Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Thursday appeared on the Fox Business Channel to recount the debacle of the Robert Mueller hearings. Regarding the devastated response from journalists, Bozell compared, “It's a throwback to election night 2016 when they all thought that Hillary was going to win and suddenly Trump wins and they were so crestfallen. It happened again yesterday. I thought the news media were going to break down in tears.”
Bozell noted a MRC study finding nearly one fifth of all the evening news broadcast time to the Russia collusion story. Talking to host Stuart Varney, he added, “Now that it is unquestionable that he's innocent, what will they do about the false accusations? Are they going to investigate them? I just saw pigs fly because it’s not going to happen. They don’t want to.”
A transcript of the segment is below:
Varney and Co.
STUART VARNEY: Arch liberal Michael Moore tweeting on the Mueller hearing. Here it is. “A frail old man unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions. I said it in '17 and Mueller confirmed it today. All you pundits and moderates and lame Dems who told the public to put their faith in the esteemed Robert Mueller just shut up from now on.” President trump tweeted this: “Even Michael Moore agrees that the Dems and Mueller blew it.” Joining us now, Brent Bozell with the Media Research Center. You know you're on to something when Michael Moore and President Trump agree, right Brent?
BRENT BOZELL: But Stuart, at the end of the day, first, we have to ask ourselves what in the world was Mueller going to do other than confirm his own study that said that Donald Trump was innocent. He was never going to say anything more than that. His performance across the board was disastrous. I think it's very interesting to see the press — it's a throwback to election night 2016 when they all thought that Hillary was going to win and suddenly Trump wins and they were so crestfallen. It happened again yesterday. I thought the news media were going to break down in tears. They know, I hope they know this damn thing is over for once and for all.
VARNEY: I've got a headline for you from MSNBC. “Mueller testifies under oath that his report does not exonerate Trump.” Here's MSNBC's political analyst, Nicolle Wallace. Roll that tape, please.
NICOLLE WALLACE: I think there were some significant breakthroughs. If the public hears one thing and they hear that he committed crimes that would land anybody else in a jail cell, and he actually has three or four buddies sitting in jail with the situation. I mean, Donald Trump in jail is not some incomprehensible concept.
VARNEY: They just can't get over their contempt. That kind of coverage is just appalling.
BOZELL: No, they can't. Let's recall that since the very beginning, since Donald Trump said from the very beginning there's not a scintilla of evidence because it didn't happen, guess what, there's never been one — we have to remember this, Stuart, it's so important — there's never been one scintilla of evidence. Yet in a study we did, virtually one-fifth of the network coverage of Donald Trump since he became President has focused on this quote unquote, ‘scandal.’
A scandal that never existed. One-fifth of his presidency. Now let's see. Let's see how much attention they are going to give, which so far they have given virtually no attention whatsoever. Now that it is unquestionable that he's innocent, what will they do about the false accusations? Are they going to investigate them? I just saw pigs fly because it’s not going to happen. They don’t want to.
VARNEY: Brent, you are always entertaining. You are right on the ball, as usual. Brent Bozell, everyone. Thank you, sir. Appreciate you being with us, always. Thank you Brent.
BOZELL: Thank you, Stuart.