Rush Limbaugh’s tragic death scrambled conservative media.
Now there is some more bad news.
Rush Limbaugh’s replacement issued one career-changing ultimatum.
After Limbaugh’s passing in February, Cumulus signed a deal with Dan Bongino to host a show in Limbaugh’s old 12 to 3PM timeslot on 300 stations across America.
Bongino became one of the breakout stars in conservative media with a podcast that ranks #33 on the Apple charts and a social media presence that produces dominate engagement on Facebook.
But just five months in the relationship and Bongino is already threatening to quit over Cumulus doing Joe Biden’s dirty work and imposing a vaccine mandate for company employees.
Bongino opened a recent show explaining that “there’s been some reporting about some people who’ve had separated from their jobs or moved into different positions because of it. And I’m kind of done with that. Yeah, I’m not gonna play along with that. So, out of respect for them, I called them today and let them know my position. But I’m not playing along with that.”
Bongino added that he did not want to be on the air working with a company that forced employees to take the vaccine, but that he did the show that day to make his objections to Cumulus’ vaccine mandate known in hopes the company would back down.
“And candidly I’d rather not be here today on this station or on any of these stations. I’d rather just talk to you on my podcast, which is mine. And I do what I want here, too, make no mistake. But I’m doing it because I want something to change and I’m giving them an opportunity to do it. But if they don’t, this is going to be an entirely untenable situation going forward. You really want me on your airwaves every day talking about this? You have a choice. I work with you. I do not work for you. I never will,” Bongino continued.
Bongino told listeners he felt obligated to stand up for Cumulus employees that did not want to take the vaccine because they possess natural immunity or taking the vaccine violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.
The host added that this is a matter of principle and he will not back down.
“You may have had other people in a corner, but you don’t have me. And it’s my obligation given everything I’ve been through health-wise. It’s my obligation to stand up for them. A lot of them their entire livelihood was at risk. I don’t know if you cared about that or you just disregarded it. I don’t know, what did you have, a personal consultation with [Anthony] Fauci or something? They tell you how valuable these mandates are? Again, I don’t know what led you to the mistaken belief that I was just going to sit back and take this and let these people wither on the vine. I’m not,” Bongino added.
Employer and government vaccine mandates are divisive issues.
Corporate media outlets point to the large number of workers going along with the vaccine mandate as evidence the opposition to vaccine mandates is contained to fringes of the American right.
But everyday workers feel powerless in the face of company or government edicts that they get the jab or lose their jobs and reluctantly take the vaccine, feeling they have no other option.
Dan Bongino is trying to send the message the individuals with powerful platforms stand with their right to medical freedom and to reject taking a vaccine they may not need or want.
And Bongino is putting his money where his mouth is.
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