Politics

Mark Levin dares Media Matters to take legal action against him

Jeff Poor Media Reporter

On his Monday broadcast, syndicated conservative radio host Mark Levin offered his take on a Daily Caller report that tied Media Matters for America to the al-Jazeera network. TheDC reported that the organization’s foreign policy fellow MJ Rosenberg has made some ill-advised statements about the Jewish community and the United States.

Levin called on the Internal Revenue Service to review Media Matters’ tax status and called the organization, as he has often done in the past, a “criminal front group.”

“Media Matters is a key political operative entity for the Democrat Party and for this president,” Levin said. “I don’t care if it covers itself in the charitable, non-profit, non-partisan mode, part of the Internal Revenue Code. That’s for the IRS to sort out and the IRS ought to be looking at them, quite frankly, as I’ve said many, many times. That’s why I call them a ‘criminal front group.’”

Levin challenged Media Matters to take action against him for the moniker he has given the group, and said he would use a lawsuit as an opportunity to investigate the organization.

“Hey, boys and girls at Media Matters, if you don’t like me calling you a ‘criminal front group,’ what are you going to do about it?” Levin asked. “I would love nothing more than to conduct myself a full-scale discovery of your organization, your finances, your phone records, your emails, your iPods, every little device that you have there.

“I would love nothing more, me to depose Mr. [David] Brock, the head of your organization. I would love nothing more than to depose Eric Burns. I would love nothing more than myself to depose Mr. Rosenberg, the whole damn bunch of you. You got it?” (RELATED: Full coverage of Media Matters)

The conservative talker challenged President Obama to condemn Media Matters and Rosenberg for his statements. He also suggested Alan Dershowitz, who has condemned the organization for its anti-Israel attacks, could serve as co-counsel.

“Alan Dershowitz has him pegged and pegged correctly,” Levin said. “Now will Mr. Obama — who likes to get involved in these different things, you notice? — will he denounce Media Matters and MJ Rosenberg for his outrageous comments about the U.S. government intentionally bombing al-Jazeera sites? Will he comment about any of this, or will he pretend that he and his people have nothing to do with Media Matters?”

“I’ll bet there is a bread trail from the White House to this group, a bread-crumb trail. Oh I guarantee it. ‘Mark, can you prove it?’ Under the right circumstances, I bet I can. By the way, I’m not making a threat. This is reality. I’m talking the truth. As a matter of fact, I can think of a great co-counsel, Alan Dershowitz on this one. But his ego is so massive I don’t think I’d get along with him very well.”

Follow Jeff on Twitter