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Radio Host: I Was Fired Mid-Show for Criticizing Trump

Conservative Denver station later backtracked, Craig Silverman says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2019 1:46 AM CST

(Newser) – A host at a conservative radio station in Denver says he was abruptly fired mid-show because he refused to "toe the party line" on President Trump. Craig Silverman says KNUS cut him off in the middle of a segment on former Trump family attorney Roy Cohn on Saturday afternoon. "I never expected it to end this way," Silverman, who has hosted the "Craig Silverman Show" for around six years, tells CBS Denver. "And to do it in the manner that they did it, shutting off my mic. Replacing the sound. Program director comes in and says 'you're done.' Are you kidding me?" He says he believes he was fired because the Salem Media Group, which owns the station, is "seriously pro-Trump" and wanted to get rid of him because he planned to talk about the impeachment inquiry on other stations.

Silverman says he voted for Trump in 2016, but finds some of the evidence emerging from the impeachment inquiry to be "damning." "I call things as I see them," he tweeted Saturday. "I see corruption and blatant dishonesty by President and his cronies." The station, however, disputed Silverman's version of events, saying he was taken off-air because of his intention to announce an appearance on a competing station, reports the Denver Post. KNUS said he hadn't been fired, although the show's website was deactivated and its archives were removed, reports the Washington Post. Silverman, who believes the station backtracked to avoid violating its contract with him, said Sunday night that he had been told KNUS wants him back. (Read more talk radio stories.)

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