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 Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:15:26 -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 e6a04da28df2c40b06ae83f92f740332 Colin Kaepernick: History's Hero? for 08/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/17/colin-kaepernick-historys-hero Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The National Football League's preseason is underway, and national anthem-hating quarterback Colin Kaepernick still doesn't have an NFL job. One can easily identify the liberal journalists by their anguish over this so-called injustice. You can also identify them by their dishonest arguments. </p> <p>Washington Post sports columnist Jerry Brewer pulled out a very large straw man on Aug. 17 in a column headlined "Days of Docile Black Athlete Have Ended. Get Used to It." He doubled down in the text, saying: "Sorry for the inconvenience, sports fans, but the days of the docile black athlete are over. This isn't a time to stick to sports. This isn't a time to be afraid because Kaepernick has been blackballed." To argue that Kaepernick's critics want "docile blacks" is character assassination. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> 107f0008dfcf30360fe3613f3043d2f8 The Press Is Not Trusted or Popular for 08/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/17/the-press-is-not-trusted-or-popular Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>CNN delighted in reporting the results of a recent poll question that asked: "How much do you trust the things you hear in official communications from the White House? Do you trust almost all, most of it, just some of it, or nothing at all?"</p> <p>If a regular viewer of CNN were to choose anything higher than zero, you'd assume he was a victim of the opioid epidemic. Given the size of CNN's audience as a percentage of the national population, this was an issue.</p> <p>Forty-three percent picked "some of it," as people tend to do in a poll. Twenty-four percent chose "almost all" or "most," and 30 percent picked "nothing at all."<p>Updated: Wed Aug 16, 2017</p> 73b49d49bbdf9720bfe034886a5afea7 TV Makers Can't Stop Ripping Republicans for 08/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/17/tv-makers-cant-stop-ripping-republicans Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have become prestigious brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. In 2017, Netflix has received 91 Emmy nominations, second only to HBO's 111. Hulu has 18 nominations, and Amazon has 16, just a few less than Fox's 21. </p> <p>But as much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms. Hulu has created a sitcom called "Difficult People." The characters are two unlikeable, self-absorbed stand-up comedians. In the new season, they're taking out the political pitchforks. </p> <p>One of the comedians, a gay man named Billy, mocks Vice President Mike Pence as a "failed prototype for one of those Japanese sex robots." The ridiculous plot involves Billy pretending to participate in a new Pence program called Sixpence None the Gayer, where the federal government pays gay people $6,000 to become straight through electric shock therapy.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p> ee5b3fc88012dd505337d52ccf8da27c Jim Acosta Can't Handle the Facts for 08/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/17/jim-acosta-cant-handle-the-facts Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CNN reporter Jim Acosta pitched another fit in the White House briefing room on Aug. 2, asserting that President Trump's immigration policy was refuted by a poem engraved on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty. Trump aide Stephen Miller fought him tooth and nail, slamming him for a "cosmopolitan bias." There was no doubt that the liberal elites would sympathize with the acidic Acosta.</p> <p>HBO's comedic anchorman John Oliver uncorked how the media really felt, denouncing Miller as "one of the most revolting humans" he has ever seen and a "vitamin D-deficient minion," whatever that means. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 09, 2017</p> 641c4eeea60f1e95478d5e94c50e2872 Competing to Glamorize Abortion for 08/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/17/competing-to-glamorize-abortion Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The website Deadline reports that there are not one but two movie projects attempting to glorify an underground abortion collective in Chicago that operated in the four years before the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion.</p> <p>One radical feminist at the Jezebel blog proclaimed this was a wonderful development "in a particularly fragile time for abortion rights." She added, "Considering our current administration I'd say the more media we can get about underground abortion collectives, the better!"<p>Updated: Fri Aug 04, 2017</p> 9efbbbf3b21745d9935ee41aa73d255a One-Note Droning on the Transgender Ban for 08/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/17/one-note-droning-on-the-transgender-ban Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A sudden, even shocking announcement came from President Trump's Twitter account on July 26. The government "will not accept or allow ... Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity" in the military due to "the tremendous medical costs and disruption" that entails.</p> <p>Whether you favor it or oppose it, and regardless of how this abrupt declaration blindsided the Pentagon brass, it's indisputable that the liberal media could not and would not approach this subject with anything resembling objectivity. Never mind that military men and women &#8212; and that's all we should care about &#8212; cheered the announcement. The press centered its coverage on the gender benders affected. They were unanimously offended and devastated, with no dissent allowed, no objection, no argument. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Facts don't matter in today's news media. Emotional wallowing is mandatory.</span><p>Updated: Wed Aug 02, 2017</p> 08af775a77ea9ca5503c96cae92d1470 American Imams for Pogroms for 07/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/american-imams-for-pogroms Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to "hate speech" and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is "Islamophobia." Anti-Semitism continues to exist in isolated pockets, but it's so ... yesterday. "Hate speech" against Muslims is now a top-shelf matter for the politically concerned.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">And, like falafel from heaven, they can now attach this Islamophobic hatred to President Trump and his "travel ban."</span> But how newsworthy is this anti-Muslim wave in the United States when compared to similar crimes against Jews? The actual numbers do not matter. In its 2015 "hate crime" statistics, the FBI reported some 664 anti-Semitic incidents and 257 anti-Muslim incidents. Those are crimes, not speeches.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 28, 2017</p> 83deccd7c2d4883726d337d31b74e4bc USA Today's Impeachment-Push Poll for 07/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/usa-todays-impeachment-push-poll Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If there's anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren't partisan, they must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read, "USA Split on Trump Impeachment." It took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly whether the voters want Trump impeached yet.</p> <p>Reporters Susan Page and Emma Kinery proclaimed a dark omen in the results, which is why the newspaper asked the poll question. They said, "Just six months after his inauguration, Americans already are split down the middle, 42 percent-42 percent, over whether President Trump should be removed from office, a new USA TODAY/iMediaEthics Poll finds."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 26, 2017</p> 0aec34e46ed84af2c411801958a8df0c Government Broadcasters Vs. the FCC? for 07/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/government-broadcasters-vs-the-fcc Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Hollywood Reporter unveiled that PBS and its public broadcasting brethren have written the Federal Communications Commission with a list of complaints. The headline reads, "PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency." </p> <p>That's funny, since we haven't seen a "hard stance on indecency" since the Hays Code a half-century ago. And that wasn't even the government. Since then, liberals have successfully thwarted almost any effort to have the federal government enact broadcast decency rules, even those codified by the Supreme Court. By the time Barack Obama became president, all thoughts of regulation were abandoned. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 21, 2017</p> a55ccf12c5c3b9d05baf25074732cd7e The AP Stylebook Is Getting Crazy for 07/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/the-ap-stylebook-is-getting-crazy Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Back in those ancient days when teletypes gave us the sound effects for news, the Associated Press was esteemed as the gold standard of objective news coverage. Inside a liberal media bubble, that pretense continues. <span class="column--highlighted-text">But for decades now, AP has tacked hard to port along with the rest of the media establishment. </span>They'll deny it, of course, because that's what they do.</p> <p>But the evidence is there, emblazoned in the AP Stylebook, which sets the rules for the language of news reporting. It also sets the tone of the media elite's daily composition in every format &#8212; print, online or broadcast. They say it "defines clear news writing" and call it "the journalist's bible," which is a fairly damning phrase, since it rejects the Bible.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 19, 2017</p> 3884f485f62f749d6f12c43fbd4f8535 CNN's White-Whale Russia Obsession for 07/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/cnns-white-whale-russia-obsession Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The media's sudden explosion over a meeting last summer at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and an alleged "Kremlin-backed lawyer" (she wasn't Kremlin-backed) has spawned a whole new feeding frenzy. Every miniscoop gets inflated into the latest contender in the urgent liberal question: "What will finally get trump impeached?"</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The liberal-media obsession was palpable, even when you pulled your cell phone out.</span> On the night of July 11, the CNN mobile app was all ablaze with the junior jeremiads. One after another, the headlines were panicky and tabloid-ish. They read:<p>Updated: Fri Jul 14, 2017</p> f1719662de58d0fd0b3537566b67a30f Remember Bill Clinton's Asiagate Scandal? for 07/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/remember-bill-clintons-asiagate-scandal Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The talking heads at CNN and MSNBC are positively giddy. Aha! A Russia connection. Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians! It's best when they can find a liberal guest to say what they're thinking, and they have plenty from which to choose. </p> <p>Here's a sentence of hyperbole from Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on CNN: "I think we are seeing an unprecedented amount of contacts, personal, political and financial, that Trump, his family, his team, his business had with Russia prior to the election."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 12, 2017</p> 4d1f8bf3eb5fbb4d4b6c0fdda8171623 FX Show Spreads Debunked CIA Drug Smear for 07/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/fx-show-spreads-debunked-cia-drug-smear Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As much as liberals say they despise "fake news," some of the most powerful and notorious sources of fake news in America are the leftists in Hollywood. Their "based on a real story" manglings and stranglings of history are legendary, from Oliver Stone on down. </p> <p>The latest example is a new TV series that debuted July 5 on the FX cable channel called "Snowfall," which is supposedly a look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the Reagan years. This "history" is based on the loony conspiracy theory that the epidemic devouring black communities was a CIA plot to fund the Nicaraguan Contra fighters. How many times must bunk be debunked? The CIA and Congress investigated these claims for years and found that while a couple of Nicaraguan exiles were dealing drugs in Los Angeles, they weren't associated with the CIA. There was no master plan of crack-fueled genocide.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 07, 2017</p> e721db5819c23e3f0394e818e7b5bff2 Another Mark Levin Best-Seller Spiked for 07/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/17/another-mark-levin-best-seller-spiked Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Polls out for Independence Day hit a sobering note: Our patriotic feelings are on a steady decline. Gallup found the number of people describing themselves as "extremely proud" Americans has dropped from 70 percent in 2003 to just 52 percent in 2016. Just 34 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 picked "extremely proud."</p> <p>That's also demonstrated in the latest poll from YouGov, which finds that while 61 percent of people 65 and older describe themselves as "very patriotic," only 20 percent of those under 30 describe themselves as "very patriotic," while 35 percent said they were "not very patriotic" or "not at all patriotic." </p> <p>Could the days of "Morning in America" be over? Is Ronald Reagan's vision of a nation's embrace of her exceptionalism a thing of the past? There is no question that we are headed in the wrong direction.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 05, 2017</p> ed31bcf8d36d5e9d51a1ba455d1ebe85 Teen Magazines Launch the Pronoun Wars for 06/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/teen-magazines-launch-the-pronoun-wars Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers.<span class="column--highlighted-text"> The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible) and gender, where biology is completely negotiable, and incorrect or bizarre pronouns are nonnegotiable.</span></p> <p>Teen Vogue Digital Editorial Director Phil Picardi declared: "For the past year or so, we've made a concerted effort to limit (and, eventually, banish) heteronormativity from all of our content ... we use gender neutral pronouns in almost all contexts. Our readers have appreciated the shift, and often help police our language."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 30, 2017</p> 135633f8c09c57c7c8b8350aa3761af4 'Scandal-Free' Obama to Scandal-Plagued Trump for 06/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/scandal-free-obama-to-scandal-plagued-trump Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When President Donald Trump makes an accusation of "fake news," we could add a number of definitions of the term. Liberal journalists hear "You write stories you know are fake." But there are news stories that journalists earnestly put forward as real news that are based on a lot of suspicious methods &#8212; like quoting anonymous government officials indicting Trump in a malicious international plot to deny the "real winner" of the 2016 presidential election her prize.</p> <p>This is why the media elites will ignore the latest Project Veritas sting video in which CNN producer John Bonifield admits the Trump-colluded-with-Russia scandal is "mostly bull&#8212;&#8212; right now." But CNN keeps hoping it will turn out to be an enormously damaging scandal. Bonifield even volunteered that Trump was "probably right" to say it's a witch hunt. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 28, 2017</p> 9abc641fc0f4176621d1c0d459195b8a The 'Real Boy' of Fake PBS for 06/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/the-real-boy-of-fake-pbs Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>BY L. BRENT BOZELL III AND TIM GRAHAM</p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017 <p>Updated: Fri Jun 23, 2017</p> 894f7f3b23cfece7fe2b7bb425f93a7a Joy Reid's Immoral Moment for 06/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/joy-reids-immoral-moment Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America was stunned when Jared Lee Loughner pulled out a gun in a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket parking lot in 2011 and shot then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head at point-blank range and killed six others. No one recalls a TV pundit wondering whether the people should root for Giffords to survive &#8212; or anyone with the gall to imply her head wound was "self-inflicted."</p> <p>That was not the case with the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others last week. Outgoing "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley proclaimed, "It's time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress yesterday was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted." Wrong. It was time for Pelley to evacuate the anchor chair. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 21, 2017</p> 4697756f2f3c2945e6cf2a5e194183bf Decades of Blaming Violence on the Right for 06/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/decades-of-blaming-violence-on-the-right Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The radical leftist fanaticism over Rep. Steve Scalise's alleged shooter has been an integral part of the news coverage, as it should be. James Hodgkinson's ties to the Bernie Sanders campaign have been reported (if sometimes buried) by most news outlets, and the pundits are virtually universal in their belief that the socialist senator should not be held responsible. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">These journalists were about a quarter of a century late to the dance. </span>Theirs has been a decades-long exercise in hypocrisy. If an act of violence could be blamed on a Republican or, even better, on a conservative, the press would do it, even if they needed to play a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-style game. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 16, 2017</p> bc015d05737b1a73f789b0c9580fec9d Comey Flunks The New York Times for 06/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/comey-flunks-the-new-york-times Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: Ruin President Trump.</p> <p>This is why the "news" producers treated former FBI Director Jim Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate moment, a first impeachment hearing to be broadcast live on every "news" channel on television. Liberals in Washington, D.C., took the day off and went to bars to celebrate the beginning of the end. The media celebrated the celebrations.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 14, 2017</p>