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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Liberals are that strange species that supports abortion on demand and yet in their strongholds, like the District of Columbia, they hire inspectors to fine restaurants hundreds of dollars for offering their customers plastic straws. It’s not surprising that television shows don’t base entire plots on the “Straw Cops.” But they do insert plots that promote the feminist “empowerment” of abortion.
At this point in Donald Trump’s presidency we’ve become almost numb to the daily panic and screeching that defines his press coverage. Some can't take it anymore. They shouldn’t show CNN at airports for fear those people will jump out of the planes in mid-air to escape it all. But at the dawn of the 2020 presidential campaign, we can already see what's coming, the contrast in tone between “news” coverage of Trump and the bus full of his Democrat opponents. It's going to be just preposterous.
They say Catholics and Jews specialize in guilt, but that may be nothing compared to the orthodoxy of the Hollywood Left. On “International Women’s Day,” Will & Grace star Debra Messing thought the best way to celebrate was to post on Instagram a picture of cupcakes with images of vaginas, some with apparent piercings, some with chocolate sprinkles that suggested pubic hair. This was a grave offense....to the "unique and powerful women who don't have a vagina."
As the Democrats careen to the left (and over a cliff), it should not be surprising that their allied “fact checkers” are running alongside them, trying to “correct” any negative impressions. “Be wary of politicians crying socialism,” warned Washington Post “fact checker” Glenn Kessler recently.
Those who wish for the collapse of our culture are now celebrating children deciding they’re not the gender they were “assigned at birth.” A few years ago, The Washington Post front page celebrated a child as “TRANSGENDER AT FIVE.” Increasingly we're finding troubled parents whose children decide – with no prior signals – to suddenly declare themselves as transgender at 20, 17, 13, or ... 5? They have discovered they have no power to resist a politically correct course of biological incorrectness unless they are prepared to become social outcasts. Or worse, much worse.
CNN and MSNBC were all aglow after Jane Mayer wrote a snide article in The New Yorker magazine titled “The Making of the Fox News White House.” The thesis was that Fox News and President Trump are very tightly aligned, starting with the fact that Fox News executive Bill Shine revolved from Fox into running the White House communications operation. That’s a fair subject for analysis. What quickly turns into hilarity is the notion that it’s unprecedented.
It’s amazing that ABC broadcast an overlong Academy Awards show where no one mocked Donald Trump by name. There were just a few snarky remarks about walls, but that's pretty much it. But it’s equally bizarre that the Oscar for Best Picture went to Green Book – about overcoming segregation in the south – and the leftists came away angry! What makes this amusing as well as amazing is Hollywood votes on these.
Late in the afternoon on February 25, extremist Senate Democrats voted in favor of legalized infanticide. In the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s bizarre remarks in a radio interview extending the “right to choose” to after-birth abortion (or medical neglect), Sen. Ben Sasse authored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act...and then 44 Democrats voted against it. Network coverage? Zero.
Just like his boss and hero James Comey, McCabe has written a Trump-trashing book, and like Comey, he’s getting hours and hours of air time to sell laughable notions, like the idea that the FBI has been utterly nonpartisan. This man will say anything. Truth means nothing. He’s worse than Comey. It barely matters to his interviewers that McCabe was fired from the top of the FBI for…lying his face off to the FBI.
The left would expect mere mortals to understand that as opposed to them, it rises above the rumor-mongering and misinformation of the social media. As with so much else regarding the left, that's nonsense. They cut, paste, and amplify the unsubstantiated ardor of liberal Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at will -- if it advances the narrative. See the case of Jussie Smollett, actor/singer in the Fox hip-hop drama Empire.
Liberals can lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain’t one of them. These are the same people that relentlessly scare-monger the American people about “climate change.” In a recent video to promote a World Government Summit, legendary Star Wars actor Harrison Ford offered the usual litany of doom. “What does living in a four-degrees-warmer world look like? Fresh water shortages. Higher greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented fires. Worldwide destruction. Is this the world we want?”
The network news anchors couldn't be bothered by the unveiling of the "Green New Deal" on February 7. They weren't alarmed at the environmental radicalism on display. That's the exact opposite of how they panicked over the new Republican majority in Congress in 1995, which they claimed threatened "safe air" and "safe water" in the "most frontal assault on the environment in 25 years."
The liberal desire to rebut President Trump is so overwhelming that they’re now “fact-checking” him live or the moment his last sentence is completed. The State of the Union has an Official Democrat Politician Rebuttal, but why bother? One could easily consider the late-night talk shows to be the Democrat rebuttal.
Why are liberals so staunch in a shutdown? They’re emboldened because they know they can count on the media to give them the air cover they need.This isn’t rocket science. The media have always covered shutdowns in the same exact way. It is always the fault of conservatives hell-bent on national chaos, affording the elites to expand their wealth and power at the expense of the poor and downtrodden. Etc., etc., etc.
It's hard to fathom in this super-charged atmosphere but politics actually has been more tumultuous than it is today (See: War, Civil). On the other hand, the war to define, or better put, redefine American culture has never been more ferocious. It's militancy has reached the point that many on the libertine-left media are aggressively, and quite publicly demanding parents abide by their world view or be ostracized from polite company. And what an ugly worldview it is.
Journalists treat Democrats as normal and Republicans as wildly out of the mainstream. The New York Times denounced the wife of Clarence Thomas: A “vocal conservative, Ms. Thomas has long been close to what had been the Republican Party’s fringes,” they wrote. Now try to imagine the Times writing in high dudgeon about Obama or Hillary Clinton meeting with people on “the Democratic Party’s fringes.” For 8 years Obama entertained every leftist group imaginable. And yet the Times can’t find a “fringe” on that side of the partisan aisle. They aren't going to put Kamala Harris on the "fringes."
The last few days have been absolutely terrible for the reputation of the badly named “mainstream media.” The myth that they tried to build for themselves after the 2016 election – that the American people were too prone to misinformation from malignant (and often foreign) actors in social media, and they needed a sober, factually meticulous “news” media to put the Facts First – utterly collapsed under the weight of the BuzzFeed fiasco and the Covington Kids smear-a-thon.
So who is the mastermind at Gillette that came up with the idea that the best way to sell men's razors was to insult your customers with condescending liberal propaganda about “toxic masculinity”? Is pandering to the perpetually angry feminists in the media the way to grab positive “news” coverage? Is online buzz the goal? If so, it must also be Gillette’s goal to have its customers rush over to the Schick display.
The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published on Sunday, over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni. “Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?” You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald Trump and his enablers in the press.