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Cumulus Media, one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country, blocked one of its country radio station hosts from airing his interview with 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. Blair Garner, whose self-titled Nash FM radio show is syndicated nationally across more than 150 radio stations, interviewed Buttigieg on Wednesday, but Cumulus Media decided to spike the interview, blocking Garner and affiliate radio stations from airing any part of it.

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Kurt Bardella, creator and publisher of the country music newsletter "The Morning Hangover," said he was in the studio during Garner's interview with Buttigieg. He slammed Cumulus Media for pulling the plug on it.

"It is an incredible act of cowardice for a company who's slogan is ‘Where Every Voice Matters' to censor an interview with someone who, for the first time ever, thought it was worthwhile to engage the country music audience in a conversation about the future of our country," Bardella said in a statement to HuffPost.

"I hope the executives at Cumulus reconsider their directive to censor Blair's interview with Pete," he continued. "Country radio should be on the frontlines of breaking stereotypes and promoting diversity of thought."

Good luck with that....

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-22 07:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

They are afraid of Pete.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-07-22 09:14 AM | Reply

Middle America isn't ready for a bottom to be president.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-07-22 12:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3 They elected Trump.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-07-22 01:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 2

We are shocked and appalled at this censorship.

Sincerely,
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram, et al.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 05:16 PM | Reply

Censorship is stupid. Aborted_Mongoose level stupid.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-22 05:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Middle America isn't ready for a bottom to be president.

#3 | POSTED BY LEE_THE_AGENT

we gots us a gay boy runnin' for president
there's more than a few say "the boy's really bent"
i wonder how long before it'll be said...
"can you tell us pete..are you butch in bed"?
unhappy MAGAts...their vote they might switch,
if they felt in their heart..you were in control of your bi tch
but really now..he's educated and a soldier who served his country with class,
the "Deliverance" boys will love you if you're given..not gettin'
...when it comes to some as s

#7 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-07-22 05:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Cowards don't want their listeners to hear from an intelligent liberal.

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-07-22 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I want to throw shade at the fact he is a mayor of the 4th largest state in Indiana, but you guys put up Hillary and got us a Reality Star as president.

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-07-22 05:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

City...

#10 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-07-22 05:35 PM | Reply

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"you guys put up Hillary and got us a Reality Star as president."

Are you like disappointed with that outcome or something?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-22 05:40 PM | Reply

Cumulus was founded by and run by Lew and John, Dickey brothers.

This move is the first syllable of their surname.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:02 PM | Reply

What's Lindsey Graham think of this?

#13 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-07-22 07:15 PM | Reply

It might be due to regulations with political candidates.

Back in 2012 we had Michelle Obama on Top Chef, but had to severely limit the amount of time she could be on the show due to 2012 being an election year.

Apparently Bravo would have had to provide equal air time to Romney if they were showing anything Obama. (and vice versa)

So, perhaps (perhaps) Cumulus media doesn't want to be political?

I mean, I'm really giving them my benefit of a doubt.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 07:19 PM | Reply

"Buttigieg is my kind of guy."
- Lindsey Graham

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-07-22 07:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#14

That looks like the reasoning behind it, FTA:

A spokesperson for Cumulus Media told HuffPost that programming managers decided not to air the interview "because of the large number of political candidates currently in this race."

"The decision was made by local programming management based solely on concerns related to the application of the FCC's Equal Time Rule," the spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday, "The effects of the FCC's Equal Time Rule are widely understood and considered whenever these types of issues arise."

Under the Equal Time Rule, an outlet is required to give equal time to all candidates in a race who request it if they air an interview with any candidate. Given that there are currently 25 candidates plus Trump, I have a feeling that Cumulus' legal probably determined that they would be on the hook for up to 260 minutes of free rebuttal time if they did this.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Personally, I am going to listen to the podcast to see what Mayor Pete had to say.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:27 PM | Reply

#16

In other words, this is just more faux outrage by the hystericrats.

#18 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 07:29 PM | Reply

So, perhaps (perhaps) Cumulus media doesn't want to be political?

I mean, I'm really giving them my benefit of a doubt.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack

They're right wing conservative. Their FM stations are country music, but their AM talk show hosts are the usual suspects .. Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, etc. You get the idea.

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

the FCC's Equal Time Rule,
#16

Yes, this was it.

#20 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 07:35 PM | Reply

#19

Well, that certainly fits with their reluctance to give 25 Dems free airtime.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:35 PM | Reply

#19

Well, that certainly fits with their reluctance to give 25 Dems free airtime.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter

Right? :)

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:37 PM | Reply

Their FM stations are country music, but their AM talk show hosts are the usual suspects

I wonder if Pete was being interviewed on one of the country music stations.

Actually now that I see the summary again, it says, "Nash FM radio show".

Cumulus could possibly play the interview on on of their AM affiliates.

But, if they are conservative, and wanted to kill the interview, then this was an easy decision for them.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-22 07:39 PM | Reply

But it's the LEFTIST media that works to slant public opinion right trumpers?

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-22 07:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Radio segment interviews are usually 6-8 minutes with 2 minutes of lead up and one minute of tie off at the end, so Cumulus was looking at giving 9-11 minutes to each candidate who wanted it.

I can just imagine what Marianne Williamson would have done with her free time.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:40 PM | Reply

Well, that certainly fits with their reluctance to give 25 Dems free airtime.

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter

Trump would owe CNN several billion dollars for all the free airtime they give him.

Right wing media cant air a few minutes of a democrat speaking uninterrupted by a rightwing blowhard?

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-22 07:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Radio segment interviews are usually 6-8 minutes with 2 minutes of lead up and one minute of tie off at the end, so Cumulus was looking at giving 9-11 minutes to each candidate who wanted it.

I can just imagine what Marianne Williamson would have done with her free time.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter

Fairness doctrine excuse has been debunked.

it wouldnt apply in this case.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-22 07:42 PM | Reply

I can just imagine what Marianne Williamson would have done with her free time.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter

She could have singlehandedly increased their ratings by dousing the station with aromatherapy, blessings with crystals, etc.

#28 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Actually, killing the interview would entail much more than a decision not to air it because of Equal Time considerations, after all, Cumulus owns the content but are allowing the host to broadcast it on other media that doesn't have the same restrictions.

If they wanted to kill it then it would never air in any fashion.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:43 PM | Reply

Fairness doctrine excuse has been debunked.
it wouldnt apply in this case.

Nice try, but no.

They are two different things, the fairness doctrine is not the same as the equal-time rule. The fairness doctrine deals with discussion of controversial issues, while the equal-time rule deals only with political candidates.

#30 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:46 PM | Reply

Trump would owe CNN several billion dollars for all the free airtime they give him.

That is news, if CNN had an exclusive interview (like Hannity and Carlson supposedly get from Trump) then they would have to offer equal time to all the other candidates, who would gladly accept. Fox doesn't really worry about that because they would love to get all 25 of the Democratic Candidates on one of those shows but there is no way that most of them would ever agree to it.

#31 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 07:49 PM | Reply

Marianne is the only authentic candidate up there. The rest are soulless members of the Borg-Democrat Collective.

#32 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 07:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The Dickey brothers huddle:

"We CAN'T air this because the guy makes SO MUCH SENSE!" Think of how that'd savage Michael Savage!"

#33 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

NULLI

You might want to give Buttigieg a listen. He's formidable.

#34 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 07:55 PM | Reply

--You might want to give Buttigieg a listen

He seems less of a hack than the others. So does Hickenlooper. But I'm waiting for the Truth Seeker, Jesse Ventura, to announce.

#35 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 08:03 PM | Reply

Under the Equal Time Rule, an outlet is required to give equal time to all candidates in a race who request it if they air an interview with any candidate. Given that there are currently 25 candidates plus Trump, I have a feeling that Cumulus' legal probably determined that they would be on the hook for up to 260 minutes of free rebuttal time if they did this.

Not based on the exceptions written into the law.

Andrew Schwartzman of Georgetown's Institute for Public Representation told TPM, Buttigieg's interview with Blair Garner almost certainly falls within an exemption to the rule. The right comes with four exceptions, one of which is a "bona fide news interview."

In a 2016 declaratory ruling, the FCC detailed exactly what qualities make a news interview "bona fide" and thus exempt from the equal opportunities statute.

*Whether the program is regularly scheduled
*Whether the broadcaster or an independent producer controls the program
*Whether the broadcaster's or independent producer's decisions on format, content, and participants are based on newsworthiness rather than on an intention to advance or harm an individual's candidacy

"This was almost certainly a bona fide news interview," Schwartzman said. "If another candidate asked for equal opportunity, equal time, the station could say no."

He added that even if the exemption didn't apply, it would be such a hassle for other candidates to contact each licensee of Cumulus Media within seven days to ask for equal time that they probably wouldn't bother anyway.

"In practice, here's the bottom line -- it is highly unlikely that any candidate that wished to could successfully obtain time under equal opportunity ... just to request the time is a process that is complicated and probably not worth it," he said. "And anyway, this interview is almost certainly exempt."

Most realize what this decision was almost certainly about:
"This is much more likely to be about Cumulus not wanting to be seen as promoting a candidate who may not be particularly consonant with the proclivities of country station listeners since he is -- how should we put this -- gay."

#36 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-22 08:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

while the equal-time rule deals only with political candidates.

#30 | Posted by Rightocenter

So how did trump end up with so much more airtime than any other political candidate in 2016?

CNN would show his EMPTY PODIUM for 45 minutes, before broadcasting his campaign rallies in their entirety, instead of broadcasting real news. Why weren't they then obligated to do this for all the other candidates?

#37 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-22 08:07 PM | Reply

Ah. Buttigieg hasn't struck me as a hack at all.

Do you think Ventura's going to run as an indie or Dem? He is definitely not a fit for today's GOP.

#38 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 08:07 PM | Reply

#38 for NULLI

#39 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 08:08 PM | Reply

"This is much more likely to be about Cumulus not wanting to be seen as promoting a candidate who may not be particularly consonant with the proclivities of country station listeners since he is -- how should we put this -- gay."

#36 | Posted by tonyroma

Today's younger listeners couldn't care less if he's gay or not. There have even been openly gay major label artists, and one, the guy who fills stadiums, still stuck in the closet, as many former neighbors on St John U.S. Virgin Islands would attest to.

#40 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 08:13 PM | Reply

#36

Shocker that TPM would dig up a friendly professor and get all anguished about Cumulus' decision to not have to hassle with the Equal Time Rule. Qualifying for an exemption isn't automatic, if someone pressed them on it they would have to go through the FCC.

It is still available via podcast, this dust up is probably the best thing that could have happened for Mayor Pete.

#41 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 08:29 PM | Reply

Shocker that TPM would dig up a friendly professor and get all anguished about Cumulus' decision to not have to hassle with the Equal Time Rule. Qualifying for an exemption isn't automatic, if someone pressed them on it they would have to go through the FCC.

Which is exactly what the expert said. A candidate would have to go individually to each Cumulus station to file requests. I can't believe anyone forgets the news interview exception. We see it every freaking week on every network on tv that airs political content. Every candidate does interviews on programs that invite them without the law coming into effect. No one argues equal time if another candidate goes on a network show for an interview.

Don't get hurt because I pointed out the obvious. Maybe you should ask why others didn't stick a pin in the equal time balloon before you blew it up. The only one that mentioned it in the story was Cumulus to cover for the obvious. They know the law and they tried to hide behind it for camouflage.

#42 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-22 08:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#42 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Oh bull, TonyDrama, if it were Trump you'd be screaming for prison time.

Go oil yourself up and listen to the podcast.

#43 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-22 08:47 PM | Reply

#42

The "expert" probably doesn't have as much practical experience as I do in this field, TPM obviously dug him up because he fit their agenda. It's not nearly as difficult as Lecturer in Law (not even a Professor) Schwartzman wants you to believe it is.

When you have a Corporate Station Group a candidate only needs to file a single request with the Parent for time on each station that they aired the interview with, then the Parent is required to tape the segment and air it in each market that the original interview appeared in. Believe it or not, it can get expensive to do this. The easier decision is to not air it but to let the host use it on other formats, which it appears they are doing.

That being said, as I noted earlier in #21, the conservative bent of Cumulus probably made the decision not to air this much easier.

#44 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 08:59 PM | Reply

#44

Thanks for the info.

#45 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-22 09:00 PM | Reply

#45

No worries, and I am not jumping on anyone, I merely was responding to Clown when he said that they faced the same thing on Bravo with Michelle Obama and in reading the article and checking on the FCC website it appeared that Cumulus' official position was at the very least within the scope of the Equal Time Rule.

I dealt with this issue in an arbitration for a parent of one of the Alphabets about 15 years ago and the rules haven't changed (which is why I went on the FCC website to double check.)

#46 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-22 09:09 PM | Reply

I listened to the podcast. He certainly comes across as an adult compared to those other shrill, crazy people on stage.

#47 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 10:31 PM | Reply

I listened to the podcast. He certainly comes across as an adult compared to those other shrill, crazy people on stage.

#47 | Posted by nullifidian

Thanks for checking it out ...

He is incredibly intelligent, his positions thoughtful and nuanced..

#48 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-22 10:46 PM | Reply

I listened as well, and thought he was pretty great as well.

#49 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-23 12:15 AM | Reply

I like Mayor Pete, and would gladly vote for him in the general, but i have concerns about his ability to generate enthusiasm among voters the way Obama did. I also think that at least some centrists are bigoted enough to not vote for a gay guy. As much as i like the guy, if the goal is to beat Trump, he might not be the best choice.

#50 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-23 12:50 AM | Reply

I like Mayor Pete, too, but he's much too passive and his street creds aren't enough to solve the massive domestic and foreign problems caused by Trump. I think he'd be overwhelmed by the presidency.

#51 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-23 01:22 AM | Reply

I could see Buttigieg running for Governor or Senate in IN in 2022.

#52 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-23 02:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


He is incredibly intelligent, his positions thoughtful and nuanced..
#48 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

But his police department is in shambles...

but he's much too passive and his street creds

And there is the reason. Intelligence doesn't overcome lack of leadership capabilities.

#53 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-23 02:55 AM | Reply

There are leaders, good leaders and there are GREAT leaders.

That's not to cast asperations on Mayor Pete. He just needs to stay in his lane. He's no Barack Obama.

#54 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-23 03:17 AM | Reply

but you guys put up Hillary and got us a Reality Star as president.

#9 | POSTED BY 101CHAIRBORNE

Conservatives got us a reality star president. They are the ones who voted for him to lead their party. There was a wide open field with tons of candidates on the Republican side. And they decided that Trump was the best that the Republican party had to offer.

Once it was down to two candidates (the Republican or the Democrat) it was a more partisan situation (Republicans were not going to vote for Hillary regardless of who got nominated, as evidenced by the fact they STILL voted for a ------- like Trump) so a few swing voters being swayed by current events could make the difference.

#55 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-07-23 10:18 AM | Reply

Trump was selling fertilizer and the people who voted for him thought they were going to get a rose garden.

Boy, were they wrong.

#56 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-07-23 11:12 AM | Reply

but their AM talk show hosts are the usual suspects .. Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, etc. You get the idea.

#19 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Thank goodness in Metro Detroit we have WJR.

530-900 Paul W Smith - local guy
900-1200 Frank Beckman - local guy
1200-300 Rush Limbaugh
300-500 Guy Gordon - local guy
500-800 Mitch Albom - local guy

On WJR Rush is the outlier. All of the other shows do a mix of local and national politics and some of them cover all sorts of stuff not tied to politics at all - Smith, Gordon and Albom.

#57 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-23 11:43 PM | Reply

#57 | Posted by JeffJ

I used to read Mitch Albom's column all the time. Mom tuned into WJR every day at noon for the news.

#58 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-24 01:35 AM | Reply

JEFF

BTW, I've donated to a couple of his charities. The guy does good works :)

#59 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-24 01:39 AM | Reply

Like Conservative Sinclair, Cumulus doesn't want peasants getting any funny ideas in their heads.

#60 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-24 04:04 PM | Reply

Like Conservative Sinclair, Cumulus doesn't want peasants getting any funny ideas in their heads.

#60 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING AT 2019-07-24 04:04 PM | FLAG: What, those 'peasants' have no access tp ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN? Let us not forget many major papers like ethe NY Times and publications like Time Newsweek.... and then there is the google slanted 'news' placement and more.

#61 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-07-24 04:48 PM | Reply

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