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, 25 Feb 2017 10:11:34 -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 e7ca46487d7c2182973c04b7ad09000e A Speech to Denounce Meryl Streep for 02/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/a-speech-to-denounce-meryl-streep Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Actress Meryl Streep isn't just denouncing the dire state of America at Hollywood awards shows. She's now taking her speech to far-left events, recently accepting the Ally Award from the LGBTQ political-correctness police at the Human Rights Campaign. Since so many Americans will never get to stand on an awards show stage and speak their mind about what's wrong with the world, we thought we'd present a speech responding to Streep and what she represents.</p> <p>"It is such an opportunity to present our thoughts on behalf of the broad swath of America that didn't earn the right to offer grand orations about politics and world history on national television because we took acting classes at Vassar and Yale. It is refreshing to speak up for people who don't complain about growing up inside what Meryl Streep calls 'the straitjacket of conformist suburban life.'<p>Updated: Fri Feb 24, 2017</p> 87d73c785000671e82dc6c4dcad0947f Planned Parenthood's Pandering Press for 02/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/planned-parenthoods-pandering-press Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged about President Trump calling on "friendly" reporters and the fact that there's something desperately wrong about trying to avoid negative publicity and hostile questions, think of Planned Parenthood. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As with virtually anyone on the left, journalists treat Planned Parenthood as the most sacred of cows.</span> In the last few weeks, from the women's marches through the March for Life and other protests of Planned Parenthood, none of the networks will investigate or even cover the activities of these merchants of death. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 22, 2017</p> 87f7984d372dba4d3103c55ec486fe25 'Saturday Night Live' Smears Kellyanne for 02/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/saturday-night-live-smears-kellyanne Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The New York Times was correct in 2011 when it proclaimed that "Saturday Night Live" has no equal "when it comes to stamping a politician in the public consciousness." Republican politicians like former Gov. Sarah Palin were described as incapable of escaping the "SNL" treatment, and voters actually thought Palin uttered Tina Fey's satirical line "I can see Russia from my house." </p> <p>And yet, the NBC show couldn't seem to locate a comedic angle on President Barack Obama, as the Times noted after his third year in office. He came into the White House as his impersonator Fred Armisen lamely spoke over a cool jazz beat: "I take my kids to school,/ I don't lose my temper,/ It's my only rule/ I keep it cool." <p>Updated: Fri Feb 17, 2017</p> 88dd81582feda4b277d999c6d0529203 Suddenly, Friendly Reporters Are Offensive for 02/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/suddenly-friendly-reporters-are-offensive Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Trump administration is less than a month old, and former Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the brand-new national security adviser, has resigned. This matches the picture the anti-Trump media want to paint right now: Chaos. Disarray. Amateur hour. </p> <p>They also expect the president to help them paint it. This is why they're going nuclear. But he chose to ignore them instead. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 15, 2017</p> bf2e595c161a8385f7d59d49b378d5f4 Tables of Transparency Turn on the Litigious Left for 02/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/tables-of-transparency-turn-on-the-litigious-left Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Pope Francis visited America in 2015, one topic that seemed mandatory to address was the old scandal over priests found guilty of sexually abusing children. Despite more than a decade of reforms and a more liberal-pleasing pontiff, some activists never stopped bashing the Catholic hierarchy. </p> <p>The group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, disparaged Francis' meeting with victims as an empty public relations gesture, a dodge. On CNN, SNAP spokesman Manny Vega exclaimed: "If he really ... wants to put an end to this, he has to be completely transparent, allow the names to go unredacted, allow the files &#8212; allow researchers to get into the Vatican files and take a look at everything that's happened. There has to be complete disclosure. That hasn't happened yet."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 10, 2017</p> 473b4298a668b952dc57b9a264bdc99c The Great Manipulators at Time for 02/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/the-great-manipulators-at-time Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title "The Great Manipulator." Bannon dared to identify the liberal media as "the opposition party." Time took offense and demonstrably proved him right. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Demonizing the president's aides is something Time and its liberal ilk have not done to Democrats since the days of President Jimmy Carter, when Time was liberal but not nearly as leftist as it is today.</span> At this point eight years ago, the same magazine was profiling President Obama's aide Larry Summers as the "brash and brilliant economic adviser," the "economic wunderkind ... moving at flank speed" who speaks with "an almost poetic clarity." <p>Updated: Wed Feb 08, 2017</p> 6dae28490d88aa1e3691cabef88fc0eb Hail the Gender-Fluid Scouts? for 02/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/17/hail-the-gender-fluid-scouts Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, used to be derided as a "traditional, values-based" organization, whose oath spoke of a "duty to God" and whose law insisted the Scouts be "reverent." Now the BSA worships something else: corporate donations. It should have been expected after it folded on homosexual Scouts and then on homosexual scoutmasters. </p> <p>Within a month of being pressured by the case of 8-year-old Joe Maldonado, who was born a girl named Jodi Maldonado, the BSA folded on God and how he "made them male and female." In today's culture, the secular left lets man overrule God. This cowardly shell of an organization should just scrap the references to God, and every God-respecting church should jettison their Boy Scout units to the nearest secular gathering place. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 03, 2017</p> d1ad1d5eaafa1e87ecb9efb86120f313 2017: The Year Conservative Protests Are News for 02/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/2017-the-year-conservative-protests-are-news Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It shouldn't be considered remarkable that all three major broadcast networks offered a news story on the tens of thousands who came for the 2017 March for Life. But it is. Between the morning and evening shows, the networks gave it almost 22 minutes of airtime altogether. To illustrate how shocking that number is, consider that last year, ABC gave the march 35 seconds of coverage. NBC ignored it altogether. Ditto for CBS. </p> <p>There are two obvious reasons for this change. First, unlike the Reagan administration or the two Bush administrations, the Trump administration made modern history by sending speakers &#8212; two top-shelf speakers &#8212; Vice President Pence and top White House advisor Kellyanne Conway. Both were eloquent additions who made it an obvious news event. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 01, 2017</p> 3549ab8747f387c40363f20577b737d3 HBO's Supervillainous 'Young Pope' for 01/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/hbos-supervillainous-young-pope Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In a conversation about homosexuality a few years ago, a Catholic priest made a powerful observation. "Do you realize Heaven is full of gay saints?" he said. His point: The homosexual condition exists; the exercise is sinful. Those honoring God's law carry an especially heavy cross through life, and for that they are rewarded with paradise. </p> <p>The atheist cannot separate the sinner from the sin because he doesn't acknowledge the existence of sin. What to do about those who condemn the sin but also demand that the sinner be loved? The atheist hates Christianity, and Christianity-haters have no problem purposely distorting the Church's teachings while slandering its leaders if it will advance their agenda. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 27, 2017</p> a056749f32501d21492f749ecb188db8 The Ongoing Gosnell Blackout for 01/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/the-ongoing-gosnell-blackout Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Six years ago, a deeply disturbing story emerged from a poor neighorhood in Philadelphia. In a horrific 261-page report, prosecutors accused abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell of delivering seven babies alive and then killing them by snipping their spinal chords with scissors, as well as allowing a woman who had survived 20 years as a refugee in Nepal to be incompetently overmedicated. She died.</p> <p>Documentary filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have written a new book titled "Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer." Journalists will sneer, since they somehow suggest abortion is a choice, not murder. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 25, 2017</p> 28883ce4347cbd4f5f662ca40c504b77 Snoozing at Teachers Who Abuse Children for 01/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/snoozing-at-teachers-who-abuse-children Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>On Jan. 13, a judge in Houston, Texas, sentenced Alexandria Vera to 10 years in prison. Her crime? The 25-year-old teacher at Stovall Middle School struck up a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student &#8212; having sex almost every day, she said, for nine months &#8212; but with the parents' approval. She could be eligible for parole in five years. </p> <p>Prosecutors alleged Vera groomed the child and his family, moving the teen and his father into her home and pretending she was dating the father. She also bought groceries for the boy's family and paid the phone bills. She even became pregnant by the boy. When child-protection workers closed in, she got an abortion. Unsurprisingly, the boy is now in foster care.</p> <p>One would assume this story of a sexual predator would be plastered all over the national news. Isn't this the kind of crusading story full of human interest and melodrama? Apparently not. ABC, CBS, and NBC couldn't be bothered. Fox had a segment on "The Kelly File" when it broke open last year. CNN's Headline News shows &#8212; Drew Pinsky's last year, and Ashleigh Banfield's last week &#8212; gave it a single spin. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 20, 2017</p> 82a2c5ba06f3e157a498b1ac3899d446 Michelle Obama's Cult in the Media for 01/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/michelle-obamas-cult-in-the-media Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>BY L. BRENT BOZELL III AND TIM GRAHAM</p> <p>RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017</p> <p><p>Updated: Wed Jan 18, 2017</p> f54cdde2a2e7200ba71da64cd434d228 Hollywood Vs. the 'Fascist' Election Result for 01/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/hollywood-vs-the-fascist-election-result Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Critics of the Hollywood left chuckled when Hillary Clinton lost the election. Those dramatic videos full of celebrity ardor for the Clintons flopped. Rarely has there been a more pronounced disconnect. It turned to belly laughs when those celebrities responded by making more videos.</p> <p>First, the celebrity leftists made a video urging the Electoral College to actually reject the election results. When it dawned on them (Has it dawned on them?) that America wasn't going to reverse itself because they said so, they gave that up.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 13, 2017</p> 904c121c4544f2373fda1e33977de9ea Fawning Farewells? Not for Republicans for 01/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/fawning-farewells-not-for-republicans Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that President Barack Obama means ... to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show saying, "He ran an administration that was largely scandal-free and did it all the while under a microscope because he looked different."</p> <p>This kind of fake news will continue through Obama's farewell address and President-elect Trump's inauguration. <span class="column--highlighted-text">But let's dig in to media history to recall how differently the media treated President Ronald Reagan as he delivered his farewell address to the American people in 1989. </span>The night before the speech, CBS reporter Lesley Stahl spoke for the media elites on NBC's "Later" with Bob Costas. "I predict historians are going to be totally baffled by how the American people fell in love with this man and followed him the way we did," she said.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 11, 2017</p> e628f9298307e3303ebed611e893d5fd Freedom of Association Is Great ... for Liberals for 01/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/freedom-of-association-is-great-for-liberals Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The secular-left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that "'Religious Freedom' legislation will be everywhere in 2017." "Religious freedom" is in scare quotes, a warning that deplorables will use that thing called religion as their weapon of choice in the coming assault on the LGBTQ community.</p> <p>The same website is celebrating a petition urging the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to reverse its acceptance of an invitation to sing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The freedom to disassociate becomes a terrific idea when used to reject Republicans or conservatives. </span>Slate's story has a hero named Jan Chamberlin, who quit the famous choir because it will appear to be "endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man." She says, "I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.'"<p>Updated: Fri Jan 06, 2017</p> 8560c88c0a7fbabb0177f4e093dd2b19 Can Speculation Be Defined as News? for 01/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/17/can-speculation-be-defined-as-news Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>At the dawn of 2017, let us offer a philosophical question for the news media. If the scourge of the new year is "fake news," should we not concede that it's not news to speculate about what will happen after a news event? The problem is, without speculation about the future &#8212; whether immediate or distant &#8212; cable news channels and radio news outlets would surely enter a crisis about how to fill 24 hours a day, and newspapers would struggle to fill their pages. </p> <p>Time magazine offered a double issue called "The Year Ahead." Obviously, it cannot be defined as news. Nothing has happened yet. The final page of content in the edition is "The 2017 Quiz on News-to-Be." The concept is clearly borrowed from the late New York Times columnist William Safire, who began many years with a similar crystal ball quiz.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Questions can project the news outlet's obsessions, and these certainly do. </span>The second quiz question is, "When it comes to conflicts of interest, Donald Trump will make no changes to his business practices because?" Options include "His lawyers say the law doesn't require him to" and "Americans don't really care." <p>Updated: Wed Jan 04, 2017</p> 89fc98242b942895ea1ead5dd17cff09 Cultural Winners and Losers of 2016 for 12/30/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/16/cultural-winners-and-losers-of-2016 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Populism took the elites by surprise in 2016, so <span class="column--highlighted-text">a review of this year's cultural winners and losers must begin with a very long list of arrogant entertainers who thought it was completely impossible for the American people to descend into a pit of despair and ignorance and elect Donald Trump</span>. No one believed for a second the rich-and-famous losers who promised to move their arrogance to Canada or elsewhere if the Hillary Clinton juggernaut were to tank. </p> <p>Right behind them on the losers list is the liberal journalist Mark Miller at Esquire, who actually scolded celebrities like Taylor Swift and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for staying out of the Clinton endorsement game. This somehow showed that they rejected "the very values that make them human."<p>Updated: Fri Dec 30, 2016</p> c23a0e0e7d8433093e01f8746b9fb467 The Newspapers Bully Sen. Sessions for 12/28/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/16/the-newspapers-bully-sen-sessions Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Congress returns in January, the Democrats will be gunning for several of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees. The left has already launched negative narratives on several, especially Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump's pick for attorney general. Not only are the left-wing news media giving oxygen to these vitriolic attacks but in some cases they are the very authors. </p> <p>On the front page on Christmas Day, both the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post published "profile" stories on Sessions obsessing over racial matters. The Times headline promised an exploration of his "thorny history on race." <p>Updated: Wed Dec 28, 2016</p> c7d37a4b8bb5a29064834ff8f9ef3466 The Islamic Terrorists Wage Real War on Christmas for 12/23/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/16/the-islamic-terrorists-wage-real-war-on-christmas Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>2016 hasn't been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical war on Christmas in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned out the secular hostility in our culture. We've gone from banning Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke to banning Christmas to banning Santa Claus to banning even the thought of a holiday, since it might not be for others.</p> <p>But the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin gives the phrase "war on Christmas" much more gravity and serves as the latest reminder that the secular media in what used to be called Western civilization has shown far too little concern for violent attacks on Christianity &#8212; the faith that created Western civilization. This newsroom yawn is inexcusable.</p> <p>On March 4, the Associated Press reported, "Gunmen in southern Yemen on Friday stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa, killing 16 people, including four Catholic nuns." There was no network coverage on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC or Fox.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 23, 2016</p> 638dd9e3df816c4205fa859b5b0c39fc The Double Standard on Election Acceptance for 12/21/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/16/the-double-standard-on-election-acceptance Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Two months ago, the liberal media erupted in horror after the third presidential debate. Fox's Chris Wallace challenged Donald Trump on whether he would accept the result of the election, and Trump said he would wait and see. NBC described a "flood of condemnation" and cited President Obama accusing Trump of "(undermining) our democracy." "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie called it an "earthquake." </p> <p>Guthrie turned to retired anchorman Tom Brokaw to denounce Trump. He said: "This is not a banana republic. We've got more than 200 years of presidential elections and graceful and peaceful transitions to the new administration. As you saw, even Richard Nixon, Al Gore, the people who were caught up in very close races, said, 'I accept that this is the new president.'" <p>Updated: Wed Dec 21, 2016</p>