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 Tue, 23 May 2017 21:02:28 -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 cbf417f21140e47e75cfd03ef99f9b54 Roger Ailes Ruined Monica Lewinsky? for 05/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/roger-ailes-ruined-monica-lewinsky Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was big news when Roger Ailes died. Everyone in his industry acknowledged that a serious, even transcendent force in American media and politics had passed away. Without Fox News over these last 20 years, the shape of American politics would be far different. The heretofore unanimously liberal media suddenly had a counterweight, and, much to their horror, this uppity network soon had surpassed all of its rivals in cable news &#8212; combined. The era of unchallenged liberal enlightenment was over. Ailes was accused of making American dumber, angrier and more bigoted.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">One notable Ailes critic really stretched reality beyond the breaking point. </span>The New York Times &#8212; just off a successful crusade to get Bill O'Reilly fired &#8212; recruited Monica Lewinsky to blame Ailes for her plight in 1998. Her piece in the Times was not an obituary for Ailes, she wrote, but "an obituary for the culture he purveyed."<p>Updated: Wed May 24, 2017</p> 2c4864ba2759038492a13e2ce525849a Tim Allen's Hit Gets Canceled for 05/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/tim-allens-hit-gets-canceled Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Trump-voting segments of the population: men, rural America and working-class families.</p> <p>"If we're talking about diversity and inclusion, I want to make sure we're inclusive of everyone," she declared. "When you think about the name, we're the American Broadcasting Company."<p>Updated: Fri May 19, 2017</p> 7513c1939d129d991e37a33f7ee289c8 Democracy Dies in Anonymous Sourcing for 05/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/democracy-dies-in-anonymous-sourcing Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On May 14, CNN host Fareed Zakaria offered a fiery secular Sunday sermon declaring that President Trump is a "danger to American democracy" and guilty of "gross violations of the customs and practices of the modern American system," and that only the news media can "keep alive the spirit of American democracy." </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">On Monday, the Washington Post offered another arrogant serving of the media's idea of "democracy" and "news."</span> It loaded up a story full of anonymous "current and former U.S. government officials" with the headline "Trump reveals secret intelligence to Russians: Highly classified information on ISIS." <p>Updated: Wed May 17, 2017</p> 2cceb96ba6335c28275e409856475f49 The Fake News of 'The Handmaid's Tale' for 05/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/the-fake-news-of-the-handmaids-tale Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dystopian entertainment is all the rage now that Donald Trump is president, and the more unglued it sounds about an approaching American totalitarian state, the better, hence the liberal cheerleading for "The Handmaid's Tale," a TV series made for the streaming service Hulu.</p> <p>It's based on a loopy 1985 novel by the radical feminist Canadian author Margaret Atwood, which imagines the United States quickly falling under a theocratic dictatorship based on its Puritan roots. America becomes a patriarchy called the Republic of Gilead. All women are deprived of their rights and forbidden to read. Due to environmental degradation, very few women can conceive a child, so a slave class of handmaids are created, whose entire purpose is giving birth. The handmaids wear dowdy red gowns (to represent menstrual blood) with large white bonnets that obscure their faces. <p>Updated: Fri May 12, 2017</p> ea145fdc1a12eca5f86ce4a4d63fc306 Historians Still Ruining Obama's Mythical Memoir for 05/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/historians-still-ruining-obamas-mythical-memoir Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Like Pavlov's dogs, the liberal media salivated over the arrival of former President Barack Obama to receive the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The mythic figure returned to accept the honor in the middle of a two-hour live special on MSNBC, loaded with the usual Chris Matthews slobbering over his "American eloquence." </p> <p>The words "mythic figure" truly apply, as another liberal historian has now underscored just how much "fake news" Obama manufactured on his way to the highest office in the land and the lucrative beyond. <p>Updated: Wed May 10, 2017</p> ca73fd0a8a9c9263c48e2029e77a4c40 Crude Comedians of 'the Resistance' for 05/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/crude-comedians-of-the-resistance Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>TV comedy cannot be too harsh when directed at President Donald Trump. There are no limits, and CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert has proven it. Under the rubric of corporate loyalty after the president cut an interview short with CBS "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson and mocked his show as "Deface the Nation," Colbert called the president a "prick-tator," and then suggested the only thing the president's mouth is good for is being a holster for the sexual organ of Russian President Vladimir Putin.</p> <p>This was on national television, and his audience roared &#8212; and gasped.<p>Updated: Fri May 05, 2017</p> 2dda0071edd689167f9e10d931b609f4 Sudden Media Anger Over Happy Talk to Dictators for 05/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/sudden-media-anger-over-happy-talk-to-dictators Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Situational ethics define the liberal media. There is no pursuit of truth. <span class="column--highlighted-text">There is only a double standard.</span></p> <p>When former President Barack Obama bowed to dictators in Cuba and Iran, it was "historic" diplomacy. When President Donald Trump talks up meeting with autocrats, that's another dangerous and disgusting sign of his lack of respect for human rights.<p>Updated: Wed May 03, 2017</p> cfc99a8300a754c736f4104b24692e31 Reagan's Lesson for Trump for 04/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/reagans-lesson-for-trump Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's something most conservatives would not have imagined a year ago: The opening act of Donald Trump's agenda in the White House contains a real whiff of President Ronald Reagan. To be sure, there's plenty the Reaganites won't like &#8212; talk of trillion-dollar federal building campaigns, taxing business at the border, etc. &#8212; but there's plenty to applaud as well.</p> <p>He's proposing dramatic across-the-board tax cuts. That's Reaganesque. He's reasserting American strength and resolve in response to the dictators who rattle sabers at America. That's Reaganesque. He appointed a Supreme Court justice who follows the Constitution instead of acting like a superlegislator. That's Reaganesque. He's working diligently to reduce the power of Washington, D.C. That's mega Gipper.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 28, 2017</p> 3b47aab46bfabc0c94502a1cdc09e386 Trump's 100 Days of Media Hostility for 04/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/trumps-100-days-of-media-hostility Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The time has come for the media to pull out the artificial measuring stick of 100 days to evaluate President Trump. If they're kind, he'll get an I for "incomplete." But it's more likely they'll use other I words like "inability," "incompetence" or "incoherence." Whatever they say, it won't be kind. </p> <p>But eight years ago? Time magazine's Joe Klein graded President Obama with an S for "spectacular" and "stupendous," saying, "The legislative achievements have been stupendous &#8212; the $789 billion stimulus bill, the budget plan that is still being hammered out (and may, ultimately, include the next landmark safety-net program, universal health insurance)." <p>Updated: Wed Apr 26, 2017</p> f67c12f296f3697f31a2edbe32cae546 Hypocrisy in the Anti-O'Reilly Army for 04/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/hypocrisy-in-the-anti-oreilly-army Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Fox News took Bill O'Reilly off the air after a heavy campaign to fire him led by CNN's media unit and The New York Times. If all the charges of sexual harassment are true, his case is indefensible. That said, it's time for his media critics to stand down. <span class="column--highlighted-text">They are guilty of rank hypocrisy.</span></p> <p>These same media outlets despised the idea that Donald Trump would drag Bill Clinton's sexual harassment lawsuits into the presidential campaign. On Jan. 8, 2016, the Times editorial staff sneered: "It is also a tired subject that few Americans want to hear more about. If Mr. Trump has not read enough, he can curl up with a copy of the Starr report."</p> <p>Bizarrely, the editorial noted that Hillary Clinton had told a New Hampshire town hall questioner a month earlier that Juanita Broaddrick's tale of rape was not to be believed. Yet it was Trump who was denounced as sexist and beyond the pale. The Times said: "His aim is to dredge up an ancient scandal and tar Mrs. Clinton with it in a clearly sexist fashion. There should be no place for that kind of politics in this country." That is, unless it's the top draw at Fox News, in which case it's suddenly America's greatest concern. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 21, 2017</p> 4b80de6d6b1a0fbaa62ed298ff7bf152 Two Very Different Tax Days for 04/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/two-very-different-tax-days Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Leftist protesters around the country used the tax deadline on April 18 as an occasion to hold rallies demanding the release of President Trump's tax returns. They could use large inflatable chickens and signs with hammers and sickles saying "Show us your rubles" and no journalist would be offended. </p> <p>Knowing the president, this will have all the effectiveness of national rallies that demand we get transcripts of Hillary Clinton's six-figure speeches. It's unlikely.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 19, 2017</p> a08d6ca2e1e86e0928c67992e10fab6a PBS: 'Learning' to Love Suicide Bombers? for 04/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/pbs-learning-to-love-suicide-bombers Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On April 5, The New York Times published an op-ed by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal headlined "Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer." McChrystal now runs a big lobbying firm, so that may be why he cares so much &#8212; he's a gun for hire. </p> <p>So how does the general think PBS makes us safer? And from what are we safer? The answer: commercialism. Parents like his son and daughter-in-law "are busy in the morning and busy at night," he says. "They want to protect their children from over-commercialized content." </p> <p>This argument is bizarre &#8212; actually, let's call it what it is: disingenuous &#8212; at a time when "Sesame Street," which was used to illustrate this article online, of course, is now an HBO property.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 14, 2017</p> c4cfd571f4ae4556500116d9b0e6ef88 Hillary Blames Self-Hating Women for Her Loss for 04/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/hillary-blames-self-hating-women-for-her-loss Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton has granted her first public interview since losing the election. It came on April 6 at the Women in the World Summit, organized by leftist editor Tina Brown. Clinton was introduced by comedian Samantha Bee. On cue, as expected, she gushed: "You deserve to hear it 100 times &#8212; it should have been you."</p> <p>The assignment to interview Clinton fell to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. He later wrote a column on his Hillary chat, beginning by saying: "In the most wrenching, humiliating way possible, Hillary Clinton has been liberated. She is now out of the woods again, and speaking her mind." <p>Updated: Wed Apr 12, 2017</p> 00b73ae1ba0c3b295cbcc1f93cd27e34 'Complicit' First Daughters and Double Standards for 04/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/complicit-first-daughters-and-double-standards Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The late-night comics turned their liberal rage on Ivanka Trump after she granted an interview on April 5 to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King.</p> <p>It was an interesting choice for a television interview considering King would clearly be hostile. She partied with Oprah and the Obamas in the White House after President Obama's first inauguration. Need one question her political leanings?<p>Updated: Fri Apr 07, 2017</p> 5eddc57343173963821c997136f110a0 Susan Rice Is Still Lying for 04/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/04/17/susan-rice-is-still-lying Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump's lawyers discovered it was former President Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice who allegedly "requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign."</p> <p>Susan Rice at the center of another scandal? Yes, and she's lying about it on TV again. On "PBS NewsHour" on March 22, anchor Judy Woodruff introduced the interview by telling viewers she asked Rice about whether Trump and his transition officials "may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration." <p>Updated: Wed Apr 05, 2017</p> 336465144bbf4548886414fb969fc8d4 Samantha Bee: Great World Leader? for 03/31/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/17/samantha-bee-great-world-leader Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One might think that Fortune would want to keep a sober reputation as a magazine for business executives. But it made a fool of itself. It came out with a list of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders," and on that list was once-a-week late-night TBS "comedy" scold Samantha Bee. </p> <p>It's one thing when a news magazine is hunting for cultural influencers &#8212; and the left always picks its favorite people, whether or not they actually sway anyone outside the liberal bubble. But the fiercely feminist "Full Frontal" hostess isn't a leader, unless you mean she's one of America's greatest Trump-era producers of rage and bitterness. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 31, 2017</p> 237de9b4962373010ff183cbd203a0e5 Fox News Covers 'Inconvenient' Rape for 03/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/17/fox-news-covers-inconvenient-rape Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. Sanchez, a Guatemalan, has a pending "alien removal" case against him. Montano, from El Salvador, is a minor, so his immigration status was not released. </p> <p>The Washington Post reported, "The two took turns holding the girl down and sexually assaulting her as she cried out, fought back and repeatedly told them to stop, according to police affidavits filed in court."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 29, 2017</p> dcf9b6fde3812e50c9abf452a493e23b 'Saturday Night Live' Supports 9/11 Killers for 03/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/17/saturday-night-live-supports-911-killers Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the stunned aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, America healed in part by tuning in to "Saturday Night Live," just a few miles from the wreckage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. We all felt like New Yorkers and Pentagon employees after radical Islamic terrorists killed more than 3,000 Americans by hijacking four airplanes. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now, many years later, the American Civil Liberties Union is demonstrating its bizarre definition of "civil liberties"</span> by complaining that the 9/11 terrorists are not having their civil rights respected. One article on the website was headlined "Will the 9/11 Defendants Ever Get a Fair Trial?" Most Americans wonder why anyone responsible for 9/11 is still breathing. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 24, 2017</p> 631ecf8b7fdea74f3df6258b1f0ef366 Time to Stop Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda for 03/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/17/time-to-stop-taxpayer-funded-propaganda Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is long past overdue. No president, including Ronald Reagan, has seriously pushed an immediate winding down of this corrupt and outdated waste of taxpayer funds. Who would have ever imagined that Donald Trump would be the first to do it? </p> <p>His first budget proposal takes that step, not just to save of ton of taxpayer money ($450 million <i> is </i> a lot of money) but also to establish a principle about our leftist media. It's simply not appropriate for the federal government to fund Democrat propaganda badly disguised as news. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 22, 2017</p> ee5a98987877aff20f73d334b4e11654 Hollywood Rebels Under Trump for 03/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/17/hollywood-rebels-under-trump Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just as the liberal "news" media have doubled down on fierce liberal activism since President Trump's inauguration, Hollywood is pushing the leftist agenda. Variety celebrates the crusade &#8212; that is what this is &#8212; in an article headlined "TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are Confronting Social Issues Like Never Before."</p> <p>It is not that Hollywood <i> should </i> be political; it is that the industry <i> must </i> be political. Even the sitcoms need to be political. "Social media is in a constant conversation about things," proclaimed NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. "It doesn't feel authentic to not address what's going on in the world and what people are really talking about. I think that's a sweet spot for comedy in general."</p> <p>She points to "The Carmichael Show" on NBC, which, like so many series advancing left-wing causes, is not a hit but features plots about hot topics like gentrification. A character defined it saying: "Gentrification is essentially when developers look at a neighborhood the way Richard Gere looked at Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman.' You know, you see past all the flaws of the past. You see a perfect spot for a Starbucks or an Ethiopian restaurant run by non-Ethiopians."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 17, 2017</p>