Talk Radio Behemoth Orders Hosts to Stop Pushing Stolen Election Narrative
Conservative leaning talk radio conglomerates have raked in millions of dollars in advertising over the past four years supporting and amplifying Donald Trump and his agenda. With firebrand personalities like Mark Levin and Dan Bongino on their airwaves they have fueled anger about the falsehood of election fraud. Their exhortations likely contributed to the motivation of thousands of Trump supporters to travel to Washington, D.C., for the rally-turned-riot last week.
Now, one of the largest radio station networks is ordering its on-air talksters to stop telling listeners that the presidential election was stolen from Trump and is saying it will fire anyone who doesn’t adhere to the new company line.
An executive vice president of Cumulus Media, Brian Philips, sent out a directive last Wednesday, the day of the domestic terrorist invasion of the U.S. Capitol, stating, “We need to help induce national calm NOW.” It also stated that Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’ If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”