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 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:43:02 -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 e16d164227e0e2bee45f62a0bc344b7f Deeply Loving Disruptive Walkouts for 03/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/18/deeply-loving-disruptive-walkouts Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The leftist-organized wave of school walkouts on March 14 to protest gun violence is a classic example of the way protests are categorized by our news and entertainment media.</p> <p>1. Liberal protests are authentic cries from the grass roots; conservative protests are "Astroturf." How homegrown were these liberal walkouts? They were organized weeks ago by the Women's March on Washington leftists. Liberal parents forced school administrators to knuckle under and allow the walkouts without punishment. They were supported by passionate media coverage and media conglomerates like Viacom, which dedicated 17 minutes of airtime to show solidarity.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 16, 2018</p> 04e23c3cd7220c4d08c57511c73b963c Chuck Todd, Guardian of Children's Ears? for 03/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/18/chuck-todd-guardian-of-childrens-ears Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump upset the media greatly at a rally in Pennsylvania, where he enthusiastically mocked NBC's Chuck Todd as a "sleeping son of a b&#8212;&#8212;." Retired NBC anchor Tom Brokaw tweeted: "Really classy. </p> <p>"Explain that to your children."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> 9da8c3eea65b5a5ef0d0edc7e6aeea2d Squashing Free Speech on Campus for 03/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/18/squashing-free-speech-on-campus Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Leftists in the Trump era claim to be the guardians of the First Amendment against an allegedly authoritarian president. But over the last few years, leftists have been the authoritarians on campus, squashing speeches by speakers they deem "fascist" and claiming that ideas they don't agree with are somehow tantamount to "violence."</p> <p>The latest example came from Lewis & Clark College in Portland &#8212; the alma mater of Monica Lewinsky. On March 5, the local Federalist Society welcomed Christina Hoff Sommers, author of "The War Against Boys" and "Who Stole Feminism?"<p>Updated: Fri Mar 09, 2018</p> 4e5ff787be9ee57f7c75523024457d44 Trump Vs. Our Perpetually Panicked Press for 03/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/18/trump-vs-our-perpetually-panicked-press Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Bill Clinton was president, the liberal media establishment flogged itself for focusing on scandal over substance. In a four-hour PBS special during the fall election season of 1996, elitist Hedrick Smith confessed: "By focusing on scandal and conflict over substance, and by our increasingly negative tone, the media has distorted the nation's agenda and lost touch with the public we claim to serve."</p> <p>No one can imagine Smith complaining like this now that Donald Trump lives in the White House. One's a Democrat, the other a Republican. One is a man they genuinely admire, the other a man they genuinely despise.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p> 2061ef3952447a4f4cefc1ba46759614 Ratings Suffer When Celebrities Rant for 03/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/03/18/ratings-suffer-when-celebrities-rant Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Many red-state Americans who used to love awards shows on TV are now wary of celebrities who cannot help but use this platform to spew their hatred of President Trump and the evil/stupid conservatives who keep Hollywood liberals from running (ruining) America.</p> <p>Take the Golden Globe Awards in January, which included a windy nine-minute Oprah Winfrey lecture about how we need the media elites more than ever, and celebrities dressed in black, donning "Time's Up" pins to say sexual harassment is over. Ratings dipped 5 percent and 11 percent in the key demographic for advertisers, a six-year low.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2018</p> 68b715d50f61b6944f65b0f0b182a03b Exploiting Teenager Rage for 02/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/exploiting-teenager-rage Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, shows how quickly our media elites move horrors from tragedy to political opportunity. They amplified the loudest voices of the shooting aftermath: teenage survivors who demanded gun control "solutions" like banning all semi-automatic assault weapons. These teenagers might accomplish in one week what the anti-Second Amendment crowd, led by these same media elites, has failed to do for decades.</p> <p>Survivors of failed abortions (like Gianna Jessen or Melissa Ohden) have never held their attention for five seconds. That conflicts with the narrative.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018</p> d052fb929732f16986bdf0e4aabf311b Cheaters Prosper on CBS for 02/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/cheaters-prosper-on-cbs Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>CBS News has a strange way of marking Valentine's Day. On the Sunday after Wednesday's romantic dinners and flowers, "Sunday Morning" linked the day to a deep study of marital infidelity.</p> <p>Reporter Tony Dokoupil found an expert: therapist Esther Perel, author of "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity." He also found two cheating wives who explained their cheating ways without any guilt. CBS insisted we need to "rethink our attitude" toward the sin of adultery.</p> <p>It happens in every period of time and every culture, CBS explained. So does murder, and it's uncertain whether CBS thinks we must "rethink" that, too. There should be no villains when infidelity happens, Perel lectured: "To think about them just as a good person and a bad person does not help the millions of people who are experiencing it &#8212; the children, the friends, the family."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 23, 2018</p> bf63f84faadcfaf28770fdaf2f778fd8 Desperately Hating Clarence Thomas for 02/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/desperately-hating-clarence-thomas Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Of all the desperate and futile attempts at revisionist history, few are as careless as the attempt to destroy the reputation of one of the finest Supreme Court justices this country has ever produced. Now comes another volley. New York magazine has assembled "The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas." The author is longtime anti-Thomas journalist Jill Abramson. For more than 4,000 words, Abramson labors to relitigate Thomas accuser Anita Hill's dramatic loss in the court of public opinion. According to one poll at the time, 58 percent believed Thomas; only 24 percent believed Hill.</p> <p>Again the argument falls on its face.</p> <p>Justice Thomas has been a distinguished member of the Supreme Court for more than 26 years now. In the years since, Abramson has assembled ... well, nothing. Meanwhile, the case against Hill's unproven charges has grown only stronger, and Abramson's record of objectivity &#8212; if there ever was one &#8212; is evermore tattered. Liberals like her think you should impeach someone for allegedly lying under oath &#8212; but not if the person's name is Bill Clinton &#8212; and then lean heavily on "alleged" for protection.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 21, 2018</p> 608a9e106ce5ee64a4c951eeaee8d2b2 If Sarah Sanders Were to Smack the Press for 02/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/if-sarah-sanders-were-to-smack-the-press Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is constantly hammered by "Gotcha!" questions from reporters in the briefing room. This was dramatically underlined when the story broke about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter being accused of domestic violence by two ex-wives, one of whom even brandished a picture with a black eye.</p> <p>By the time it was over, Sanders had one, too. It didn't look good, and nothing Sanders said from the lectern was going to be good enough. The same outlets that couldn't muster more than one question regarding former President Bill Clinton's alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick seem to ask 27 questions a day about Porter. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 16, 2018</p> 2db6a568454fe89691ac6951d00d7f37 Sickening Celebration of North Korea for 02/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/sickening-celebration-of-north-korea Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Every two years, Americans unite around the television to root for U.S. athletes, to see their dreams of gold medals come true &#8212; unless you're a journalist, in which case the Olympics are a time to root against your country on the world stage.</p> <p>At the opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea, organizers strangely seated Vice President Mike Pence just a few feet from Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's communist dictator, Kim Jong Un. To American reporters who hate President Trump, a star was born. The summaries of Jong on Twitter alone were enough to make you throw your phone across the room.</p> <p>Start with the wire services. The Associated Press gushed, "The trip by Kim Yo Jong is the latest move in an extraordinary show of Olympic diplomacy with Seoul that could prove to be a major challenge to the Trump administration's hard-line Korea policies." Reuters echoed, "North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics' most important medals: the diplomatic gold."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 14, 2018</p> f98830c67b0fbc7089af7900f7defeb3 The Book Against Transgender Extremism for 02/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/the-book-against-transgender-extremism Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When secular leftists express frustration at how practicing Catholics (their humble servants) and evangelicals could have ever voted for Donald Trump, the first thing they refuse to concede is the horror of the alternative.</p> <p>They refuse to admit that Hillary Clinton clearly, forthrightly stood for abortion on demand, at any time, for any reason and even supported having it funded by pro-life taxpayers. It's what she and her husband called "safe, legal and rare." Clinton and her crew even dismissed the videotaped discussion of Planned Parenthood's dead-baby-organ-selling grotesqueries as somehow fictional. And they refuse to admit that Clinton represented the creeping extremism of the LGBT movement, with its emphasis on redesigning all the nation's bathrooms, not to mention human nature.</p> <p>Dr. Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation has a new book called "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment." He explains that you can see the swift descent into the denial of reality by reviewing tracts of the Human Rights Campaign. In 2005, it declared that transgender people "identify" as something that "does not match their physical sex." And with that the bottom fell open.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 09, 2018</p> 62f7cee3248d8557595d8d66d5877fff Treason: A Common Liberal Accusation for 02/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/treason-a-common-liberal-accusation Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>At a speech in Cincinnati, President Trump heard someone in the audience yell "treasonous" as he mentioned the Democrats' pouting at the State of the Union address. "Somebody said, 'treasonous,'" he mused. "I mean, yeah, I guess. Why not?" </p> <p>Meltdown. </p> <p>The media outrage was summarized by CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin: "It is so grotesque! It is so appalling. ... I just wonder what the cost is, in terms of the future of our civic discourse!"<p>Updated: Wed Feb 07, 2018</p> dd528592bf70ae897c470989a89a707a The Media's Free Pass for Bitter Democrats for 02/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/18/the-medias-free-pass-for-bitter-democrats Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Even before President Trump gave his first State of the Union, the left was complaining that he was going to look "presidential." It still can't accept that he is president and gets to give presidential speeches. But Trump took that opportunity and fully exploited it.</p> <p>The Trump speech was beautiful, at some points even poetic, and delivered well (for him). Maybe it was in the pronouns. Former President Clinton could never stop talking about himself. Former President Obama was worse, once using the first person singular 199 times in a 2014 speech in Austin, Texas.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 02, 2018</p> 8cf85ea2c9262a015b8d93a1fce28878 Imagining President Hillary's Press for 01/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/imagining-president-hillarys-press Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump's first State of the Union address is a fine occasion to imagine how close we came to a President Hillary Clinton. Imagine if Clinton had actually campaigned in the Midwest instead of Arizona and won the closely contested Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. (Imagine the exact same congressional results.) Then imagine the dramatic difference in tone in our "news" media and entertainment elites as she prepared to deliver her first report to the nation.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">What would we have seen in President Clinton's first year?</span><p>Updated: Wed Jan 31, 2018</p> 70dd38670838656e7a7cf70c3c831ee3 Weinstein Amnesia Rules At Sundance for 01/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/weinstein-amnesia-rules-at-sundance Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Members of the Hollywood left flew to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival (and its homegrown women's march) with a small item of regret on their agenda. Just last year, they had put on their pink knit hats and marched for women's rights with one of the most visible figures at Sundance ... Harvey Weinstein.</p> <p>How to handle this embarrassment? National Public Radio ran a short "Harvey who?" sound bite from an archived recording of Sundance founder Robert Redford: "Well, I think Harvey Weinstein was like a moment in time. And I think that we're going to move past that. I don't think he's going to stop the show."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 26, 2018</p> 65c51312c58bba81a648bbe95c875e1c Dreamers Vs. Fetuses for 01/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/dreamers-vs-fetuses Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democrats blinked in the first round of the government-shutdown fight over immigration, but they promise to regroup and fight again for immigrants living in America illegally who came as minors. The Democrats call them "Dreamers," and so, the "Facts First" media employ that loaded propaganda term as well. </p> <p>One might argue "Dreamers" is only a technical term, an acronym for the never-passed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act designed to grant conditional permanent residency to those who immigrated illegally as children. It was first introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch in 2001. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 24, 2018</p> 5537748ca16143250fc2add5bf928df5 The Furious Fake News of Feminist Novelists for 01/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/the-furious-fake-news-of-feminist-novelists Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Since 1973, liberal feminists have celebrated the "right to choose abortion" without admitting the horror &#8212; over 60 million lives have violently and prematurely ended since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The liberals who champion abortion are far more comfortable panicking that abortion "rights" are always in danger, especially when Republicans control Washington.</span></p> <p>So it's not surprising that a hot trend among novelists is feminist themes, like imagining the terror of abortions banned. Washington Post book critic Ron Charles loves a new book called "Red Clocks" by Leni Zumas. She imagines an America in which anyone who tries to get an abortion is jailed. In this book, the conservatives even build a forbidding Pink Wall along the northern border of the U.S. to keep desperate women and girls from going to Canada to exercise their lethal "right to choose."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 19, 2018</p> b7ed5c2f61d8a7e8240adf66aa01d3b3 The Media's Year of Trump Hating for 01/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/the-medias-year-of-trump-hating Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As we approach the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, it is painfully obvious that our "news" providers are a highly agitated brigade of the "Resistance." A new Media Research Center study finds that from Jan. 20, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC were overwhelmingly hostile in both content and tone. </p> <p>The study, co-authored by Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella, comes with a jarring headline: "2017: The Year the Media Went to War Against a President." It is indisputable that no president in the history of the republic has been visited by such vitriol from the press. It is not to say that some of the negative coverage hasn't been deserved. But no man this side of Rep. Maxine Waters can defend their overwhelming hostility as fairness.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 17, 2018</p> 01fb10c6b481ef71dcb0ac2c4a68972b Oprah's Distracting Golden Globes Lecture for 01/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/oprahs-distracting-golden-globes-lecture Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the Golden Globes, may have provided the rocket fuel for Oprah Winfrey for President in 2020. Her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award struck the perfect pose for the Hollywood establishment. It has seen itself as the uninterrupted social conscience of America for as long as it has made motion pictures. </p> <p>That's ridiculous. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The pattern of sexual harassment allegations, and even rape allegations, uncovered by the media should overturn the entire concept of Hollywood lecturing anyone on the morality of any subject.</span> <p>Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018</p> 7788566d23bc9c6707e266357bbfec01 Denying the Clinton Foundation Baggage for 01/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/18/denying-the-clinton-foundation-baggage Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the midst of the media feeding frenzy over Michael Wolff's gossipy and fact-mangling book on the Trump White House, another piece of news broke. On Jan. 5, it was announced that the FBI has returned to investigating The Clinton Foundation. Yawn. First, the media ignored it. Then, they touched on it for half a story, after which pundits insisted that there is "nothing new," as if they have access to the factual evidence being sought by the FBI. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Does the "nothing new" response ring a bell? It should.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Jan 10, 2018</p>