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 latest telecast of the Emmy awards on CBS drew the lowest audience ever, 11.4 million, and that is no surprise. It quickly devolved into a boorish hours-long festival of Trump-bashing and Hillary-mourning.
Awards shows used to be blockbusters for TV. But in the Age of Trump, they’re becoming screaming political spectacles, like the infamous Paul Wellstone funeral/pep rally of 2002. The red-state audience knows it’s going to be a leftist hootenanny attacking conservatives, all night long. Why put up with it?
Of all the ridiculous excuses Hillary Clinton could possibly make on her book tour to explain why she couldn’t win the 2016 election, the most ridiculous has to be the excuse that the national media favored Donald Trump.
The easiest way to point and laugh? Witness the Clinton-loving media greet that ludicrous insult as very credible, and worth considering. The folks at NBC’s “Today” just nodded along. Mrs. Clinton unspooled her guilt trip in a video interview with Ezra Klein for the leftist site Vox. She claimed “We don’t control the media environment the way the Right does.”
Consider it a minor miracle. Some brave souls in Hollywood have made a movie about Sen. Ted Kennedy's actions in the car accident that left a woman dead and abandoned at Chappaquiddick in the summer of 1969. It even stars well-known actors like Bruce Dern, Ed Helms, Kate Mara, and Jim Gaffigan. It just debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
At this moment, one could imagine it as a counter-reaction to taking down Confederate statues. If there's anything in our modern history that needs a re-assessment -- or just a reality check -- it's the hidebound mythology around Ted Kennedy, that noble “Lion of the Senate.”
For anyone who doubts the daily double standard of the news media, just look up CBS on Sunday, September 10. Up first, Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley softly and sweetly served one puffball after another to Hillary Clinton in her book-tour kickoff. That evening, CBS anchor Charlie Rose harshly lectured former Trump strategist Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes.
The first requirement for a feminist is to be shameless about abortion. In the wake of the videos exposing the horrific Planned Parenthood racket in dead-baby body parts, a gaggle of feminists created a social-media campaign called “Shout Your Abortion,” with the aim of dispelling all “sadness, shame or regret about abortions. One should shout about it with pride...even joke about it. In the last few days, a video surfaced of radical-feminist actress Martha Plimpton interviewing abortionist Dr. Willie Parker for a “Shout Your Abortion” event in Seattle. She began by joking about her “best” abortion.
For decades, liberal journalists have often tried to discredit conservative protest movements from the Tea Party to the pro-lifers by smearing them with violent extremists. So it’s fascinating to read liberal Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan warning on September 4 against tarring the anti-Trump “resistance” with an Antifa brush. The headline was “Quick to vilify Antifa, but slow to explain it.”
Sullivan complained the term Antifa has been “quickly weaponized,” and quoted leftist writer Paul Blest claiming that Antifa’s level of violence is nearly nonexistent next to the extremist right.
The nation’s eyes are fixated on dramatic flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, where the death toll (so far) is thankfully small compared to flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The government response on all levels seems to be fairly effective, and unlike Katrina, the press coverage hasn't been dominated by accusations of racism or inhumanity in the rescue effort.
There’s one obvious exception: cartoonists for the Left.
As Hillary Clinton prepares to promote her new book on her election loss in 2016, simply titled What Happened, the rest of us prepare to hear every excuse about how her allegedly inevitable juggernaut landed in a ditch. The most implausible villain in this scenario is the liberal media, that somehow they were disloyal to the Clintons and “played by the Republicans.”
Hillary die-hards are promoting a new report from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center which insists the press was remarkably unfair to the Clinton campaign. Clinton aide Peter Daou tweeted out the study insisting it should “result in mass apologies from the media.”
ESPN has been working hard for several years to establish itself as just another sermonizing member of the liberal media, most audaciously in hailing “Kaitlyn” Jenner with a “Courage” award in 2015 for facing down such tortures as the disrespectful use of “incorrect pronouns.” Soldiers who lost their lives in combat hadn’t a fraction of Jenner’s bravery, according to their judgment.
In the wake of the media’s Charlottesville feeding frenzy, they reassigned a college football announcer named Robert Lee away from covering the University of Virginia football game against William & Mary on September 2. Even liberal sports junkies like NBC’s Chuck Todd tweeted “This is stupid. Sorry. Someone's PR team is way too sensitive.”
The “anti-fascist” or “Antifa” movement is justifying violent action in the streets to beat back racists and neo-Nazis. Violence – not as an accidental outburst, but as an explicit strategy – used to be seen as a beyond-the-pale extreme. Now Chuck Todd & Co. are ushering Antifa’s extreme into polite society. The NBC referees believe rioting is worth at least some respect as a way to jolt the debate to the left.
The National Football League’s preseason is under way, and National Anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL job. One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments. Washington Post sports columnist Jerry Brewer pulled out a very large straw man on August 17 in a column headlined “Days of docile black athlete have ended. Get used to it.”
CNN delighted in reporting the results of a recent poll question which asked: “How much do you trust the things you hear in official communications from the White House? Do you trust almost all, most of it, just some of it, or nothing at all?” Forty-three percent picked “some of it,” as people tend to do in a poll. Twenty-four percent chose “almost all” or “most,” and 30 percent picked “nothing at all.” CNN spun this as a victory for "journalism."
CNN abruptly announced on Thursday that it was dumping conservative Jeffrey Lord because he had used the words “Sieg Heil” in a tweet. A spokesman declared “Nazi salutes are indefensible....Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” The New York Times headline read “Jeffrey Lord, Trump Defender on CNN, Is Fired for Using Nazi Slogan.” Three points need to be made, and this is first: This is a false accusation. Firing Lord on a hate-speech premise is flirting with slander.
The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have become prestige brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. But as much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta pitched another fit in the White House briefing room on August 2, asserting that Trump’s immigration policy was refuted by a poem at the Statue of Liberty. Trump aide Stephen Miller fought him tooth and nail, slamming him for a “cosmopolitan bias.” There was no doubt that the liberal elites would sympathize with acidic Acosta. But here’s what’s surprising: when the Washington Post "Fact Checker" team evaluated Miller vs. Acosta, they had to admit Miller was correct on all three statements evaluated.
There are not one, but two competing movie projects attempting to glorify an underground abortion collective in Chicago operating four years before the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in 1973. One radical feminist at the Jezebel blog proclaimed this was a wonderful development “in a particularly fragile time for abortion rights...Considering our current administration, I’d say the more media we can get about underground abortion collectives, the better!”
Whether you favor it or oppose it the transgender ban in the armed forces, and regardless of how this abrupt declaration blind-sided the Pentagon brass, it’s indisputable that the liberal media could not and would not approach this subject with anything resembling objectivity. Never mind that the military men and women -- and that's all we should care about -- cheered the announcement. The press centered its coverage on the gender benders affected. They were unanimously offended and devastated, and with no dissent allowed, no objection, no argument.
Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to “hate speech” and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is “Islamophobia." Anti-Semitism continues to exist in isolated pockets, but it's so... yesterday. “Hate speech” against Muslims is now a top shelf matter for the politically concerned. Apparently only "Islamophobic news organizations" covered the protests of Jewish groups protesting two Friday sermons by imams in California calling for the elimination of the "filth" of the Jews.
If there's anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren’t partisan, he must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read “USA split on Trump impeachment.” They took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly if the voters want Trump impeached yet.
The story proclaimed a dark omen in the results, which is why the newspaper asked the poll question. “Just six months after his inauguration, Americans already are split down the middle, 42%-42%, over whether President Trump should be removed from office, a new USA Today/iMediaEthics Poll finds.”
The Hollywood Reporter unveils that PBS and its public-broadcasting brethren have written the Federal Communications Commission with a list of complaints. The headline: “PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency.” That’s a funny headline, since we haven’t seen a “hard stance on indecency” since the Hays Commission a half century ago. And that wasn’t even the government.