A few months ago we shared the entire back story of how the legislative gang-of-eight amnesty bill was structured and blocked at the last minute. After that revealing information was disclosed, research also identified a hidden corporate agenda within Fox News to promote the Amnesty agenda.
Then last week, another story emerged within the New York Times showcasing how various conservative radio hosts were also lobbied, and recruited, to push a more favorable narrative for the Washington DC objectives. All of the activity was kept from the consuming audience by the participants – all of them attempted to justify their willful blindness.
This week a Salem Communications insider steps forth (via email) to affirm all of the previous reports, and add details specific to the instructions from Salem Broadcasting and Salem Communications group:
In 2014 (sorry, cannot recall the date), Salem Radio hosted a conference call with Senator Marco Rubio to address the Gang of Eight legislation and “set the record straight.” All national and local talk hosts were urged to take part. I am one of their local hosts, and what I heard that day was troubling.
Moderated by Hugh Hewitt, it began with Senator Rubio offering a brief explanation of the measure and why it was so very necessary. Then Hewitt opened the call to questions. There were only a few, and they were exclusively from higher-profile, national Salem personalities, like Mike Gallagher, Katie Pavlich, and Mark Davis. No local host was permitted a question. Following the Q & A, Senator Rubio was cut loose, and that’s when things got weird.
After Rubio departed, Hewitt introduced Salem V.P. Tom Tradup, who began by saying, “Thanks, Hugh. Now, here’s how I would like our talkers to be talking about this…” I exited the call in disgust at that point and have no idea what followed.
The effort by the GOPe to co-opt the so-called “conservative media” is real, and it’s widespread. It also makes me gag.
XXXXXX (name intentionally withheld by CTH)
Politics as an industry – Salem Communications [radio talk show (Hugh Hewitt), Red State (Eric Erickson), now also Twitchy (Michelle Malkin), Hot Air (McCain), NRO, Townhall, Human Events, Bearing Arms] apparently have the same general ideological world view -regarding immigration- as Rupert Murdoch and The Wall Street Journal, etc.