Kathy Shaidle

And now you know… the rest of the story

Posted on February 26 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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As I told you here last month, Obama Organizing for America has been building an army of talk radio “seminar callers” — that is, activists tasked with calling conservative talk radio programs, then dutifully repeating DNC talking points until the program director hangs up on them.

Yesterday, they unveiled their website:

If you thought leftists were condescending to conservatives, check out this site to discover how patronizing they can be to each other.

It actually includes simple, step-by-step instructions on how to, er, find stations on the radio. Then how to call these shows. On the phone.

I wish I was kidding.

As the recent demise of Air America demonstrated, progressives don’t “get” talk radio. Further proof: this website explains how talk radio works, presumably because the average DNC member has never actually listened to it. (And why would they? They have no desire to hear alternative points of view, and besides, they’ve got taxpayer supported NPR.)

This is an actual excerpt from the Radio.BarackObama website:

How radio stations will connect you will depend on the show. Some radio shows may connect you right away, but most will take your name and basic info and put you on hold. You may or may not be able to hear the broadcast on the show while you’re waiting. You may hear the radio host say something like, “Hello, we have your name on the line with us.”

The site is quite slickly and cleverly set up, using dynamic show data from RadioTime, to make it easy for seminar callers to attempt to hijack whatever show happens to be airing at the moment. So will it work?

“Call up. I’d love to vivisect somebody’s carotid [artery],” said Dennis Miller this morning, after a (real) caller phoned in to warn him about the project. I expect that’s the general consensus among Miller’s colleagues. It’s a toss up as to whether or not call screeners will weed out these “seminar callers” as usual, or let a few through for a change, just for fun.

I’d love to hear someone like, say, Hugh Hewitt, effortlessly demolish one of these folks. (Hint: if you need special instructions about how to dial a telephone and what to say when someone answers, I doubt you have what it takes to go up against a Mark Levin or a Bill Bennett.)

Besides not fooling or convincing anybody, fake callers take precious time away from authentic listeners. Like this guy:

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