If you launch a new radio show as a rival to Rush Limbaugh, it’s probably best not to do it the way Mike Huckabee just did.
Huckabee, who started a new program through Cumulus Media Network on Monday, is trying to carve out listenership from a conservative base that listens to Limbaugh religiously from 12-3p every day. In other words, he’s unashamedly going to war for the same listeners. But the conservative outlet The American Spectator was tipped out off to something interesting on the first day of Huckabee’s new show that might not help that cause: the first “listener” to call in was actually a radio executive involved in the show. And no one revealed that important detail.
Translation: as the Spectator says, it was a “planted call.”
“The very first phone call, arriving some fifty minutes into the show. To anyone with an ear for talk radio it had a startling quality,” the Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan White House political director, writes. “Why?”
“No one seemed to remember to give the call-in number to the audience until the very last few seconds of those first fifty minutes. But yet… presto!… within seconds, Mike Huckabee did in fact have a caller on the line! Without ever questioning how that caller could have gotten on that line in less time than it takes Obama to blame Bush for anything!”
The caller turned out to be none other than Mike McVay, the senior vice president of programming for Cumulus Media Network. Hmmm, a corny planted call. A corny stunt that anyone could tell was staged? What a shocker that Huckaphoney would go that route! Like I have said, Huck is a televangelist with a better hair cut. He is as fake as a three dollar bill, so this stunt really suited him perfectly!
One thing though, Huckabee did get something out of today, he earned my Daley Douchebag Award!
UPDATE! Dan Riehl hates Huck as much as I do, and offers his own Huck-a-Slap
How prophetic! And you know Mike “The Huckster” Huckabee knows what “prophetic” means. How is he going to get right with the Lord after this one? I mean, Jeff Lord at AmSpec, of course, who busts Mike Huckabee for the very first caller into the Huckster’s brand new (and born to fail) radio show being a staged caller? Worse, it was his boss and they hid that fact from … well, I was going to say listeners – unfortunately, I’m not sure he had any. A man’s faith can only accomplish so much and I don’t have much faith in Huck cutting it on the radio. Somehow, I think he’d play better at a funeral.