On his Friday night broadcast, conservative radio host Mark Levin had some strong words for those criticizing Rush Limbaugh for the remarks he made about so-called contraception activist Sandra Fluke, even as some Republicans condemn Limbaugh.
Levin, the author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” said he had planned to ignore the backlash aimed at his colleague, but the “piling on” was too much for him to stand.
“I wasn’t even going to address [the issue], but watching the news today, watching the piling on and watching really the shameful inability of conservatives to defend one of our own is really awful,” Levin said. “One of the great things about Andrew Breitbart was that he was a warrior, and people have praised him for being a warrior. And then here we are in a battle which I’m about to explain and some of the people who have praised him have either left the battlefield, or worse.”
Levin generally took the same position as Limbaugh, criticizing Fluke’s expectation of the role the government should play in providing birth control.
“The media have tried to give you the impression that [Fluke] is just a law student and being put upon. Ms. Fluke does not represent most women,” Levin said. “She does not represent most women that I know, and most women that I know would not be testifying before Congress, before the national media, talking about all the sex they have engaged in and then have the nerve to demand that the citizens of this nation pay for contraceptives.”
Levin explained that, in his view, Fluke represents the mentality of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
“She’s a radical feminist,” he said. “This isn’t to be cheered or embraced. This is not how we parents raise our daughters and sons.”
But Levin saved his strongest condemnation of the media for the end of his show’s opening segment, when he questioned the media’s motivations.
“I want the leftists at MSNBC, CNN and the other so-called news outlets who are dressed up as journalists but are nothing of the sort — I want you to understand something,” he said. “You don’t get to decide who the rest of us listen to. You don’t get to decide who the rest of us admire. You’re not going to succeed in driving Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. I don’t care how many cowardly Republicans you speak to,” he said.
Levin then accused the media of pandering to President Barack Obama.
“You say nothing about the unconstitutional acts of this president,” Levin said. “You say nothing of the policies that are bankrupting our nation. You do nothing to expose the lies and deceit of this nation. In fact, if you’re not covering it up, you’re cheering it on. This is why we have no respect for you, why your audience and readership are plummeting and will continue to.”
Levin concluded by saying he thought he spoke for many and told the media to go to hell.
“No, we will not let you take down Rush or anyone else,” he said. “In fact, I think I speak for tens of millions of Americans, you can go to hell.”
(h/t The Right Scoop)