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    More Censorship - Killing Talk Radio

    After months of stoking anger about alleged election fraud, one of America's largest talk-radio companies has decided on an abrupt change of direction.

    Cumulus Media, which employs some of the most popular right-leaning talk-radio hosts in the United States, has told its on-air personalities to stop suggesting that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump - or else face termination.

    A Cumulus executive issued the directive on Wednesday, just as Congress met to certify Joe Biden's election victory and an angry mob of Trump supporters marched on the Capitol, overwhelmed police and briefly occupied the building, terrorizing lawmakers and leading to the deaths of five people.

    "We need to help induce national calm NOW," Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, wrote in an internal memo, which was first reported by Inside Music Media. Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, "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 adds: "If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately."

    A Cumulus representative did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Sunday.

    The new policy is a stunning corporate clampdown on the kind of provocative and even inflammatory talk that has long driven the business model for Cumulus and other talk show broadcasters. And it came as Apple, Google and Amazon cut off essential business services to Parler, the pro-Trump social media network where users have promoted falsehoods about election fraud and praised the mob that assaulted the Capitol. Apple and Google removed the Parler app from the offerings for its smartphones, while Amazon suspended it from its Web-hosting services. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

    Since the election, Cumulus has remained silent while its most popular hosts - which include Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino - have amplified Trump's lies that the vote was "rigged" or in some way fraudulent.
    Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric - Alton Telegraph

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    I believe this is more an antitrust issue than freedom of speech. It was a major mistake to allow small newspapers and radio stations to be swallowed up by huge media corporations. I'm not sure anyone can do anything about it at this point. Republicans REALLY "screwed the pooch" by not reigning in the tech giants when they had the House, senate and Presidency. You can't blame the Democrats for democrating, This lies solely on the Republicans.

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