Talk radio company orders hosts to stop suggesting election stolen from Trump
A talk radio company that employs some of the country’s most popular conservative radio hosts has issued a notice banning talent from broadcasting conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.
“We must help induce national calm NOW,” a Cumulus Media executive wrote in a directive Wednesday, the same day as the deadly riot on the United States Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, according to the Washington Post.
Brian Philips, executive vice president of the company, added that Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election is not over. The election has been resolved and there are no acceptable alternative “ways”. “
“If you violate this policy, you can expect to part with the company immediately,” he added.
Cumulus hosts include Marc LevinFormer California Senator urges Feinstein to consider retiring Elder vows to replace Feinstein with a Republican if he wins California recall elections, Sunday shows preview: Federal government criticizes social media about the disinformation about COVID-19 PLUS, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino. Rush Limbaugh, which airs on numerous Cumulus stations but syndicated by Premiere Networks, is not subject to the directive.
It remains to be seen whether hosts like Levin, who have built a strong personal brand, will stick to the memo and whether Cumulus would be prepared to take major disciplinary action if they don’t. As late as Thursday, a day after the riot, Levin apparently denied any responsibility for inciting the unrest, saying, “I’m not planning a damn thing. Everything I say is based on principle and mission. Everything is based on freedom, family, faith, the Constitution. … My enemies and critics cannot say the same.
Michael Harrison, editor of Talkers magazine, said the note represented the corporate side of the talk radio industry pulling in the ranks of on-air talent who often present themselves as independent of outside influence.
“Businesses have always set the tone at the end of the day,” he told the Post. “Everyone pays attention to the guys at the top and always have.”
Tech and social media companies have also cracked down on potential incentives in the wake of the riots. Twitter banned President TrumpDonald TrumpNigerian President To Lift Twitter Ban If Certain Conditions Are Met Grisham Calls Kushner “Rasputin In Fitted Suit” Federal Court Orders FEC To Rule On NRA PLUS Shell Entity Campaign Claim, as well as those of several far-right QAnon conspiracy theory leaders, strongly represented among the crowds.