Saturday, April 9, 2016

Radio Trump bashers Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson revealed to have financial ties to GOP Establishment

Mark Levin, Creative Commons

I checked off Erick Erickson as conservative not worth the time of day months ago. 
Glenn Beck has gone off the deep end with all his religious pronouncements about Ted Cruz.  I don’t abide to any religious doctrine coming from a Mormon.  But, the most disappointing of the three is Mark Levin.  I like Mark and I’ve held my fire from publicly going after him on this blog.  That ends today!   

Daily Caller reports the next time you hear Mark Levin on the radio, or watch Glenn Beck on TV, or read Erick Erickson, on the Internet, you might just ask yourself who is paying for the message?  And why is it so stridently anti-Trump?

Don’t fool yourself. They’re doing it for the money.

As the spearhead of the “Dump Trump” movement, the same GOP establishment big-dollar donors and PACS that are pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan as a dark-horse presidential candidate, despite the big-government omnibus-budget deals Ryan reached last year with President Obama, are funding Mark Levin, Erick Erickson,  and Glenn Beck, to promote Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Conservative Tree House blog exposed the financial nexus supporting prominent “conservative” pundits to promote in their media outlets Ted Cruz as the last, best hope to block Trump in Wisconsin, a state considered by the Washington-based GOP establishment as perhaps the last establishment firewall to block Trump from the GOP presidential nomination.

“These financial/media relationships have largely and historically, remained hidden,” a blogger identified simply as “sundance” noted in an article posted on on Wednesday. “They have sure never been publicly, clearly, and regularly stated so the consuming audience would know the presentation was fraught with financial conflict.”

$400k for Mark Levin books
“The Senate Conservatives Fund (PAC) purchasing massive quantities ($400,000) of Mark Levin’s books in exchange for favorable candidacy political opinion. Conveniently hidden by the radio host who avoids mentioning the financial conflict created,” the blog pointed out.

On Jan. 13, Ben Jacobs in an article published by the Daily Beast headlined “Pay to Play?” noted that Politico, in an article that now appears to have been scrubbed from Politico’s website, reported on how the GOP establishment seeks to buy Levin.

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a “conservative” fund founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina that backed Cruz in his Senate fight against Obamacare, spent $427,000 to buy copies of radio talk show host Mark Levin’s four-year-old book “Liberty or Tyranny” to distribute to donors – a purchase that should have earned Levin approximately $1 million in royalties.

Despite his many diatribes against Trump broadcast to his national radio audience, Levin hid the fact the son of his fiancé is a full-time staffer for Cruz.

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It’s one thing for Mark Levin to be for Ted Cruz and bash Donald Trump.  I get it.  But, he’s taken it to an entirely different level to not only demonize Trump but also demonize his supporters.  That’s very wrongheaded for Mark to do because by doing so as a radio talk show host, he’s poisoned a segment of the primary electorate that has to reconcile and unite after the process is over.  Now, Mark is a smart guy.  He knows this.  Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are Cruz guys also.  But, to their credit they try and play it down the middle and got the bruises to prove it by Trump and Cruz supporters accusing both of bias toward the other guy.  But, Levin never did that.  He went full bore for Trump on a search and destroy mission taking no prisoners.  And I couldn’t figure out why, until today.  I’m sure on Monday Levin is going to attack Roger Stone and explain away this article.  But, unless he gives back the money to the GOP establishment for his books, Levin has a credibility problem.