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 death of former president George Herbert Walker Bush created a calm oasis of civil discourse, if only for a couple of minutes. It was appropriate to salute this man’s kindness and statesmanship, even when you disagreed with him passionately, as many conservatives did. And yet, it’s a bit odd that pundits suddenly remember the kinder, gentler noblesse oblige of Bush’s presidency. This from the same industry that mocked him when he was in office.
Hollywood has been a bit inconsistent when the topic is the press. They were righteous guardians of the truth against the Catholic Church in Spotlight and against Richard Nixon in The Post. But now, in the new movie The Front Runner, they are painted as the villains – when their target was Gary Hart.
The well-publicized “caravan” of illegal immigrants has arrived in large numbers at our border near Tijuana, Mexico, despite MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough insisting it was like tales of Martians: “They’re not coming.” They are climbing over and through walls, which CNN’s Jim Acosta lectured the president would never happen. TV networks, overreliant on emotional images and under-reliant on facts, are presenting this, as they present everything else, as an outrage caused by ... President Trump.
Michelle Obama has a new memoir out called Becoming. Add two words: “Very Wealthy.” The Obamas struck a reported $65 million book deal for his-and-hers memoirs, and put that next to their $50 million production deal with Netflix. They are set to cash in to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. One outlet has called them a "Billion Dollar Brand." None of their media sycophants media find this the tiniest bit controversial. They are the royal family. They cannot possibly be compensated enough.
On November 18, Crenshaw appeared with three other House freshmen on CBS’s Face the Nation. He suggested the public image of Congress could be improved if the tone of the debate improved. “Let’s not attack each other’s intent….attack each other as a person. Let’s attack ideas. We can debate ideas, we can disagree on ideas all day long.” What made Crenshaw’s approach stand out was challenging the idea that freedom of the press is under attack.
It’s very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove that small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On November 12, ABC, CBS, and NBC all leaped on a tweet from the left-wing talk show “The Young Turks.” It showed a months-old high-school prom photo from Baraboo, Wisconsin, where a collection of teenaged boys on the front steps of the Sauk County courthouse appeared to be giving a “Nazi salute.” But it wasn't. It was....fake news.
CNN’s war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Circuit Court in the District of Columbia, insisting that denying their Senior White House Shouter Jim Acosta a permanent pass has caused “irreparable harm” and that Acosta has a constitutional right to shout at the president. How lame is this? Let us count the ways:
NBC's Saturday Night Live is taking on a very sour look. It mocked its own Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin after he reportedly punched a man in the face in a parking-spot dispute. It mocked Fox News for faking news about the "caravan" after NBC aired fake news about Brett Kavanaugh raping women. And Pete Davidson mocked the looks of an Afghanistan war hero who lost an eye in a terrorist blast.
On the last weekend of the 2018 midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was “racist” and therefore they refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook, and even Fox News took that position. Why can't it be news when an illegal immigrant shoots two cops dead and laughs about it in court?
In the age of Trump, the American media insist that freedom of speech is in danger because they somehow consider mocking journalists a suppression of free speech. Yet these First Amendment worshipers were missing on October 25 when the European Court of Human Rights upheld an Austrian court verdict that a woman should be punished for casting aspersions on the Islamic biography of Mohammed, the prophet, who married a child bride named Aisha.
The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing hour on the hour on the tone of our civic discourse. Physicians, heal thyselves. These are not dispassionate observers of the national scene. These are leftist partisans and they are cynically using national tragedies to equate conservative speech...conservative thought...to violence.
Once upon a time parents, most of them anyway, were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was that? Today we're focusing our energies on what's really important. It's now all about “cultural appropriation.” White children need to “own their privilege” and not dress up and pretend to belong to a non-oppressive race.
The New York Times located its newest, freshest outrage from the Trump administration in a Health and Human Services Department memo that’s not new – it’s been circulating since “last spring.” Some insensitive bureaucrat argued that federal policy on gender should be based on “a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The Times headline was not just skewed, it came with a hint of holocaust. “Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence.”
On October 12, the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer debuted in 673 theaters on October 12, and grossed $1.2 million in its first weekend. But The Washington Post offered no review for its debut, although it was showing in eight Virginia theaters and six in Maryland. The New York Times offered reviews of 15 new movies that day, but not the pro-life one. The only major paper that reviewed it, the Los Angeles Times, lamented it had "a sanctimonious tone that’s anything but subtle.”
So Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she commissioned a DNA test to address her long-standing claims to have Cherokee ancestry. The Boston Globe reported Warren’s DNA analysis “suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.”The fraction 1/1024 works out to 0.09 percent. So since Sen. Warren is .09 percent Indian, she may now be eligible to own .09 percent of a casino.
Hillary Clinton isn’t president, but Hollywood is offering the biggest consolation prize they have: working her into TV plots where she can be toasted as wise and wonderful. Within the first two weeks of the fall season, CBS has done this twice, on Madam Secretary and the reboot of Murphy Brown.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell revved up his Outrage Machine on Friday night, once it became apparent that Brett Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. There was a new crime against democracy – or rather, there was a very old crime. It’s called the Senate. O’Donnell mourned that he used to be proud to work in the Senate, but it slowly dawned on him that the Senate is “an unfixable crime against democracy,” perpetuated by a group of racist, sexist Founding Fathers.
ABC late night-host Jimmy Kimmel has been honored for his weepy episodes, but the media skip over his meaner moments....like "humorously" suggesting Brett Kavanaugh penis should be chopped off, and having anti-Trump porn star Stormy Daniels describe the allegedly tiny penis of the President of the United States. Some people imagine Kavanaugh as a high-school bully. Kimmel acts like one as an adult.
For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these tweets from a D.C. Catholic college professor about the Brett Kavanaugh battle is considered scandalous and newsworthy in their legendary newspaper? Hint: it's not the leftist Twitter tirade about white Republicans deserving "miserable deaths," with castrated corpses being fed to swine.
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