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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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.
When secular leftists express frustration at how practicing Catholics (your humble servants) and evangelicals could ever vote for Donald Trump, the first thing they refuse to concede is the horror of the alternative. They refuse to admit that Hillary Clinton clearly, forthrightly stood for abortion on demand, at any time, for any reason and even supported it having it funded by pro-life taxpayers. And they refuse to admit that Hillary Clinton represented the creeping extremism of the LGBT movement, with its emphasis on redesigning all the nation’s bathrooms, not to mention human nature.
President Trump heard someone yell “treason” in the audience at a speech in Cinncinati as he mentioned the Democratic pouting at the State of the Union address. “Somebody said, treasonous,” he mused. “I mean, yeah, I guess, why not?” The media outrage was summarized by CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin : “It is so grotesque! It is so appalling...I just wonder what the cost is, in terms of the future of our civic discourse!” We should just start laughing at the press. What hypocrites.
Even before President Trump gave his first State of the Union, the Left was complaining that he was going to look “presidential.” They still can’t accept that he is president, and gets to give presidential speeches. But Trump took that opportunity and fully exploited it. The Democrats sitting in the chamber weren’t conceding a thing. Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer scowled throughout.
President Trump’s first State of the Union address is a fine occasion to imagine how close we came to President Hillary Rodham Clinton. Imagine Hillary actually campaigned in the Midwest instead of Arizona and won closely contested Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. (Imagine the exact same congressional results.) Then imagine the dramatic difference in tone in our “news” media and entertainment elites as she prepared to deliver her first report to the nation.
The Hollywood Left flew to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival (and its homegrown Women’s March) with a small item of regret on its agenda. Just last year, they had put on their pink knit hats and marched for women’s rights with one of the most visible figures at Sundance...Harvey Weinstein. How to handle this embarrassment? National Public Radio ran a short “Harvey who?” soundbite from Sundance founder Robert Redford.
The Democrats blinked in the first round of the government-shutdown fight over immigration, but they promise to regroup and fight again for illegal immigrants who came to America as minors. The Democrats call them “Dreamers,” and so the “Facts First” media employ that loaded propaganda term as well.
Since 1973, liberal feminists have celebrated the “right to choose abortion” without admitting the horror – over 60 million lives violently and prematurely ended since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade. The liberals who champion abortion are far more comfortable panicking that abortion “rights” are always in danger, especially when Republicans control Washington.So it’s not surprising that a hot trend among novelists is feminist themes, like imagining the terror of abortions banned.
As we approach the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, it is painfully obvious that our “news” providers are a highly agitated brigade of the “Resistance.” A new Media Research Center study finds that from January 20 through December 30, 2017, the network evening news shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC were overwhelmingly hostile in both content and tone.