January 8, 2010, - 2:30 pm

Would Today’s MSM Have Irving R. Levine’s Integrity to Resist the Enemy?

By Debbie Schlussel

Below is a great video report that appeared on NBC Nightly News, a couple of nights ago, about the network’s late Soviet correspondent, Irving R. Levine.  Stationed in Moscow, the Soviets repeatedly pressured him and tried to blackmail and extort him into working as a spy for them.  But, to his credit and incredible integrity, he consistently resisted the KGB and showed courage and integrity. Levine, who died in March of last year, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and showed a fortitude few would show today.


And the story begs these questions:  how many of today’s network correspondents have similarly been pressured and blackmailed by Muslims and their governments and even their terrorist groups?  And how many had the courage to resist, the way Irving R. Levine did?  Unfortunately, I’d bet there are many in the back pocket of these enemies–we see their sympathetic reports–and few with the courage and will to do the right thing. Sadly, they are neither patriots, nor impartial reporters.  And many appear to have been on the jihadi payroll for years.

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9 Responses

Robert Novak comes to mind. Both he and Irving R. Levine were Jews but were exact opposites. There are more Novaks than Levines in the media today and that’s part of the reason for its decline as an information medium.

NormanF on January 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Debbie, not just Muslims and their foreign banker owners…BUT THE CIA AS WELL!

Ever hear of Operation Mockingbird?


McCarthy was a victim of it.

“J. Edgar Hoover became jealous of the CIA’s growing power. He described the OPC (Office of Policy Coordination) as “Wisner’s gang of weirdos” and began carrying out investigations into their past. It did not take him long to discover that some of them had been active in left-wing politics in the 1930s. This information was passed to who started making attacks on members of the OPC. Hoover also gave McCarthy details of an affair that Frank Wisner had with Princess Caradja in Romania during the war. Hoover, claimed that Caradja was a Soviet agent.

Joseph McCarthy also began accusing other senior members of the CIA as being security risks. McCarthy claimed that the CIA was a “sinkhole of communists” and claimed he intended to root out a hundred of them. One of his first targets was Cord Meyer, who was still working for Operation Mockingbird. In August, 1953, Richard Helms, Wisner’s deputy at the OPC, told Meyer that Joseph McCarthy had accused him of being a communist. The Federal Bureau of Investigation added to the smear by announcing it was unwilling to give Meyer “security clearance”. However, the FBI refused to explain what evidence they had against Meyer. Allen W. Dulles and both came to his defense and refused to permit a FBI interrogation of Meyer.

Joseph McCarthy did not realize what he was taking on. Wisner unleashed Mockingbird on McCarthy. Drew Pearson, Joe Alsop, Jack Anderson, Walter Lippmann and Ed Murrow all went into attack mode and McCarthy was permanently damaged by the press coverage orchestrated by Wisner.

Mockingbird was very active during the overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala. People like Henry Luce was able to censor stories that appeared too sympathetic towards the plight of Arbenz. Allen W. Dulles was even able to keep left-wing journalists from traveling to Guatemala. This including Sydney Gruson of the New York Times.”

Your article is more a reason for me to try and get back into radio broadcasting…TO TAKE THE HORSE CRAP FROM OUT OF THE BARN AND TO TELL THE GLOBALISTS IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER THE HELL WITH Y’ALL!


I mean have you looked at Geithner and the way he is telling AIG to shut up about deals??




Bob Porrazzo on January 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

…come to think of it…how many would even the enemy who is our own government (not just the CIA) as Levine did?

YeahRight on January 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Just remember reading years ago that when Mrs. Levine saw Johnny Carson with glasses & bow tie immitating her husband, she was in tears laughing. She said Irving was flattered. No matter what; sometimes we need to pull-out the stick and have a sense of humor about things.

#1 Vato on January 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I would say that ideological conformity, out of belief or fear, is what motivates many analysts and journalists today. It begins on campuses in which only the “correct” graduate students receive useful letters of recommendation from their instructors, as well as contacts. The employer then screens out those who might not be quite the “right thinkers” from the hiring process. Over time, you get newsrooms, academic departments, government agencies, as well as other institutions, with stunning levels of ideological uniformity. Also, these people, especially at the highest level, such people only socialize and mingle with the like minded. It can
be a deeply disturbing experience to meet people who hold substantially different views than their own.

sorrow01 on January 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I miss Irving R. (I can’t leave out the “R”; it was always there) Levine. I didn’t know about his noble past; I simply knew that here was a man of genuine dignity, character, and professionalism.

Mack Hall on January 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Well, what were the Soviets attempting to blackmail him about? That he resisted so heroically.

G-Tom on January 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

I had the pleasure to work as Mr. Levine’s researcher for five years–his integrity, character, caring, and intelligence are something that few can hope to measure up to.

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