Speaking on Mark Levin’s Fox News show “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday night, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell told Levin that “the media, if they were doing their job, would be blasting the Democrats: A) for being dishonest, for the reason I gave you, and B) for being absolute hypocrites.”
“The American people have watched our government spend $8 trillion in the last two years, but they can't find 5 billion? This is a joke. This is a running and a very bad joke,” Bozell said. The media, if they were doing their job, would be blasting the Democrats: A) for being dishonest, for the reason I gave you, and B) for being absolute hypocrites. In 2006, Senator Clinton, Senator Schumer, Senator Obama all supported building the wall. They all did what you just said. So it is, falsehoods and it’s hypocrisy that is rampant.”
While most of the government is funded through next year, funding for agencies such as the Homeland Security Department, the Justice Department and the Agriculture Department expired on Dec. 21, 2018. President Trump is asking for $5 Billion for a border wall, while Democrats are saying they will not fund the wall.
Below is a transcript between Mark Levin and Brent Bozell:
Mark Levin: “Government shutdown. Now, a few years ago, I had Paul Ryan on my radio show, when he would come on my radio show, and he said in any so-called government shutdown 17 percent of the government is shut down. The rest of it is carved out. You have essential employees, social security, medicare, medicaid are carved out. The checks keep going. The military is carved out. Federal law enforcement is carved out. Border patrol is carved out. He's giving me all these carve-outs.
“Under this so-called government shutdown, 75 to 80 percent of the government is already funded. So, there little pieces of the government that aren't, and they keep running to the Air and Space Museum or a national park to show the trash piling up and so forth.
“And it’s a shutdown so-called over what? We have a budget that's over $4 trillion. We have annual deficits now that are almost $1 trillion. We have almost $22 trillion in federal operating financial debt. We have unfunded liabilities of over $200 trillion. Over the wall, which is $5 billion? The government spends that on mustard every year, and these same Democrats, Schumer is on tape – they're all on tape – as supporting securing the southern border, calling illegal aliens, illegal aliens. And today, all of a sudden, they are opposing.
“And the media doesn't bring up those old clips, most of them don’t. The media doesn't put things in context for the American people in terms of spending and the budget. Is that just, again, another blatant example of the media siding with the left against Donald Trump?”
Brent Bozell: “Sure, this has nothing to do with the budget. The American people have watched our government spend $8 trillion in the last two years, but they can't find 5 billion? This is a joke. This is a running and a very bad joke. The media, if they were doing their job, would be blasting the Democrats: A) for being dishonest, for the reason I gave you, and B) for being absolute hypocrites. In 2006, Senator Clinton, Senator Schumer, Senator Obama all supported building the wall. They all did what you just said. So it is, it’s falsehoods, and it’s hypocrisy that is rampant.
“Here's something else that's going on. I remember when Newt Gingrich shut down the government— This is the point that you are making. It’s always the Republican who is shutting it down. When Newt Gingrich shut down the government in ’94, or whenever it was, there was a story on one network that talked about these people in Washington, these workers, who were making over $100,000 a year who couldn't afford Christmas trees. And it was this kind of story that John Q. Public is saying ‘You know, I'm making $30,000, I’m making $40,000 a year. I got a tree, and you're making 100,000.’
“Now, they don't talk anymore about these bureaucrats. Why? Here's the dirty little secret that everybody in this town knows. Everyone who has been laid off right now is on a paid vacation. They’re skiing, they’re in Florida, they're having a whale of a time because everyone's going to get back pay on this. So, to suggest that this government shutdown is hurting people, it's a running joke. It's an insult to the American people.
“I asked the question: where are the Republicans here? I see the president here, who is standing there and saying, ‘I'm all alone.’ He was all alone. The Republicans weren’t there for him. Where was Senator McConnell? Where was the rest of the Republican leadership, standing with him and saying, you know, ‘We’re all here. We’ll vote on something’? They had such an opportunity to really show the face of the far left, of the radical left. You saw them here. They are so vested in not having borders for this country, not having borders, that they lie through their teeth, and the media give them all the support they need.”