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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The definition of “news” is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is “publicity.” When James Comey’s publisher MacMillan boasts that they will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies – when a decent fraction of sales is in E-books and audiobooks – publicity is clearly booming. The “news” media are stuffing Comey’s pockets with book profits.
Two days of congressional hearings with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg underlined how American perceptions of media power are changing. After 2012, Democrats and their media allies oozed over the way former President Barack Obama's brilliant strategists changed the face of campaigning through Facebook. But in 2016, Donald Trump was elected, and Facebook became a malignant ghetto of "fake news" and inappropriate election manipulation.
Liberal journalists pompously proclaim Fox News is television for your crazy Uncle Frank, pushing conspiracy theories for dumb people while nurturing resentments toward the elites -- meaning, of course, them. That nasty cartoon is rebutted by a new Fox News program, “Life Liberty & Levin,” hosted by Mark Levin. It is more intellectual than anything produced on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or MSNBC.
How far has the manipulative Kennedy dynasty fallen? Somehow, the movie Chappaquiddick was made with well-known actors, and distributed to movie theaters. Seven years ago, pressure caused the History Channel to deep-six a dramatic Kennedy miniseries (it ended up on the obscure cable channel Reelz). This movie is even drawing favorable reviews from the movie critics.
In a 60-second promo, the local anchors in each market read a script by their employers at Sinclair, and the Trump-hating media gave birth to a large cow. The script expressed alarm about the "sharing of biased and false news" on social media, and professed a "commitment to factual reporting." This is preciesly what the left-wing media would say about Fox News. But this was about them.
For many years now, the celebrated thespian Sean Penn has been one of the wackiest activists in the pantheon of the Hollywood Left. Now he's written a novel...about a hitman who writes a letter to the not-so-fictional president that "Many wonderful American people in pain and rage elected you. Many Russians did, too...We are not simply a people in need of an intervention, we are a nation in need of an assassin….Tweet me bitch, I dare you.”
The Left's brazen double standard on the Stormy Daniels story is apparent to everyone. Suddenly, claims of sexual activity with the president before he became president is relevant. In the Clinton years, his critics were told “grow up about sex” because “libido and leadership are linked.” The public was lectured that Bill Clinton’s accusers were liars who were seeking fame and money, “trash for cash.”
Meet porn star Stormy Daniels.
One thing that defines liberals is their incessant desire to push political messages into every time and space. In a national poll of 1,000 likely voters by McLaughlin & Associates, 75 percent of the respondents said they agreed with this statement: “When I watch live sports or entertainment shows on television, I am trying to get away from politics and do not want to be bombarded with partisan political messages.” Only 17 percent disagreed. All the intensity was on the Just Say No side: 52 percent “strongly agreed” with the frustration with politics, and only six percent “strongly disagreed.”
NBC News star Chuck Todd recently made a podium-pounding speech to a journalism awards dinner. He proclaimed “One thing we’re not is the opposition. We’ve never tried to be part of the political debate, but people want to drag us into it. We shouldn’t take the bait. We’re simply a voice of truth!” So let’s consider the case of Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI.
The leftist-organized wave of school walkouts to protest “gun violence” on March 14 is a classic example study in the way protests are categorized by our news and entertainment media. Liberal protests are always authentic, newsworthy, and even apolitical. Conservative protests are phony, boring, and yet extreme.
President Trump upset the media greatly at a rally in Pennsylvania where he enthusiastically mocked NBC’s Chuck Todd as a “sleeping son of a b---h.” Retired NBC anchor Tom Brokaw tweeted “Really classy. Explain that to your children.” On Meet the Press the next day, Todd tried to shame Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about Trump’s contempt for a free press. "When [President Trump] uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are they supposed to tell their kids?" The hypocrisy here is immense, and shameless.
Leftists in the Trump era claim to be the guardians of the First Amendment against an allegedly authoritarian president. But over the last few years, the leftists have been the authoritarians on campus, squashing speeches by speakers they deem “fascist,” and claiming that ideas they don’t agree with are somehow tantamount to “violence.” The latest example came from Lewis and Clark College in Portland – the alma mater of Monica Lewinsky.
When Bill Clinton was president, the liberal media establishment flogged themselves for focusing on scandal over substance. In a four-hour PBS special during the fall election season of 1996, elitist Hedrick Smith confessed: "By focusing on scandal and conflict over substance, and by our increasingly negative tone, the media has distorted the nation's agenda and lost touch with the public we claim to serve." No one can imagine Smith complaining like this now that Donald Trump lives in the White House.
Many red-state Americans who used to love the awards shows on TV are now wary of celebrities who cannot help but use this platform to spew their hatred of Trump and the evil/stupid conservatives who keep Hollywood liberals from running (ruining) America. Hollywood may finally be getting the message that TV ratings are suffering because the public has grown weary of people turning live events into leftist political rallies.
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida shows how quickly our media elites move horrors from tragedy to political opportunity. They amplified the loudest voices of the shooting aftermath, teenage survivors who demanded gun-control “solutions” like banning all semi-automatic “assault weapons.” These teenagers might accomplish in one week what the anti-Second Amendment crowd, led by these same media elites, has failed to do for decades.
CBS has a strange way of marking Valentine’s Day. On the Sunday after the romantic dinners and the flowers on Wednesday, Sunday Morning linked the day to a deep study of marital infidelity. Reporter Tony Dokoupil found an expert and two cheating wives who explained without any guilt their cheating ways. CBS insisted we needed to “rethink our attitude” on the sin of adultery.
New York magazine has assembled “The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas.” The author is the longtime anti-Thomas journalist Jill Abramson. For more than 4,000 words, Abramson labors to re-litigate Anita Hill’s dramatic loss in the court of public opinion. In the polls, 58 percent believed Thomas; only 24 percent believed Hill. Again the argument falls on its face.
The same outlets who couldn’t muster more than one question regarding Bill Clinton’s alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick seem to ask 27 questions a day about Rob Porter. So we wondered: How much would reporters like it if Sanders questioned them as aggressively as they question her? We know the Trump-haters erupted when Sanders merely asked reporters to share what they were thankful for alongside their questions as Thanksgiving approached.
Every two years, Americans unite around the television to root for U.S. athletes and their dreams of gold medals come true. Unless you’re a journalist. Then the Olympics are a time to root against your country and her president on the world stage. At the opening ceremonies in South Korea, organizers strangely seated Vice President Mike Pence just a few feet from Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s communist dictator. To American reporters who hate Trump, a star was born. Just the summaries on Twitter were enough to make you throw your phone across the room.