During his nationally syndicated radio show “The Mark Levin Show” on Monday night, host Mark Levin cited a story by NewsBusters, noting that ABC, NBC and CBS spent “an enormous amount of time” on a Jan. 17 story by BuzzFeed News, which alleged in a headline that “President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress.”
“[T]here was a great piece, The Daily Caller – I give attribution – great piece over at NewsBusters,” said Mark Levin. “NewsBuster[s] points out how much time was spent by the network news on the BuzzFeed story – a lot. You know, there are really, like, 20-, 22-minute news programs in a 30-minute period. Well, ABC, NBC and CBS spent, collectively, about 22 minutes. That is an enormous amount of time.”
Mark Levin referred to the NewsBusters report, which stated that “the broadcast networks devoted 27 minutes and 33 second on their Friday morning and evening newscasts” to the BuzzFeed story. NewsBusters.org reported, on Friday, Jan. 18, that ABC devoted 10 minutes and 32 seconds of coverage to the story, NBC spent 10 minutes and five seconds on the story, and CBS spent six minutes and 56 seconds on the story. On Friday night, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller disputed BuzzFeed’s story, calling it “not accurate.”
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Monday:
“Now, we saw in the BuzzFeed story that there is no real media. We saw the BuzzFeed story, and I’m not going to repeat my one hour on it, on Friday, which obviously led to the special counsel releasing their statement. For 24 hours this was going on, and then, finally, they released the statement. And I want to thank all my brothers and sisters in talk radio for acknowledging that. Did you notice, Mr. Producer? Not a d--- one. They can’t help it. They can’t help it. It’s okay.
“But anyway, there was a great piece, The Daily Caller – I give attribution – great piece over at NewsBusters. NewsBuster[s] points out how much time was spent by the network news on the BuzzFeed story – a lot. You know, there are really, like, 20-, 22-minute news programs in a 30-minute period. Well, ABC, NBC and CBS spent, collectively, about 22 minutes. That is an enormous amount of time. You know, with the caveats – ‘Well, it may not be true. Maybe it is true. Who knows if it’s true’ – well, then, don’t run with it. (Editor’s Note: According to NewsBusters, ABC, NBC and CBS “devoted 27 minutes and 33 seconds on their Friday morning and evening newscasts (minus opening teases) to a story that, for lack of a better term, has been sunk.”)
“But there were the newspapers and their sites. Washington Compost: ‘BuzzFeed’s Trump-Cohen bombshell dominated the morning news shows – except on “Fox & Friends.”’ I guess we’re supposed to hate ‘Fox & Friends.’ ‘BuzzFeed’ – same paper, Washington Compost – ‘BuzzFeed’s Michael Cohen story, if true, looks to be the most damning to date for Trump.’ But it’s not true. CNBC: ‘Trump told his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about Russia Trump Tower deal, BuzzFeed report says.’ Hmm. Why did they go with that? Because they could. Los Angeles Times: ‘Trump reportedly told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. His own attorney general pick testified that’s a crime.’
“The word ‘impeach,’ ‘impeached,’ ‘impeachment’ was used almost 200 times, until the Mueller statement came out. I believe that’s from The Daily Caller – almost 200 times. Think about that. This is par for the course.
“And then, of course, Mueller’s praised, after sitting on his hands for almost a full day. ‘See, this demonstrates how honorable he is. This demonstrates–’
“The spin is on – doesn’t demonstrate any such thing. There was an entire article in The Washington Compost explaining how they struggled, in the special counsel’s office, to determine how to react to BuzzFeed, because now, people were actually calling for the president’s impeachment based on false information.
“Now, ladies and gentlemen, if that’s the concern, then the special counsel’s office would have issued 30, 40, 50 statements by now. But The Washington Post tells us, they needed 24 hours, or however much time, to go through their interview notes and documents, to make sure that they were right about BuzzFeed being wrong.
“Now, let me tell you something. If Andrew Weissmann, Andrew Weissmann, the deputy to Mueller, or Mueller – or any of the liberal Democrat donors on Mueller’s staff – if any of them had come across information that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower development non-project in Russia, anybody, any of them, they wouldn’t have had to search their files or their notes or papers. They’re working on a report. That would’ve been at the top of the list.
“So, The Washington Compost comes over the top to try to give them cover. I don’t give them cover at all.”