UPDATE: After the story broke in the Washington Post and other outlets of an alleged memo, conservative host Mark Levin on his Tuesday broadcast denied ever having seen one.
“Nobody threatened me. Nobody told me what I could or couldn’t say,” said Levin, who called the Post reporter, Paul Farhi, a “liar” and said he had never been contacted regarding the story.
Original story below:
Cumulus Media, the radio syndicate that airs conservative personalities including Mark Levin and Dan Bongino, warned in an internal memo that it would sever its relationship with any who dared to further question the outcome of the 2020 election.
“We need to help induce national calm NOW,” wrote Brian Philips, Cumulus’s executive vice president of content, according to the Washington Post.
The company “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended,” Philips warned.
“The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths,’ he continued. “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
The efforts by leftists to paint a constitutionally prescribed Electoral College challenge and mostly peaceful demonstration at the US Capitol last week as an “insurrection” against the government mark the culmination of months of anti-conservative censorship and anti-democratic cancel culture.
Diminishing the diverse ethnic identities of those present at Wednesday’s pro-Trump rally, race-baiting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Saturday that protesters had “chosen their whiteness over democracy.”
Other leftist operatives, such as the NeverTrump Lincoln Project, were waging a pressure campaign to force financial institutions and other companies to sever relationships with Republicans.
Perhaps the most egregious example was Twitter’s warrantless mass deletion of conservative accounts, including that of President Donald Trump.
That was followed by the efforts of other tech companies—including Amazon, Apple and Google—to deplatform conservative social-media rival Parler.
After spouting off about how Cumulus’s ultimatum signaled a comeuppance among conservatives—who have persistently challenged the fraudulent outcome of the Nov. 3 election—the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, finally acknowledged the behind-the-scenes corporate pressures at play in the shocking censorship effort.
“It’s naive not to recognize that a corporate imperative goes into all media,” Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison told the Post.
“Corporations have always called the tune ultimately,” he continued. Everyone pays attention to the guys at the top and always has.”
The Post piece then editorialized whether Cumulus might be worthy of redemption and whether hosts who “repeatedly promoted Trump’s claims of fraud can now credibly flip to acceptance.”
It noted that some token conservatives, such as Ben Shapiro, had been good soldiers by disputing the credible fraud allegations.
But it warned that a few, rabble-rousers, such as Levin, still refused to capitulate to the corporate demands—even going so far as to claim that they and their listeners were justified in their concerns.
“I’m not stirring up a damn thing,” Levin said the very day after the Capitol Hill carnage.
“Everything I say is based on principle and mission,” he added. “Everything is based on liberty, family, faith, the Constitution. . . . My enemies and my critics can’t say the same.”