Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged that President Trump is calling on “friendly” reporters, and that there’s something desperately wrong in trying to avoid negative publicity and hostile questions, think of Planned Parenthood. As with virtually anyone on the Left, journalists treat Planned Parenthood as the most sacred of cows. In the last few weeks, from the “Women’s March” through the March for Life and other protests of Planned Parenthood, none of the networks will investigate or even cover the activities of these merchants of death.
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.
The New York Times was correct in 2011 when it proclaimed Saturday Night Live had no equal “when it comes to stamping a politician in the public consciousness.” Republican politicians like Sarah Palin were described as incapable of escaping the SNL treatment, and voters actually thought Palin uttered Tina Fey’s satirical line “I can see Russia from my house.”
And yet, as the Times noted after three years in office, the NBC show couldn’t seem to locate a comedic angle on Barack Obama. He came into the White House as his impersonator Fred Armisen lamely spoke over a cool-jazz beat “I keep it cool -- I take my kids to school, I don’t lose my temper, it’s my only rule.”
The Trump administration is less than a month old, and Gen. Mike Flynn, the brand-new National Security Adviser, has resigned. This matches the picture the anti-Trump media want to paint right now. Chaos. Disarray. Amateur hour.
They also expect the president to help them paint it. This is why they’re going nuclear. He chose to ignore them instead.
The group called SNAP – the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests – disparaged Pope Francis meeting with victims on his American trip as an empty public-relations gesture, a dodge. On CNN, SNAP spokesman Manny Vega demanded that if the pope “wants to put an end to this, he has to be completely transparent, allow the names to go unredacted, allow the files -- allow researchers to get into the Vatican files and take a look at everything that's happened. There has to be complete disclosure.”
But CNN and the other television networks haven’t touched the amazing story of the shoe going on the other foot in the last few weeks. Suddenly, SNAP is falling apart after a lawsuit alleging they were funded largely by kickbacks for contingency-fee attorneys extracting billions of dollars in settlements.
Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for their Darth Vader cover treatment, with a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title “The Great Manipulator.” Bannon had dared identify the liberal media as the “Opposition Party.” and Time took offense – and in so doing demonstrably proved him right.
The Boy Scouts of America used to be derided as a “traditional values” organization, whose oath spoke of a “duty to God” and whose law insisted scouts be “reverent.’ Now the BSA worships something else: corporate donations. It should have been expected after they folded on homosexual scouts, and then on homosexual scoutmasters.
Within a month of being pressured by the case of 8-year-old “Joe” (born Jodi) Maldonado, the BSA folded on God and how “He made them male and female.” Instead, in today’s culture, the secular Left lets man overrule God on who's a boy.
It shouldn’t be considered remarkable that all three broadcast networks offered a news story on the tens of thousands who came for the 2017 March for Life. But it is. Between the morning and evening shows together, they gave it almost 22 minutes of airtime. To illustrate how shocking that number is, consider that last year ABC gave the march 35 seconds of coverage. NBC ignored it altogether. Ditto CBS.
There are two obvious reasons for this change. First, unlike the Reagan administration or the two Bush administrations, the Trump administration made modern history by sending speakers – two top-shelf speakers in Vice President Pence and top aide Kellyanne Conway.The second was the media’s massive coverage of the “Women’s March on Washington.”
In HBO's The Young Pope, the implausible American pontiff Lenny Belardo (Pope Pius XIII) proposes to Cardinal Voiello – a “reformist” prelate -- that all the gay priests be drummed out of the priesthood. The script reads like a mudslinging advertisement against the Vatican.
The cardinal protests: “It would be a war that would leave the ground littered with corpses, Holy Father. Do you want to know how many corpses would litter the ground?” The pontiff replies “Two-thirds of the clergy.” Since even recent gay-activist surveys plot the LGBT segment of the population at 3.5 percent, that number is ludicrous.
Six years ago, a deeply disturbing story emerged from a poor neighorhood in Philadelphia. In a horrific 261-page report, prosecutors accused abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell of delivering seven babies alive and then killing them by snipping their spines with scissors. He also allowed a woman who had survived 20 years as a refugee in Nepal to be incompetently overmedicated. She died at his clinic.
Documentary filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have written a new book titled Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer. Journalists will sneer, since they somehow suggest abortion is a “choice,” not murder. This monster chose to kill. He is the face of the abortionist.
On January 13, a judge in Houston, Texas sentenced Alexandria Vera to ten years in prison. Her crime? The 24-year-old teacher at Stovall Middle School struck up a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student – almost daily, she said, for nine months – but with the parents’ approval. She could be eligible for parole in five years. She even became pregnant by the boy. When child-protection workers closed in, she got an abortion. Unsurprisingly, the boy is now in foster care.
One would assume this story of a sexual predator would be plastered all over the national news. Isn’t this the kind of crusading story full of human interest and melodrama? Apparently not. ABC, CBS, and NBC couldn’t be bothered.
Michelle Obama made her last public speech as First Lady. The networks lined up with a 21-handkerchief salute. Nothing will ever be the same.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell proclaimed the speech was “one of hope and empowerment for the young people she has championed for eight years....her unique voice rejecting the racial overtones of 2016." She was a "once-reluctant political wife, fighting an early caricature as an angry black woman… Now, a political orator in a class of her own.”
The ad that takes the celebrity cake appeared In the January 11 edition of The Washington Post. Page A-5 carried a full-page advertisement. The top half had large capital letters, saying "No! In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America!"
"The presidency of Donald Trump is illegitimate," reads the ad copy in bold letters. "By any definition, Donald Trump is a fascist. He has put together a regime who will carry out this program and worse." It even dispenses with the actual voters. "No election, whether fair or fraudulent, should legitimize this."
For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that Barack Obama means...to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show: “He ran an administration that was largely scandal-free and did it all the while under a microscope. Because he looked different.”
The secular-Left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that “’Religious Freedom’ legislation will be everywhere in 2017.” “Religious Freedom” is in scare quotes, a warning that deplorables will use that thing called “religion” as their “weapon of choice” in the coming assault on the “LGBTQ” community.
The same website is celebrating a petition urging the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to reverse its acceptance of an invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The freedom to disassociate becomes a terrific idea when used to reject Republicans or conservatives. Slate’s story has a hero named Jan Chamberlin, who quit the famous choir since they would be endorsing “tyranny and fascism by singing for this man…I know I could never ‘throw roses for Hitler.’”
Let us offer a philosophical question for the news media at the dawn of 2017. If the scourge of the new year is “fake news,” should we not concede that it’s not “news” to speculate about what will happen after a news event? The problem is, without speculation about the future, whether immediate or distant, cable news channels and radio news outlets would surely enter a crisis about how to fill their 24 hours a day, and newspapers would struggle to fill their pages.
Time magazine offered a double issue on “The Year Ahead.” Obviously, that cannot be defined as “news.” Nothing has happened yet.
Populism took the elites by surprise in 2016, so a review of this year’s cultural winners and losers must begin with a very long list of arrogant entertainers who thought it was completely impossible for the American people to descend into a pit of despair and ignorance and elect President Trump. No one believed for an instant the rich and famous losers who promised to move their arrogance to Canada or elsewhere if the Hillary Clinton juggernaut tanked.
The first winner is the reality-TV star himself, Donald Trump.
When Congress returns in January, the Democrats will be gunning for several Trump Cabinet nominees. The Left has already launched negative narratives on several, especially Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump’s pick for Attorney General. Not only are the left-wing news media giving oxygen to these vitriolic attacks, in some cases, they are the very authors.
On their front pages on Christmas Day, both the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post published “profile” stories on Sessions obsessing over racial matters.
2016 hasn’t been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical “war on Christmas” in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned out the secular hostility in our culture. We've gone from banning Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke to banning Christmas to banning Santa Claus and now to banning even the thought of a holiday since for others it might not be.
But the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin gives the phrase “war on Christmas” much more gravity and serves as the latest reminder that the secular media in what used to be called “Western civilization” has shown far too little concern for violent attacks on Christianity, the faith that created Western civilization.
Two months ago, the liberal media erupted in horror after the third presidential debate when Fox’s Chris Wallace challenged Donald Trump to accept the election results, and Trump said he would “wait and see.” NBC described a “flood of condemnation” and cited President Obama accusing Trump of “undermining our democracy.’ Today co-host Savannah Guthrie called it an “earthquake.” Guthrie turned to retired anchorman Tom Brokaw to denounce Trump. “This is not a banana republic,” he said.
Conservative Twitter wit Stephen Miller unleashed his latest “President Ash Carter” joke recently at the unseriousness of the outgoing president: “President Ash Carter has made an unannounced visit to troops in Afghanistan. Barack Obama announced he’s going on The Daily Show.”
While liberals complain that Donald Trump will never be serious enough to be president, or insist Trump must grant a press conference, Obama is keeping up with his round of adoring interviews with liberal late-night comedians, from Stephen Colbert to Samantha Bee.