Last March, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin argued that the Obama administration had ordered surveillance on the Trump campaign and that there was evidence to suggest information gathered during that surveillance was leaked to harm Donald Trump politically.
Monday’s report that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the Obama administration before and after the election confirmed what Levin had said, proving Levin’s analysis — which was meticulously detailed and came from mainstream media sources — was correct.
But back in March, the mainstream media dismissed Levin’s claims out of hand. Levin was labeled a “conspiracy theorist,” the “overwhelming” evidence Levin presented in great detail was largely ignored, and Levin’s integrity was attacked viciously in the media.
Instead of following up on the evidence Levin presented:
- ABC’s Brian Ross called Levin “a conspiracy-loving talk show host.”
- The Washington Post claimed Levin was “confounded” or “trying to confound everyone who listens to him.”
- Writing for the Post, Chris Cillizza labeled Levin’s claims a “conspiracy theory” and wrote of his evidence: “The proof that all — or any — of these events are tied together by actual facts as opposed to supposition is not offered.”
- The New York Daily News declared Levin “the conservative radio host behind Trump’s wiretap conspiracy theory.”
- CNN’s Brian Stelter accused Levin of having “cherry-picked news stories that supported his thesis and omitted information that cut against it.”
- The New York Times called Levin’s detailed argument a “conspiratorial rant.”
- The L.A. Times said Levin advanced his claims against the Obama administration “without evidence” and labeled it a “conspiracy theory.”
- The Guardian pointed at Levin as “the talkshow [sic] host behind the baseless Obama wiretap rumor.”
- The Daily Beast smeared Levin as “a perpetually angry conservative media star and commentator who too often enjoys indulging in wild claims and grand conspiracy-theorizing.”
- The Atlantic referred to the matter as “Levin and Breitbart’s conspiracy theory.”
- The Associated Press falsely claimed that Levin “voiced without evidence the idea that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.”
Well, now Levin has been vindicated, and these media outlets look like fools. The mainstream media reaction to Levin’s accurate claims is a sterling case in point for why Americans don’t trust the media.
Author: Chris Pandolfo
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.