What did Huckabee know about planted call from Cumulus VP that attacked Rush Limbaugh?
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Last night, John Dickey replied, confirming the story. This is what he said:
Thanks for listening to the show. To your question a colleague in the companywas excited about the new show and arranged to call in with the first questionwithout Governor Huckabee’s knowledge. When I learned of this I began theprocess of reminding my colleagues in the company that we should reserveair-time for our listeners and refrain from calling in to our own shows.
Mr. Dickey was brief and to the point, and I certainly thank him for responding and being open about what had happened.
But note what was not answered? These questions:
4. Did Governor Huckabee know this was you — and was he a participant in this?
5. Whose idea was this to have you call in? Yours? The Governor’s? Someone else from Cumulus? John or Lou Dickey?
6. Governor Huckabee has a good reputation for honesty. Doesn’t this kind of thing put both the Governor’s reputation and consequently the new show’s reputation at risk?
In other words, the obvious.
Mr. Dickey says Mike Huckabee did not know the call was incoming from McVay. But this leaves unanswered what seems to be obvious. Once McVay was on the phone, it seems extremely unlikely Mike Huckabee didn’t recognize Mike McVay’s voice.
The thought is now out there that Mike Huckabee himself knew exactly who was on the other end of his phone line — a Cumulus programming executive with whom, presumably, he had spent a small eternity in the weeks leading up to the show’s launch — and quite deliberately played possum. Going along with a game to fool his listeners into thinking he was getting a real call when in fact he was not.
Was Mike Huckabee a participant in this charade?
Whose idea was it if not Mike Huckabee’s?
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