Cumulus Media is warning conservative talk radio hosts under its employ that they’ll be fired if they continue to push unsupported claims of systemic voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The broadcast company sent the ultimatum following the Capitol building riot to its talk radio personalities — including Ben Shapiro, Mark Levin and Dan Bongino.
Mediaite’s Ken Meyer has more:
Washington Post reports that in the aftermath of the chaos, Cumulus Executive Vice President Brian Philips sent out a memo ordering the company’s on-air personalities to drop all claims the election was stolen. Failure to comply, Philips said, will result in termination.
“We need to help induce national calm NOW,” Philips said. “[Cumulus and its syndication branches] 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 memo was reportedly sent out on Wednesday after the riots — and it remains to be seen how it will be enforced. So far it seems Levin isn’t backing down from his Trump-boosting. On his Fox News show Sunday night, he went after the media for exploiting the violence, and claimed “the president did not incite an insurrection.”