- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TMZ founder Harvey Levin said Monday that some of the “most trusted names” in the news business are losing credibility because they pretend to be objective but continue to push an anti-President Trump agenda.

Mr. Levin, who faced criticism last month after meeting with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office, told a panel at the NAB Show in Las Vegas that traditional media outlets are doing themselves in by failing to report on the president fairly, Broadcasting & Cable magazine reported.

“What I find unbelievable is the bullying in traditional media,” the 66-year-old attorney said. “I think there are some traditional media outlets that are getting ruined by this administration and ruined by their own deeds. There are certain networks and newspapers that are very clear on who they are and what they feel and that’s fine. I mean if you put yourself out as somebody who supports Trump or, like MSNBC is against Trump, at least you know what you’re getting.

“But when you pretend like you’re objective, but you’re not, and you are angry, and you are trying to kill and bully, I think that is killing [them],” he added. “And I don’t think they know it yet, but I think some of the trusted names in news are not trusted anymore because of this.”

Mr. Levin said the “bullying” of celebrities who have met with the president is the “dumbest thing” he’s ever seen.

“What I think is so preposterous is that Kanye West went to see Trump, he got trashed. Steve Harvey went to see Trump, he got trashed. They went after me for seeing Trump. So, I guess the solution is that nobody should see him — it should be a boycott. That is so stupid,” Mr. Levin said. “The guy has shown in the past three weeks that he’s changed his mind on five things. So, if he’s willing to change his mind, why would you sit in the sidelines [and] bully people who go in there? It’s absurd.”

Mr. Levin’s new show “OBJECTified,” which debuted in November as a special profile on Mr. Trump and was later picked up by Fox News, airs on the network this fall. It will feature the TMZ founder touring the homes of notable people and telling their life stories through their belongings.

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