your speakers:
RUSH: What's on your mind? What did you want to talk about?
CALLER: I wanted to talk about the Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.
RUSH: Ah, you've read that?
RUSH: Did you like it?
CALLER: Like it? I loved it!
RUSH: (laughing) Aw, Cameron, I love you. What a great answer. "Like it? I loved it!"
Now maybe Limbaugh's conversation with young Cameron was completely innocent.
Maybe Cameron really did have a life-changing experience when he read Limbaugh's crappy children's ode to American exceptionalism.
But this seemed like a good time to remind people of Limbaugh parent company Premiere Radio Network's practice of hiring pretend callers to phone in and talk to the right wing talk show host about whatever he wants them to say.
Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service. 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 you 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.
One voice actor spoke with the author of the tabletmag piece and explained the process:
If he 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.
See if you can figure it out for yourself.
Here's how El Rushbo ended the segment with his "fan" Cameron:
You know, these people call and ask, "Will you write another book?" I'm kind of hamstrung here, folks. There are things I can't say at the moment but will be able to say somewhere down the line. "Can you write another book, Mr. Limbaugh? Will you write one?" I hate to send 'em away not knowing whether there's going to be another book, but, at some point, their question will be answered and all will be well. They'll all be happy and they'll all be thrilled -- as will you!
You can hear the whole child caller segment here
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