On his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Thursday, Oct. 25, host Mark Levin said the U.S. media were “undermining the republic” and trying to destroy President Donald Trump.
“The problem is, as a collective, you’re undermining the republic,” Levin said about the media. “You’re undermining the republic. You’re trying to so thoroughly to destroy this presidency that you’ve lost all notion of professionalism and objectivity. And the idea that people shouldn’t notice it is preposterous. Of course we notice it. And the idea you shouldn’t be condemned for it is ridiculous.”
Mark Levin’s remarks came after members of the media suggested, according to an article by NewsBusters.org, that President Trump’s attacks on the media were responsible for “suspicious packages” to various high-profile Democrats and CNN earlier this week.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Thursday:
“The press pretend to be professionals. Based on what? Based on what? How is Don Lemmon a professional? He’s a mockery. How do they choose their guests, their contributors, their members of Congress? They go for the lowest-hanging fruit, the people who they know will make the most outrageous comments, so even if they won’t make them, they know their guests will. But they are making them. They are making them.
“You got a guy like Chuck Todd, who replaced Tim Russert. Say what you will about Tim Russert – that guy was a real journalist. Look at this Chuck Todd. It’s a joke. You got George Stephanopoulos, who used to head the war room for the Clinton administration. He does their Sunday show. You’ve got, you’ve got the top national security reporter for CNN who used to work for Obama, and you go right down the list. Chris Cuomo, of the Cuomo family, he’s a hack.
“These corporations, and these executives in these corporations, make the decision to hire these people, make the decision to give them precious airtime, make the decision to allow them to say what they say. And in fact, in the case of Jeff Zucker at CNN, he encourages it. And then when people notice it, particularly the victims of these attacks, and particularly the people who voted for the president or voted for a certain Republican, and they use their free speech rights to respond, now you’re threatening the media.
“Nobody’s threatening the media. Jeff Bezos is worth $100 billion. He owns The Washington Post. Who can threaten The Washington Post? You got some guy in Mexico that used to own, maybe still does, 17 percent of The New York Times. He’s worth $50 billion. Who is threatening these, these news entities? Comcast, as I recall, owns NBC and MSNBC. Nobody’s going to touch them. Time Warner owns CNN. These are major, massive international corporations. We’re not talking about small bloggers or somebody owns a website or that. ‘Oh, look at that. They’re threatening us.’ Nobody’s threatening you! Nobody’s threatening you at all.
“The problem is, as a collective, you’re undermining the republic. You’re undermining the republic. You’re trying to so thoroughly destroy this presidency that you’ve lost all notion of professionalism and objectivity. And the idea that people shouldn’t notice it is preposterous. Of course we notice it. And the idea you shouldn’t be condemned for it is ridiculous.
“That First Amendment belongs to the American people, not to Comcast, not to Jeff Bezos, and not to Time Warner. It belongs to ‘We, the People.’”