WLS-AM (890) owner orders stations to stop alleging 'stolen election' - Chicago Sun-Times

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  24 comments

By:   Chicago Sun-Times

WLS-AM (890) owner orders stations to stop alleging 'stolen election' - Chicago Sun-Times
Cumulus Media, which syndicates prominent Trump supports Ben Shapiro and Mark Levin, says its personalities need to tone things down or face firing.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T



Cumulus Media, which syndicates prominent Trump supports Ben Shapiro and Mark Levin, says its personalities need to tone things down or face firing.

By Associated Press Jan 11, 2021, 4:32pm CST GettyImages_824671398.0.jpg

WLS-AM (890) host Ben Shapiro, a prominent Donald Trump supporter, is among the syndicated radio personalities working for Westwood One, owned by Cumulus Media.Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

======================================================================================

NEW YORK — The owner of Chicago's WLS-AM (890) and syndicator of talk radio hosts across the country, including outspoken Donald Trump supporters Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro, says its personalities need to tone things down or face firing.

Cumulus Media content chief Brian Philips sent an email to managers Wednesday, the day of the U.S. Capitol riot, saying the company had to help induce calm.

"There will be no dog whistles about 'stolen elections,' 'civil wars' or any other language that infers violent public disobedience is warranted, ever," said the memo, first reported by Inside Music Media.

The memo said Cumulus would not tolerate any suggestion by its on-air personalities that the presidential election is not over.

"Please inform your staffs that we have ZERO TOLERANCE for any suggestion otherwise," Philips said in the memo.

The company did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment Monday.

Cumulus owns 416 radio stations in 86 markets across the country, along with the syndication arm Westwood One, which distributes Levin and Shapiro's shows. WLS midday star Rush Limbaugh is allied with a different syndication company, Premiere Networks.


Tags

jrDiscussion - desc
[]
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Although the headline mentions Chicago, that is just because the seed was taken from the Chicago Sun times web site.  The warning given by Cumulus Media applies to all their talk radio stations nationwide. 

 
 
 
Suz
Freshman Participates
1.1  Suz  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Tell me something, Mr. Russell.   What's to prevent those same corporations from canceling something you enjoy all because they don't like your politics or your personality or they think you're too much of risk with your anger?    What if they don't like a text you sent someone? 

What's to prevent them from taking up their moral cause with you??  And, don't tell me they won't.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Suz @1.1    2 weeks ago

They are being warned not to lie, they are not being warned to not be controversial. 

You did not answer any of my questions on this article.   Whats the problem ? 

 
 
 
Suz
Freshman Participates
2  Suz    2 weeks ago

And so it begins. 

Be careful what you say, boys and girls.  You're being watched.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Suz @2    2 weeks ago

Suz, I want to ask you a serious question.  If there is no evidence that the election was stolen, why should "talk radio hosts " keep implying that it was ?  And also, if there is evidence, why wasnt it presented in court? It's not as if the Trump forces lacked opportunity.  And if not in court, why didnt Trump and his mouthpieces at the very least, lay out their case for a stolen election on Fox News or another media outlet?  I know they talked a lot about having evidence, but I didnt see any of it. 

The truth is Trump threw, rhetorically, the kitchen sink at this thing. He alleged multiple methods of vote stealing across many states. Every rumor he heard, every lie he heard, about the vote , Trump repeated if he thought there was even the slightest chance it might weigh in his favor. It was ludicrous. He acts, always , like we are a banana republic and not the greatest nation in world history. Doesnt that bother you? 

 
 
 
Suz
Freshman Participates
2.1.1  Suz  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 weeks ago

First of all, I want to know precisely who we are discussing.  Are we discussing those who trespassed the Capitol or are you discussing the people who left the protest and traveled home without any knowledge of what was taking place after their departure?

 
 
 
Sunshine
Senior Guide
2.1.2  Sunshine  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 weeks ago
If there is no evidence that the election was stolen, why should "talk radio hosts " keep implying that it was ?

If there was no evidence of Russian collusion, why was CNN allowed to keep implying there was? 

The Mueller Report did not find any evidence of collusion, but did find two main efforts by the Russians to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign.
 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
2.1.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Suz @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

Let's take one thing at a time. Why are conservative talk show hosts saying there was election fraud when every legal decision on the matter said there was not?

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
2.2  Bob Nelson  replied to  Suz @2    2 weeks ago

And if we see someone pouring gasoline next to a fire... let's NOT prevent them!

Freedom!

 
 
 
Suz
Freshman Participates
2.2.1  Suz  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.2    2 weeks ago

Love the theatrics.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Senior Guide
2.2.2  Sunshine  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.2    2 weeks ago
And if we see someone pouring gasoline next to a fire... let's NOT prevent them!

Sounds like Seattle

Freedom!

Feedom!

 
 
 
Tessylo
PhD Principal
2.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  Suz @2.2.1    2 weeks ago

You refuse to answer any question put to you.  What's your excuse?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
2.2.4  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tessylo @2.2.3    2 weeks ago

I wasnt really expecting an on point answer. The fact is Trump didnt just allege one method of election fraud, he alleged about 10 or 15. Every single piece of crap he heard on right wing conspiracy sites he repeated for the national press and on his twitter feed. This stuff is an absolute national disgrace.  I dont really blame Suz for not knowing what to say. 

How does this nonsense turn into a mass assault on the nations capitol though, trying to get the vice president to nullify the election?  Trump should be arrested tonight and removed from office tomorrow. No one in Washington has the balls to deal with him. 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
2.2.5  Bob Nelson  replied to  Suz @2.2.1    2 weeks ago
Love the theatrics.

Glad you enjoyed them...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
3  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

"Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said Wednesday it was “deeply irresponsible” for President Donald Trump to falsely and prematurely claim a re-election victory."

The horror! How dare he say such things on the airwaves!

This is the left wing media in action, lying about someone who has been consistently stating since Trump lost since the day of the election. But he's popular, so he had to be dirtied up.

I don't listen to his radio show, podcast or otherwise pay attention to his work on anything approaching a regular basis and immediately knew it was bullshit. Either the media can't be bothered to do two seconds of research, or they sincerely don't care about the accuracy of what they report. 

Ironic. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
PhD Guide
4  Tacos!    2 weeks ago
including outspoken Donald Trump supporters Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro

One thing about Ben Shapiro that is actually pretty well known: He is not, and never has been, a supporter of Donald Trump. That’s a pretty profound and fundamental failure by the author of this article.

See at time: 1:52

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4    2 weeks ago
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro revealed Monday that he plans to vote for President Trump in the upcoming election  after declining to support his 2016 presidential bid.

Since you seem to know so much about Shapiro, tell us, did he advise Trump to stop trying to prove the election was rigged because he had no evidence?  Or did he continue to blame the "left" for all that is wrong? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4    2 weeks ago
One thing about Ben Shapiro that is actually pretty well known: He is not, and never has been, a supporter of Donald Trump.

Unfortunately for your argument, here is a fairly long video where Shapiro supports Donald Trump. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
PhD Guide
4.2.1  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @4.2    2 weeks ago

See, I can look at Shapiro's words and see someone who doesn't actually support Trump. I suppose he supports him more than he did four years ago, but that's only on his willingness to implement conservative policies.

It's clear to me that given a choice between Trump and literally any other Republican option, Shapiro would take the option. There are probably even some Democrats he could vote for, but his assessment of the party in general (specifically at this time) was not flattering.

Before you express your objection, I already know you will not entertain this attempt at nuance. You have already made clear that you will accept no such approach. That's fine. I'm not writing it for you alone. Others read this, too.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.2.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tacos! @4.2.1    2 weeks ago
See, I can look at Shapiro's words and see someone who doesn't actually support Trump. I suppose he supports him more than he did four years ago, but that's only on his willingness to implement conservative policies.

I dont really care what his reason is for supporting Trump, he supported him . You said he has never supported him. He made an 8 minute video explaining why he was supporting him for re-election. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
PhD Principal
5  Gordy327    2 weeks ago

At this point, anyone who claims the "election was stolen,"  was fraudulent, or that Trump actually won, is just flat out lying (and/or delusional) and has no credibility. 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
Professor Principal
5.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  Gordy327 @5    2 weeks ago

... and any media that propagates such misinformation is committing sedition.

 
 
 
Gordy327
PhD Principal
5.1.1  Gordy327  replied to  Bob Nelson @5.1    2 weeks ago

I wouldn't say it's committing sedition. It might be feeding seditious attitudes. It's certainly a lie either way.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Masters Guide
6  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

Get the pink slips ready Mr C. because those two Trumptards will never stop saying the election was stolen.

 
 
Loading...
Loading...

Who is online