The pop music sensation simply known as Beyoncé is the toast of the cultural Left for a new video titled “Formation.” Several scenes are racially charged, including the pop diva sinking into the water on top of a New Orleans police cruiser, a nod to Hurricane Katrina propaganda. In another, a young black boy in a hooded sweatshirt dances in front of a line of white police until they go “Hands up” to his dancing talent.
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.
At the start of the Democratic presidential race, the media viewed the contest as a cakewalk. The compassionate and gloriously wonky Hillary Clinton faced no one who could be viewed as her equal. Game over. When Sen. Bernie Sanders made noises about running against her, nobody thought he could be the actual Democratic nominee. He was old, he was cranky, and he wasn’t even a Democrat.
Now Sanders is succeeding by running a campaign based on the concept of American exceptionalism in reverse. America is exceptional only in her pathetic failure to enact every socialist “reform” that Scandinavian countries have ever implemented.
Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song “White Privilege II.”
He raps: “White supremacy isn't just a white dude in Idaho. White supremacy protects the privilege I hold. White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home. White supremacy is our country's lineage, designed for us to be indifferent.”
The results in the Iowa caucuses are a rebuke to the notion that the national media have all the influence over America’s voters. Donald Trump has been the overwhelmingly dominant figure on television news. Even his decision to duck a debate was treated as bigger news than the actual event, and he almost fell to third place in Iowa.
On the Democratic side, when Hillary Clinton entered the race last April, she was presented as an unstoppable colossus, the American royal family returning to its natural place of power and adoration. Time magazine published a nauseating tribute from Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple computer genius Steve Jobs, as “one of America’s greatest modern creations." Now she squeezed out a Pyrrhic victory in Iowa.
For a conservative, perhaps nothing in popular culture is more amusing than watching leftist Hollywood beat itself up with the battle cry “Oscars So White.” For a group of people that can’t possibly assemble at awards shows without making egregious displays of what passes for “progressive thought,” this fight over putative racism is as entertaining as the movies themselves. Grab some popcorn.
Just a couple of weeks after CNN happily acquiesced to a quickly improvised “town hall” meeting for President Obama to promote gun control, they once again agreed with the Democrats to provide a “town hall” event with Iowa voters. It was not a debate, where the candidates would spar, but an orderly event to allow all three candidates to promote themselves for a half hour.
In her half hour, Hillary Clinton demonstrated once again that any question about her dishonesty on the Clinton scandals can be brushed over with her usual bucket of whitewash.
Sean Penn has long been the poster boy for the Hollywood Left, another one of those overpaid dilettantes who constantly berate the country that’s given him international fame and incredible wealth. Penn’s loathing of Yankee imperialism is so intense that he thinks America is “over-demonizing” a Mexican drug kingpin that Forbes magazine estimates is responsible for the deaths of 34,000 people – mostly Mexicans.
In an act of sheer self-promotion, Penn exploited an acting connection to gain an audience with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, fresh from a prison escape. Instead of asking this man how he could butcher so many thousands of men, women and children, he asked him to condemn the American “war on drugs.”
To hear the press tell it, the Republican Party has gone so far to the right that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize it. But the Democratic Party is at this moment on the cusp of forsaking Hillary Clinton for a self-described socialist who wants America to be exactly like Sweden. So precisely which party is making a historic tilt toward a new extreme?
Never, ever trust the liberal media to put politicians on a mainstream-to-extreme political scale. In their minds, Nancy Pelosi sits on the center line of the political fulcrum. By that measurement, Jeb Bush looks like a fire-breathing extremist. And Ted Cruz, the original Cro-Magnon.
MRC President Brent Bozell issued the following statement on Monday in reaction to the Republican National Committee’s decision to officially cut ties with NBC News for a planned February 26 Republican presidential debate.
“This was the right move by the RNC. After the dreadful performance by CNBC’s moderators at the Republican debate in October, it makes no sense to continue to allow committed left-wingers in the media to decide the nominee of the Republican Party. NBC News’s brand has been severely diminished by its continued antics over the last year in particular. NBC has proven itself unworthy of hosting a Republican primary debate. If NBC News ever wants to participate in this process again, I suggest it become reacquainted with journalistic ethics and fairness.”
When David Bowie died after a very private fight with liver cancer, obituary writers churned out words like "icon" and "legend" and "subversive." Despite a life of very fluid explorations of musicality and sexuality and spirituality, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano celebrated Bowie as "never banal," displaying an "artistic rigor" which seemed to contradict the sexually "ambiguous image" he presented to "attract the attention of the media."
This star-struck eulogy ignored Bowie's 2013 album "The Next Day." His "artistic rigor" included a nasty anti-Catholic video starring actor Gary Oldman as an angry priest. It begins with this priest punching a begging teenage boy in the face.
New York Times columnist David Brooks poses as a moderate who never stoops to being crabbily doctrinaire. He is the very model of a PBS/NPR “conservative” – defining conservatism in a very 1950s way, as wearing dreary gray suits and liking Ike and Dick Nixon. Go along, get along with the liberal elites.
But as conservatives know all too well, people who pose as “moderates” – politically and rhetorically – have a way of losing their sweetly temperate nature when conservatives seriously challenge the liberal order of things. David Brooks is clearly not a moderate or temperate man when it comes to Ted Cruz. Just the thought of this man triggers a spontaneous combustion.
The indictment of Bill Cosby for sexual assault could play an important role in the 2016 campaign. On Comedy Central, leftist “fake news” anchor Larry Wilmore said even if Cosby isn’t convicted, a trial is a good thing. “For too long, the women who have accused him of this crime were not being listened to, because they were being silenced by a powerful man and a complicit culture. And, now, finally, regardless of what happens next, they're being heard.”
A powerful man, a complicit culture: sounds like Bill Clinton – except the real “news” media will never turn on him.
Network news outlets conduct their own polls. They also bury the poll results when they don’t like them. On PBS on January 1, liberal pundit Mark Shields brought some very bad news for the Left. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 73 percent say they want the next president to take a different approach from President Obama's.
So NBC, both the creator of the poll and a relentless cheerleader of Obama, chose not to air that bombshell. Instead, they buried it deep in an article on the Meet the Press website. “This will become a high hurdle for the Democrats at some stage of the 2016 election," Democratic pollster Fred Yang declared in that piece.
As night fell on Christmas Eve, National Public Radio was in its usual holy-day mode, using your tax dollars to mock the traditional Christian creed. This time they promoted an activist movie called The Danish Girl, yet another alleged “true story” about artist Einar Wegener, a married man who wanted to be a woman named Lili. An earlier NPR commercial – sorry, “underwriting announcement” – said he was the first recipient of “gender confirmation surgery.”
Paging Mr. Orwell – it’s NPR on line 1. Focus Features – part of the Comcast “diversity and inclusion” empire of propaganda – is calling this maiming of the male body “gender confirmation surgery.”
Hillary Clinton has slammed Donald Trump for having a “penchant for sexism,” but the Clinton-adoring media are acting shocked and dismayed that Trump would be so rude as to respond that she ought to look at her own husband when it comes to sexism and a “record of women abuse.” Reporters are treating this as a sketchy allegation, or if true, a remarkably impolite way to campaign.
"Alleged” is the lying weasel word of the day. "Alleged" adultery? "Alleged" sexual harassment and intern exploitation? Reporters acted like they were literally born yesterday.
ABC News devoted a fluffy two-hour special to the year in review, studying the news and pop culture. They had a “Dishonor Roll” segment where they mocked the adultery of Josh Duggar and the scandal of the adultery website Ashley Madison when its client list leaked. They scorned the dentist that shot “Cecil the Lion,” white activist Rachel Dolezal pretending to be black, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards getting arrested for shoplifting, and pop singer Ariana Grande caught on video licking donuts.
But nowhere in this summary were the grisly tapes exposing Planned Parenthood for its effort to profit from selling the organs of babies it killed in its abortion clinics.
If we’re counting press clips, the year 2015 in politics was dominated by Donald Trump. The liberal press is emotionally conflicted on this one. Some are delighted with the notion that he’s going to destroy the Republican brand with oafish overstatements. Some are disgusted that he’s still in the race despite all the negativity they’ve piled all over him. And now some are worried he might even win and in so doing, end civilization as we know it.
Liberals would have you believe they are far more nuanced and far less mean-spirited than the Trumps of the world. It’s a good reason for unveiling our annual “Worst of the Worst” awards for the year’s worst media outrages. Once again, a panel of esteemed judges in the conservative media have helped us identify the most ridiculous of the ridiculous.
When Ted Turner was running CNN back in 1991, he banned the use of the word “foreign” on air. In a memo to employees, he made a threat to fine employees with a forced donation to UNICEF. To avoid offense, they were told they should use the word “international” instead because it “promotes a sense of unity."
Today, this is Jeff Zucker’s CNN, and unity be damned. Offending the audience is part of the ratings gambit. On December 13, as many Christians celebrated the third Sunday of Advent and rejoiced over the incarnation of Jesus Christ, CNN was celebrating Satan. Literally.
Our news media are so overwhelmingly obsequious with the Democrats that Hillary Clinton can imply the relatives of the Americans killed in Benghazi are liars on national TV, and no one in the press blinks an eye or finds it newsworthy.
ABC is about to host another one of those hide-and-seek Saturday night Democrat debates. There is something very ironic here: It was on this network where she made that outrageous statement.
Americans are infatuated with celebrities, but unfortunately for the Left, that love doesn’t translate into a popular landslide for the liberal point of view. Celebrity millionaires love to pose as compassionate citizens for the cameras, and it doesn’t matter if anything changes. It doesn't matter if they have a plan. It only matters that they emote.