• Mark Levin: WashPost NEVER Called Me to Confirm Story About Memo from Cumulus Media

    From Ubiquitous@weberm@polaris.net to alt.radio.talk,alt.tv.pol-incorrect,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.usa on Mon Jan 11 21:05:02 2021
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    Early on Monday morning, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi
    posted a hot story headlined “Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts
    to temper election fraud rhetoric.” It said “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 Trump — or else face

    Cumulus executive Brian Phillips insisted 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.’”

    Farhi put Mark Levin at the center of his story about "orders," but
    Levin told NewsBusters _“I never received that memo, and my crew never received that memo. This story is done by a reporter who has never
    spoken to me – ever."_ He said if he received that memo, "I would make
    sure the entire nation would hear about it." He added "I would like a correction and an apology from the Post, but I won’t hold my breath.”

    Farhi would not comment to NewsBusters on Levin’s accusation that there
    was no attempt at contact. Isn’t it fascinating when reporters say “no comment”?

    Farhi wrote:

    Since the election, Cumulus has remained silent while some of
    its most popular hosts — which include Mark Levin and Dan
    Bongino — have amplified Trump’s lies that the vote was
    “rigged” or in some way fraudulent.

    On his program on Tuesday, the day before the march on the
    Capitol, for example, Levin fulminated about Congress’s
    certification of electoral votes for Biden, describing the
    normally routine vote as an act of “tyranny.”

    “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, his
    voice rising to a shout.

    Levin also told NewsBusters the Post was “unprofessional” in another
    story last Thursday suggesting he somehow played some role in a
    protester dying of a heart attack at the Capitol: “Greeson appeared to
    have an account on the right-wing social media site Parler filled with
    recent obscene and violent posts, fueled by misinformation spread by right-wing radio host Mark Levin, the Proud Boys and others.”

    Levin also complained the “reprobates” at Mediaite used the Post story
    against him. The site’s Ken Meyer energetically slimed Levin and Dan
    Bongino as inciters of an “insurrectionist mob.”

    "My broadcasts are on my website going back four years," Levin said. "I haven't incited anything." He said his protests have all been about the election decisions made in four states that he says violate the
    Constitution, including the way elected judges in Pennsylvania overrode
    the state legislature in setting election rules.

    On his Fox show Sunday night, Levin lamented "“Their goal is to choke,
    choke, choke the system even further. And the media are trying to
    intimidate conservatives and constitutionalists by projecting onto them violence that occurred by reprobates and others who need to be tracked
    down and punished."

    Liberal journalists at The Washington Post and elsewhere aren't
    appearing the slightest bit sensitive to the idea that they're
    encouraging an aggressive round of censorship of everyone who's unhappy
    with Biden's election. Deplatform Fox News, deplatform conservative talk
    radio hosts, you know -- "democracy dies in darkness."

    PS: Both the Post and Mediaite have posted corrections about Ben
    Shapiro. Farhi's story now says:

    10:45 a.m. This story has been updated to clarify that while
    Ben Shapiro is one of Cumulus’s most popular hosts, he is not
    among the voices who have promoted claims of a rigged election.

    Mediaite's story has a hotter take:

    Update: Ben Shapiro’s executive producer Jeremy Boreing tweeted
    Monday that Cumulus Media is “not Ben’s employer and hasn’t told
    Ben jack shit about what he can or cannot say on air.”

    Trump won.

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