TMZ’s Harvey Levin Talks About the ‘Bullying in Traditional Media’ He Endured After Trump Meeting
Last month, Donald Trump met with the founder of TMZ, Harvey Levin.
Predictably, there was backlash, as is the case for most people who meet with the president. There was when Kanye West met with Trump, too.
Levin addressed the backlash in a recent NAB Show interview along with Fox TV’s Senior Vice President of programming, Frank Cicha. Levin said this:
“What I find unbelievable is the bullying in traditional media. 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. If you put yourself out as somebody who supports Trump, or like MSNBC, is against Trump, at least you get it, 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]. 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.”
He criticized the media for going after West and Steve Harvey, too.
“I guess the solution is that nobody should see him; it should be a boycott,” he quipped. “That is so stupid.”
Cicha, too, had something to say about the media, but he chose to focus specifically on TMZ itself. Unsurprisingly, the partnership between local Fox stations and TMZ has worked out well, even though Levin never envisioned the website becoming a television program.
“The fun part [about TMZ] was early on getting calls from the studios telling us to tell Harvey to stop going after their stars,” revealed Cicha. “So I’d get a call and be like, ‘I’m not going to bother [TMZ], they’re putting on a good show for us… if you don’t want your star on TMZ, don’t have them drive a car through a wall at a restaurant. And, I think if you manage to avoid that, you probably won’t be on TMZ.”
Drive a car through a wall or meet up with a President who has a historically bad approval rating — it’s all the same to the press and just depends which faction of the press you’re dealing with at the moment.
You can watch Levin’s remarks in the video above.
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