Last week, a radio executive at Atlanta-based Cumulus Media sent a memo telling its talk show hosts to stop spreading rhetoric about a stolen election or face
“We need to help induce national calm NOW,” Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, wrote in an internal memo after a mob attacked the national Capitol building, first reported by Inside Music Media.
The company “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved, and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths,’” the memo said. “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
Cumulus runs Westwood One, one of the nation’s largest syndication companies in the nation, includes major Trump-supporting hosts such as Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino.
Nationally, Cumulus is the second-largest radio operator with 416 stations, behind only iHeartMedia. . .
The Washington Post noted that Levin, the day before last Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, complained that the certification of President-elect Joe Biden in Congress was “tyranny” because he said President Donald Trump had the election stolen from him, echoing Trump’s complaints of widespread fraud, which have not been shown to be true.
“You think the framers of the Constitution … sat there and said, ‘Congress has no choice [to accept the votes], even if there’s fraud, even if there’s some court order, even if some legislature has violated the Constitution,’” Levin said. After the attack, on Fox News, Levin said he didn’t believe Trump incited the violence and thinks the mainstream media is “exploiting” the riot in an effort to “silence” conservatives and Republicans.
As per usual, the right-wing definition of “censorship” and “Orwellian dystopia” is that right wingers aren’t allowed to do and say exactly what they want at every moment without suffering any negative consequences whatsoever for their acts and words.
Just as I sometimes fantasize about a comfortable “centrist” columnist who opines regularly about the desirability of the retirement age being raised yet again being forced to spend a single day doing a real job — say roofing a house in San Antonio in July — I also imagine a world in which these people are subjected to actual oppression for just one day. Hell, I’ll take an hour.