L. Brent Bozell from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:09:32 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss L. Brent Bozell from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/l-brent-bozell-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell b4d3adac7e9b2a223d293d5c46fa94d9 Showtime Vs. Christianity for 12/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/17/showtime-vs-christianity Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime's program called "SMILF," which stands for "Single Mother I'd Like to F&#8212;-." The show's lead actress is also its creator and executive producer. Her name is Frankie Shaw, and she says she picked this profane title as a "deliberate" feminist move to take back the sexist phrase "MILF" from objectification by males. Try deciphering that one. </p> <p>Obviously, the executives of (CBS-owned) Showtime also designed it to nudge people to click on it because they know it's going to be dirty, or as the critics call it, "a raw, honest look at the life of a 20-something single mom." Shaw insists, "If it offends you, don't watch." That's also a sound bite designed to sell the program to Showtime's subscribers.</p> <p>The feminist site Refinery29 hailed Shaw's character, Bridgette, as "TV's Most Important New Character." One of the dominant themes is the character having suffered sexual abuse by her father when she was a child. Another is a serious &#8212; and predictable &#8212; loathing of religion, specifically Christianity.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 15, 2017</p> cc7cec4b2088101f7f92fe98aefcb3af Robert Mueller's Valentine Writers for 12/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/17/robert-muellers-valentine-writers Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A cascade of embarrassing details has poured out over the last few weeks on how special counsel Robert Mueller's staff is a gang of Democratic partisans with a rooting interest in Hillary Clinton in 2016. Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman even attended the doomed election-night Clinton "victory party" in New York. </p> <p>Those news items are pouring out from every direction <i> except </i> the "news" media.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 13, 2017</p> 430cd10cc4748fc6d6a6c75b1e08343c Don't Cry for Al Franken for 12/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/17/dont-cry-for-al-franken Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the wake of a growing pile of sexual misconduct accusations, Sen. Al Franken, Comedian of Minnesota, was pressed by a majority of Senate Democrats to resign. When the number of accusers reached a critical mass, "They turned on one of their party's most popular figures with stunning swiftness," reported the Washington Post. </p> <p>That's a pretty dramatic decline from the heights just nine months ago, when the Post was preparing him for the White House. Its headline then was "Al Franken May Be the Perfect Senator for the Trump Era &#8212; a Deadly Serious Funnyman." He was "having a breakout moment as a political star," and he "spent the last eight years proving that he's good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like him."</p> <p>Post reporter Karen Tumulty, the writer of the piece, turned to Franken's close friend Norman Ornstein, who insisted, "He has that Perry Mason quality." Except no one ever saw Mason putting his hands over a sleeping woman's breasts.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 08, 2017</p> afda44fccdcb729a34db7401948ff749 Brian Ross Should Be Fired for 12/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/17/brian-ross-should-be-fired Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When you're the source for "breaking news" but it turns out to be "faking news," you're in trouble.</p> <p>ABC News "chief investigative correspondent" Brian Ross reported on retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn's plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller by claiming that Flynn is "prepared to testify that President Trump, as a candidate, Donald Trump, ordered him, directed him to make contact with the Russians which contradicts all that Donald Trump has said to this point."</p> <p>It was a nuclear explosion. Within minutes, the stock market plunged 350 points.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 06, 2017</p> 7921ca8c8292b23a7f33b3ffe868ddca NPR And PBS, The Biggest Harassment Hypocrites for 12/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/npr-and-pbs-the-biggest-harassment-hypocrites Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The swift revolution against sexual harassment is ending the careers of a series of media "icons," left and right. But perhaps nowhere is this hypocrisy more notable (and deeper) than at PBS and NPR. These were the entities that made sexual harassment the boiling feminist issue when Anita Hill testified during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing in 1991. </p> <p>Here's an easy question: Why didn't this sudden spirit of self-discovery and investigation happen back then? Or in any year since? It could have happened when then-President Bill Clinton settled with Paula Jones in 1998, or even last year as these networks enjoyed reporting on sexual harassment scandals inside Fox News. All along the way, it appears that very same sexual harassment was alive at both PBS and NPR. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 01, 2017</p> 7a8e32b2283777c1d3b10b3cf2bb31fa Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren's Fake News for 11/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/tolerance-for-elizabeth-warrens-fake-news Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of "fake news." <span class="column--highlighted-text">But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat.</span> </p> <p>Exhibit A right now is Elizabeth Warren, who falsely claimed in a professional directory to be descended from Cherokee Indians, so as to be listed as a minority when she was hired as a professor. When Trump makes fun of her by calling her "Pocahontas," the networks get oh so upset and call it a "racial slur." But they don't seem to care one iota about how American Indians feel regarding white people who take on a fake minority identity. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 29, 2017</p> 18345c5b15ee6cb1e30c7056ec65139c The Abrupt Shaming of Charlie Rose for 11/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/the-abrupt-shaming-of-charlie-rose Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The privileged and prestigious professional life of Charlie Rose came to a shocking end this week. In the latest lurid front-page testimony on powerful men, the Washington Post reported that eight women have accused Rose of brutish and exhibitionist behavior. They said new employees were sometimes rubbed on the shoulders by his "crusty paw," and that he liked walking out naked in front of female staffers. Boom. CBS and PBS abruptly fired him. </p> <p>This was shocking to people who watched Rose glide along with elites. He seemed to be a courtly Southern gentleman on air. But that turned out to be deeply false. His ego was immense, while his humble, facilitating TV persona seemed the polar opposite of an aggressive questioner like his late "60 Minutes" colleague Mike Wallace.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 24, 2017</p> 6aedb9c76a5d7c96d1f6617f44f2ee9a Deniers of the Reality of Liberal Bias for 11/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/deniers-of-the-reality-of-liberal-bias Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>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: 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.</p> <p>James Warren, a former managing editor and chief of the Chicago Tribune Washington, D.C., bureau, now works at The Poynter Institute for media studies (or media denial?). He posted a commentary on Nov. 20 headlined "How Mega-Media Deals Further Erode the Myth of a 'Liberal' Media."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017</p> 6c7578d809e7b2353d5d9b153e50f805 Al Franken, Groping 'Giant of the Senate' for 11/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/al-franken-groping-giant-of-the-senate Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment/assault scandal, allegedly feminist entertainers are being accused left ... and left. The latest is comedian/Sen. Al Franken. Photographic evidence undeniably proved that he placed his hands over 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 that he forced his tongue down her throat during a rehearsal of a skit for the soldiers. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now ask yourself: What if Franken's most hated rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, had been pictured doing exactly that to a sleeping woman on a plane, with the same goofy smile?</span> And had tongue-kissed her beforehand? Wouldn't the media/Democrat complex want him immediately purged from the Senate? <p>Updated: Fri Nov 17, 2017</p> d34430f801d2a9702ca9b67cceab66a4 When Racial Hoaxes Make News for 11/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/when-racial-hoaxes-make-news Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The liberal narrative on President Donald Trump assumes his election is 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 make a public acknowledgment when the story is fraudulent. To do otherwise is to stoke racial fires with dishonesty.</p> <p>And that's precisely what they're doing. </p> <p>On Sept. 29, a shocking story came out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Five black cadets at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School found racist messages like "Go home, N-word" written outside their rooms. The head of the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, had the entire student body stand while he demanded that the racist perpetrator(s) leave. It was humiliating. Put yourself in the shoes of the cadets forced to endure this tongue-lashing. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 15, 2017</p> 52054983105d6bb7f8d38ebc07f9527c Rolling Stone: Sacred Text of the Left? for 11/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/rolling-stone-sacred-text-of-the-left Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Nov. 9, Rolling Stone magazine celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first issue, published in the hippie Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. True to form, liberal journalists &#8212; who claim to care so deeply about the menace of fake reporting &#8212; honored founder Jann Wenner and dismissed as insignificant the magazine's 2015 "A Rape on Campus" story scandal. </p> <p>On Nov. 5, CBS "Sunday Morning" host Jane Pauley gushed over Wenner as "the rock star of publishing." Minutes later, she upgraded the flattery by calling him "perhaps the most influential rock star on the planet." <p>Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017</p> ee5b61b40d8f2bd4490c7cdb07577f68 A Life For Liberty and Decency for 11/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/a-life-for-liberty-and-decency Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>History has its macros and micros. There are the major events and players, and there are also the lesser-known particulars and players who were equally essential to the final outcome. So it is with the modern conservative movement. There are the giants recognized by the under-40 crowd, but under them is a vast array of colorful characters and institutions that made it all possible.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">History is fortunate to have Dr. Lee Edwards cataloging all of it. </span>He has written or edited 25 books, including major biographies on Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr., and Ed Meese, as well as numerous others about the movement. Now &#8212; finally! - he has written a book about himself. In a way, it's his best yet.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 08, 2017</p> 6b6ffe77ce64ebdd4e38dd72dec4c9a2 How Media Toasts Hurt the GOP Establishment for 11/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/17/how-media-toasts-hurt-the-gop-establishment Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A Morning Consult poll released on Halloween offers a scary result for establishment Republicans. They tested the approval and disapproval ratings of current members of the U.S. Senate. Guess who was in the cellar. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ranked dead last.</p> <p>Guess who came in second to last. It was Jeff Flake, the Arizona senator who's retiring because he wouldn't possibly be able to win a Republican primary next year. Guess who came in third to last. Sen. John McCain.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 03, 2017</p> 67012b15ed5688250136c230cb49ad23 The Fusion of Reporting and 'Oppo' for 11/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/the-fusion-of-reporting-and-oppo Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Oct. 24, the Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton's presidential 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 rumors of encounters with prostitutes) with information from his Russian contacts.</p> <p>Breaking news? Hardly. It has all but disappeared. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 01, 2017</p> 22cf9458320678aadd6db4badd127171 Kaepernick and Christian Athletes for 10/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/kaepernick-and-christian-athletes Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against the National Football League, accusing all teams of colluding to deny him a place on a team because he kneeled during the national anthem. As was true with Michael Sam, the openly gay player and activist who claimed after he was drafted and released that owners didn't want him, Kaepernick isn't playing because he's not worth signing. Period. </p> <p>So what is it that keeps Kaepernick in the media spotlight? They like him. Multimillionaire celebrities who wear Che Guevara T-shirts and socks that depict the police as racist pigs are celebrated by reporters. They feel your pain about racist America. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 27, 2017</p> 81c28c5aae24446a8e30a4d1890b72cf Media Skip Inconvenient Russia Truths for 10/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/media-skip-inconvenient-russia-truths Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CNN is airing a bizarre new advertisement with the motto "Facts First," which insists that the network calls an apple an apple, even if critics of its "news" reporting argue it's a banana. You see, CNN is interested in objective truth, not opinions. This would be like McDonald's advertising with an apple and saying the company is all about health food. </p> <p>Our "news" networks don't deal with facts first. They sell us narratives, and the favorite is the wild speculation about what might happen next to President Trump. For months, they have speculated about how meetings with powerful Russians would be the end of Trump. From Jan. 20 to Oct. 20, the Media Research Center reports, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening-news shows alone gave that story just over 1,000 minutes. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 25, 2017</p> a9a450e692346f71bac9c15aec761707 Hollywood Never Apologizes for Ultraviolence for 10/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/hollywood-never-apologizes-for-ultraviolence Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hollywood's hypocrisy about Harvey Weinstein is only outdone by its hypocrisy about gun control.</p> <p>We still don't know why Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal in an evil attack on an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. But Hollywood's glitterati seem to know, apparently. They quickly and predictably jumped on Twitter and other media outlets to denounce the National Rifle Association as a terrorist and demand "common sense gun control" that, as usual, wouldn't have stopped Paddock in any way.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 20, 2017</p> 1e4631f8f773c2848723d552d901c444 Liberal Billionaires Are Never Villains for 10/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/liberal-billionaires-are-never-villains Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Charles Pierce, the resident radical-left political pundit at Esquire magazine &#8212; that intellectual powerhouse best known for its Sexiest Woman Alive award &#8212; 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." </p> <p>Pierce wanted everyone to read about a lawsuit filed in May (news that's almost half a year old is "breaking" if the targets are conservatives) by a former Bob Mercer employee named David Magerman who, reportedly against company policy, felt compelled to tell The Wall Street Journal that his boss had "contempt for the social safety net" and wanted "government be shrunk down to the size of a pinhead." (Horrors!) In his lawsuit, Magerman upped the ante and claimed that Mercer held racist views.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 18, 2017</p> 0a4653e65bd159e0d6d7bb91f0482030 Hollywood Moralists Exposed As Hypocrites for 10/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/hollywood-moralists-exposed-as-hypocrites Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Feb. 28, 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 its cover-up within the Catholic Church in Boston. The self-congratulation looks amazing now, after the exposure of decades of alleged harassment, and perhaps even rape, by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.</p> <p>"This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican," said "Spotlight" producer Michael Sugar. "Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith."<p>Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017</p> 4c43ba4719e2fbf5d7dd45bc825e1776 The Russian Facebook Fizzle for 10/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/17/the-russian-facebook-fizzle Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In their book "Shattered," Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes report that within 24 hours of losing the presidential election, Hillary Clinton was ordering her campaign to argue that it was hacked by Russia. Just as reporters leaped to find "news" to corroborate her allegations of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" (VRWC for short) during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, they have lunged at stories of Russian interference to validate VRWC 2.0. </p> <p>Second verse, same as the first. The media outlets most deeply invested in the narrative about Russia having somehow masterfully manipulated the 2016 election are beginning to struggle as the actual facts tumble out. Getting a closer look at the Russia Facebook postings doesn't help the Sore Loser Chorus. In fact, it demolishes it. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 11, 2017</p>