Brent Bozell is the Founder and President of the Media Research Center
Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, L. Brent Bozell III is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.
Founder and president of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made “media bias” a household term.
He is the author of the books Collusion: How The Media Stole the 2012 Election And How to Stop Them From Doing It In 2016 (with Tim Graham), Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will (also with Tim Graham), and Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media.
He is also the publisher of CNSNews.com and chairman of ForAmerica.
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Before the shock of President Trump wears off, let’s remember to tip our hats to Tinseltown. What would we do without them? These were the self-absorbed Beautiful People who called on America to become as enlightened as they by supporting Hillary Clinton. They proudly donned their “I’m With Her” buttons.
Now, like their candidate, they are in a state of shock. America’s response on November 8 was: Go pound sand.
Donald Trump is a persistent critic of the media and is attacked for not granting them enough access. But there he was, three days after the election, the president-elect taping a long interview with CBS and 60 Minutes, where he could expect Lesley Stahl would push, push, push from the Left.
Stahl presented him as a terror for minorities. “I want to ask you all about something that's going on right now around the country. A lot of people are afraid. They’re really afraid. African Americans think there’s a target on their back. Muslims are terrified.” Trump accurately replied that’s “horrible,” but it’s “built up by the press.”
The election has passed, and the American people gave the spoiled celebrities of Hollywood the heave-ho. Despite all of their earnest YouTube lectures and pro-Hillary concerts and campaign appearances, the next president is Donald Trump.
Little did they realize that John Q. Public is done with these multi-multi millionaires positing themselves as champions of the working class, or even more remarkable, the downtrodden. Get out the popcorn for their wailing and gnashing of teeth on the Internet. On election night they went certifiably bonkers.
The pundits got it all wrong. They believed the media and their spin, not just on the coronation of Hillary Clinton, but more important, on America’s repudiation of Donald Trump.
They saw Trump’s voters just as the Clinton campaign saw them: a basket of deplorables. All season long the pro-Hillary press treated Trump’s followers with utter contempt. At the same time the leftwing media were giving aid and comfort to Hillary Clinton, covering up her scandals when they could, spinning them in her favor when they couldn’t.
CNN’s Brian Stelter sent around an Election Day e-mail declaring “This is the year of the fact-checker.” He joked “Trump made fact-checking great again.”
It's time to fact-check the fact checkers. In fact, it's already been done. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, just 29 percent of likely voters trust media fact-checking of the candidates, while 62 percent believed the media “skew the facts to help candidates they support.” Don't you just love the American people?
Then The Wall Street Journal broke another new story online that “Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay.” Reaction from the news media? Crickets.
Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton. It’s the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show Twenty One in advance and looked like a genius on national television. Van Doren later apologized to America: “I have deceived my friends, and I had millions of them.”
That’s not the way CNN and Brazile reacted when exposed by the Wikileaks e-mails.
The liberals at Esquire magazine asked a question almost no one else is asking in the last weeks of this campaign: “Why Are Influential Celebrities Remaining Silent This Election?” As if anyone is thirsting for more political utterances from people who are best known for their acting or singing or joking?
Esquire’s Mark Miller was overtaken by panic: “A shockingly large number of Americans are prepared to make a reality TV star the ruler of the free world. Celebrities literally have the attention of millions of adoring fans at their fingertips, and it's hard to deny these people's influence.”
The Wikileaks email trove is revealing more than the servility of “objective” reporters trying to please Hillary Clinton and her aides. It’s also revealing their press strategy – how they seek to praise reporters, even as they arrogantly stonewall them.
One internal campaign e-mail exchange is salient. It discusses Mrs. Clinton speaking at an a Syracuse University event handing out the Robin Toner Prize for journalism, named after a deceased liberal New York Times correspondent.
In the aftermath of the final presidential debate, some pundits were struck dead that Donald Trump would be so rude as to describe Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman.” Would you like a lesson in the meaning of hypocrisy? Let's see what their colleagues said about Trump after the debate.
On Comedy Central, host Trevor Noah described Trump this way: A “giant, novelty dildo was on stage behind the podium.” On CBS, Late Show host Stephen Colbert wondered if after the election, “he's just going to wipe his fat ass with the Constitution.”
On his CNN show Reliable Sources on October 16, host Brian Stelter took the denial of liberal media bias to a new level. In the wake of hundreds of emails underlining media-Democrat collusion, he insisted that every American should deny the evidence.
“In Trump's world, journalists are really just Clinton campaign workers in disguise collaborating with her in an attempt to rig the election. This is not just false, it's ludicrous and it's damaging.” On what planet does this man live?
We once scoffed at the suggestion there was some form of a liberal media conspiracy against conservatives. Do liberals meet for breakfast and plan attacks on their ideological foes? Of course not, we’d answer. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s a mindset wherein what is liberal is good, and what is conservative is in opposition to what is good.
No, apparently it was a conspiracy after all. The latest e-mails emerging from WikiLeaks have brought in the evidence. There is an unquestionable collusion between “objective” journalists and the Clinton campaign.
In the election cycle dominated by Donald Trump, it should not be much of a shock that the first “October Surprise” came from Access Hollywood. In a 2005 outtake, Trump told Access co-host Billy Bush how he could rudely grab women’s genitals and get away with it because “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."
The Clinton-enabling press sprung into action, smelling Trump’s blood in the water. None of them seemed to reflect for five seconds that Trump could be describing Bill Clinton’s modus operandi.
Chad Robichaux is a Marine who developed post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of eight tours in Afghanistan. After years of suffering, he now runs a counseling program dedicated to helping veterans avoid suicide, divorce, and other attendant problems. He knows from his own experience that a faith-based approach works. Our government, allergic to faith-based programs, isn’t really interested, especially under Barack Obama.
So when Donald Trump came to a meeting of the Retired American Warriors PAC on October 3, Robichaux asked a question. “Spiritual fitness works on these types of problems. The government is not taking advantage of these programs and services,” Robichaux said. "Will you support and fund a more holistic approach?"
On October 2, The New York Times published an admittedly “fragmentary” front-page story about Donald Trump’s taxes. Through these pages, the Times reported Trump claimed a $915 million loss, which could – emphasis on the “could” – have allowed Trump to avoid paying federal taxes for “up to 18 years.”
The Times was typically harsh in tone. The tax records “reveal the extraordinary tax benefits the Republican presidential nominee derived from the financial wreckage he left behind” with his financial “mismanagement.” A tax expert declared Trump “has a vast benefit from his destruction” in the early 1990s, like he was Hurricane Donald.
ABC debuted the sitcom Modern Family in 2009 in part to push a broader acceptance of same-sex couples. But the cultural deconstructionists cannot rest until the mission is complete, so then they pushed it even further, agitating for a broader acceptance of same-sex marriage as just as sacred as traditional marriage. Now the deconstructionists are doing it again, pushing transgender acceptance....with a transgender child actor.
This new initiative came just a few weeks after transgender actors became the latest social-justice cause pushed at the Emmy Awards.
Washington Post political correspondent Chris Cillizza should win some kind of award for the worst pre-debate spin. He tried to defend NBC anchor Lester Holt: “It turns out Holt is actually a registered Republican. Trump still might find things to complain about Monday night, but a case for partisan bias against him will be tough to make.”
Right after the debate, despite all evidence, Cillizza doubled down: “Want a testament to how well Holt did? I guarantee you no one is talking about him tomorrow. That's a win.” That is precisely as the press would want this. But that’s not what America saw.
The September 26 issue of Time magazine carried this cover line over the heads of Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel: “We Joke. You Decide.” The allusion to the Fox News tagline was deliberate. The subheadline announced they would report on “The seriously partisan politics of late-night comedy.”
The latest Gallup poll confirms that the level of trust in the media has reached another new low. For Republicans, the percentage who hold a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the press has dropped precipitously to 14 percent.
It’s no accident these numbers emerged while the liberal press slams the GOP nominee as too dangerous to be allowed to win. Public trust is on the line when moderators line up for the presidential debates. Will they be fair, or will they deide “history” is too important and pound on Trump before a national audience?