Levin’s rant comes days after NY Times columnist Ben Smith wrote that Tucker Carlson has been an unnamed source for multiple journalists.
Citation From the June 24, 2021, edition of Westwood One's The Mark Levin Show
MARK LEVIN (HOST): I would tell my friend Thomas Lifson, and he is my friend over at the American Thinker and others -- we know journalists, so many of them, are unethical. That's the point.
We know that they'll only keep confidences that they want to keep, or keep people anonymous that they want to keep anonymous. We know this, that's the point, so don't be surprised when they don't.
That said, 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?