Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Monday excoriated attempts by the liberal media to destroy Donald Trump’s new administration. He also praised the President’s efforts to combat journalists: “What Donald Trump is saying is, ‘If you hit me unfairly, I'm going to knock your teeth out.’ And that is what he has been doing.”
Talking to Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, Bozell continued, “I think the old media need to be put in their place. Enough of this.... They tried to destroy his campaign before he won. When he won, they tried to destroy during the transition. And now that he is the president, they're trying to destroy it.”
This is an administration that is not the going to put up with a quote, unquote, news media that are hell bent in destroying it. The news media are more radically concerned with the destruction of Donald Trump than is Nancy Pelosi, than is Senator Schumer, believe it or not.
A transcript of the segment is below:
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STUART VARNEY: White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says the media is out to delegitimatize trump. Watch this.
REINCE PRIEBUS: He is ready to get to work. However the media from day one has been talking about delegitimatizing the election, talking about the Russians, talking about everything you can imagine except the fact we need to move the country forward.
CHRIS WALLACE: Are you saying there is conspiracy?
REINCE PRIEBUS: I'm saying there obsession by the media to delegitimize this president and we are not going to sit around and let it happen. We are going to fight back, tooth and nail every day, and twice own Sunday.
VARNEY: Media Research Center President, his name is Brent Bozell, and he's with on this action Monday. I don't want to look back at Sean Spicer. So, I want to look forward. Seems to me there is a new and radically different relationship between the White House and the press going forward, am I right?
BRENT BOZELL: We have never seen anything like this. This is an administration — I agree completely with Mr. Priebus on this one. This is an administration that is not the going to put up with a quote, unquote, news media that are hell bent in destroying it. The news media are more radically concerned with the destruction of Donald Trump than is Nancy Pelosi, than is Senator Schumer, believe it or not. These are radicalized people and what the Trump administration is saying, not only are they not going to put up with it, but they don't have to put up with it. And that the problem with the old media. They are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Donald Trump knows that because of social media. He has got the upper hand on this one.
VARNEY: But the establishment media can do a lot of damage to Donald Trump because for the average person, you get up, you watch TV, you read the newspaper. You get your Facebook feed and it is going to be negative. And if that is repeated constantly, damage can still be done, can it not?
BOZELL: Sure it can. Sure it can, Stuart. But the old rules. And I’ve had countless conversations with Republican candidates and officials over the years, the old rules were if the media hit you once, don't you dare respond because they will hit you twice as hard the second time. And I have always counseled them, no you respond. If they hit you unfairly you respond. What Donald Trump is saying is if you hit me unfairly I’m going to knock your teeth out. And that is what he has been doing.
VARNEY: You approve of that? You watch the media. Do you approve of this? I think you do.
BOZELL: You know, I do. I think the old media need to be put in their place. Enough of this. They are trying to, they tried to destroy his campaign before he won. When he won, they tried to destroy before, during the transition. And now that he is the president they're trying to destroy it, and they’re doing it internationally, not just in this country. Understand this. This international. That whole thing that took place over the weekend, that was a Soros effort internationally. And what Donald Trump is doing, he is standing up to these people. He peeling the onion layer by layer and the public is seeing it.
VANEY: Is that a fact that George Soros is financing global, I'm not going to call it conspiracy a global effort to discredit and delegitimatize Donald Trump? This is George Soros in action. Is it?
BOZELL: Oh, there is no question. This is a man who has put up billions into the electoral process but he is funding the most radical organization, which are anti-Trump. Therefore, George Soros is funding anti-Trump de— trying to destroy him.
VARNEY: Smile, Brent, because I know you're having fun. He’s a good man and he’s with us this Monday morning. Thank you, Brent.