A popular conservative media host took a strong stand against his network’s vaccine policy this week.
Dan Bongino is not new to radio and television but launched a new show in May of this year. The popular show, The Dan Bongino Show, is broadcast on the Westwood One network and simulcast on the Fox News streaming service Fox Nation.
The rising star has a big microphone, which he used this week to announce his dissatisfaction with the network’s owner, Cumulus Media, for ordering all employees to be vaccinated by Sept. 27.
The Washington Post reported Bongino’s statement on the situation: “I’m not really happy with the company I work with right here. I believe these vaccine mandates are unethical. I believe they’re immoral. I believe they don’t take into account the science of natural immunity due to a prior infection.”
Bongino added, “I believe they’re broad-based and don’t take into account an individual’s circumstances of why they may or may not want to take a vaccine. And they’re antithetical to everything I believe in.”
Bongino is a formidable personality, known for fearlessly calling out media giants when he believes they are on the wrong side of an issue. In August, he publicly challenged Fox News for posting an edited version of his interview with Trump.
Though Bongino has been vaccinated, he is committed to standing on principle with employees choosing not to be vaccinated.
“So, I’ll say again,” said Bongino on the air, “I’m not going to let this go. Cumulus is going to have to make a decision with me — if they want to continue this partnership or they don’t.”
“You can have me, or you can have a vaccine mandate, but you can’t have both,” he concluded.
Bongino was tasked with capturing the audience left by famed conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh, who passed away in February. Bongino’s three-hour radio program airs Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
The news show launched May 24 in markets nationwide, including Cumulus news stations in top-ten markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Since May, it has expanded to more than 300 stations—Bongino’s show enjoys an audience of just under 2,000,000.
This week, Tron Simpson, a weekend radio host in Colorado, Roxanne Steele, a morning co-host in Michigan, and Tim Hill, co-host of a morning show in South Carolina, were forced from their positions at Cumulus for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
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