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 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:00:08 -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 f9d22aebe533bca87a19a5242d4d7de6 The Myth of the Media As Trump's 'Accomplice' for 01/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/the-myth-of-the-media-as-trumps-accomplice Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published in the Sunday Review this week over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni: "Will the Media Be Trump's Accomplice Again in 2020?" </p> <p>You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald Trump and his enablers in the press. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> 50c1eb50eb234234654a6691d3e49a99 Cheney Haters Flop at the Golden Globes for 01/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/cheney-haters-flop-at-the-golden-globes Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Anyone catching the television ads for the Dick Cheney-trashing movie "Vice" found a heavy promotion of the surprising six Golden Globe nominations it received from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The affirmation also became the "news hook" for press interviews with the director and the actors to weaponize it politically.</p> <p>Sadly for them, only actor Christian Bale won an award, for gaining 40 pounds and talking out of the side of his mouth like the Penguin in a Batman movie. This year's Golden Globes were refreshingly devoid of obnoxious left-wing fulminating &#8212; except for Bale. He felt it appropriate to sneer as he accepted his award, "Thank you to Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play this role." He also joked he will now portray a series of "charisma-free a&#8212;holes," possibly Sen. Mitch McConnell. At least it's amusing that Bale won the award for best actor in a musical or comedy. No one should be confused about whether this film is based in reality ... even though the commercials claim it is. </p> <p>The Hollywood left has convinced itself that somehow Cheney is the lowest form of immoral human slime, a war criminal worse than Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden combined. "Vice" screenwriter and director Adam McKay, a self-described socialist whose filmmaking resume bursts with Will Ferrell comedies like "Anchorman," even placed Cheney above President Trump on the liberal Evil Meter. The death of every man, woman and child in the Iraq War was President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's fault. "Don't get me wrong, Trump is dispiriting and upsetting and we've essentially shot a drunk orangutan into the office," McKay proclaimed to The Daily Beast. "But it's nowhere near the damage these guys did."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p> 2a39e48b2b8df8502ddcaf6df075db1b Soft and Deferential to Democrats for 01/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/soft-and-deferential-to-democrats Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The media have spent the last two years arrogantly proclaiming that they are the urgently needed public servants who would boldly challenge power and ask the tough questions. But does that boldness continue when the Democrats win some power back? It doesn't look like it. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Democrats can say the wildest things, and often, the so-called Courageous Media bend and move on.</span></p> <p>Let's start with a mild example. On Dec. 30, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and hit the party line, saying, "the Democrats should not give an inch" to end the government shutdown, and that President Trump "owns" anything that happens. "Donald Trump, because of his tricks and because of Republican radio hosts pushing him, challenging his manhood, he has caused so many problems for so many people in this country," McAuliffe said. "He is an angry, emotional, unstable man sitting in the White House." CNN's Dana Bash replied with this: "Is that your campaign &#8212; your campaign speech for 2020? Is that what we're hearing?"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> a444401702f7b80a55699943d780f1e8 New Details Ruin Khashoggi Hero Story for 01/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/new-details-ruin-khashoggi-hero-story Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The gruesome murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi shredded the idea that Saudi Arabian royalty should be praised for reforming itself. Princes who chop political opponents into little pieces are not nice people. That said, puh-leeze stop it with the adoration of a man who deserves none of it. </p> <p>Politico ran a gushing headline that read, "Jamal Khashoggi: The Free Thinker Whose Murder Shook the World." Time magazine named him one of "the Guardians," the journalistic muckrakers who became its 2018 Person of the Year.</p> <p>Time's Karl Vick laid on the praise, and thick, writing: "Khashoggi put his faith in bearing witness. He put it in the field reporting he had done since youth, in the newspaper editorship he was forced out of and in the columns he wrote from lonely exile."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 04, 2019</p> 53911bbc7c3dabf3058cc1eece615e75 Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018 for 01/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/cultural-winners-and-losers-of-2018 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's a little hard to judge popular culture in the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact &#8212; are they offering enough "Resistance"? &#8212; instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its political fortunes, excepting that every day President Trump remains in office is intolerable.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Culturally it's a mixed bag. Though the products offered are overwhelmingly leftist, deconstructionist or both, the audience response is often unsupportive. When there is a rare nod toward a pro-conservative or pro-American message, the public's response is enthusiastic.</span> So from our conservative perspective, here are some of the Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p> 569db938f9e5e7eff6bde7b7dfe39335 These Boots Are Made for Double Standards for 12/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/these-boots-are-made-for-double-standards Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Is there anything, anything at all, for which President Donald Trump won't be faulted by a press corps that despises him so much they are making a mockery of themselves in front of the world? </p> <p>They slammed the president for failing to visit troops in a war zone. Then, on Christmas night, Trump snuck out of town with Melania to bring Christmas cheer to troops in Iraq. So they slammed him for signing "Make America Great Again" Hats that soldiers brought him, turning the trip into a "campaign stop."</p> <p>It gets even more ridiculous. The scribes at Yahoo News discovered something far more pressing, and their scoop showed up on cellphones from coast to coast on Dec. 26. A fashion writer named Kerry Justich uncovered a national outrage, apparently. Her headline: "Melania Trump gets mocked for wearing Timberland boots while visiting the troops." <p>Updated: Fri Dec 28, 2018</p> f325e0bfc00ade84e6d60e317f8202c8 The Media Was Still Unglued in 2018 for 12/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/the-media-was-still-unglued-in-2018 Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump has been in office for almost two years, which should mean that by now, all the crazy talk in the media about his impending dictatorship ought to be abandoned. Democracy is still vibrant, as we saw with record voter turnout in November. But the wild conspiracy theories about Trump never stop. Some of them qualify as the worst media quotes of the year. </p> <p>Don't go looking for "fact-checkers" to evaluate how much evidence the cable "news" folks have mustered. During the temporary summer panic over separating illegal-immigrant parents and children at the border, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough actually said: "Children are being marched away to showers, just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You'd think they would use another trick."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 26, 2018</p> 7d24ac0f86f369bcbb530ef8f1972317 Baby, It's Crazy Outside for 12/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/baby-its-crazy-outside-710fb Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The far left is having trouble fighting wars on two fronts. With President Donald Trump in office, it's fair to say that there hasn't been much of a "War on Christmas" this year, since the War on Trump is never-ending. But it's more than that. The left has become so radicalized in its deconstructionist ways that it is making a fool of itself in the court of public opinion. </p> <p>Oh, sure, there were a few of the usual stories about cowardly school officials issuing edicts that no choir can sing "Jesus songs" at the annual "winter concert." But this year we were introduced to a new wrinkle: Christmas vs. #MeToo. And #MeToo is upset at the 1940s Frank Loesser standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside." A radio station in Cleveland got the ball rolling by banning its airplay for being outside the #MeToo spirit of consensual sex. Others have joined in, a chorus of nameless, faceless shrews out there who must, must, must voice their unhappiness at all times. The New York Times asked, "Prelude to Date Rape?"<p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 1864fd8c5a74c504ccc842322dbcc404 Little Migrant Girl Dies, Media Pounce for 12/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/little-migrant-girl-dies-media-pounce Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One of the reasons people decry the "fakeness" of the news is the selectivity of which heart-rending anecdotes are "news" and which are not &#8212; unless they can be blamed on undesirable politicians.</p> <p>On Dec. 13, the Washington Post published an online story headlined "7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion." The reader's immediate assumption: She died at the <i> hands </i> of the Border Patrol. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 19, 2018</p> 28d32ab92fe746ebfbb753e0c06c01d5 Hollywood Gangs up on Roger Ailes for 12/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/hollywood-gangs-up-on-roger-ailes Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Talk-radio host and friend Chris Plante recently made an excellent point about Hollywood. As horrible new revelations of sexual misbehavior surface about former Les Moonves, it's highly unlikely anyone's going to make a movie about him, or about Matt Lauer, or Charlie Rose and so on. But there are two fictional projects (and a new documentary) supposedly based on the late Fox News boss Roger Ailes. </p> <p>Early pictures have emerged of actress Nicole Kidman dressed up to look like former Fox News morning host Gretchen Carlson, who played a major role in exposing a culture of sexual harassment of women at Fox. For her part, Carlson isn't a fan of the pictures or the movie, tweeting: "This looks nothing like me and the script I've seen makes other people out to be heroes unjustifiably. Hard to see your own story faked. Unfortunately &#8212; proves Trump's claim of #FakeNews."<p>Updated: Fri Dec 14, 2018</p> a032105a626859304c7daa4922e0f075 NPR Shamelessly Exploits Cheap Labor for 12/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/npr-shamelessly-exploits-cheap-labor Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>National Public Radio is out begging for donations this week, with major stations like Washington's WAMU offering gifts like those silly reusable grocery bags touting the "Power of Truth." But the truth can be pretty embarrassing. Apparently, NPR exploits cheap labor.</p> <p>Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi has revealed that according to union representatives, 20 to 22 percent of NPR's 483 union-covered newsroom workforce, or 1 in 5 employees, are temps ... and NPR has been doing this for decades. </p> <p>"Without temporary workers &#8212; who are subject to termination without cause &#8212; NPR would probably be unable to be NPR," Farhi reported. "Temps do almost every important job in NPR's newsroom: They pitch ideas, assign stories, edit them, report and produce them. Temps not only book the guests heard in interviews, they often write the questions the hosts ask the guests."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 12, 2018</p> 3817639b702cd20576ca2f53a8d8a2ac The Charming Cultural Decency of Bush 41 for 12/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/the-charming-cultural-decency-of-bush-41 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Everyone seems to have his own George H.W. Bush story. I'll give one that gives an insight into this man's character.</p> <p>Some years ago, we were at his home in Kennebunkport after having sped across the water in his infamous speedboat for lunch (yes, with Secret Service chase boats hopelessly trying to keep up). We were going to say our goodbyes when the former president asked me to accompany him upstairs to his simple office. He fired up his computer and entered an address. Howard Stern's face popped up. The president hit some commands and a page opened with a perfectly obscene pictorial about his son. He pointed at it and then turned to me with a strained expression. "Do people really do this to people?" he asked. He couldn't understand it. He opened a second link. More of the same, aimed at someone else (maybe himself; I can't remember). Again the sad look. Again the question: "Why do people do this?" He opened a third one. Same question, same answer.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 07, 2018</p> a19d74cc8e057e421d9db3795f22dd4e The Bushes: Back on the Media's Good Graces for 12/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/the-bushes-back-on-the-medias-good-graces Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The death of former president George Herbert Walker Bush created a calm oasis of civil discourse, if only for a couple of minutes. It was appropriate to salute this man's kindness and statesmanship, even if you disagreed with him passionately, as many conservatives did. </p> <p>And yet, it's a bit odd that pundits suddenly remember the kinder, gentler noblesse oblige of Bush's presidency. This from the same industry that mocked him during his vice presidential days as having put "his manhood in a blind trust," to quote the comic strip "Doonesbury."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 05, 2018</p> 73f793e8181732f39a28de43a1dc9f2d Hollywood Seeks Revenge for Gary Hart for 11/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/hollywood-seeks-revenge-for-gary-hart Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Hollywood's a bit inconsistent when the topic is the press. It was a righteous guardian of the truth against the Catholic Church in "Spotlight" and against Richard Nixon in "The Post." But now, in the new movie "The Front Runner," it is painted as the villain &#8212; when its target was Gary Hart. </p> <p>He was expected to be the Democratic nominee in 1988 before those photos surfaced of him on the yacht Monkey Business with Donna Rice sitting on his lap. They surfaced after he challenged reporters to tail him and see he wasn't cheating on his wife. No matter. They still shouldn't have blown the whistle on him.</p> <p>The New York Times movie review explained that the film's director, Jason Reitman, "depicts his hero as a man struggling to protect his privacy and that of his family against the predatory prurience of the news media." <p>Updated: Fri Nov 30, 2018</p> 1b4469c4c0ea0399530c7c97f2faf027 'Are You Comfortable Tear-Gassing Children?' for 11/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/are-you-comfortable-tear-gassing-children Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The well-publicized "caravan" of Central American migrants has arrived in large numbers at our border near Tijuana, Mexico, despite MSNBC's Joe Scarborough insisting the caravan is like a tale of Martians: "They're not comin'." They are attempting to climb over and through walls, and CNN's Jim Acosta had lectured the president saying it would never happen.</p> <p>TV networks, over-reliant on emotional images and under-reliant on facts, are presenting this as they present everything else: as an outrage caused by ... President Trump. A radical group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras organizes hundreds of people who clash violently at the border, and somehow the only controversial player is Trump.</p> <p>The Nov. 26 "NBC Nightly News" show was especially egregious, triumphantly broadcasting NBC White House reporter Hallie Jackson asking the president, "Are you comfortable tear-gassing children, like what we saw at the border?"<p>Updated: Wed Nov 28, 2018</p> 048a419dafa677ba28ef034a5d83753c Saint Michelle Cashes in, Big Time for 11/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/saint-michelle-cashes-in-big-time Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Michelle Obama has a new memoir out called "Becoming." Add two words: "Very Wealthy." The Obamas struck a $65 million book deal for his-and-hers memoirs, and next to it is their $50 million production deal with Netflix. They are set to cash in to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. One outlet has called them a "billion-dollar brand." None of their media sycophants find this the tiniest bit controversial. They are the royal family. They cannot possibly be compensated enough.</p> <p>(President Trump's wealth? Wealth generated by a lifetime of work in the private sector? Unacceptable.) </p> <p>Mrs. Obama's interviews &#8212; entirely with women, and mostly black women &#8212; are servile in every "objective news" venue and even worse during TV promotional pit stops. Ellen DeGeneres aired a sappy tribute video stuffed with adoration and proclaimed that Obama is "a human being that we all look up to." She said, "you inspire all of us. So, we put together a little something for you to just show you how amazing you are."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 23, 2018</p> 51ed3366a65d909977ade34a0f8c5523 Crenshaw vs. Liberal Panic on Press Freedom for 11/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/crenshaw-vs-liberal-panic-on-press-freedom Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas first came to national attention when his looks &#8212; especially the patch over his eye that he lost serving in Afghanistan &#8212; were mocked on "Saturday Night Live." The NBC show amended its rudeness by putting him on the show the next week and allowing him to make an earnest pitch to Americans to "never forget" the sacrifices veterans make.</p> <p>On Nov. 18, Crenshaw appeared with three other House freshmen on CBS' "Face the Nation." As is typical, the other three were all Democrats. He suggested the public image of Congress could be improved if the tone of the debate were to improve. "Let's not attack each other's intent," he said. "Let's not ... attack each other as a person. Let's attack ideas. All right. We can debate ideas. We can disagree on ideas all day long."</p> <p>That's not an easy standard in politics. Politicians know that voters say they don't like negative attacks, but they also know voters are more likely to believe negative attacks than positive presentations. What made Crenshaw's approach stand out was his challenging the idea that freedom of the press is under attack.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 21, 2018</p> 980847d0207d66e7ca48b34a63731c46 Media Skip Farrakhan and Hype 'Nazi' Prom for 11/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/media-skip-farrakhan-and-hype-nazi-prom Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On Nov. 12, ABC, CBS and NBC all leaped on a tweet from a contributor of the left-wing talk show "The Young Turks." It showed a months-old prom photo of a collection of teenage boys from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin who are positioned on the front steps of the Sauk County Courthouse and appear to be giving a "Nazi salute." </p> <p>The town of about 12,000 &#8212; best known before now as the original headquarters of the Ringling Brothers and their circus &#8212; quickly felt the sting of national, and even international, embarrassment. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted its outrage and attached a link to history lessons about Nazi Germany. This was followed by everyone insisting this photo isn't representative of the local population, as well as school officials promising to investigate. </p> <p>But what really happened? Student Brock Turkington said it started when the photographer said, "Do a 'hi sign.'" He added: "And nobody really understood what a 'hi sign' was. We'd never heard of it. And he demonstrated by sticking his arm up, kind of what the salute looked like. So we all kinda imitated it."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 16, 2018</p> 374a4c6b21314610c459a2a137b82091 6 Reasons the CNN-Acosta Lawsuit Is Lame for 11/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/6-reasons-the-cnn-acosta-lawsuit-is-lame Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>CNN's war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia insisting that denying its chief White House shouter Jim Acosta a permanent press pass has caused "irreparable harm," and that Acosta has a constitutional right to shout at the president under the First and Fifth Amendment rights. How lame is this? Let us count the ways:</p> <p>1. CNN claims its network is "significantly hampered," causing harm to Americans who "rely on CNN as an essential news source." As a network, CNN is not impaired. It still has more than 10 credentialed White House reporters and producers. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The only "harm" might be that Acosta yelling at (and repeatedly interrupting) the president excites CNN's liberal base.</span> </p> <p>2. CNN claims in court that Acosta is "widely reputed as a diligent and thorough reporter for one of the nation's most respected and widely watched networks." CNN isn't close to the most "widely watched," and it viciously attacks the most "widely watched" network as a pathetic "state-run" channel. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 14, 2018</p> 78909698261578ff60bd83df33750b9f NBC's Saturday Night Sickness for 11/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/nbcs-saturday-night-sickness Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is taking on a very sour look. Alec Baldwin didn't appear with his tired Trump impression on the Saturday before the midterms, perhaps because he reportedly punched a man in the face in New York's Greenwich Village in a parking spot dispute.</span><br></p> <p>"SNL" tried to joke its way out of that mess at the end of its opening skit with their star Kate McKinnon. "When we come back, an update from disgraced former actor Alec Baldwin &#8212; seen here molesting a young Boy Scout," showing a picture of a classic 1994 "Canteen Boy" skit with Adam Sandler.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 09, 2018</p>