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, 17 Nov 2018 13:39:49 -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 980847d0207d66e7ca48b34a63731c46 Media Skip Farrakhan and Hype 'Nazi' Prom for 11/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/media-skip-farrakhan-and-hype-nazi-prom Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On Nov. 12, ABC, CBS and NBC all leaped on a tweet from a contributor of the left-wing talk show "The Young Turks." It showed a months-old prom photo of a collection of teenage boys from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin who are positioned on the front steps of the Sauk County Courthouse and appear to be giving a "Nazi salute." </p> <p>The town of about 12,000 &#8212; best known before now as the original headquarters of the Ringling Brothers and their circus &#8212; quickly felt the sting of national, and even international, embarrassment. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted its outrage and attached a link to history lessons about Nazi Germany. This was followed by everyone insisting this photo isn't representative of the local population, as well as school officials promising to investigate. </p> <p>But what really happened? Student Brock Turkington said it started when the photographer said, "Do a 'hi sign.'" He added: "And nobody really understood what a 'hi sign' was. We'd never heard of it. And he demonstrated by sticking his arm up, kind of what the salute looked like. So we all kinda imitated it."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 16, 2018</p> 374a4c6b21314610c459a2a137b82091 6 Reasons the CNN-Acosta Lawsuit Is Lame for 11/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/6-reasons-the-cnn-acosta-lawsuit-is-lame Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>CNN's war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia insisting that denying its chief White House shouter Jim Acosta a permanent press pass has caused "irreparable harm," and that Acosta has a constitutional right to shout at the president under the First and Fifth Amendment rights. How lame is this? Let us count the ways:</p> <p>1. CNN claims its network is "significantly hampered," causing harm to Americans who "rely on CNN as an essential news source." As a network, CNN is not impaired. It still has more than 10 credentialed White House reporters and producers. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The only "harm" might be that Acosta yelling at (and repeatedly interrupting) the president excites CNN's liberal base.</span> </p> <p>2. CNN claims in court that Acosta is "widely reputed as a diligent and thorough reporter for one of the nation's most respected and widely watched networks." CNN isn't close to the most "widely watched," and it viciously attacks the most "widely watched" network as a pathetic "state-run" channel. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 14, 2018</p> 78909698261578ff60bd83df33750b9f NBC's Saturday Night Sickness for 11/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/nbcs-saturday-night-sickness Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is taking on a very sour look. Alec Baldwin didn't appear with his tired Trump impression on the Saturday before the midterms, perhaps because he reportedly punched a man in the face in New York's Greenwich Village in a parking spot dispute.</span><br></p> <p>"SNL" tried to joke its way out of that mess at the end of its opening skit with their star Kate McKinnon. "When we come back, an update from disgraced former actor Alec Baldwin &#8212; seen here molesting a young Boy Scout," showing a picture of a classic 1994 "Canteen Boy" skit with Adam Sandler.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 09, 2018</p> 4e507a606ef9e1005a9ecb3c9adf6dac The 'Racist Ad' and News Judgment for 11/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/the-racist-ad-and-news-judgment Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>During the last weekend before the 2018 midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was "racist" and therefore refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook and even Fox News took that position.</p> <p>The "star" of this commercial is Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who has repeatedly entered America illegally and who shot two California police deputies dead in 2014. In January, Fox News aired footage of Bracamontes boasting in court: "I don't (expletive) regret that (expletive). The only thing that I (expletive) regret is that I (expletive) killed two. I wish I (expletive) killed more of those (expletives)." But CNN and MSNBC didn't cover it as news. They covered it when Trump used the footage in his ad. They didn't grieve for the families of the two dead deputies. They didn't worry about the problem of crime by illegal immigrants. They worried about Trump's tactics. </p> <p>Trump's ad played part of the Bracamontes clip, and a narrator said: "It's pure evil. President Trump is right. Build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now. Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants." <p>Updated: Wed Nov 07, 2018</p> 2bc1fee76f83c2e29e4f9a680a0f97a8 Europe Suppresses Speech for Muslim 'Feelings' for 11/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/11/18/europe-suppresses-speech-for-muslim-feelings Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the age of Trump, the American media insist that freedom of speech is in danger because they somehow consider mocking journalists a suppression of free speech. Now imagine if America had a law where you couldn't mock Christian doctrines without facing a fine. The press would again denounce the curtailment of free speech but now you'd also hear the cries of "theocracy!" </p> <p>And yet the First Amendment worshipers were missing on Oct. 25 when the European Court of Human Rights upheld an Austrian court verdict that a woman should be punished for casting aspersions on the Islamic biography of Muhammad, the prophet, who married a child bride named Aisha. The ECHR cited the woman as having said that Muhammad "liked to do it with children." The court also quoted her as saying: "A 56-year-old and a six-year-old? ... What do we call it, if it is not pedophilia?"<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> e611468b3f67e6959b9183c0d1ec96b2 Journalists Stink as Discourse Cops for 10/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/journalists-stink-as-discourse-cops Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing, hour after hour, on the tone of our civic discourse. </p> <p>Physicians, heal thyselves.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 31, 2018</p> 1f09a92f0b68c313e8c6b1852d37c449 What's Halloween Without Racism Charges? for 10/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/whats-halloween-without-racism-charges Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's Halloween and time for another round of outrage over inappropriate costumes.</p> <p>Once upon a time, parents &#8212; most of them, anyway &#8212; were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was <i> that </i>? Today we're focusing our energy on what's really important. Now it's all about "cultural appropriation." White children need to "own their privilege" and not dress up and pretend to belong to a non-oppressive race. </p> <p>Megyn Kelly ran afoul of NBC's "diversity/inclusion" police, and as we write this, it looks like she'll be canned for saying: "But what is racist? Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween." Oops. The word "blackface" is loaded and should be avoided, since people immediately think of minstrel shows, and kids shouldn't dress up as Al Jolson crooning "Mammy" in "The Jazz Singer."<p>Updated: Fri Oct 26, 2018</p> 0a99aacb22a1a7f27911271f29d58d0b The Media's Transgender 'Eradication' Panic for 10/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/the-medias-transgender-eradication-panic Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The New York Times located its newest, freshest outrage on the Trump administration in a Department of Health and Human Services memo that's not new &#8212; it's been circulating since last spring. Some insensitive bureaucrat argued that federal policy on gender should be based on "a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable."</p> <p>Oh, the horror of it all. But wait. Don't liberals believe policy should be grounded in science? The answer is yes &#8212; but not when it conflicts with their cultural dogmas on "gender fluidity."</p> <p>The Times headline was not just skewed; it came with a hint of holocaust: "Trump May Limit How Government Defines One's Sex." Basing gender policy on the genitalia you're born with? "The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans," the story says. It ends with a former Obama bureaucrat denouncing any change that would return to biology because it "quite simply negates the humanity of people."<p>Updated: Wed Oct 24, 2018</p> c2f3dd4488775a0e9fd89da5794c7507 Burying Gosnell All Over Again for 10/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/burying-gosnell-all-over-again Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>News is whatever the press wants it to be. When the national media really hate a story, they try to bury it, and if it has the audacity to resurface, they try to bury it all over again. In 2013, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of three babies whose necks he snipped after they were born alive. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a refugee from Nepal who was overanesthetized, and faced hundreds of lesser counts. He was sentenced to life without parole. </p> <p>To read the police report on this man is to understand &#8212; and be horrified by &#8212; pure evil. Yet over the 56-day trial, the TV network newscasts ignored it, despite a roiling controversy over their flagrant omissions of this monster's terrible and unsanitary clinic. Only when the convictions were announced did the three networks really acknowledge the story, and only with a yawn. CBS offered 33 bland words. </p> <p>The networks simply do not want to tell the truth about abortion. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 19, 2018</p> e847a7cc62a06912fc51d8442a6671ed Elizabeth Warren's No 'Woman of Color' for 10/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/elizabeth-warrens-no-woman-of-color Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced she commissioned a DNA test to address her long-standing claims of having Cherokee ancestry. The Boston Globe reported that her DNA analysis "suggests she's between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American."</p> <p>The fraction 1/1,024 works out to 0.09 percent. So since Sen. Warren is .09 percent American Indian, she may now be eligible to own .09 percent of a casino. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 17, 2018</p> 9ddf877191bd7a3b20c8136107185bf5 CBS Prime-Time Shows Honor Hillary for 10/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/cbs-prime-time-shows-honor-hillary Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hillary Clinton isn't president, but Hollywood is offering the biggest consolation prize it has: working her into TV plots where she can be toasted as wise and wonderful. Within the first two weeks of the fall season, CBS has done this twice. </p> <p>On the Oct. 7 episode of drama "Madam Secretary," terrorists send a rocket-propelled grenade into the White House during a signing ceremony for an India-Pakistan peace treaty. It turns out the terrorists are the Aryan Popular Force, white nationalists with a neo-Nazi echo. </p> <p>In the last 10 minutes of the episode, fictional Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord meets in her office with actual former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, and they all make noble minispeeches about reassuring the country.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 12, 2018</p> ba6983cd58ae8259cd6a9176c099f97b The Senate's an 'Unfixable Crime Against Democracy'? for 10/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/the-senates-an-unfixable-crime-against-democracy Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell revved up his Outrage Machine on Friday night once it became apparent that Brett Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. There was a new crime against democracy &#8212; or rather, there was a very old crime. It's called the Senate.</p> <p>Come again? Senators are elected, but since they voted to give President Trump a narrow victory, it can't be democracy. The Founding Fathers designed a Senate that wasn't elected by the people but by the state legislatures. (Some regret that the 17th Amendment changed that.)</p> <p>O'Donnell lamented that America's never been worse: "And so the Senate is now deeply undemocratic and getting worse every single day. People who live in countries that have never really pretended to be fully democratic don't feel the disappointment and sickness that Americans feel when democracy so obviously fails."<p>Updated: Wed Oct 10, 2018</p> 792cf106e3b5011c330c261e0ccd84b9 Downplaying Jimmy Kimmel's Bullying for 10/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/downplaying-jimmy-kimmels-bullying Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The major media gaudily celebrated the weepy humanity of Jimmy Kimmel when he was a sympathetic figure &#8212; when his infant son Billy needed surgery and he pleaded for "health care for all," and then again a year ago, after the senseless massacre in Las Vegas, where he grew up. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">there's the mean-spirited, heckling Hyde to this Jekyll that you won't hear about.</span> </p> <p>On the Sept. 26 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the host proposed chopping off Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's penis: "I think there's a compromise here, and ... hear me out on this. So Kavanaugh gets confirmed to the Supreme Court. OK. Well, in return, we get to cut that pesky penis of his off in front of everyone. No?"<p>Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2018</p> 01fac7fb334394dcdac6251352b9b2b6 The Kavanaugh Combat and Campus Cranks for 10/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/10/18/the-kavanaugh-combat-and-campus-cranks Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. </p> <p>1. "Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is 52 y/o. Since when do senior girls hang with freshmen boys? If it happened when Kavanaugh was a senior, Swetnick was an adult drinking with&by her admission, having sex with underage boys. In another universe, he would be victim & she the perp!"<p>Updated: Wed Oct 03, 2018</p> 7b6e6e994f6d03965d65a2954d54bdad Literary Taste Vs. Stormy Daniels for 09/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/literary-taste-vs-stormy-daniels Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's fascinating when the national media's literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for "The Best New Books to Read Fall 2018," and two ticks down from former first lady Michelle Obama's memoir was "Full Disclosure" by anti-Trump porn star/stripper Stormy Daniels. She "promises to divulge plenty &#8212; from her alleged relationship with the President to her much-contested NDA."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">St. Martin's Press is promoting its Daniels memoir with blurbs from The New York Times ("The latest and perhaps juiciest Trump tell-all to land this year") and New York Magazine ("Due to land in October like a late tropical storm, and could affect the midterm elections"). You can see why they love this book: their deeply felt and eternal hope that this porn star will ruin Donald Trump's presidency.</span><p>Updated: Fri Sep 28, 2018</p> 0d3eb71e9664c7574b0ec8dc53562f13 The Vast Anti-Kavanaugh Conspiracy for 09/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/brent-bozell/09/18/the-vast-anti-kavanaugh-conspiracy Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a Sept. 25 article on liberal-media bias headlined "Kavanaugh Supporters See a Conspiracy Afoot." The Post painted this as a little crazy, like a UFO is involved. Can anyone imagine the idea of the Democrats and liberal reporters working hand in glove to torpedo a Republican nomination?</p> <p>Maybe we can remember Supreme Court nominees Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg in 1987, John Tower in 1989 or Clarence Thomas in 1991. Maybe we can recall John Ashcroft being tarred as a racist in 2001. In these cases and many others, "objective" reporters lined up and repeated the Democrat talking points as "news" and often succeeded in wrecking nominations. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 26, 2018</p> 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>