Last Wednesday, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell spoke at the Heritage Foundation about his new book co-authored with NB senior editor Tim Graham, Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How to Stop Them From Doing It in 2016. As they pulled back from the microscopic day-by-day examination of liberal media bias and reviewed the big picture, Graham and Bozell saw the larger pro-Obama narrative the liberal media weaved in the presidential campaign. "What we saw in 2012 was beyond what we [thought we] were going to see" when they started researching the book, the Media Research Center (MRC) founder noted.

The media were simply and utterly "shameless" with "no attempt whatsoever" to actually cover the campaign in an objective fashion and they're bound to try the same in 2016. And so, "[i]f the Republican Party doesn't understand that [neutralizing liberal media bias] is its number one priority to do something about it, it will never come out of the weeds, and that's why I wrote the book," Bozell concluded. [watch the full event, including the audience Q&A below the page break; for a related story by our sister site, click here]

Sunday's Washington Post brought the news that the book "Collusion" by MRC president Brent Bozell and MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham debuted on the Washington Post Best-sellers List  for nonfiction at number seven. You can join the crowd at our site

Last Sunday, The New York Post published a new op-ed by Bozell and Graham about how Obama can denounce the march of "phony scandals" and the media don't call him on it:

On Friday afternoon, MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham was interviewed by guest host Eric Bolling on the show Your World with Neil Cavuto.

The interview focused on a snippet of President Obama’s speech in Galesburg, Illinois where the media skipped how the president said that "a lot of reporters say that, well, Mr. President, these are all good ideas, but some of you’ve said before; some of them sound great, but you can't get those through Congress." (Video below)

For more than two years, Media Research Center analysts monitored news coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign, especially the Big Three broadcast networks which reach the widest audiences. What we uncovered — both during the campaign, and then later while conducting research for Brent Bozell and Tim Graham’s new book, Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election — documents how the top media systematically suppressed factual and important stories that reflected poorly on Barack Obama’s record as President.

While that campaign is over, our analysis of the networks’ performance establishes how their audacious censorship helped skew the outcome in favor of Obama, whose economic and foreign policy record was the worst of any President since Jimmy Carter — and how those same tactics are now being used to minimize the scandals and controversies of Obama’s second term.

MRC president Brent Bozell talked about his book Collusion with Tim Graham in an interview with John J. MIller at National Review as part of his author-interview series "Between the Covers."

Miller began asking about the subtitle, the charge that the media stole the 2012 election. "When the good folks at Harper Collins came to me with the idea of doing this book, and that title was  suggested that title, I was very skeptical. I don’t believe in hyperbole,” Bozell said. “But we put it together, and when Tim Graham showed me what he had put together, my jaw dropped, and I called the publisher and said I would use that title."

"The Obama people were very smart in the way they handled media relations," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Pajama Media's Ed Driscoll during a recently-recorded interview about his new book with Tim Graham, Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How to Stop Them Doing It In 2016.

"The people that they chose for interviews were either entities that weren't news to begin with, i.e., entertainment shows that he did appearances on, or, if they were news personalities, they were so much in the tank for him, that he could go to them over and over and over and then would give him... the kind of puff-ball treatment that he wanted" with "Brian Williams of NBC" and "Steve Kroft" of CBS's 60 Minutes being "prime example[s]," the Media Research Center president noted. [Listen to the full interview at PJ Media or download the MP3 here; to buy your copy of Collusion, click here]

[Excerpted from Collusion, by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham]

The media's sneakiest dirty trick in the book is bias by omission, because is is so hard to find, when journalists decide "what the people don't know won't hurt them," or more precisely, "what the people don't know won't hurt our candidate."

In Barack Obama's case this omission emerged in 2012 over his biographical narrative: his 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father, which became a huge bestseller as he prepared to run for president, and enriched him with an estimated $1.3 million in royalties (not to mention almost $4 million for his campaign book The Audacity of Hope), and that's just through 2007. 

ObamaCare is coming apart at the seams, and everyone knows it, but the media are deliberately censoring coverage of developments that expose the health care overhauls fatal flaws, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell noted on the Thursday morning edition of Fox Business Network's Varney & Co. [watch the full appearance in the video embedded below the page break]

For example, Bozell informed Varney that there was a grand total of just 61 seconds of time in network evening news coverage in all of 2012 in which businessmen were allowed to air their concerns about how ObamaCare will hurt their businesses. "That's unofficial, back-door censorship," FBN host Varney agreed with Bozell. That statistic is just one damning revelation from a new book out by Bozell and NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham, "Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How to Stop Them from Doing It in 2016," which Varney plugged for viewers on the way out of the brief segment.

[Excerpted from Collusion, by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham]

The most effortless dirty trick in the liberal-media playbook in 2012 was painting Mitt Romney anywhere and everywhere as an uptight white gazillionaire, a man who was running for president to boost the profits and ego of his own social class. What really took chutzpah was the other half of the equation: boosting Barack Obama as a populist as he hobnobbed with the richest and most famous elites in Hollywood. Anonymous rich people make better villains than some of the most beloved names in show business.

After the election cycle was over, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that 220 "celebrity" donors had given Obama's campaign $744,857, while only 18 comparable "celebrity" donors gave Romney a total of $60,750. That's a more than 12-to-1 financial disparity. Through 2011 and 2012, Obama outraised Romney from what the Center called the "TV/Movies/Music" industry, by nearly 5 to 1, with Obama raising $6.39 million to Romney's $1.27 million.

[Excerpted from Collusion, by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham]

Have you ever noticed the media’s dirty trick about multimillionaires in politics? If you’re a Democrat named Kennedy or Rockefeller, who inherited millions, or have a habit of marrying women with millions (think John Kerry), or made your millions chasing ambulances (Edwards), it couldn’t possibly put a wrinkle in your populist image.

But if you’re a Republican with a gleam in your eye toward tax cuts and deregulation, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re Old Money or New Money or even No Money. You will be deemed an “economic royalist,” as Franklin Roosevelt put it.

Appearing on the July 9 Hannity, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell slammed the "character assassination" perpetrated by the liberal media in the 2012 presidential election. Talking with host Sean Hannity about his new book with Tim Graham, Bozell described the previous election cycle as "character assassination against anybody who would challenge Barack Obama." (Collusion is available online and in book stores.)

Highlighting the embarrassing Obama stories that the media refused to cover, the Media Research Center president explained, "All these things that you and I know to be scandals, the average Joe out there doesn't know even exists, because the media refuse to report them. And we show you over and over and over again real scandals, that never saw the light of day."

[Excerpted from Collusion, by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham]

As Obama prepared for re-election, the media elite treated the emerging Republican challengers as a field of nightmares, a group of pretenders and has-beens who could not be seriously hoping to defeat Obama.  Republican debate audiences were criticized as “bloodthirsty” and demonstrating “bloodlust.” ( (() ((Collusion by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham is available online and in book stores.)

From the start of the Republican race in 2011, every candidate who took the lead in the pre-primary polling was subjected to a beating. Even Sarah Palin was slimed in case she decided to run. Outbursts of "investigative journalism" erupted repeatedly for against the GOP front-runner of the moment. Republican presidential campaigns were damaged or demolished, one by one.