Right-wing provocateur Dan Bongino appeared to challenge the bearer of his unionized radio show on Monday: remove your vaccination mandate for employees or fire me. “You can’t have both,” he said.
More than two months ago, Cumulus Media announced that before the scheduled return to work date of October 11, employees would be required to receive at least one injection of approved COVID-19 vaccines before returning to the office. CEO Mary Berner said the rule would apply to all employees, except those who work permanently remotely or those who have legal exceptions.
“Put simply, we believe Force Cumulus is at our best when we work together in offices,” Berner wrote in a note to employees. “To do this in the safest way possible, we demand that everyone be vaccinated except those who are legally excepted. It wouldn’t be fair and we don’t have the bandwidth to make exceptions based on individual preferences. “
Inside Radio reported last week that several Cumulus employees who refused to be vaccinated had been fired or resigned. This included several radio hosts, one of whom called the mandate “unethical and immoral,” which sparked Bongino’s rant on Monday.
“So Cumulus, for some stupid reason, thought it would be a really good idea to do a vaccination warrant. Why they would do that, I have no idea, ”exclaimed the right-wing specialist, who is fully vaccinated but has repeatedly denounced COVID-19 mitigation efforts. “But as a result of that, there were reports of some people who had to leave their jobs or change jobs because of it. And I’m a little done with that. Yeah, I’m not gonna play with that.
Bongino then claimed he told Cumulus — which carries Dan Bongino’s show on hundreds of stations – what he thought of the warrants and threatened to invite hosts who had been fired or who had resigned to appear on his show to rail against their ex-employer. Bongino also said the company rules were “immoral” and “immoral”.
While claiming “I don’t work for anyone”, Bongino said he was just a “partner with Cumulus”.
“Cumulus is going to have to make a decision with me whether they want to continue this partnership or not. But I’m talking to you on their airwaves. They don’t have to let this happen, ”he exclaimed. “You have a choice. I work with you. I don’t work for you; I never will. You might have had other people in a corner, but you didn’t have me.
Bongino himself received the vaccine on the advice of his doctor, he said, because he is a cancer survivor. Even so, the radio host insisted, he is fighting Cumulus Media’s “political decision”.
But as Bongino lashed out at Cumulus’ vaccination rules on Monday, he was notably silent about the strict vaccination policy implemented by his other partners at Fox Corp. (Bongino hosts a Saturday night talk show on Fox News, and his radio show airs live on Fox Nation, the conservative cable channel’s streaming company.)
While Fox News’ parent company does not require all staff to be vaccinated, it does require staff members to provide positive proof of vaccination status or undergo daily COVID-19 tests. Biden administration rules only require weekly testing for unvaccinated employees.
Bongino isn’t the only Fox tenure critic who has pulled himself together when it comes to discussing their employer’s demands. Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity recently ducked and ducked when asked directly to comment on Fox’s policy.