Bozell's Column

On March 10, eight days after The New York Times began the scandal over her private e-mail server, Hillary Clinton assembled the press at the United Nations in New York to offer a typically legalistic and crabby press conference lasting only 21 minutes. The first-blush reaction from the pundits? That wasn’t good enough. She can’t expect the story to go away just from that mess. But within 48 hours, that’s exactly what began to happen, with the networks suddenly finding other shiny news objects to explore. So here’s the question that needs to be asked: with the networks dumping investigators... continue reading
Sound the trumpets. The New York Times announced on March 18 that it is bringing in 20 new online-focused writers as contributors for its op-ed and Sunday Review sections. In an interview, Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal claimed “We were looking for a broad range of viewpoints and subjects and backgrounds and geographical locations and every kind of form of diversity that you can think of.” Lower the trumpets. Bring in the fact-checker. It seems the viewpoint-diverse Times can’t seem to locate a conservative acceptable to executives prowling the halls in the snooty Times offices in midtown Manhattan. Some... continue reading
It's as if they were waiting, breathlessly. The moment Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign, the national media proclaimed their horror. He was “brash,” a “hardliner,” an “uncompromising conservative,” they warned. ABC anchor David Muir announced his agenda was the usual No list: “Promising no abortion, no gay marriage, no gun control, no IRS.” Apparently there's no room for hope and change -- if you're a conservative. Barack Obama owned the most left-wing voting record during his short tenure in the Senate. But when he announced his presidential campaign in Springfield, Illinois on February 10, 2007 – arrogantly comparing himself... continue reading
The “TED talk” is a hot liberal video series. The 20-minute talks, usually taped in Vancouver, have become such a viral force on the Internet that NPR now has a weekly TED Radio Hour. TED’s mission statement proclaims a passionate belief in “the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.” TED offers “a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers.” Or they’re seeking the most Internet clicks. Because their most recent “inspiration” or “most inspired thinker” was....Monica Lewinsky. Seventeen years after the Year of Our Intern, Lewinsky should be doing... continue reading
Imagine an eighth grader, presented with a portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late patriarch of the “royal family” of American politics. The student would learn nothing but legends about “the greatest Senator of all time,” as Sen. Ed Markey proclaimed. On the occasion of the opening of an “Edward M. Kennedy Institute” in Boston, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley oozed, "Another New England superstar was honored today. Politics was his game, and we'll have his story next.” There was not one discouraging word...not even the word “liberal,” applied to arguably the single most left-wing senator of all time... continue reading
The Old Media loathes the New Media as unreliable, and have no right to pass judgment. Increasingly they are prone to leap into news stories based on their own liberal networks of social media. Look no further than the new Indiana religious freedom law. They could not get enough of those angry tweets from Hillary Clinton and public-policy geniuses like Miley Cyrus. Based on Twitter, they touted a "growing outrage" from coast to coast and obsessed over Indiana's "bigotry" for days. Conservative social media also reacted to the Hoosier contretemps forcefully in the opposite direction, but apparently it's too much... continue reading
Comedy Central hosted another one of its vicious and disgusting celebrity “roasts” with Justin Bieber as the target. On the “pre-show” before the roast, unfunny comedian Jeffrey Ross arrived in a pope costume, accompanied by sexy “nuns” in black habits and fishnet stockings. Red-carpet host Sarah Tiana introduced him as the “popemaster general” and gushed “you look amazing, you're going to be hilarious." To which Ross replied, "Bless you, Sarah, congratulations on all of your abortions." The slaughter of innocent babies is hilarious, apparently. During the roast, the rapper Snoop Dogg lashed out at Bieber. “Now when your mama was... continue reading
The Academy Awards is meant to be the world’s most prestigious honors for achievement in movies. Politics should have nothing to do with it, but increasingly that's not so. Hollywood is now regularly treading beyond “artistic excellence” and letting political overtones sway he outcome. For months now the “diversity” crowd has wailed and gnashed its teeth over the lack of Oscar interest in Selma as if Hollywood harbors a racist underbelly. They will not accept that maybe the movie wasn't that good. Even worse, they won't accept that the studio executives at Paramount stupidly screwed up by not sending DVD... continue reading
The press has barely noticed that President Obama has offered a new federal budget. Even in its paucity was a slant to be found. Like an obedient servant, NBC morning anchor Natalie Morales relayed: “President Obama, unveiling a record $4 trillion budget on Monday aimed at helping the poor and middle class. President Obama says the budget is practical, not partisan.” David Nakamura of The Washington Post began a story on the Obama budget sounding slightly less servile. He described it as “a bet that the country has moved closer to his way of thinking just three months after an... continue reading
When the Golden Globe awards telecast was over, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) proclaimed, “It was a great night for LGBT-inclusive television.” They could have added: "We run the joint." Gay actor Matt Bomer thanked his “husband” and his surrogate sons when he won an award for HBO’s Reagan-bashing AIDS drama “The Normal Heart.” But the bigger celebration came with a best actor award to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Mort, a 70-year-old father of three who decides he's a woman named Maura in a show called “Transparent,” or literally, “Trans Parent,” since his three adult children have... continue reading