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 Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:29:26 -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 ff426791a8aac38de43ddbf71c3ee2ff Pretending Hunter Biden Is Irrelevant for 01/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/20/pretending-hunter-biden-is-irrelevant Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump should begin with an indictment of the media. The alleged crime committed by Trump revolves around his request that the president of Ukraine investigate Hunter Biden's shady business dealings with a corrupt Ukrainian oil and gas company when Joe Biden was vice president.</p> <p>That investigation might have been unnecessary had the news media chosen to do what they're supposed to do: investigative journalism.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 22, 2020</p> 63eee0bf857fc98cc80960d9fff29e8f Impeachment Is Now Sacred? for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/20/impeachment-is-now-sacred Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Just 10 months ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed that an impeachment of President Donald Trump would not happen unless there was "something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan." The House vote to impeach Trump was the dictionary definition of partisan &#8212; not a single Republican voted yes. There is nothing compelling and overwhelming here.</p> <p>But our pro-impeachment media are investing as much moral authority in Pelosi's putsch as they can muster. During live coverage of the vote on Dec. 18, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell gushed over Pelosi's black outfit. "She's certainly always well-appointed, beautifully arrayed, if you will," she said. "She's wearing black today. And that is a symbolic expression of how somberly they are taking this." Chris Matthews added: "It's sacramental. ... It's sacramental."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> 8bf74cab19a98556c5986ee1716f3edf Stop With the Silly 'Centrist' Labels for Democrats for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/20/stop-with-the-silly-centrist-labels-for-democrats Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The most abused adjective in political reporting is the label "centrist." It should tell you everything about the politician. Unfortunately, it tells us far more about those applying the label. The American Conservative Union ratings system has been widely accepted as the voting compass from the perspective of the right. According to the ACU, a centrist would look like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a lifetime ACU score of 44.8%. Reporters could call her a "liberal Republican," and they should, except that term simply doesn't exist. (Don't believe us? Check it out.)</p> <p>Or take Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who is considered a "conservative Democrat," but that animal doesn't exist in the Senate. His lifetime ACU rating is 26.7%, putting him in lockstep with the left almost three-quarters of the time.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p> b3746a4b6f72e3324f4ea3204bf4a16b Hollywood Gets an Education for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/20/hollywood-gets-an-education Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ricky Gervais, the perpetually snarky British comedian, set social media on fire after he mocked arrogant Hollywood in his opening monologue when hosting the Golden Globes.</p> <p>"So if you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?" he said. "You're in no position to lecture the public &#8212; about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> a9a3a127b8c4530cd15b2538c03ee546 Our Unpatriotic Press Coddles Dictators for 01/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/20/our-unpatriotic-press-coddles-dictators Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Jan. 5, after American drones took out Iranian terrorist mastermind Gen. Qassem Soleimani, CNN's Brian Stelter launched into one of his Sunday-morning sermons, insisting that patriotism flows like a river in America's newsrooms. His definition might vary from yours, however.</p> <p>Patriotism equals tough questioning, the "Reliable Sources" anchor stated in a tweet: "It is patriotic to ask for evidence. To question official accounts. ... It is patriotic to hold our leaders accountable."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020</p> d432009171a216e8c7aebbdbf2eb3b9b Never Trust Hollywood With History for 01/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/01/20/never-trust-hollywood-with-history Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Hollywood loves taking apart conservatives. So when presented with the idea of men in the highest reaches of the conservative media sexually harassing women at the office, it was manna from heaven.</p> <p>You'll not find a TV dramatization of Harvey Weinstein's predations ripped from the headlines. There's no movie on the alleged sexual misconduct by Matt Lauer at his hellish NBC offices, or Charlie Rose's at CBS. There is only "Bombshell," a fictionalized account of the hostile, sexist atmosphere at Fox News.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> 80b68a19101f302cd39064b39fd167da Media Yawn at the War on Christians for 01/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/media-yawn-at-the-war-on-christians Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The secular media greet Christmas as a shopping season and not as a special time for Christianity. They can devote hours of December "news" to which hot toys or gadgets would make great gifts but not to segments on Christ and his birth.</p> <p>The same applies to the persecution of Christians. The apathy shown by the pro-"human rights" media here is appalling. They can pile on the "news" stories about children getting separated from their parents at the border as being un-Christian ... but not Christians being butchered. In some corners of the world, they are out to destroy Christianity itself.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 01, 2020</p> 58bbc052bc1845e4ba411c18a71cc050 Cultural Winners and Losers of 2019 for 12/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/cultural-winners-and-losers-of-2019 Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As we end another year, our popular culture still revolves around President Donald Trump, and our news and entertainment conglomerates continue to be outraged that conservative Christians stick with him, so much so they are summarily ignored. Support him as, say, Franklin Graham and a vast majority of evangelicals have done and ... crickets. But what happens when evangelicals don't? </p> <p>Happy days are here again. The left has lunged to promote an editorial by Christianity Today magazine that insists Trump must be removed from office. What the left understands &#8212; and some on the right still ignore &#8212; is that the cultural is far more powerful than the political. Thus, whenever a force on the cultural left flaps its wings, it is saluted. In the rare occasion that the entity advances the cultural right, it's slammed, or ignored.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 27, 2019</p> 8f8f7048e7ae2c9cdf50967f0fc5165f Smashing Santa and Jesus for Christmas for 12/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/smashing-santa-and-jesus-for-christmas Wed, 25 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The war on Christmas marches on. Secularists &#8212; let's say it: atheists &#8212; are leaving no stone unturned. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch said, "Merry Christmas" in an interview on "Fox & Friends." Leftists pounced, complaining this was a "talking point for the GOP."</p> <p>New Rasmussen polls show strong majorities favor saying merry Christmas, celebrating Christmas in public schools and having religious displays in public areas. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">those in Hollywood see old-time religion as a relentless nightmare of oppression</span>. Christmas makes them want to tear the roof off of a Nativity set. They vent through the vehicle they know will resonate: entertainment television. Here it is: no-holds-barred hostility, starting with Santa.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 25, 2019</p> cb383cae69805e95ccc5e53ea722404d The Media Help Erode Our Norms for 12/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/the-media-help-erode-our-norms Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When The Washington Post infamously posted the motto "Democracy Dies in Darkness" on its masthead after Donald Trump was elected, it was implicit &#8212; The Post will deny it &#8212; that Trump is the enemy of democracy, and of "light" or transparency. So it was sadly poetic that after the House Democrats rammed through such an incredibly partisan impeachment vote &#8212; without a single Republican voting aye &#8212; Washington Post reporter Rachael Bade posted a photograph on Twitter of her and her colleagues celebrating with beers.</p> <p>Bade tweeted: "Merry Impeachmas from the WaPo team! @pkcapitol is buying." After it became controversial, Bade deleted it, claiming it had been misunderstood.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> e86ae7391e876919f36b22eef328c6d1 A Harsh Critique of Media Ethics for 12/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/a-harsh-critique-of-media-ethics Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Pew Research Center, firmly ensconced inside the liberal establishment, has a new poll that has the organization worried sick (perhaps not as much as the new USA Today/Suffolk University poll that shows President Donald Trump defeating every single Democratic presidential opponent). Pew is concerned and confused about a dramatic difference between Democrats' and Republicans' skepticism about the media.</p> <p>When asked about the ethical standards of the media, 31% of Republicans said their standards are "very low," and 48% picked "low." Among Democrats, 10% said the media have "very high" ethical standards, and 53% selected "high."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 18, 2019</p> 277ba8cc067336bf9bb43271247e4d8c Devin Nunes: Mocked for Being Right for 12/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/devin-nunes-mocked-for-being-right Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A few weeks ago, Rep. Devin Nunes appeared on Mark Levin's Fox News show, "Life, Liberty & Levin." Near the end, he talked about how he and his staff put out a memo in early 2018 "to expose the counterintelligence malfeasance that was occurring in the FBI" in the search for Russian "collusion" with Donald Trump. The media did all kinds of stories about how the Republicans were concocting "conspiracy theories" and destroying the nation's law enforcement agencies.</p> <p>Nunes boasted: "And what we really find out now: Everything that we said at that time was 100 percent accurate. Everything that the Democrats and the media said at the time: 100 percent inaccurate." <p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> 424b76748262cd708c7b3249e4d65b26 Richard Jewell and Badly Flawed News for 12/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/richard-jewell-and-badly-flawed-news Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Over the last few years, journalists have responded to accusations of "fake news" with arrogant proclamations that they are the misunderstood Guardians of Truth and Providers of Fact. But not every news story is a perfectly baked slice of Facts or Truth. Sometimes reporters merely recount what they heard but what they were told was wrong.</p> <p>We should all cringe whenever we hear the two words "breaking news." Time and again, news breaks out but the details are anyone's guess &#8212; literally. "(ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN/Fox) hasn't confirmed this, but others are reporting ...," they say, and then they proceed to repeat rumors and speculation that are not just underbaked but raw. If true, you may be No. 1 with the scoop, which is all important. If false, the blame goes to that unnamed "other" news outlet. The two-source rule doesn't exist. In the Year of the Whistleblower, we've learned a single source isn't necessary either. You just need someone to speculate; that's good enough.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 11, 2019</p> 1b2bdcba14e97b798fbefd6e7be3a5b6 Feminists Exalt the Wonder of Abortion for 12/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/feminists-exalt-the-wonder-of-abortion Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Abortion is the highest expression of feminism. It's the only concern of feminists. Just ask the first lady how many feminists came to her defense after her son's name was dragged through the mud on Capitol Hill. Ask Kellyanne Conway how many stood behind her when she was insulted as a terrifying killer clown on "Saturday Night Live." Ask Juanita Broaddrick who came to her defense when she declared that the (liberal) president of the United States had raped her.</p> <p>But abortion? Anyone who dares to oppose abortion is a sexist, a racist and maybe even a Christian. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> 689a65149131d02bcafb6e462baaf59a Censoring Social Media for 'Promoting Crime' for 12/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/12/19/censoring-social-media-for-promoting-crime Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The other day, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki subjected herself to a hard-hitting interview with Lesley Stahl on CBS' "60 Minutes." Stahl lectured her for allowing "harmful" or "hurtful" speech to be posted on her platform without any fact-checking. Welcome to the latest demonstration of the traditional "news" media's merciless pounding away at social media for having the audacity to allow dissenting information that undermines their expert narratives and authority.</p> <p>Wojcicki was far too polite to respond with incredulity. This is the same show that allowed Dan Rather to broadcast fake National Guard documents in an effort to derail the reelection campaign of then-President George W. Bush. Then there's Stahl herself &#8212; the alleged guardian against harmful, unreliable information &#8212; who put author and convicted felon J.H. Hatfield on national TV in 2000 to claim that Bush was hiding an arrest for cocaine. On the "60 Minutes" website, CBS admitted, "Scores of journalists have failed to corroborate his much-publicized accusation against the presidential candidate, and instead have found holes in it."</p> <p>Now Stahl is passing judgment on what is harmful. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 04, 2019</p> 17be3be7c120dc519cbc7c5dddb37bd9 ABC Broadcasts Pop Music From Hell for 11/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/19/abc-broadcasts-pop-music-from-hell Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>ABC aired The American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24, and the big surprise was that none of the featured pop stars launched into a political diatribe about the horrors of the Trump era. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The shock factor was reserved for one of the most vicious assaults on God ever projected by Hollywood.</span></p> <p>One of today's most popular singers among teenagers is Camila Cabello, and she performed her song "Living Proof," which suggests God is found in her lover's raunchy moves. "Like a choir singing 'Hallelujah'/ When my body's crashin' right into ya," she sang. "Ooh, there's God in every move/ Ooh, and you're the living proof." In the second verse, Cabello added, "Show your demons, and I might show you mine/ One at a time."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2019</p> 0c0b3f7479c52a51173e9ddbaa0badd0 Bloomberg Destroys Journalism Norms for 11/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/19/bloomberg-destroys-journalism-norms Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Billionaire "news" media mogul Michael Bloomberg is running for president. How will his Bloomberg News empire cover this? </p> <p>Bloomberg News posted an article touting how much trouble President Donald Trump is in. It lustily listed all his scandals: "Lawmakers and prosecutors are looking at whether he abused the powers of the presidency, obstructed an investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, engaged in fraudulent business practices, violated the emoluments clauses of the Constitution and defamed women by saying they lied about alleged sexual assaults."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 27, 2019</p> 773d85a8a54589019e36fb48fef0a0b1 When Actors Play Scientist on Capitol Hill for 11/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/19/when-actors-play-scientist-on-capitol-hill Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Celebrity testimony is an age-old political stunt on Capitol Hill. If you want the press at your hearing, you lunge at the chance to have a star athlete, or a famous singer or actor, bring some zing to your issue. Democrats do this better because they have a lot more friends in Hollywood and they're always more willing to push the envelope with silliness. When you want to push your agenda on agriculture to the left and you need attention, you get Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek to testify. Their credentials? They all starred in movies about agriculture.</p> <p>Another example of this happened on Nov. 19 when the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on environment, chaired by Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., called upon the Bernie Sanders-backing actor Mark Ruffalo to testify on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, or "PFAS."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p> bf9fd1fe7ef3b7f3af47b935dc394f15 The Impeachment-Promoting Press Bores the Public for 11/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/19/the-impeachment-promoting-press-bores-the-public Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Adam Schiff's Democratic impeachment hearings are under way &#8212; airing live all over the dial &#8212; and the liberals are quite upset that America couldn't care less. NBC News spurred rage on Twitter for daring to admit online that the first two witnesses "lacked the pizzazz necessary to capture public attention."</p> <p>The Washington Free Beacon posted some hilarious tweets railing against this reality. One read: "My heart was racing at points. I had to turn off the radio and calm down a few times." Another: "When I tried to turn them off, my 15 yr old yelled at me to turn it back on because he was listening to it." And another: "I was so moved by their patriotic, factual testimony that I actually cried."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 20, 2019</p> 61756dde20d70f14f98d81c835090db0 Which Movies Have 'Outdated Cultural Depictions'? for 11/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/19/which-movies-have-outdated-cultural-depictions Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Disney is launching its Disney Plus video streaming service, which promises to be tremendously popular, which is unfortunate. "Experts" from the enlightened side of the tracks are unrolling their grievances about how the Disney film catalogue is full of racism, sexism and loathsome bigotry of all sorts.</p> <p>It was only a matter of time, wasn't it? And <span class="column--highlighted-text">is anyone surprised that Disney met this ridiculous assault with capitulation?</span><p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p>