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, 22 Feb 2019 22:46:47 -0800 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 86348b737943fa0d155a7f76d34cd203 Andrew McCabe, the Justice Department's Jussie Smollett for 02/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/19/andrew-mccabe-the-justice-departments-jussie-smollett Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Just like his boss and hero former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has written a Trump-trashing book. And like Comey, he's getting hours and hours of airtime to sell laughable notions, like the idea that the FBI has been utterly nonpartisan.</p> <p>This man will say anything. Truth means nothing. He's worse than Comey. It barely matters to his interviewers that he was fired from the top of the FBI for ... allegedly lying his face off to the FBI. The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz &#8212; appointed by former President Barack Obama, not President Trump &#8212; charged McCabe with lying three times under oath about having leaked to the newspapers, and not for a national security reason, just to make himself look good. While the media relish the idea of jail time for Trump aides caught lying to investigators, this man gets a red carpet and a pat on the back. </p> <p>McCabe's book tour has created headlines like this, from a CNN interview: "McCabe: It's Possible Trump Is a Russian Asset." Let's be blunt. This is as credible as birtherism. It's exactly as responsible and reliable as broadcasting a headline that says, "Trump: It's Possible Obama Was Born in Kenya." McCabe is the Jussie Smollett of the Justice Department. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 22, 2019</p> 9148da052a599ec9537cfdeebfe1ab01 Smollett And the 'Fakes First' Media for 02/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/19/smollett-and-the-fakes-first-media Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The left would expect mere mortals to understand that as opposed to them, the left rises above the rumormongering and misinformation of social media. As with so much else regarding the left, that's nonsense. It cuts, pastes and amplifies the unsubstantiated ardor of liberal Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at will &#8212; if it advances the narrative. See the case of Jussie Smollett, actor/singer in the Fox hip-hop drama "Empire."</p> <p>Smollett's "MAGA country" hate-crime hoax is just the latest example. Coming on the heels of the smears of Covington Catholic High School MAGA hat-wearing teens, we must conclude the left is too blind, or too stupid, or maybe just doesn't give a hoot. Nothing says "viral" like a black gay celebrity claiming he was beaten by Trumpster thugs. For two weeks, the left went nuts. Celebrities took to the celebrity talk shows, politicians to the political talk shows and the "news" media to the "news" media to denounce racist conservative Trump World. Now the actor's "modern-day lynching" narrative, as Sen. Cory Booker declared it, has imploded. As we've come to expect, the arrogant defenders of the "high-quality news organizations" are once again refusing to take responsibility for the gasoline they tossed on the fire.</p> <p>See "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter of the so-called "Facts First" network. He claimed, "ultimately, this is not about the media, or about politicians or activists, or any other people that might have been fooled. It's about Jussie."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> 3164c0c476b4d88e4ca28656493260e7 Harrison Ford's Climate Horror Story for 02/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/19/harrison-fords-climate-horror-story Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>NBC late-night comedian Seth Meyers recently dedicated one of his "comedy" diatribes to denouncing "scaremongering about socialism."</p> <p>Liberals have a right to lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain't one of them. These are the same people who relentlessly scaremonger the American people about "climate change."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 15, 2019</p> d0fe5e6b317a2f69b703412e76541dc4 Whistling Past the 'Green New Deal' for 02/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/19/whistling-past-the-green-new-deal Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A bold new crew of radicals swept into Congress to remake environmental policies, and the news media immediately called out their poisonous and extreme proposals. </p> <p>If you're thinking about this freshman class of knuckleheads who has given us the 2019 "Green New Deal," the answer is no. We're not talking about them.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p> 4bc124116d4c22fb4a8137ef966189ff Trump's Address Meets Late-Night Resistance for 02/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/19/trumps-address-meets-late-night-resistance Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The liberal desire to rebut President Trump is so overwhelming that they're now "fact-checking" him live or the moment he utters his last sentence. There is an Official Democratic Politician Rebuttal of the State of the Union, but why bother? They need only give links to national "news" sites, since the "news" anchors will offer their "context" as soon as the speech is over.</p> <p>Or better yet, leave it to the "comedians."</p> <p>One could easily consider the late-night talk shows to be the Democrat rebuttal. Start with "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, where Trevor Noah quipped, "The real theme of his speech was that we're all going to die, Mexican style. ... This part of his speech was so scary he should have just done it with a flashlight under his chin."<p>Updated: Fri Feb 08, 2019</p> 53c86595b8b2d03a96933e2d82674be8 The Shutdown and the Border Openers for 02/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/02/19/the-shutdown-and-the-border-openers Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The government shutdown ended &#8212; at least temporarily &#8212; so the two sides could negotiate on border security. It's nonsense, of course. Pelosi and Co. has made it abundantly clear before, during and since the shutdown: There will be no border wall funding, period.</p> <p>They are mandated to take this extremist position because it is the extremists who control the Democratic Party today.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p> a455870a02fd28836569fc5646cad0e8 Which Parents Should Be Scolded? for 02/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/which-parents-should-be-scolded Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's hard to fathom in this supercharged atmosphere, but politics actually has been more tumultuous than it is today (see: War, Civil). On the other hand, the war to define &#8212; or, better put, redefine &#8212; American culture has never been more ferocious. Its militancy has reached the point where many on the libertine-left media are aggressively, and quite publicly, demanding that parents abide by their worldview or be ostracized from polite company. And what an ugly worldview it is.</p> <p>On Jan. 30, NBC's "Today" show devoted a segment to an allegedly controversial Instagram post by Carey Hart, a former Motocross rider and the husband of pop star Pink. He posted a video of his 7-year-old daughter, Willow, shooting a rifle at the range and wrote this caption: "Haven't poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old." Hart said his family doesn't hunt, just shoots for sport. "I'm raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands. #knowledgeispower." </p> <p>NBC's Kristen Dahlgren warned: "The response was swift. One critic commented, 'So confused about how something that symbolizes violence and fear needs to be taught to children.'" <p>Updated: Fri Feb 01, 2019</p> 2c37878a0cede85dbbd1081bb9b4a2f8 Kamala Harris, 'Populist'? for 01/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/kamala-harris-populist Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a widely praised National Review article excoriating the media, Charles C. W. Cooke writes, "Sometimes consciously, but most often unwittingly, journalists treat Democrats as normal and Republicans as abnormal and proceed accordingly in their coverage." To put that another way, the "news" routinely suggests the Republicans are wildly ideological and out of the mainstream, and that the Democrats are exceedingly reasonable and in sync with public opinion.</p> <p>Take The New York Times. On Jan. 26, it warned that President Trump met with "a delegation of hard-right activists led by Ginni Thomas," the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. This was painted as controversial because Mrs. Thomas is, well, extreme. And she's married to You Know Who. "A vocal conservative, Ms. Thomas has long been close to what had been the Republican Party's fringes," The Times wrote.</p> <p>Now try to imagine The Times writing in high dudgeon about former President Obama or Hillary Clinton meeting with people on "the Democratic Party's fringes." For eight years, Obama entertained every leftist group imaginable. And yet The Times can't find a "fringe" on that side of the partisan aisle. The day after the paper nearly fainted over Ginni Thomas, it gushed over hard-left Sen. Kamala Harris's announcement of a presidential run in her hometown of Oakland, California.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 30, 2019</p> dc8c37631c23c396b26725ab0d103889 The NFL Recovers From Kneeling Frenzy for 01/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/the-nfl-recovers-from-kneeling-frenzy Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The National Football League is back on top of the ratings heap after both conference championship games were so competitive they spilled into overtime. </p> <p>Sunday's New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game drew 53.9 million viewers to CBS &#8212; a shocking 27 percent increase from last year and the most-watched NFL game outside of the Super Bowl in five years. This is in part because they used to call the Dallas Cowboys "America's Team," but the Patriots seem like "America's Most Hated Team." <p>Updated: Fri Jan 25, 2019</p> 1981327ba7e529c8e85ee23b4e7004c1 The Media's BuzzFeed and Covington Disasters for 01/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/the-medias-buzzfeed-and-covington-disasters Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The last few days have been absolutely terrible for the reputation of the badly named "mainstream media."</p> <p>The myth that they tried to build for themselves after the 2016 election &#8212; that the American people were too prone to misinformation from malignant (and often foreign) actors in social media and needed a sober, factually meticulous "news" media to put the Facts First &#8212; utterly collapsed under the weight of the BuzzFeed fiasco and the smear-athon of Covington High School kids.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 23, 2019</p> f781f3b9c16814bf67480b39a40a65c7 Gillette's Sexist Sermonizing to Men and Women for 01/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/gillettes-sexist-sermonizing-to-men-and-women Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>So who is the mastermind at Gillette who came up with the idea that the best way to sell men's razors is to insult the customers with condescending liberal propaganda about "toxic masculinity"? Is pandering to the perpetually angry feminists in the media the way to grab positive "news" coverage? Is online buzz the goal? If so, it must also be Gillette's goal to have its customers rush over to the Schick display. </p> <p>A century ago, Gillette ran ads in newspapers touting American soldiers of World War I using their product: the "clean fighters" of the Allied forces "fighting for clean ideals." They were "millions of big, strong-limbed super-men ... fighting to save Freedom." Today, there are no strong-limbed men. There are bullies and sexual harassers in need of castration.</p> <p>Go ahead; try to tell us we're exaggerating. NPR's Tovia Smith lovingly introduced Gillette's latest ad campaign saying, "The first half of the ad portrays males as boorish, sexually harassing women, mansplaining and bullying." <p>Updated: Fri Jan 18, 2019</p> f9d22aebe533bca87a19a5242d4d7de6 The Myth of the Media As Trump's 'Accomplice' for 01/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/the-myth-of-the-media-as-trumps-accomplice Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published in the Sunday Review this week over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni: "Will the Media Be Trump's Accomplice Again in 2020?" </p> <p>You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald Trump and his enablers in the press. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> 50c1eb50eb234234654a6691d3e49a99 Cheney Haters Flop at the Golden Globes for 01/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/cheney-haters-flop-at-the-golden-globes Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Anyone catching the television ads for the Dick Cheney-trashing movie "Vice" found a heavy promotion of the surprising six Golden Globe nominations it received from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The affirmation also became the "news hook" for press interviews with the director and the actors to weaponize it politically.</p> <p>Sadly for them, only actor Christian Bale won an award, for gaining 40 pounds and talking out of the side of his mouth like the Penguin in a Batman movie. This year's Golden Globes were refreshingly devoid of obnoxious left-wing fulminating &#8212; except for Bale. He felt it appropriate to sneer as he accepted his award, "Thank you to Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play this role." He also joked he will now portray a series of "charisma-free a&#8212;holes," possibly Sen. Mitch McConnell. At least it's amusing that Bale won the award for best actor in a musical or comedy. No one should be confused about whether this film is based in reality ... even though the commercials claim it is. </p> <p>The Hollywood left has convinced itself that somehow Cheney is the lowest form of immoral human slime, a war criminal worse than Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden combined. "Vice" screenwriter and director Adam McKay, a self-described socialist whose filmmaking resume bursts with Will Ferrell comedies like "Anchorman," even placed Cheney above President Trump on the liberal Evil Meter. The death of every man, woman and child in the Iraq War was President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's fault. "Don't get me wrong, Trump is dispiriting and upsetting and we've essentially shot a drunk orangutan into the office," McKay proclaimed to The Daily Beast. "But it's nowhere near the damage these guys did."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p> 2a39e48b2b8df8502ddcaf6df075db1b Soft and Deferential to Democrats for 01/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/soft-and-deferential-to-democrats Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The media have spent the last two years arrogantly proclaiming that they are the urgently needed public servants who would boldly challenge power and ask the tough questions. But does that boldness continue when the Democrats win some power back? It doesn't look like it. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Democrats can say the wildest things, and often, the so-called Courageous Media bend and move on.</span></p> <p>Let's start with a mild example. On Dec. 30, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and hit the party line, saying, "the Democrats should not give an inch" to end the government shutdown, and that President Trump "owns" anything that happens. "Donald Trump, because of his tricks and because of Republican radio hosts pushing him, challenging his manhood, he has caused so many problems for so many people in this country," McAuliffe said. "He is an angry, emotional, unstable man sitting in the White House." CNN's Dana Bash replied with this: "Is that your campaign &#8212; your campaign speech for 2020? Is that what we're hearing?"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> a444401702f7b80a55699943d780f1e8 New Details Ruin Khashoggi Hero Story for 01/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/new-details-ruin-khashoggi-hero-story Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The gruesome murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi shredded the idea that Saudi Arabian royalty should be praised for reforming itself. Princes who chop political opponents into little pieces are not nice people. That said, puh-leeze stop it with the adoration of a man who deserves none of it. </p> <p>Politico ran a gushing headline that read, "Jamal Khashoggi: The Free Thinker Whose Murder Shook the World." Time magazine named him one of "the Guardians," the journalistic muckrakers who became its 2018 Person of the Year.</p> <p>Time's Karl Vick laid on the praise, and thick, writing: "Khashoggi put his faith in bearing witness. He put it in the field reporting he had done since youth, in the newspaper editorship he was forced out of and in the columns he wrote from lonely exile."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 04, 2019</p> 53911bbc7c3dabf3058cc1eece615e75 Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018 for 01/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/19/cultural-winners-and-losers-of-2018 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's a little hard to judge popular culture in the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact &#8212; are they offering enough "Resistance"? &#8212; instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its political fortunes, excepting that every day President Trump remains in office is intolerable.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Culturally it's a mixed bag. Though the products offered are overwhelmingly leftist, deconstructionist or both, the audience response is often unsupportive. When there is a rare nod toward a pro-conservative or pro-American message, the public's response is enthusiastic.</span> So from our conservative perspective, here are some of the Cultural Winners and Losers of 2018.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p> 569db938f9e5e7eff6bde7b7dfe39335 These Boots Are Made for Double Standards for 12/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/these-boots-are-made-for-double-standards Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Is there anything, anything at all, for which President Donald Trump won't be faulted by a press corps that despises him so much they are making a mockery of themselves in front of the world? </p> <p>They slammed the president for failing to visit troops in a war zone. Then, on Christmas night, Trump snuck out of town with Melania to bring Christmas cheer to troops in Iraq. So they slammed him for signing "Make America Great Again" Hats that soldiers brought him, turning the trip into a "campaign stop."</p> <p>It gets even more ridiculous. The scribes at Yahoo News discovered something far more pressing, and their scoop showed up on cellphones from coast to coast on Dec. 26. A fashion writer named Kerry Justich uncovered a national outrage, apparently. Her headline: "Melania Trump gets mocked for wearing Timberland boots while visiting the troops." <p>Updated: Fri Dec 28, 2018</p> f325e0bfc00ade84e6d60e317f8202c8 The Media Was Still Unglued in 2018 for 12/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/the-media-was-still-unglued-in-2018 Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump has been in office for almost two years, which should mean that by now, all the crazy talk in the media about his impending dictatorship ought to be abandoned. Democracy is still vibrant, as we saw with record voter turnout in November. But the wild conspiracy theories about Trump never stop. Some of them qualify as the worst media quotes of the year. </p> <p>Don't go looking for "fact-checkers" to evaluate how much evidence the cable "news" folks have mustered. During the temporary summer panic over separating illegal-immigrant parents and children at the border, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough actually said: "Children are being marched away to showers, just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You'd think they would use another trick."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 26, 2018</p> 7d24ac0f86f369bcbb530ef8f1972317 Baby, It's Crazy Outside for 12/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/baby-its-crazy-outside-710fb Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The far left is having trouble fighting wars on two fronts. With President Donald Trump in office, it's fair to say that there hasn't been much of a "War on Christmas" this year, since the War on Trump is never-ending. But it's more than that. The left has become so radicalized in its deconstructionist ways that it is making a fool of itself in the court of public opinion. </p> <p>Oh, sure, there were a few of the usual stories about cowardly school officials issuing edicts that no choir can sing "Jesus songs" at the annual "winter concert." But this year we were introduced to a new wrinkle: Christmas vs. #MeToo. And #MeToo is upset at the 1940s Frank Loesser standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside." A radio station in Cleveland got the ball rolling by banning its airplay for being outside the #MeToo spirit of consensual sex. Others have joined in, a chorus of nameless, faceless shrews out there who must, must, must voice their unhappiness at all times. The New York Times asked, "Prelude to Date Rape?"<p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 1864fd8c5a74c504ccc842322dbcc404 Little Migrant Girl Dies, Media Pounce for 12/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/18/little-migrant-girl-dies-media-pounce Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One of the reasons people decry the "fakeness" of the news is the selectivity of which heart-rending anecdotes are "news" and which are not &#8212; unless they can be blamed on undesirable politicians.</p> <p>On Dec. 13, the Washington Post published an online story headlined "7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion." The reader's immediate assumption: She died at the <i> hands </i> of the Border Patrol. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 19, 2018</p>