Radio Host Threatens to Sue Over 'Hardball's' Tucson Tragedy Comments

7:49 PM PST 01/13/2011 by Paul Bond
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Chris Matthews' assertion that Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was influenced by radio personalities Mark Levin and Michael Savage may lead to a courtroom showdown with Levin.

Talk-radio host Mark Levin has publicly threatened to sue Chris Matthews and a laundry list of MSNBC hosts who suggest that he might have some culpability in Saturday's mass murders in Tucson, Arizona.

Others, like talk-radio host Michael Savage, have done similarly, but Levin has clout and credibility in the legal profession, given that he's an attorney who heads the Landmark Legal Foundation and is a former official of the U.S. Justice Department.

Levin was responding to an assertion by Matthews and a couple of guests on a recent Hardball episode that Jared Lee Loughner was somehow influenced by Levin and Savage when he went on a killing spree at an event hosted by congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

"I'm waiting for an allegation that is very specific against me because I'm going to sue... I'm going to drag your ass into federal court," Levin told his estimated 8.5 million listeners during his syndicated radio show.

"I'm going to personally depose you. I'm going to drag you in front of a jury and I'm going to get your assets," he said.

Levin went on to challenge practically the entire lineup of MSNBC talent.

"Somebody has to draw the line," Levin said. "Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough. Test me."

He also stuck up for Sarah Palin, who has been a hot topic of discussion at MSNBC as hosts and pundits link her political rhetoric to the killings.

"I challenge Chris Matthews. I'll put $100,000 on the table to find any example where Sarah Palin has promoted the murder of anybody," Levin said. "A hundred-thousand dollars on the table if Chris Matthews can find anywhere where Mark Levin has urged the murder of people who have different political viewpoints."

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