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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It’s fascinating when the national media’s literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for “What to Read This Fall,” and two ticks down from Michelle Obama’s memoir was Full Disclosure, by anti-Trump porn star/stripper Stormy Daniels
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a September 25 article on liberal media bias headlined “Kavanaugh supporters see a conspiracy afoot.” The Post painted this as a little crazy, like a UFO was involved. Can anyone imagine the idea of the Democrats and liberal reporters working hand in glove to torpedo a Republican nomination? Yes, we've seen it over and over again.
Anita Hill, perennially painted as the “Rosa Parks of sexual harassment” by the national press, is back on the scene as the media push the unproven teenage-groping accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Times asked her to write an op-ed on how we can get these next Kavanaugh hearings “right.” Asking Anita Hill how to get a fairer congressional hearing is like asking Janet Cooke how to get better newspaper reporting.
The erupting charges of “attempted rape” against Brett Kavanaugh when he was 17 show just how shameless the Democrats and the “Facts First” media have become. They are promoting charges where the accuser can’t remember when or where it happened. That is enough to stop a Supreme Court nomination?
Hollywood continues to be rocked by Ronan Farrow articles in The New Yorker unfurling charges against powerful men, accusing them of sexual harassment and assault. The latest piece includes a second passel of accusers against CBS CEO Les Moonves, who seemed to have survived a first salvo in July. This time, Moonves is being slowly lowered into a year-long consulting gig after new and nauseating on-the-record accounts from six women.
Twenty years after he recommended to Congress that President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr can be treated with dignity and respect. Back then, he faced ABC’s Diane Sawyer calling his Starr Report “demented pornography, pornography for Puritans.” Twenty years later, nothing has changed.
It is hard to fathom some people support Nike's decision to make former NFL star Colin Kaepernick the center of a new advertising campaign. That’s right, the guy who wore socks with cops as pigs, wore a pro-Castro T-shirt and then said Cuba was a better country than America. He said our country was founded on slavery and the “genocide of Native Americans.”
Apparently, a weekly show on NBC and a nightly show on MSNBC weren't large enough platforms for Chuck Todd to complain about troublesome conservatives, so he's written an article for the liberal magazine The Atlantic titled “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining – And to Start Fighting Back.” Mr. Todd should just retract this bungling mess.
If CNN really wanted to brand itself as a “Facts First” news channel, why did it promise to air a gushy documentary about fiercely feminist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Labor Day weekend? In case you didn’t know, this film is actually a production by “CNN Films,” founded in 2012 to offer “distinguished, thought-provoking documentary programming to audiences on CNN's platforms around the world.”
When seeking to demonstrate the degree to which the “objective” news media act like Democratic partisans, the best place to start is scandals. As in, “Have you heard all about the latest Republican scandal?” versus “What Democrat scandal?”
After her TV career, Oprah sounds like an evangelist preaching a feminist substitute to replace religion in her monthly Oprah Magazine. Her August issue carries this motivational nugget of Oprah wisdom on the cover: “We all want to feel radiant, joyful, and alive. It starts with choosing love – in any form.” How to feel "radiant, joyful, and alive? Oprah has the answer. In this very issue, Oprah devotes a full page ad to promote -- ready? -- the hashtag "ShoutYourAbortion."
The Boston Globe successfully organized a campaign to get nearly 350 newspapers, large and small, to publish an editorial on August 16 “on the dangers of the administration's assault on the press.” They laughably claimed "This whole project is not anti-Trump. It's really pro-press.”
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, perpetually bilious writer James Wolcott has attacked the “myth of Hollywood’s conservative blacklist.” He finds it highly amusing that anyone would fear damaging their acting career if they publicly favored this president. “Hollywood conservatives still act as if searchlights are prowling the studio parking lot,” Wolcott wrote. “A bigger bunch of crybabies you’ve never heard in your life.”
NBC “News” is perfectly demonstrating why the American people distrust the media’s professed belief in facts, or its supposed approach of holding a story until they have enough documented evidence. The latest shameless exhibit? Championing former Apprentice star and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new “tell all” book claiming Donald Trump is a racist and a bigot. She claims that she has heard a tape recording (which she did not produce) that Trump said the “N-word” on the set of his NBC reality show.
The Political Correctness Police, starting with perpetually victimized GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and a group called “50/50 by 2020," are trying to impose quotas on everything Hollywood does. They are part of an open letter signed by titans of the Hollywood Left demanding an “unprecedented cultural moment.” They demand the entertainment elite “use its power to improve the lives of trans people by changing America’s understanding of who trans people are.”
NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell is celebrating 40 years with NBC News and appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to discuss the milestone. Host Trevor Noah suggested the killings of five reporters in Annapolis could be laid at President Trump’s door (he wasn’t joking). Mitchell demurred, but denounced Trump for calling the media the “enemy of the people.”
Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on CNN Tonight on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could end there, focused just on that. But you knew it wouldn’t. Because as they say, “this.... is CNN." So it was expected that Lemon would encourage James to trash President Trump, because that’s what CNN does, hour by hour, minute by minute.
On July 26, the news and documentary Emmy Award nominations were announced, and PBS topped the list with 45 nominations. CBS led the broadcast networks with 31 nods, followed by ABC with 20. CNN and HBO each received 22 nominations. The Fox News Channel, which leads in cable-news viewership year after year after year, had none. Raise your hand if you're surprised.
In the long hot summer of television, gun control hasn’t been a big issue in the news media, which is not acceptable to its rabid cousins in the world of entertainment. Take for example, a show called The Bold Type, that airs on Freeform about young women working at a magazine in New York City. Two roommates and workmates who get into an argument. Jane finds out Sutton (who comes from rural Pennsylvania) has a shotgun in the apartment. Jane lectures Sutton that “half the country knows that our lawmakers are bought by the NRA and think that gun ownership is barbaric.” At the episode’s end, Sutton actually melts down her shotgun to make earrings.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul sent the media into another meltdown on July 23 when he called on President Trump to revoke the security clearance of Obama's CIA director, John Brennan. He charged Brennan "monetized" his privileges by becoming an on-air analyst for NBC and MSNBC. That doesn’t even count Brennan’s speaking fees.