Over the past few days, there have been accusations that Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck use scripted actors through Premiere On Call to call in to their radio shows.
Limbaugh's "denials" struck me as odd. When reading them, pay close attention to what they do NOT say as much as for what they DO say.
"There is no way we're going to pay people to pretend to be callers here." "Nothing on this program is scripted." "Nothing is staged on this program, ever."
Limbaugh is famous for carefully cultivating words. He often makes an outrageous statement, and when called out, he will claim he was "taken out of context" or will claim that you didn't listen carefully enough. For example, Limbaugh could state that he never bought drugs. If one pointed out his admitted addiction to Oxycontin, he might say the listener is twisting his words or didn't listen carefully enough. For Limbaugh to state that HE never BOUGHT drugs might very well be true, if he had his maid buy them for him!
Therefore, when Limbaugh says he doesn't pay actors to call in to his show, I believe him. I believe he has never paid the actors; Premiere On Call is hired to perform a service - finding talent. Premiere On Call, in turn, likely does the actual hiring and paying of the actors.