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America’s third largest radio group bans dissent, threatens to fire Tory talkers who question election results

Cumulus Media, America’s third-largest owner of AM and FM radio stations, is threatening to fire the show’s hosts who question the results of the 2020 presidential election on air.

Cumulus, whose stations are home to famous names such as Mark Levin, Chris Plante and Dan Bongino, reaches over a quarter of a billion listeners each month, with programming broadcast by 416 stations owned and managed by nearly 8,000 affiliates additional via Westwood One, a subsidiary of Cumulus.

“We need to help induce calm NOW,” wrote Brian Phillips, vice president of content in an internal memo published last Wednesday.

Cumulus and Westwood One “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election is not over,” Phillips continued, because “the election has been resolved and there is no other acceptable path.”

“If you violate this policy, you can expect to part with the company.”

Cumulus’ new guidelines appear to be in sync with a seemingly countless number of other media companies across the country, which have long been accused of crushing dissent through intimidation and retribution as well as outright censorship and simple.

Like Cumulus, following Wednesday’s protests on Capitol Hill against the certification of contested electoral votes, social media has rushed to censor conservative voices. In addition to President Trump’s ban on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, thousands of other politicians and private citizens have been kicked from the sites.

Even social networks themselves are not immune to censors. Speak, the free speech app partly owned by Dan Bongino and heavily promoted by Mark Levin – the two Cumulus hosts – has been disconnected after their web services were disrupted by Amazon in retaliation for the free stance. site expression.

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