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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Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty to insist his campaign was the subject of Obama administration surveillance. Now it’s emerging that this wasn’t the slightest bit nutty. The New York Times reported -- in a tone much like having their fingernails dragged across a chalkboard – that the FBI used an “informant” (not a “spy”!) to chat up (and in one case, dangle money at) Trump staffers to investigate Russian finagling with the 2016 election.
Some were scandalized when the secular celebrities from Rihanna to Madonna dressed up in glitzy bishop’s hats and bejeweled crowns of crosses for the hot-ticket gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, built around a theme of the Catholic imagination. The Catholic Church has a rich history of imagery for fashion designers to explore. But their tweaking of religious imagery was a child’s game of patty-cake next to Time magazine, which delighted in publishing a related piece: “The Story Behind This Photo of Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary.”
Our “news” media are addicted to damaging internal leaks from the Trump White House, especially when they make Team Trump look wildly insensitive. The two most common words in the press today are “sources say.” Now the country is spending a week with the media demanding a public apology from White House aide Kelly Sadler, who reportedly said in bad taste the administration didn’t have to care about John McCain’s dramatic opposition to CIA director-designate Gina Haspel, because “he’s dying anyway.”
California has a hallowed, but questionable reputation as the birthplace of the radical “Free Speech Movement” on the campus of the University of California. Today, they’re not just shutting down conservative speakers on the Berkeley campus. The state’s Democrats may pass a law to shut down religious speech and create a statewide LGBT “safe space.” Coming to their defense are the "independent fact checkers" who throw penalty flags at conservative "misinformation."
The television networks have flooded us with hours and hours of coverage of the Robert Mueller probe, still looking under every rock for some sign of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. But on May 5, a federal judge harshly blasted Mueller’s tactics in court, even going to far as to challenge the scope of his authority in this probe. Was this a big story for our objective press, insisting they give us a dispassionate examination of the facts? No. This was a test, and they flunked it.
There’s a swagger in her step as Cecile Richards conducts a book tour around the media surrounding her departure from the summit of Planned Parenthood after 12 years. Call it a victory lap. Everywhere she goes, adoring liberal interviewers ask her if she’ll run for office next. After all, it’s not like she has millions of little skeletons in her closet.
The Center for American Progress, founded in 2003 by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, promotes itself as pushing “bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action." On April 23, the left-leaning website BuzzFeed reported there’s a sexual-harassment problem at this “politics and policy hub of the Democratic establishment.”
The Republicans in Congress are facing a dire future in November. They asked for control of the House and Senate, but have given their voters nothing they promised to do. They didn't repeal Obamacare, and this wretched omnibus bill was an abject surrender. They need an aggressive strategy to fix themselves before the midterms.
Watch national news outlets choose which results of its opinion polls they report, and which ones they bury. It tells you everything you need to know about their political agenda. They haven't liked April polls showing the Democratic lead in the generic congressional ballot shrinking.
The definition of “news” is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is “publicity.” When James Comey’s publisher MacMillan boasts that they will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies – when a decent fraction of sales is in E-books and audiobooks – publicity is clearly booming. The “news” media are stuffing Comey’s pockets with book profits.
Two days of congressional hearings with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg underlined how American perceptions of media power are changing. After 2012, Democrats and their media allies oozed over the way former President Barack Obama's brilliant strategists changed the face of campaigning through Facebook. But in 2016, Donald Trump was elected, and Facebook became a malignant ghetto of "fake news" and inappropriate election manipulation.
Liberal journalists pompously proclaim Fox News is television for your crazy Uncle Frank, pushing conspiracy theories for dumb people while nurturing resentments toward the elites -- meaning, of course, them. That nasty cartoon is rebutted by a new Fox News program, “Life Liberty & Levin,” hosted by Mark Levin. It is more intellectual than anything produced on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or MSNBC.
How far has the manipulative Kennedy dynasty fallen? Somehow, the movie Chappaquiddick was made with well-known actors, and distributed to movie theaters. Seven years ago, pressure caused the History Channel to deep-six a dramatic Kennedy miniseries (it ended up on the obscure cable channel Reelz). This movie is even drawing favorable reviews from the movie critics.
In a 60-second promo, the local anchors in each market read a script by their employers at Sinclair, and the Trump-hating media gave birth to a large cow. The script expressed alarm about the "sharing of biased and false news" on social media, and professed a "commitment to factual reporting." This is preciesly what the left-wing media would say about Fox News. But this was about them.
For many years now, the celebrated thespian Sean Penn has been one of the wackiest activists in the pantheon of the Hollywood Left. Now he's written a novel...about a hitman who writes a letter to the not-so-fictional president that "Many wonderful American people in pain and rage elected you. Many Russians did, too...We are not simply a people in need of an intervention, we are a nation in need of an assassin….Tweet me bitch, I dare you.”
The Left's brazen double standard on the Stormy Daniels story is apparent to everyone. Suddenly, claims of sexual activity with the president before he became president is relevant. In the Clinton years, his critics were told “grow up about sex” because “libido and leadership are linked.” The public was lectured that Bill Clinton’s accusers were liars who were seeking fame and money, “trash for cash.”
Meet porn star Stormy Daniels.
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.