The ongoing Barack Obama campaign effort known as Organizing for America has quietly staged talking points for a "grassroots" uprising on the airwaves of American talk radio.
Called "On The Air," the web page lists five "Discussion Points" that are described as "[...] to provide extra information and suggestions." There are also four "Calling Tips" that include such sound advice as:
- Be polite, respectful, and clear. Remember, you represent Organizing for America.
- Some radio shows may connect you right away, but most will take your name and basic info and put you on hold.
- Some hosts may challenge your views. Stay calm and firm.
- If you can't get through, don't worry! If the show you call is busy or not accepting calls at the moment you call in, simply click "Give me another show" to find another.
And with that.. on the page also is a script block that offers the names and phone numbers of various radio shows. Most appear to be national broadcasts, although Ben Smith at Politico says one he sampled was a local show from Buffalo, NY.
Some of the most notable shows listed are Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Medved, Dennis Miller, Mark Levin, and The Savage Nation. There are a couple of Liberal shows listed, including Randi Rhodes (formerly of Air America) and current MSNBC host Ed Schultz.
Notably not found after multiple attempts? Rush Limbaugh.
At the bottom of the page there is a comment form, asking for your email address, whether or not your call was allowed on the air, and "Feedback for Us."
While on the surface this appears to be only about the health care discussion, I believe that this also may be the beginning of a campaign to enact some kind of "Fairness Doctrine" type legislation.
Many of these "grassroots activists" will quickly become frustrated, either because the host is able to disagree on substance and therefore appear to win a discussion, or because due to the already high volume of calls some of these "grassroots activists" will not be able to get through.
Once that frustration sets in they will return to the "Feedback" form on this web page and voice their opinion, and the Obama administration will attempt to use that to their advantage by creating the argument that talk radio is not "fair" because they talk down or do not allow opposing opinion.