Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, a powerhouse in conservative talk radio put Mark Levin, Dan Bongino and Ben Shapiro on notice over the debacle at the Capitol.
They have threatened to fire any employee promoting any of Trump’s election claims. Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, did not mince words:
“If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi reports that in an internal memo — which was first reported by Inside Music Media — Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, wrote, “We need to help induce national calm NOW.”
Phillips went on to say that Cumulus and Westwood One, which syndicates Cumulus programming, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended.
The election has been resolved, and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’”
Phillips warned Cumulus employees, “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
Farhi explains, “The new policy is a stunning corporate clampdown on the kind of provocative and even inflammatory talk that has long driven the business model for Cumulus and other talk show broadcasters.
And it came as Apple, Google and Amazon cut off essential business services to Parler, the pro-Trump social media network where users have promoted falsehoods about election fraud and praised the mob that assaulted the Capitol.
Apple and Google removed the Parler app from the offerings for its smartphones, while Amazon suspended it from its Web-hosting services.”
Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino are among the many far-right radio hosts who are employed by Cumulus and, Farhi notes, “have amplified Trump’s lies that the vote was ‘rigged’ or in some way fraudulent.”
Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino’s employer, Cumulus Media, has told its on-air personalities to stop suggesting that the election was stolen from President Trump — or face termination “immediately”https://t.co/aMzP3nO7PV— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) January 11, 2021