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, 24 Jun 2017 10:11:00 -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 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> c45d9c04392f581ee5c0030f8ee945e0 The Lighter Side of Assassination? for 06/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/the-lighter-side-of-assassination Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the wake of Kathy Griffin holding up a mock severed head of President Trump, it's disturbingly obvious that murderous thoughts about our leaders are now considered by the left to be light, humorous fare, a balm for their anxieties.</p> <p>It's not just Trump. The latest issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo arrived just before the British general election with a tasteless cover cartoon of British Prime Minister Theresa May holding her severed head in her arm. The title above translates to "Multiculturalism the English Way."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 09, 2017</p> bc1f5f8842696c990854cf79566aa328 The CNN 'Scholar' Throwing Excrement for 06/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/the-cnn-scholar-throwing-excrement Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as "the one nonpartisan cable news network," presumably unlike MSNBC, and certainly unlike Fox News. </p> <p>This statement was issued <i> after </i> CNN personality Kathy Griffin did a stunt holding up a replica of President Trump's bloody severed head. It's doubly shameless that it also came after CNN host Reza Aslan raged at the president on Twitter, calling him "this piece of s&#8212;-." CNN responded to the Griffin horror by canceling her annual New Year's Eve appearance. Aslan, on the other hand, didn't seem to bother that much; CNN lamely sent out a flack saying, "Reza Aslan is not a CNN employee" &#8212; as if this were to mean anything. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 07, 2017</p> 13db6b4ff79f7557a1ed47a561b5372b Kathy Griffin Gets Her Comeuppance for 06/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/06/17/kathy-griffin-gets-her-comeuppance Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>How could Kathy Griffin think she didn't cross a line with her Islamic State group-beheads-the-president imitation? In a sense, her ignorance is understandable. Since Donald Trump was elected, there have been no lines to cross. Anything ... everything ... has been acceptable. The challenge has been not to temper the outrage but to push its limits. It was "art," she claimed at first. </p> <p>Despite taping a video apology, she was dumped by CNN, which had promoted this "comedian" for 10 years as New Year's Eve entertainment in Times Square alongside Anderson Cooper. It tells you everything you need to know about CNN that up to this point, it had found her antics acceptable.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 02, 2017</p> 05837938edf020d4143e86ca2a91c24c What if the Collusion Probe Finds Nothing? for 05/31/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/what-if-the-collusion-probe-finds-nothing Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS "welcomed" him back by suggesting again that he can't possibly win a long fight with the media. </p> <p>On May 28, CBS reporter Errol Barnett quizzed "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson, saying: "Trump is back to tweeting his unedited opinions this morning, telling people among other things, 'Many of the leaks coming from the White House are fabricated lies coming from the fake news media.' Are his supporters still buying that same excuse?" Every politicized story loaded up with anonymous Trump-trashing government officials must be the gospel truth. It doesn't matter that people leaking these stories are unquestionably driven by a political agenda. Time and again, these leaked stories have collapsed. None of that matters. <p>Updated: Wed May 31, 2017</p> f544a36491115c5edf3242f76daee15a Al Franken Is 'Sick,' All Right for 05/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/05/17/al-franken-is-sick-all-right Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Al Franken has a new book out humbly titled "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate." On that same level of attempted humor, his biography states he received "his doctorate in right-wing megalomania studies from Trump University." Stay classy, Sen. Franken.</p> <p>Sycophantic press profiles of Franken express admiration for the "former comedian" as if the satire stopped. Just two months ago, the Washington Post gushed: "the former comedian and satirist may be having a breakout moment as a political star. ... The Minnesota senator spent the last eight years proving that he's good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like him."<p>Updated: Fri May 26, 2017</p> 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>