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, 23 Jun 2018 09:51:12 -0700 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 d258cb4fa1fd0fe385f5a4b0960bbef4 This Is Seth Meyers on Drugs for 06/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/18/this-is-seth-meyers-on-drugs Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CNN host Van Jones, a former Obama White House aide, interviewed NBC late-night host Seth Meyers with the usual reverence that liberals offer to comedians of the Resistance. "You're an icon. You're a legend," Jones gushed. "You're doing a phenomenal service to the country."</p> <p>But the best comedy in this interview came when Jones asked about the jesters lining up against President Trump. "You are really tough on him. A lot of the late-night folks are really tough on him," Jones acknowledged. "Do you feel that the red-state folks have a legitimate complaint when they say all these late-night guys are just a, you know, attack squad against the president and there's no diversity there when it comes to ideological diversity or fairness?"<p>Updated: Fri Jun 22, 2018</p> cf3547ba09823c2204200d979e4115f9 The Media Insulate Obama From Scandal for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/18/the-media-insulate-obama-from-scandal Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former President Barack Obama is swaggering around and claiming he didn't really have any scandals as president. In February, he said we "didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us." This only means shamelessness can seem like a winning tactic. In May, he said, "I didn't have scandals, which seems like it shouldn't be something you brag about."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">By any objective measure, this man is a liar.</span><p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 211358c30900552b80856e39f123e64e Hollywood Isn't Supportive of Abortion? for 06/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/18/hollywood-isnt-supportive-of-abortion Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Feminists who embrace the "right" to abortion &#8212; the right to destroy an unborn life on a woman's demand at any point in pregnancy &#8212; just will not accept they are powerful enough in Hollywood. Abortion scenes in TV and movies need to be more "educational" and end the "stigma" of violence against unborn babies, such as being torn to pieces and feeling the pain of being chemically burned to pieces. Both things have been proved true after the 20-week period, yet it remains a "stigma" against their mothers.</p> <p>This lecture came again during a recent panel discussion at the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas, titled "Her Body, Her Choice." Rina Mimoun, who scripted an abortion plot for the drama "Everwood" back in 2003, is still upset the main doctor character on the show wasn't an abortionist, as they wanted. She's upset that abortion is relegated to a Very Special Episode. </p> <p>"The goal for all of it &#8212; network, streaming, everything &#8212; is to stop making it the one-off episode or the arc," Mimoun said. "It would be nice if it was just part of the conversation and didn't have to be so special and so earnest and so important."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 15, 2018</p> 9a94cc4fcb4e8fd8176f5d65c7a10f27 Time Magazine's War on King Trump for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/18/time-magazines-war-on-king-trump Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Anyone who walks past a newsstand knows that Time magazine hates Donald Trump. Don't doubt us. You'd lose. In 2016, it pictured his orange face melting on the cover and then, months later, that same face melted into an orange puddle. Time considered it unthinkable that he would win. Then, once he won, two different covers imagined an endangered President Trump in the middle of a raging storm. </p> <p>On the cover of the latest issue, he looks into a mirror and sees himself as a king with a crown. The title is "KING ME. Visions of Absolute Power."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 1194532310a7e4d4050bc9d998ccdd57 The Entitled 'Comedy' Elites for 06/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/18/the-entitled-comedy-elites Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What is it about our entertainment elites that makes them think they are so much wiser than everyone else? Why do they seem to think that comedians like Samantha Bee and Donald Trump impersonators like Alec Baldwin are going to save America with their rants? </p> <p>The arrogance of the late-night "comedians" overflowed when Bee called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c&#8212;-." See how Bee's old boss Jon Stewart came rushing to her defense: "You could not find a kinder, smarter, more lovely individual than Samantha Bee. Trust me; if she called someone a ..." (Translation: The person deserve it.) <p>Updated: Fri Jun 08, 2018</p> d3b75796320fc7d4533ee7bff866fea4 Heaven's Newest Angel for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/18/heavens-newest-angel Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born.</p> <p>He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic lung disease, anemia, kyphosis, knee contractures, osteopenia and so much more. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> aae5d43e0140124c13f47370ec42bd78 Roseanne's Spontaneous Combustion for 06/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/roseannes-spontaneous-combustion Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who knew we would look back at Roseanne Barr's crotch-grabbing massacre of the national anthem in 1990 and see a mere flesh wound on her career? She embarrassed herself, mocking America in front of America, but her hit show rolled along.</p> <p>But one egregiously racist tweet destroyed the "Roseanne" reboot of 2018 in a Hollywood minute. Tweeting that former Barack Obama top aide Valerie Jarrett is a mixture of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes" put an abrupt end to the top broadcast television program of the year.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 01, 2018</p> 3cf4f5812c8c38eed9c83dd118d3cd80 Chuck Todd Sneers at Trump's 'Playbook' for 05/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/chuck-todd-sneers-at-trumps-playbook Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over Memorial Day weekend, NBC's Chuck Todd opened his show "Meet the Press" by angrily lecturing his viewers about a so-called Trump "tactical playbook" on how to spin the Robert Mueller probe and the FBI informant in his presidential campaign. </p> <p>Here's Todd's list of Trump tactics, with our commentary: <p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> 43c97d64cf7d209647d25b1fa960091f Fox Beats up on God for 05/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/fox-beats-up-on-god Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As the television season wraps up, it seems that Satan is having a bad year on Fox. The still-Rupert Murdoch-owned network canceled not only its devil drama "Lucifer" but also "The Exorcist," which "blessed" us with anti-religious plots about sexually active gay and straight priests and mercy-killing nuns. It even waved goodbye to the sitcom "The Mick," which routinely mocked religion as something only naive grade schoolers believe until they grow up to be "smart and progressive."</p> <p>Is Fox going soft? Rest easy, atheists. For people who want to ridicule God and those crazy believers, there is still Seth MacFarlane and "Family Guy," which has been renewed for season 17. May 20 was Pentecost, the day Christians celebrate the Holy Spirit descending on the Apostles, and Fox was kicking the usual "comedic" dirt at the faithful.</p> <p>In the episode, Peter Griffin, the title character, lapses into a coma and believes he's stuck in an elevator with God. God says He's incapable of getting out of the elevator. Later it turns out He is trying to decide whether Peter is going to heaven or hell. (MacFarlane's God conveniently proclaims to Peter that atheists don't go to hell but somehow the netherworld's deepest torments are saved for people who say they are spiritual but not religious.) <p>Updated: Fri May 25, 2018</p> 6b559b3f676bcedd0d5c1e344c0c164c So They Were Spying On Trump's Campaign for 05/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/so-they-were-spying-on-trumps-campaign Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed that President Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty in insisting his campaign was the subject of surveillance by the Obama administration. Now it's emerging that this wasn't the slightest bit nutty. The New York Times reported &#8212; in a tone much like having its fingernails dragged across a chalkboard &#8212; that the FBI used an "informant" (not a "spy"!) to chat up (and in one case, dangle money at) Trump staffers and investigate Russian finagling with the 2016 election.</p> <p>As one might expect, since this is considered a "pro-Trump" narrative, it must be shot down, even as the facts are coming together. Writing in the Daily Beast, "conservative" CNN political commentator Matt Lewis warned that "there are tens of millions of Americans living in this alternative universe" who think this spying on "inexperienced and sketchy" Trump campaign aides was "nefarious." "(Y)ou have to believe that the intelligence community is wholly corrupt and utterly politicized &#8212; that there was a conspiracy (at least, at the top) to stop Trump from becoming president," he said. "(T)his requires a conspiratorial mind."<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 4e8561705448b4c9cd9befea6e1ec84e The Blessed Virgin Stormy Daniels? for 05/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/the-blessed-virgin-stormy-daniels Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some people were scandalized when secular celebrities from Rihanna to Madonna dressed up in glitzy bishop hats and bejeweled crowns of crosses for the hot-ticket Metropolitan Museum of Art gala in Manhattan. The fundraiser was organized around the theme "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," based on an exhibit containing items loaned by the Vatican.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">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</span>, which delighted in publishing a related piece titled "The Story Behind This Photo of Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary."<p>Updated: Fri May 18, 2018</p> eb411e68c9a403dc9bafe09ac74d5b95 The Long Week of the Leaked McCain Insult for 05/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/the-long-week-of-the-leaked-mccain-insult Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our "news" media are addicted to damaging internal leaks from the Trump White House, especially when the leaks 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 that the administration doesn't have to care about Sen. John McCain's dramatic opposition to CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel because "he's dying anyway." </p> <p>We have no idea of the context. We're not even certain this is exactly what she said. But who cares?<p>Updated: Wed May 16, 2018</p> e8f937b68e58d83e5ee1a01111e77913 California Demands That Christians 'Evolve' for 05/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/california-demands-that-christians-evolve Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>California has a hallowed but questionable reputation as being the birthplace of the radical Free Speech Movement on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Today, they're not just shutting down conservative speakers on the campus. The state's Democrats may pass a law to shut down religious speech and create a statewide LGBT "safe space." </p> <p>There's a new legislative proposal banning all conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice &#8212; by not just mental health providers but anyone. Since the "independent fact-checkers" are quick to swarm around conservative "misinformation," FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and Snopes have all cried "False" at the idea that this bill is a threat to the sale of the Bible. <p>Updated: Fri May 11, 2018</p> fd904ad95abbd12fd95820cfadea1977 Thou Shalt Not Question Mueller for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/thou-shalt-not-question-mueller Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The television networks have flooded us with hours and hours of coverage of the Robert Mueller probe as they continue to look under every rock for some sign of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. But on May 4, a federal judge harshly blasted Mueller's tactics in court, even going as far as challenging the scope of his authority in this probe. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Was this a big story for our objective press? Did they insist on giving us a dispassionate examination of the facts? No.</span> NBC and CBS gave it 30 seconds of airtime combined. ABC devoted two minutes to it, and that was that.</p> <p>A new Media Research Center study shows that in the first four months of 2018, these three networks have aired 321 minutes of evening-news coverage of the Russia investigation, and the tone toward President Trump was 98 percent negative. When you're this close to being perfectly negative, why wreck the trend? <p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> 870dd58cacd0746a788d5fc0f31601bf Cecile Richards and the Culture of Death for 05/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/cecile-richards-and-the-culture-of-death Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's a swagger in Cecile Richards' step as she 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.</p> <p>Vanity Fair oozed over Richards and the abortion conglomerate's Spring Into Action gala in New York City. The headline reads "Planned Parenthood's Future Is So Bright, They've Gotta Wear Pink." The magazine eagerly recounted event details like the "Smash the Patriarchy" cocktails and buttons with the vulgar Planned Parenthood motto "Don't F&#8212;- With Us, Don't F&#8212;- Without Us." <p>Updated: Fri May 04, 2018</p> 0a78a4ef144c73186c56d02cc08cf29c Harassment at the Center for American Progress for 05/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/18/harassment-at-the-center-for-american-progress Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Center for American Progress, founded in 2003 by former Bill 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."</p> <p>Writer Sarah Mimms began: "One of Washington's leading liberal institutions grappled with a divisive internal battle over sexual harassment during and in the aftermath of the 2016 election, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News and interviews with 19 current and former staffers."</p> <p>In a 2017 tweet still pinned at the top of her Twitter page, CAP President Neera Tanden, a major Hillary Clinton backer, proclaimed, "I don't think the country has understood how psychologically wounding it was to so many women that Trump won after the Access Hollywood tape."<p>Updated: Wed May 02, 2018</p> 9960c970160a4419cbd07f2b17bae838 The Can't-Do Republicans for 04/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/18/the-cant-do-republicans Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Back in '92, the late Paul Weyrich and I held a press conference during the Republican National Convention to make two announcements.</p> <p>First, we were endorsing George Bush 41's re-election. Second, we'd just made the most meaningless endorsement in history. He had so thoroughly bungled his first term that there was nothing to be done to save him. And we were right.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> 0fecfaef8d402548c13036db2f2ad409 Beware Networks Skipping Their Own Polls for 04/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/18/beware-networks-skipping-their-own-polls Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Watch national news outlets choose which opinion poll results they report and which ones they bury. It tells you everything you need to know about their political agenda. </p> <p>On the morning of Sunday, April 15, ABC anchor Paula Faris reported a new ABC News-Washington Post poll that showed President Trump's approval rating "ticking up slightly" to 40 percent, "lifted in part by the strong economy." The on-screen graphic also pointed out that 56 percent disapprove.</p> <p>Having established that America disapproves of her GOP president, it seemed fair to continue the narrative by connecting it to the next segment, with anchor Dan Harris and chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. Harris asked Stephanopoulos about his hourlong special that night that touted former FBI Director James Comey's book: "To your eyes, do you, do you see anything in this Comey book and interview that could hurt that approval rating?" Stephanopoulos said it was "a scathing personal assessment of President Trump, a scathing assessment of his presidency and what he believes President Trump is doing to the institutions and the rule of law in the country."<p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> 1ce519932a26f3dfe9f515b380d43771 Impeachment Frenzy in Fictional TV for 04/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/18/impeachment-frenzy-in-fictional-tv Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The intense fear and loathing that permeates news coverage of President Donald Trump is being multiplied on television dramas. Impeachment scenarios and 25th Amendment removal strategies are rolling around in the brains of scriptwriters. </p> <p>Barbara Hall, the creator of the pro-Hillary Clinton CBS show "Madam Secretary," claimed "We just take things that are already in the atmosphere, and if we find them interesting in terms of a civics lesson, we show you what it would look like. We're not campaigning for it. We're not politicizing it, really. We're just saying, 'Here's what the process looks like.'"<p>Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018</p> 9bb3b0e32662c5477782e92c01b430e7 Comey's Pocket Stuffers in the Press for 04/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/18/comeys-pocket-stuffers-in-the-press Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The definition of "news" is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is "publicity." When former FBI Director James Comey's publisher, MacMillan, boasts that it will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies &#8212; when a decent fraction of sales is in e-books and audiobooks &#8212; publicity is clearly booming.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The "news" media are stuffing Comey's pockets with book profits, just as they're drooling over the possibility of a similar boom in their ad revenues. </span>"Telling all" about Trump is a proven get-rich-quick scheme.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018</p>