Monday, January 11, 2021

Media powerhouse tells conservative hosts: Shut up about election fraud or get fired!



Stop talking about the 2020 election fraud evidence or get fired!

That's the message Cumulus Media, which employs a number of high-profile conservative talk show hosts, delivered after tech giants over teh weekend killed off a number of accounts held by conservatives and then shut down an alternative to Twitter, Parler.

The Washington Post reported Cumulus Executive Vice President Brian Phillips issued the censorship directive "just as Congress met to certify Joe Biden's election victory and an angry mob of Trump supporters marched on the Capitol, overwhelmed police and briefly occupied the building."

"We need to help induce national calm NOW," he wrote in an intermal memo that first was reported by Inside Music Media.

Phillips said his company "will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.'"

The threat followed: "If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately."

The Post called it a "stunning corporate clampdown" on the type of provocative talk "that has long driven the business model for Cumulus."

The report noted that Cumulus had been silent on comments from popular hosts such as Mark Levin, Dan Bongino and Ben Shapiro.

Levin, for example, recently said: "You think the framers of the Constitution … sat there and said, 'Congress has no choice [to accept the votes], even if there’s fraud, even if there’s some court order, even if some legislature has violated the Constitution?'" noted Cumulus is second in the United States in size, next to iHeartMedia, with 416 radio stations.

Jeremy Boreing, the executive producer of Shapiro's show, said: "Cumulus is not Ben's employer and hasn't told Ben jack sh*t about what he can or cannot say on air. Also, Ben never said the election was stolen. That's at least three falsehoods in 280 characters or less, but pretty good journalisming otherwise."

Levin said neither he or his staff had received the memo.

Rush Limbaugh is heard on some Cumulus-owned stations but wasn't subject to the warning because he's syndicated by Premier Networks.

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