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Levin: 'You know damn well if we still had libel laws ... the president wouldn't be called "Hitler"'

Wednesday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin slammed the media for its continual, blatant libel against the president, without consequence.

Levin explained how the Supreme Court decision in the 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan case made it virtually impossible for a public figure to win a libel case against a media outlet.

"Now there's no policing mechanism. So someone can go on television, dressed up as a journalist, and call the president 'Hitler.' Now you know damn well if we still had libel laws that could be used against somebody making an allegation like that, the president wouldn't be called 'Hitler,' now would he? You could still be very aggressive in your coverage and your characterization of a president, but 'Hitler,' 'Stalin,' 'white supremacist,' 'neo-Nazi,' 'treasonous,' 'mentally ill'? Those would all be actionable," Levin said. "Now, to say the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of the mass media is not to say that you oppose a vibrant free press — quite the contrary. It's to say you support a vibrant free press. A press that needs to reform itself. A press that needs to get its focus back: the pursuit of objective truth."

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"The New York Times has a lot of explaining to do, but it's not going to explain anything," Levin continued. "The New York Times has a lot of explaining to do, because — not only with its history, but even in recent days. Why would they hire somebody that they don't vet, who's an anti-Semite, and who is covering the senior editor desk for politics? ... The New York Times wants you to believe that the America of today began in 1619, with slavery. The vast majority of Americans have never owned slaves. You can go to 1619, or 1719, or 1819, or 1919. The vast majority of Americans did not own slaves. So why are we beginning in 1619? Because the New York Times has a narrative, that's why. And they're not only pushing that narrative through the media, they're pushing it into our schools."

Levin also shared how MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell said President Trump took out a loan co-signed by Russians and that Deutsche Bank has Trump's tax returns, which Levin called "a flat-out lie."

"If he could be sued, effectively, for defamation, that never would have come out of his mouth. So how does this better the news that we receive? How does this better inform the American people? When, essentially, these so-called journalists and hosts or whatever you want to call them are free to basically say whatever the hell they want to."

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