The “Great One” Mark Levin is out with a new book. I consider his previous books to be conservative classics and must-reads for anyone who loves liberty. His new book is titled Unfreedom of the Press.
Levin is most well-known for his syndicated radio program and Fox News/Blaze TV shows. As much as I enjoy his radio and television shows, I enjoy his books even more.
His previous books include Liberty and Tyranny, Ameritopia, Liberty Amendments, Plunder and Deceit, and Rediscovering Americanism.
Levin is a talented author who has the ability to make deep intellectual history read like a page-turning spy thriller.
To be honest, when I first heard Levin announce the subject matter for his new book, I wasn’t as excited as I’ve been about his other works. As someone who writes about media bias often, the topic becomes redundant. I wasn’t sure what could be added to the topic that wasn’t already widely known.
However, once I read Unfreedom of the Press, I was pleasantly surprised. As I read, I gained a new insight into the history of the press and how it morphed into what Levin calls the “Democratic Party Press.”
Unfreedom of the Press
Levin opens the book with an introduction of what is to follow: “Unfreedom of the Press is about how those entrusted with news reporting in the modern media are destroying freedom of the press from within: not government oppression or suppression, not President Donald Trump’s finger-pointing, but present-day newsrooms and journalists.”
He then goes onto detail how the modern media has become an arm of the Democratic Party, placing social activism above factual reporting.
Levin believes that the purpose of journalism is to “provide people with information they need to be free and self-governing.”
Clearly, the media doesn’t abide by this standard.
In the book, he describes how various groups within the press work together to perpetuate a narrative of their own making. “A modern term for this is referred to as the “master narrative”…These master narratives can become a kind of trap or rut. The journalist picks facts that illustrate a master narrative, or current stereotype, and ignore facts.”
The second chapter details the history of the early “patriot press” during the American Revolution. During the Revolution, the press “emphasized the importance of the newspapers in bringing on the revolt against British tyranny.”
The chapter goes on to detail the importance of pamphlets printed throughout the colonies that urged independence, most famously Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.
The book is a comprehensive study of the modern mainstream media’s partisan leftist agenda. Levin refers to the media as “the Modern Democratic Party-Press.”
A fitting name, don’t you think?
He cites countless examples to lend credence to his claim.
The mainstream media likes to proclaim Donald Trump as the enemy of the press, when in fact, past administrations were far more hostile towards them.
President Trump says mean things to them, and so the media neglects to profile past Presidents who actually stifled the press.
The book chronicles these past executive abuses, describing the anti-press actions of John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, JFK, and Lyndon Johnson. Maybe the media should read this chapter before they whine about President Trump’s treatment of the press.
The book also contains a chapter with shocking details about how the supposed “paper of record” covered up details of the Holocaust in Europe during World War Two.
Levin concludes the book with a rehashing of the media malpractice regarding their coverage of the Trump-Russia allegations. He points to past collusions that were not covered accurately by the press, including Teddy Kennedy’s dealings with the Soviet Union to undermine President Reagan, and China’s role in helping Bill Clinton win re-election in 1996.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book.
I think this is Levin’s best-written book in terms of entertainment value. It can be digested in a few sittings. I found myself not being able to put it down. It was as if I was reading a Dan Brown or Tom Clancy novel.
With Unfreedom of the Press, Levin delivers yet another conservative classic.