by Scoobie Davis
I Wish I Took My Own Advice
I was just writing an e-mail to someone today discussing strategy for successful calls to talk radio. I emphasized how important it was to start out being compliant, almost meek, and then letting the host have it. I cited two examples of this type of call: my 2000 call to Limbaugh and Greg from Orlando’s recent call to “The Doctor of Democracy.” Bill O’Reilly was on his radio show discussing how Al Gore should go on his show and become a news analyst for the Fox News Channel. I called the show and—at long last--I finally got through to O’Reilly. Here were the first things out of my mouth (I was so disgusted with what he was saying, I couldn’t help it):
SCOOBIE: Hello, Mr. Working-Class. Yeah, I really think that’s an insult for you to say that Al Gore should come on to your show—much less that he should get a job at the Fox Propaganda Channel.
O’Reilly’s female co-host gasped. O’Reilly say, “Oh, stop, will you?” and then he asked me a couple questions—which I would have gladly answered but he cut me off and went to the next caller.
Analysis: This call was like my last to Limbaugh: I had knockout punches that I couldn’t deliver because I wanted to get my jabs in right away. At first, I should have sounded as if I had some doubts over whether Gore would have been treated fairly, O’Reilly would have asked me why I thought that way. At that point, I could have hammered away at O’Reilly and Fox News. Better luck next time—and there will be a next time.