Fox host Mark Levin called out his colleague, Tucker Carlson for leaking unflattering stories against conservatives. Speaking Thursday night on his radio show (in a clip flagged by the progressive watchdog group Media Matters), Levin — without mentioning his cohort by name — addressed the revelation brought to light by Ben Smith of The New York Times earlier this week that Carlson is a go-to source for many reporters.
Here’s the transcript via Media Matters:
I’ve been in this business almost 20 years. I worked in the Reagan administration for 8 years. I never once, not once leaked anything to a newspaper or media outlet, ever — let alone the New York Times and their ilk. Certainly not about the people around me. Now, I could go further into this, I’m not going to. That is a serious misunderstanding of one’s role, of loyalty, and character. Let me leave it at that.
I used to be approached by the likes of a Brian Stelter, Oliver Darcy at CNN. I never sat down with them, never leaked anything to them. Years ago, when I worked for the Attorney General of the United States, they tried to penetrate the office of the Attorney General — “We’ll write a great story about you, as the chief of staff” — I rejected all of it. How could I look myself in the mirror? I had good parents, they taught me to be a stand up guy.
You see, this isn’t a game to me. I’m not positioning myself. This is deadly serious, this is the real world matters here. The real world matters here. It’s hard enough to be a conservative on radio and TV, it’s hard enough to be a conservative at a newspaper without people leaking against you. Just remember that, and I think many of you already know that. So, don’t be surprised when journalists lie, or deceive, or leak themselves. That’s the problem, isn’t it?