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 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:37:10 -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 8b1e41fbf8c97cd6174f3af95e5093df Anita Hill, the Janet Cooke of Sexual Harassment for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/anita-hill-the-janet-cooke-of-sexual-harassment Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Anita Hill, perennially painted as the "Rosa Parks of sexual harassment" by the national press, is back on the scene as the media push the unproven teenage-groping accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Times asked her to write an op-ed on how we can get these next Kavanaugh hearings "right." The Boston Globe put Hill on the front page, lecturing about a better protocol in Congress for sexual harassment claims. </p> <p>Asking Anita Hill how to get a fairer congressional hearing is like asking Janet Cooke how to get better newspaper reporting. If you're too young for the analogy, Janet Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for selling a fraudulent story in The Washington Post in 1980 about Jimmy, an imaginary 8-year-old heroin addict who "lives for a fix."<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 5a2fa4f5c2210732c4555f58f51f0577 The Media and Kavanaugh's Kangaroo Court for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/the-media-and-kavanaughs-kangaroo-court Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The erupting accusation of "attempted rape" against Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he was 17 show just how shameless the Democrats and the "Facts First" media have become. They are promoting an accusation when the accuser can't remember when or where it happened. That is enough to stop a Supreme Court nomination? </p> <p>The media/Democrat message is that the Senate cannot have a vote until we get to the bottom of this horrible accusation. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Is there anyone following this story who doesn't believe they are stalling until after the midterm elections, when they hope to gain one or two seats necessary to defeat Kavanaugh permanently? </span>The calculation is as cold as the timing was transparent. So where are the media blowing <i> that </i> whistle? </p> <p>Let's revisit Juanita Broaddrick. She was pursued by the Paula Jones legal team in the fall of 1998 during the impeachment probe of then-President Bill Clinton, who was seeking her testimony about being violently raped by 31-year-old Clinton in Little Rock's Camelot Hotel on April 25, 1978. Back then, the liberal logic was the exact opposite: We can't report anything on Broaddrick until after the Senate impeachment trial &#8212; when President Clinton is safe. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> d11211ac9b1940c1d84354e7efea3ee9 The Absolute Shamelessness of Les Moonves for 09/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/the-absolute-shamelessness-of-les-moonves Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hollywood continues to be rocked by Ronan Farrow articles in The New Yorker that unfurl charges against powerful men and accuse them of sexual harassment and assault. The latest piece includes a second passel of accusations against CBS Corporation CEO Les Moonves, who seemed to have survived a first salvo in July. Moonves had more power than former "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose, who was fired almost immediately after allegations against him were published in the Washington Post. </p> <p>But not enough. This time, Moonves is slowly being lowered into a yearlong consulting gig after Farrow published new and nauseating on-the-record accounts from six women. He has been accused of forced oral sex, indecent exposure, Bob Packwood-style tongue kissing and even throwing one woman into a wall. It's going to be a protracted legal and financial mess, underlining how much power Moonves wielded at the summit of CBS. </p> <p>Accusers hated the idea that under his contract, Moonves would accept a "golden parachute" worth hundreds of millions of dollars. That's now being withheld pending an internal investigation, but CBS has promised to donate $20 million to a #MeToo organization. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> 6b0be6ff1be8fc061447da1a93d50a8d Kenneth Starr Still Getting Hardballs for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/kenneth-starr-still-getting-hardballs Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Twenty years after recommending to Congress that then-President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr can be treated with dignity and respect.</p> <p>Back then, he faced ABC's Diane Sawyer calling his Starr report "demented pornography, pornography for Puritans."</p> <p>Twenty years later, nothing has changed. In a Sept. 10 interview on "CBS This Morning," anchor Norah O'Donnell brought up one of his lawyers: "One of the things we've learned the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worked on your team, worked on this investigation of President Bill Clinton. He wrote and suggested some very explicit, salacious questions should be asked of President Clinton, but you didn't agree to do that. Why?" <p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> eaf735ae4f6a1ec5aeb1f1bf20d67dca Nike and Corporate Political Correctness for 09/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/nike-and-corporate-political-correctness Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is hard to fathom that there really exists a body of public opinion that supports Nike's decision to make former NFL star Colin Kaepernick the center of its new "Believe in something" advertising campaign. This is the fellow who believes in wearing socks depicting cops as pigs and wears a pro-Fidel Castro T-shirt because he believes that under that murderous dictator, Cuba was a better country than his own, perhaps because he believes his country was founded on slavery and the "genocide of Native Americans."</p> <p>Washington Post sports columnist Barry Svrluga gushed over the ad, saying: "Nike did what the NFL hasn't been able to do: It chose a side. That it happened to be correct is all the better."</p> <p>The full slogan Nike is unveiling is especially obnoxious when Kaepernick's name is attached to it: "Believe is something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." He's a pampered multimillionaire athlete, and even though his career is all but over, he still somehow commands a contract reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. There's sacrifice for you. You wonder what the families of fallen police officers are thinking right now. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p> e4c9b6c1bf721a4dde5321ba8eab675e Chuck Todd Badly Undermines Himself for 09/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/chuck-todd-badly-undermines-himself Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Apparently, a weekly show on NBC and a nightly show on MSNBC weren't large enough platforms for Chuck Todd to complain about troublesome conservatives, so he's written an article for the liberal magazine The Atlantic titled "It's Time for the Press to Stop Complaining &#8212; and to Start Fighting Back." </p> <p>Under the headline, he added, "A nearly 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Fox News's Roger Ailes, has left many Americans distrustful of news outlets. Now, journalists need to speak up for their work." <p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> d7ab5fc4060d7cd126fe197f22f49701 CNN'S Love Letter for 'RBG' for 08/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/cnns-love-letter-for-rbg Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If CNN really wanted to brand itself as a "Facts First" news channel, why did it promise to air a gushy documentary about fiercely feminist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Labor Day weekend? In case you didn't know, this film is actually a production by "CNN Films," founded in 2012 to offer "distinguished, thought-provoking documentary programming to audiences on CNN's platforms around the world."</p> <p>CNN's film "RBG" first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where the media fawned all over it, and her. Entertainment Weekly oozed: "Forget movie stars. The hottest celebrity at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg." Ginsburg's apparently iconic line is "All I ask of my brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 31, 2018</p> 6569f349f4a2e71cdc66e783ecf12105 Corrupt Democrats Are Not 'News' for 08/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/corrupt-democrats-are-not-news Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When seeking to demonstrate the degree to which the "objective" news media act like Democratic partisans, the best place to start is scandals, as in "Have you heard all about the latest Republican scandal?" versus "What Democrat scandal?"</p> <p>On Aug. 8, Republican congressman Chris Collins of the Buffalo, New York, suburbs was indicted for insider trading and lying to the FBI. ABC, CBS and NBC played this story to the hilt, with 18 minutes and 24 seconds of coverage in just the first 24 hours, according to the Media Research Center. CBS devoted the most coverage, pounding away for 7 minutes and 6 seconds. ABC came in second, offering 5 minutes and 41 seconds, and NBC was right behind, with 5 minutes and 37 seconds. </p> <p>On Aug. 21, prosecutors indicted California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter on charges of wire fraud and campaign finance violations. The morning and evening newscasts on ABC and CBS spent a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds covering the story in the first 36 hours. In contrast with Collins, Hunter was "lucky" that there was breaking anti-Trump news &#8212; the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of former longtime Trump confidante and lawyer Michael Cohen to charges of campaign finance violations.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 781b438dd9999c81a05f7ba292ccc30c Oprah Shouts for Abortion for 08/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/oprah-shouts-for-abortion Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has seemingly evolved into America's mom. After her TV career, she sounds like an evangelist preaching a feminist substitute to replace religion in her monthly Oprah Magazine. Her August issue carries this motivational nugget of Oprah wisdom on the cover: "We all want to feel radiant, joyful, and alive. It starts with choosing love &#8212; in any form." No mention of faith, but no surprise there.</p> <p>How do you feel "radiant, joyful, and alive"? Winfrey has the answer. In this very issue, she devotes a full-page ad to promote &#8212; ready? &#8212; the hashtag ShoutYourAbortion. According to Oprah Winfrey, a good way to show you're "choosing love" is to murder your unborn baby.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 24, 2018</p> 95d886c03cdbc83a094bc710a3975599 The Laughable Boston Globe for 08/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/the-laughable-boston-globe Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Boston Globe successfully organized a campaign to get nearly 350 newspapers, large and small, to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on "the dangers of the administration's assault on the press." They laughably claimed: "This whole project is not anti-Trump. It's really pro-press."</p> <p>This was The Globe's summation: "The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful. To label the press 'the enemy of the people' is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries."</p> <p>It's easy (and obvious) for any newspaper to write purple prose about the glories of the First Amendment and the crucial role the press plays in keeping governments accountable. The rebuttal is just as easy: Many liberal media outlets stink at holding liberal politicians accountable. Instead, they gush over them and defend them at every turn, refusing to advance stories that could damage their reputations. Let's do a quick review of The Globe "holding liberals accountable."<p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> 4a25c8f6759b035a1c6445f7e3b01b61 Nonsense About 'Crybaby' Conservatives and Hollywood for 08/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/nonsense-about-crybaby-conservatives-and-hollywood Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, perpetually bilious writer James Wolcott has attacked the "myth of Hollywood's conservative blacklist." He finds it highly amusing that anyone would fear damage to their acting career for publicly favoring this president. </p> <p>"Hollywood conservatives still act as if prison searchlights are prowling the studio parking lot," Wolcott wrote. "A bigger bunch of crybabies you've seldom heard in your life."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 17, 2018</p> 6886178b1af3d050127e49bcddd159c6 NBC Lowers the Bar for Omarosa for 08/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/nbc-lowers-the-bar-for-omarosa Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>NBC "News" is perfectly demonstrating why the American people distrust the media's professed belief in facts, or their supposed approach of holding a story until they have enough documented evidence. </p> <p>The latest shameless exhibit? Championing former "Apprentice" star and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's new "tell-all" book in which she claims President Donald Trump is a racist and a bigot. She claims that she has heard a tape recording (which she did not produce) of Trump saying the N-word on the set of his NBC reality show. In the book, Newman describes hearing <i> about </i> the tape but not hearing it herself. She claimed on Sunday that she personally listened to it after her book had gone to press.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">As with the "Access Hollywood" tape, NBC seems to be trying to do penance for the "sin" of building Trump's national profile over the years with "The Apprentice" and then "Celebrity Apprentice."</span> It doesn't seem sorry for making Newman a rich and famous TV personality &#8212; and now a well-compensated author of tabloid trash. NBC overdosed on the story with 67 minutes of "fake news" right out of the gate. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> 2a41fa82bc07477a53b320ab0315ed8a The War on Traditional 'Gender Identity' for 08/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/the-war-on-traditional-gender-identity Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Political Correctness Police, starting with the perpetually victimized GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and a group called 50/50 by 2020, are trying to impose quotas on everything Hollywood does. </p> <p>Leftist fascism is not on the march. It is galloping. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 10, 2018</p> d6383a3f66ecd022b53366aba00a2a67 Reporters Suddenly Hate The Soviets? for 08/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/reporters-suddenly-hate-the-soviets Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Reporter Andrea Mitchell is celebrating 40 years with NBC News and appeared on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" to discuss the milestone. Host Trevor Noah suggested that the killing of five people in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom could be laid at President Trump's door (he wasn't joking). Mitchell demurred but denounced Trump for calling the media the "enemy of the people." </p> <p>The term certainly has a Soviet echo. That said, conservatives certainly could consider them the enemy. We prefer calling the "objective" media the "opposition party." <p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> 222480e098376f46b828a3ff8bca4104 CNN Pits Lebron James Against Trump for 08/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/08/18/cnn-pits-lebron-james-against-trump Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on "CNN Tonight" on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could've ended there, focused just on that. But you knew it wouldn't.</p> <p>Because, as they say, "<i> This </i> ... is CNN." It was expected that Lemon would encourage James to trash President Trump, because that's what CNN does, hour by hour, minute by minute. James said that during his childhood, he came to a better understanding of white people through sports. He said: "When you're a part of sports ... it just brings so much camaraderie and so much fun. You know, we are in a position right now in America, more importantly, where this whole, this race thing, is taking over, you know. And because I believe our president is kinda trying to divide us." <p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> 2f72bed24d5e5f3ff5ce2a5223070b06 The Emmy Awards Tilt to the Left for 08/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/18/the-emmy-awards-tilt-to-the-left Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On July 26, the News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations were announced, and PBS topped the list with 45 nominations. CBS led the broadcast networks with 31 nods, followed by CNN and HBO with 22 each, and ABC with 20. </p> <p>MSNBC got 5. Vice News got nine. Al-Jazeera International USA got five. And The New York Times got seven &#8212; for videos! Even the liberal website Vox got three. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p> 55c682628f6d7e90d56354e3028333ac Hollywood Hypocrisy on Guns for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/18/hollywood-hypocrisy-on-guns Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the long, hot summer of television, gun control hasn't been a big issue in the news media, which is not acceptable to its rabid cousins in the world of entertainment. For them, guns are the root of all evil, so let the story be told! </p> <p>Take, for example, a Freeform (formerly ABC Family) show called "The Bold Type" about young women working at a magazine in New York City called Scarlet (think: Cosmopolitan). The July 17 episode features two roommates and workmates named Jane and Sutton who get into an argument. Jane finds out that Sutton (who comes from rural Pennsylvania) has a shotgun in the apartment. Jane says: "What else are you keeping from me? Do you have a MAGA hat? Do you watch 'Hannity'? And do you drive a monster truck? Because otherwise, I don't understand why you have a gun."</p> <p>This is a classic eruption of coastal elitism: Guns are for Trump-loving, Fox-watching rednecks. Jane lectures Sutton by saying that "half the country knows that our lawmakers are bought by the NRA and think that gun ownership is barbaric."<p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p> efda28b5e6cd4b7b7bc6c56abad01bec Media Wail for Brennan and Clapper for 07/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/18/media-wail-for-brennan-and-clapper Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republican Sen. Rand Paul sent the media into another meltdown on July 23 when he called on President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former President Obama's CIA Director John Brennan. He charged that Brennan is "monetizing" his privileges by becoming an on-air analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. That doesn't even count Brennan's speaking fees.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Brennan's spouting inanities about treason that make a mockery of his former position is a disgraceful spectacle.</span><p>Updated: Wed Jul 25, 2018</p> a1c26f53bb6948776b38bc578ff4f190 Showtime 'Fakes News' for the Left for 07/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/18/showtime-fakes-news-for-the-left Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>CBS's pay-cable Showtime channel is the latest backer of con artist/"comedian" Sacha Baron Cohen's performance art, as in the movies "Borat" and "Bruno." It's a new TV show called "Who Is America?" that is designed, as usual, to mock Americans &#8212; mostly conservatives &#8212; as gullible and stupid.</p> <p>The most prominent victim this time around is former Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was asked to appear in a "legit Showtime historical documentary" but instead was pranked by Cohen and asked questions she said were "full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm." Cohen also apparently asked former Vice President Dick Cheney to autograph a "waterboard kit." The promise of these embarrassments thrills the left. It was not an auspicious debut: It drew just 327,000 viewers. Among the key demographic of adults ages 18 to 49, it pulled a low 0.1 rating.</p> <p>Even as the first show began with Cohen pulling a prank on Sen. Bernie Sanders, it's Cohen's fraudulent tea party patriot who's the joke. When Sanders does his usual socialist schtick about redistributing the wealth, Cohen's character says, "I prefer to be anally raped than give one more dollar to the Treasury." Sanders just calmly watches him ... which might make most viewers suspect Sanders knows what's being filmed. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2018</p> 1e51a5dd3c4d0dad494b7d2fe66db3dd Avenatti, the Media's Legal Hero for 07/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/07/18/avenatti-the-medias-legal-hero Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On July 10, The New York Times Magazine devoted nearly 6,000 words to Michael Avenatti, the Trump-trashing lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had sex with President Donald Trump. How is he worthy of so much attention?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This man is running a one-man show trafficking in anti-Trump propaganda.</span> He started as the defender of the porn star and stripper. He has moonlighted with memos suggesting Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is the tool of Russian oligarchs. Now he's even taking on immigrants who came to the country illegally as clients to paint Trump as evil for separating mothers and children at the Mexican border. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p>