The September 26 issue of Time magazine carried this cover line over the heads of Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel: “We Joke. You Decide.” The allusion to the Fox News tagline was deliberate. The subheadline announced they would report on “The seriously partisan politics of late-night comedy.”
Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, L. Brent Bozell III is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.
Founder and president of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made “media bias” a household term.
He is the author of the books Collusion: How The Media Stole the 2012 Election And How to Stop Them From Doing It In 2016 (with Tim Graham), Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will (also with Tim Graham), and Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media.
He is also the publisher of CNSNews.com and chairman of ForAmerica.
The latest Gallup poll confirms that the level of trust in the media has reached another new low. For Republicans, the percentage who hold a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the press has dropped precipitously to 14 percent.
It’s no accident these numbers emerged while the liberal press slams the GOP nominee as too dangerous to be allowed to win. Public trust is on the line when moderators line up for the presidential debates. Will they be fair, or will they deide “history” is too important and pound on Trump before a national audience?
Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now there is no escaping politics. In the last few months, it has become completely impossible to follow sports without being lectured about the oppressive ways of the United States and its failures to achieve the highest of today’s cultural goals: “inclusion.”
Leave that word in quotation marks, because in the guise of “inclusion,” people will be most righteously excluded. In the name of “tolerance,” those condemned for intolerance will be boycotted and punished unless they genuflect to ever-evolving “anti-discrimination” dictates.
The CNN screen graphic at 6 pm on September 12 was blunt: “PENCE REFUSES TO CALL DAVID DUKE ‘DEPLORABLE.’” Mike Pence had granted Wolf Blitzer a 30-minute interview, and what he received in return was a reckless leftist smear.
Here we go again. Just like Showtime produced three seasons of a series reimagining an evil 15th century pontiff in The Borgias, now the Bill Maher Channel is importing from Italy The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as 47-year-old Lenny Belardo, who is installed in the present day as Pope Pius XIII.
Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter screened the first two hours of Paolo Sorrentino’s ten-hour miniseries at the Venice Film Festival and reports this “irreverent fantasy” of a “dangerously iconoclastic pontiff” was entertaining. This Pope “Lenny” is “arrogant, whimsical and hilariously destructive....he comes off as a borderline anti-Christ not only in his power-mad dreams, but in all his dealings with the cardinals and the Curia.”
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd began his pundit-panel segment on September 4 by remarking: “‘Nobody cares about the damn emails.’ That's what Bernie Sanders famously said. I couldn't believe when I looked at the time stamp, October of 2015...We are now at September of 2016. Somebody cares about them.”
Apparently the political director at NBC News isn’t in that “somebody” camp. When it comes to Clinton scandals, he has what Donald Trump calls “low energy.”
The “Black Lives Matter” movement is two years old, so it’s a little odd that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick suddenly has become a convert. He must certainly be pleased that everyone knows he refused to stand up during the National Anthem at a preseason game in Green Bay.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick announced. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Now, photos show him wearing socks in training camp featuring pigs with police hats on them.
A principios de esta semana desafié públicamente a Jorge Ramos a sostener un debate sobre cuál es la función propia de los periodistas en nuestra sociedad libre. Ramos no ha respondido. Esto es así porque él sabe que no se pueden defender sus violaciones de las normas periodísticas.
Earlier this week, I publicly challenged Jorge Ramos to a debate about what the proper role is of journalists in our free society. Ramos hasn’t responded. That is because he knows that his violation of journalistic standards is flat out indefensible.
The Clinton Foundation has become a serious problem for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Everyone knows the Clintons made a mockery of the promises they made to Team Obama. Even the left-wing site PolitiFact says it’s “Mostly False” that they obeyed the rules.
Like her husband Bill, who infamously claimed “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” Monica Lewinsky, Hillary is going around claiming “My work as Secretary of State was not influenced by outside sources.”
Comedy Central frustrated racial bean-counters across America when it abruptly canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore for the obvious reason: it wasn't "resonating." Its ratings were terrible, and nothing it aired went viral. It was a desperate stretch when one Wilmore staffer described their audience as "small, but mighty."
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans leaped to the microphone to pound the Affirmative Action hard line: had Comedy Central's audience "ultimately rejected a black man talking boldly about race in late night television?"
The media coverage of the presidential race is so tilted to the Democrats that even liberal analysts feel obliged to declare it. USA Today media columnist Michael Wolff asserted that this campaign isn't between Trump and Clinton. It's between Trump and the media that have turned against him in a big way. "Now, appalled by their own creation, the media have become, with quite some religious fervor, the defender of truth, justice, morality and proper public behavior, all focused on (Trump's) undoing."
Civility and political decorum demand that one should never pick on a president's family. Presidential children did not choose the career of their parents. Their privacy should not only be respected, it should be actively protected.
Pretty much the entire media observed this rule perfectly when Radar Online published blurry pictures of 18-year-old Malia Obama puffing some sort of cigarette at a Lollapalooza concert in Chicago on July 31. Radar’s 18-year-old eyewitness cried “weed.” Video also showed Malia dancing suggestively to a rap song.The press refused to touch the story. Praiseworthy? Yes – if you’re willing to applaud media hypocrisy.
When The Washington Post puts its top investigative reporters on the beat of the distant youth of presidential candidates, there's no telling what student scandal that they might uncover. In 2012, the Post devoted a 5,400-word front-page article to breaking the news that at 17, "Romney's pranks could go too far." He was accused of giving a classmate at Cranbrook Academy an involuntary haircut, and this was invested with deep meaning across his life.
In 2016, the Post investigators celebrated Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1969 gave a commencement speech insulting liberal Republican Sen. Edward Brooke as too conservative, too out of touch. It was a "moment of glory," the Post proclaimed, the culmination of what "her campaign now describes as social justice activism."
The Olympics are only the latest event where our elites mistake diversity for “history.” One breakout star across the TV networks was Ibtihaj Muhammad, a 30-year-old fencer from New Jersey. A traditionalist Catholic woman from Maryland would register a collective yawn. A black Muslim woman in a hijab gets a perfect 10 from the diversity judges.
ABC reporter Matt Gutman gushed she was “set to become the first US woman ever to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab. And she wasn't at all en garde, sorry for the pun, for breaking barriers and slashing her way into history.”
New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg was granted front-page real estate in the August 8 newspaper for an essay on "The Challenge Trump Poses to Objectivity." As with all things revolving around this candidate, this is a Crisis demanding Deep Thinking.
Rutenberg asks: "If you're a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation's worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?"
Sex-crazed radio shock jock Howard Stern has an impossible new fantasy that he can’t keep to himself: He wants an in-depth interview with Hillary Clinton. Stern, who left broadcast radio for satellite radio so he could be as raunchy as possible, to make his millions dwelling on the lowest common denominator for the demographic Men 18-34, has a less-than-zero chance of scoring a Hillary interview. The risk-averse woman who hasn’t held a press conference yet in 2016 isn’t going to upset her every feminist supporter by pleasing Howard Stern.
It’s an ironclad principle. Media coverage of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic conventions is a laboratory exercise to demonstrate how shamelessly partisan our political reporters truly are. It is a metaphysical truth: the networks engage in a partisan double standard. They've done it for decades.
For more than a year, the cable-news networks have feasted on Donald Trump, covering him live, day after day, for hours and hours. Republican contenders couldn’t hope to get a fraction of his TV time. Now that Trump’s secured the nomination, is it possible that the networks will “suddenly” lose interest in every Trump speech?
It certainly looked that way when Trump spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. CNN gave Hillary 19 minutes of live coverage. Trump got zero. They promoted Democrats while he was talking.
The radical leftist collective known as Wikileaks tried to ruin the Democratic convention by posting a trove of Democratic National Committee e-mails that easily proved that party leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her staff shunned neutrality in favor of pushing Hillary Clinton’s nomination.
The media paid some attention to that, especially when Mrs. Schultz was quickly ousted from her job. Guess what else was confirmed which the media largely skipped over? The evidence in the emails that revealed great chumminess and coordination between Democrats and the supposedly “objective” national press.