On Fox, radio host Dennis Prager doubles down on claim that the media is more dangerous than Putin
Dennis Prager: "The only thing I regret about the tweet is that I didn't write the universities and the media in the West are a greater threat to Western civilization."
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From the July 17 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Meanwhile, what's a bigger threat to America? Fake news or Russia? Radio talk show host Dennis Prager recently tweeting this: "The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does."
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Alright, joining us right now to discuss is the host of The Dennis Prager Show, Dennis Prager. Dennis, threat, really?
DENNIS PRAGER: I have to tell you and this may sound odd to -- I don't know if to you but to many of the viewers. I don't understand why the tweet is controversial. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin threatens -- does not threaten Western civilization. Western civilization is a set of ideas and values. When students remove the American flag from their campuses, that's not Putin. All of the things that are happening in the West to undo Western civilization are -- have nothing to do with Putin. The universities -- the only thing I regret about the tweet is that I didn't write the universities and the media in the West are a greater threat to Western civilization. The New York Times publishes pieces that it is unfortunate that the United States was ever founded. We should have been part of Canada from the beginning. I mean, again, I don't know why it's controversial. That's what they're teaching. Half of America's millennials think socialism is preferable to capitalism. That's a result of the media and the universities.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): So do you agree with the president when he tweeted out "With all of its phony unnamed sources and highly slanted and even fraudulent reporting, #fake news is distorting democracy in our country."
PRAGER: The media have gone from news media to opinion media in the guise of news. That is extremely dangerous. So, essentially, he is right.
DOOCY: So who do you blame for this?
PRAGER: He doesn't tweet -- who do I blame for it? The left has taken over the universities and the media in the West. Remember, I wrote the West. It's true for the BBC and it's true for the major media in Germany. And read the book The Strange Death of Europe. Written by a guy who was an atheist and a gay, major thinker, Douglas Murray. And he writes about how the media hide from the people of Europe -- he's European, he's a Brit -- the media completely hid from the people the devastating effects of massive immigration of Muslims into Europe. So, again, it's not controversial unless you just don't know what's happening.