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Mark Levin: Greatest Danger to Freedom of Press in US Today Is Press

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | March 26, 2019 | 3:18 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

During his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Monday, host Mark Levin discussed the Mueller report and media bias, suggesting that the “greatest threat, the greatest danger to freedom of the press in this country today is the press.”

“No, we don’t want the government to get involved. But there are some questions for AT&T, which owns CNN; for Comcast, which owns NBC and MSNBC; for all the other massive conglomerates who we pay for telephones, who we pay for cable,” Mark Levin said. “We’ve got a lot of questions. And those of you that are stockholders and have invested in these companies, don’t tell me that it violates freedom of the press to make sure that news rooms that you own actually try and report the news. The greatest threat, the greatest danger to freedom of the press in this country today is the press.”

Mark Levin’s comments came in response to the release of the Department of Justice’s summary of the Mueller report, which reads in pertinent part that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” and that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks from his show on Monday:

“You and I, we believe in freedom of the press. But does[sic] the press believe in freedom of the press? When you abuse your special status in this republic – protected by the Constitution itself, the first of the Bill of Rights – when your purpose is to convey accurate information to the American people so they can make decisions about their republic, make decisions about politicians and policies and their own well-being and their own decisions about their own lives, you have a special public trust. It doesn’t mean you’re perfect.  You’re not. You’re a human being. But you take that position, and you self-identify as a journalist, and you use that position to advance an ideology, and that’s what it is, to advance an ideology or to advance a single political party—you’re not on the opinion side of the ship; you’re on the fact, news side of the ship—when you abuse the newsroom that way, when you abuse journalism that way, when you abuse the American for whom the First Amendment exists – freedom of speech, freedom of the press – you’ve done something very dire. You’ve done something very dark, very evil.

“We can not have a healthy, vibrant republic when the press, when the press turns into an ideological arm of a single party; when the press is dishonest – not makes mistakes – is dishonest, fundamentally dishonest; when the press throws in with the government, doesn’t check the government, throws in with the government, throws in with corrupt senior FBI officials, throws in with corrupt senior intelligence officials, throws in with corrupt Department of Justice officials, throws in with the Hillary campaign and the DNC, advances a phony dossier with a former British spy who is the source of the information, pulls most of the information off the internet, what do we do about that, ladies and gentleman?

“No, we don’t want the government to get involved. But there are some questions for AT&T, which owns CNN; for Comcast, which owns NBC and MSNBC; for all the other massive conglomerates who we pay for telephones, who we pay for cable. We’ve got a lot of questions. And those of you that are stockholders and have invested in these companies, don’t tell me that it violates freedom of the press to make sure that news rooms that you own actually try and report the news. The greatest threat, the greatest danger to freedom of the press in this country today is the press.”

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