Here's the scoop
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that he has taped an opinion segment that is scheduled to air on the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric."
He told his listeners Ms. Couric herself had asked him to participate in the new segment titled "Free Speech." He said he accepted after being given "certain promises [and] conditions," because he figured all the "hype" about Ms. Couric's debut as "Evening News" anchor this week would produce a tune-in of 8 million or more viewers.
"So I did it as an opportunity to reach that audience," Mr. Limbaugh said. "There's going to be a lot of curiosity and tune-in factor. She was very open and honest about all this when we were setting it up."
CBS isn't saying yet who will appear on the segment in the future:
An "Evening News" spokeswoman confirmed that Mr. Limbaugh's segment, first reported on the Drudge Report, is scheduled to air Thursday. But she would not confirm other early participants reported by the Drudge Report, including former Presidents Bush and Clinton, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and HBO political-observer-in-residence Bill Maher.
It'll be interesting to see how much ideological diversity this segment features over time. Even one Limbaugh appearance outdoes NBC Nightly News back when John Chancellor (who once worked in the LBJ administration) hosted the "Commentary" segment.
Bill Maher? Yeesh.