Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin ripped the United States press Wednesday, suggesting on his show that President Trump is not destroying the 1st Amendment but that “[t]he press is destroying itself.”
“We’ve heard now since Donald Trump decided to run for president and up to modern day that he is destroying the 1st Amendment and freedom of the press,” stated Mark Levin. “The press is destroying itself.”
Levin’s comments came as yet another journalist, Matt Lauer, has been accused of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” leading to the NBC “Today” show co-anchor’s firing.
Below is transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show Wednesday:
“That Access Hollywood tape which came out, that video – and what Billy Bush had said and what Trump had said and so forth – it almost looks quaint compared to what we’re learning with respect to these journalists. Not just bravado, not just opinions and so forth, not just nasty stuff, we’re talking about acting out nasty stuff – acting it out.
“Now, we’ve talked about this a long time: when a country loses its virtue, the country is lost. I don’t believe our country has lost its virtue. I believe our government has. I believe politicians as a class have, journalists as a class have, cultural entities – like Hollywood – as a class has. I believe they have. I really do.
“We’ve heard now since Donald Trump decided to run for president and up to modern day that he is destroying the 1st Amendment and freedom of the press. The press is destroying itself.
“The American people, when they talk about the press, despise the press. When the American people think about the press, they ridicule the press. They don’t believe the press.
“And when you have people like Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose – and there’s more, I can’t think of them all, and there will be more – conducting themselves as they do, you can’t trust them to report a straight story. You can’t trust them to report a straight story.
“No wonder poor Juanita Broaddrick, when she came forward, or poor Paula Jones or Kathleen Willy and a host of others, no wonder they weren’t believed.
“More to the point, even if they were believed, the media – many aspects, many parts of the media – were conducting themselves the same way. They were not about to go after Bill Clinton.”