Following November’s presidential election, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin has not shied away from covering allegations that the outcome was tainted by fraud.
But as the Washington Examiner reported on Monday, the company that produces Levin’s program is trying to shut him up — and he’s not the only one they want to silence.
“We need to help induce national calm NOW,” Philips said in a memo obtained by The Washington Post. Philips serves as executive vice president of content at Cumulus Media, which owns 416 radio stations in 84 regions across the country.
Philips declared that there is to be no tolerance for “any suggestion that the election has not ended,” adding, “The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.'”
Fire hosts who question election
The Cumulus executive stressed that this policy regarding election commentary will be enforced by both Cumulus Media as well as the company’s syndication arm, Westwood One.
Philips concluded by threatening to fire his hosts, saying, “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately.”
Philips’ memo comes in the wake of riot at the Capitol building last week that resulted in the death of five people, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, as well as a woman who was shot by Capitol Police, air force veteran Ashli Babbitt.
Although the overwhelming majority of the thousands of Americans who showed up to protest on Wednesday were entirely peaceful, the riot at the Capitol by a right-wing mob is being used to squelch free speech broadly among conservatives and supporters of the president — including President Trump himself, who was permanently banned from Twitter last week.
Twitter, Apple, Amazon and Google also launched a seemingly coordinated attack against free speech app alternative Paler, forcing it to go offline at least temporarily, Fox Business reported.
Levin denies blame
Levin denied that he played any role in the violence at the Capitol, telling his audience on Thursday, “I’m not stirring up a damn thing,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“Everything I say is based on principle and mission. Everything is based on liberty, family, faith, the Constitution. … My enemies and my critics can’t say the same,” he said.
In addition to carrying Levin’s show, Cumulus Media also employs conservative commentator Dan Bongino.