Brent Bozell

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Founder and President

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 and chairman of ForAmerica.

Latest from Brent Bozell

As the media elites roll their eyes and sigh at people who deny the apparently inevitable approach of traumatic climate change, there’s one category of denial they always endorse: denying a liberal bias in the “news.” Chest-pounding journalistic activism defines the Trump era, and yet shameless journalists still claim media bias is a “myth.” James Warren posted a November 20 commentary headlined “How mega-media deals further erode the myth of a 'liberal' media.”

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment/assault scandal, allegedly feminist entertainers are being accused left....and left. The latest is comedian/Senator Al Franken, who was undeniably proven with photographic evidence to have groped a woman’s breasts while she was asleep on an airplane returning from a USO tour in 2006. The woman, KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden, added he forced his tongue down her throat during a rehearsal of a skit for the soldiers.

The liberal narrative on Donald Trump assumes his election was evidence that America is returning to its racist roots. In the angst-ridden aftermath, the media found vindication by reporting all kinds of “hate crime” incidents, lurching so eagerly that they fell for a few that turned out to be hoaxes. Any media outlet that leaps on a small incident of vandalism as a grand statement on Where America Stands ought to have the courage to acknowledge publicly when the story is fraudulent. To do otherwise is to stoke racial fires with dishonesty. And that’s precisely what they’re doing. 

On November 9, Rolling Stone magazine celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first issue, published in the hippie neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. True to form, liberal journalists – who claim to care so deeply about the menace of fake reporting – honored founder Jann Wenner and dismissed as insignificant the magazine’s 2015 “A Rape on Campus” scandal about the University of Virginia.  The "cultural bible of  baby boomers" was honored.

History is fortunate to have Dr. Lee Edwards cataloging all of it. He’s written 25 books, including major biographies on Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley and Ed Meese, as well as numerous others about the movement. Now – finally! -- he’s written a book about himself. In a way it’s his best ye

When the media love a leftist, that only helps them with their base. The friend of my friend is my friend. It also endears them to independents, since the media portray leftists as feisty populists for the common man. On the other hand, when the media love a Republican, that causes great problems with the Republican’s conservative base. The friend of my enemy is my enemy. 

On October 24, The Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The firm then retained former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who assembled a dubious dossier (complete with prostitute rumors) from his Russian contacts.

The media love Colin Kaepernick. 

Multi-millionaire celebrities who wear Che Guevara T-shirts and socks attacking the police as racist pigs are celebrated by reporters. They feel your pain about racist America. But what if you’re an athlete with passionate beliefs about Jesus Christ? That, folks, is a bridge too far. That’s a name that probably should be avoided in mixed company. 

CNN is airing a bizarre new advertisement with the motto “Facts First,” but our “news” networks don’t deal first with facts. They sell us narratives, and their favorite is the wild speculation about what might happen President Trump. The ABC, CBS, and NBC evening-news shows along have devoted 1,000 minutes to Trump's alleged collusion with Russia. But now, as real evidence breaks of Russian collusion with the Clintons, the networks have barely mentioned it.

Hollywood’s hypocrisy about Harvey Weinstein is only outdone by its hypocrisy about gun control.

Matt Philbin of the Media Research Center reported that in just these four movies that were hot on the weekend of the Las Vegas mass shooting – Kingsman: The Golden Circle, American Assassin, Stephen King’s It, and Mother, featured an astounding 589 incidents of violence. There were no less than 212 incidents of gun violence and the body count is at least 192.

Charles Pierce, the resident radical-left political pundit at Esquire magazine – that intellectual powerhouse best known for its “Sexiest Woman Alive” award  – is lamenting the role of Steve Bannon in electing President Trump, as well as Trump financial backers “Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the reactionary New York gozillionnaires.” But when the Forbes list of billionaires is topped by a pile of liberals, why aren't they ever a malignant force in politics? They're on "the right side of history," even when Republicans win.

On February 27, 2016, the entertainment industry gave the Oscar for Best Picture to Spotlight, a fictionalized version of the Boston Globe’s reporting of sexual abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church in Boston. The self-congratulation looks amazing now, after the exposure of decades of harassment and perhaps even rape by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein. No one will make a movie about Weinstein, or win an Oscar for it. 

In their book Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes report that within 24 hours of losing, Hillary Clinton was ordering her campaign to argue that the election was hacked by Russia. Just as reporters leaped to find “news” to corroborate her “vast right-wing conspiracy” allegations during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, they have lunged at stories of Russian interference to validate VRWC 2.0.  But it isn't going well as the actual facts of the Facebook posts tumble out. The narrative is crumbling.

Dan Brown, the author of The DaVinci Code, is back with another blockbuster anti-religion novel, and CBS Sunday Morning rolled out the red carpet on October 1 to honor him and his massive commercial success. The segment began with what he called his “fortress of gratitude” – his house loaded floor to ceiling, over several stories, with bookshelves....stuffed with copies of Dan Brown’s own books. 

So we know who Dan Brown worships. 

“The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.” That was the summary of the horrific end to the country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, with 59 people killed (as we file this) and more than 500 injured. The early network reports were all news....and everyone knew what would follow immediately: an avalanche of liberal anger that gun control wasn’t installed to prevent this from happening. 

While the elite television critics cheer for the "milestone" of the first full-frontal nude scene for transgenders and tingle over the return of the LGBT "ally" comedy Will & Grace, they will not endorse three new shows with military themes, offering what Time magazine calls a “calorie-free take on American patriotism.” They are SEAL Team on CBS, The Brave on NBC, and Valor on The CW.

The national media remain obsessed over President Trump’s tweets, especially when they can be interpreted as racially inflammatory. Liberal sports journalists spent the summer hoping and wondering when the original National Anthem kneeler, Colin Kaepernick, was going to get another quarterback job in the National Football League. It never happened, so some predictably saw Racist America at work, punishing Kaepernick for his courageous stance (or kneel). 

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.”