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.”

The internal memo was first reported by Inside Music Media.

Cumulus Media, based in Atlanta, is the owner/operator of 416 radio stations across the United States. The company’s website boasts that it reaches more than a quarter billion people each month with its programming. The memo appears to reflect the concern of a number of corporations and other entities that are now distancing themselves from Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot. For Cumulus, being associated with Trump could cost it valuable advertising revenue.

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Of note, however, is that Levin on his syndicated radio program on Thursday didn’t back off his aggressive pro-Trump rhetoric. “It appears nothing has changed in 24 hours,” he said on the air. “Not a damn thing. The never-Trumpers, the RINOs, the media — same damn thing.” He went on to add: “I’m not stirring up a damn thing. Everything I say is based on principle and mission. Everything is based on liberty, family, faith, the Constitution. … My enemies and my critics can’t say the same.”

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