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Odd: two quit different robocall firms over fact-based scripts

Now, here's something odd. Two people in different states have both quit robocall firms over what they say are misleading scripts they were asked to read. What are the odds of that happening, and over the same script? (Hint: it's a large number).

First up, from that hotbed of conservatism Madison, Wisconsin, Ted Zoromski of Middleton quit Sitel ("Even though I was being paid to do it, I didn't feel comfortable", link). He'd joined that company this month.

At about the same time hundreds of miles away in Weston, West Virginia, Fairmont State University student Chaylee Cole quit the company 1.2.1 Direct Response where she'd been working for a few months (link).

Now, certainly, I have no proof that this is a coordinated attempt by "moles" for the BHO campaign, but it's certainly quite the coinkydink. Especially since Cole is mischaracterizing what she was asked to say as the following:

"We got a campaign ad talking about how Obama had been part of terrorist attacks on the Capitol, the Pentagon and a judge's home and had ties with Bill Ayers."

Actually, the script both she and Zoromski is quite different from her characterization:

Hello, I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers [airs], whose organization bombed the US Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans... And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democrat allies lack the judgment to lead our country... This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee."

The first sentence is completely factual. The second is opinion, and highly defensible opinion at that. The third is also opinion, albeit just slightly less defensible, but still opinion.

I'm contacting the author of the second piece to see if he can shed any light on this interesting coincidence.

Politics · Wed, 10/22/2008 - 09:28 · Importance: 1

Thu, 10/29/2009 - 23:16
Jason Ibrahim

Well, I guess in retrospect, this phone script proved to be right on the money...