Bozell's Column

The Clintons may be moving out of the White House, but that doesn't mean the media will stop being their loving courtiers, assisting them in whatever political or financial endeavors they pursue, while sympathizing with them through every unfortunate bout of "Clinton hater" scandalmongering. Hillary Clinton took advantage of her waning days in the White House by releasing a new book casting herself as a combination Martha Washington and Martha Stewart. One reporter who can't get over it is Ann McFeatters, a White House correspondent for Scripps-Howard Newspapers during the Clinton years. Rarely has a journalist slobbered more profusely. McFeatters... continue reading
As we look ahead to the weird new age without a Clinton White House ruining our daily breakfast, we still have unfinished business. Specifically: Will there be any pardons? Rumors are circulating that the President will pardon Whitewater criminal Susan McDougal and Rose Law Firm embezzler/Whitewater document specialist Webster Hubbell. But the pardon frenzy shouldn't stop there, some think. Since independent counsel Robert Ray is still investigating whether Clinton should be prosecuted for perjury after he leaves office, some have now begun suggesting that President-Elect Bush consider a pardon for Bill. Republican Scott Reed, among others, suggested that since Bush... continue reading
The big loser for the Democrats in Election 2000 was, of course, Al Gore. He was given the coattails of a (perceived) economic miracle to run on; the biggest financial war chest in the party's history to run with; a militantly rejuvenated party base to run behind; and if that wasn't enough, a perceived light-weight opponent to run against. And still he blew it. He not only lost, he lost and lost, and kept on losing until even his supporters tired of him. No one will ever want to hear the word "chad," a word forever linked to Gore, again... continue reading
Like liberal judges, liberal journalists are profoundly results-oriented. When it comes to jurisprudence, it matters little (if at all) whether a ruling properly reflects legal precedent or procedure. The driving concern is political, as in: Did our side win yet? When the Florida Supreme Court split 4 to 3 on Friday in demanding yet another hand recount, liberal justices put the state's election laws into a blender and hit "puree." In reporting the story, the networks had no taste for exploring the views of the dissenters, and zero interest in exploring the ideological agenda of the liberal Democrat majority. On... continue reading
As our television screens enumerate the elongating days of this never-ending election - Day 29, Day 30, like an Iranian hostage crisis - will there ever come a point when the media will turn out the lights for Al Gore? With every passing day, it becomes more obvious they are nothing but an extension of his campaign and will not concede until he does. First came November 26, when even the extreme liberal overreaching of the Florida Supreme Court couldn't save Gore's bacon in the extremely selective manual recounts in Democratic counties, and the Florida Secretary of State certified the... continue reading
Late last month, the pay-cable network Showtime had ample reason to be excited. It was about to launch "Queer as Folk," which it hopes will become its first so-called signature series, i.e., what "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos" have been to the longtime king of pay-cable-land, HBO. If you've missed the hype over "QAF," which is adapted from a British program of the same name, you should know that it, in the words of Us magazine's Tom Conroy, is "the first American television show to address the sexual lives of gay men frankly and nonjudgmentally...You can feel the... continue reading
Once upon a time, parents rebuking children for immature behavior would admonish them, "Act your age!" In today's crazed world of moral relativism it is the last thing some adults are allowing youngsters to do. Seemingly everywhere you turn you find evidence of our culture prodding the young into adopting the trappings of adulthood. The November 27 issue of Advertising Age reports that "makeup manufacturers...are selling products to an increasingly younger audience. Wary of controversy, they are walking a fine line in targeting consumers as young as age eight with cosmetics marketing and advertising." I'm glad the manufacturers realize that... continue reading
That incredible echo you hear on network TV news these days is the sound of network anchors deep in the tank for Al Gore. It was one of the most instructive lessons of media bias in modern times. Florida's duly elected Secretary of State Katherine Harris officially certified Florida's election on Sunday night, stating that George W. Bush won the state's 25 electors. That, coupled with Bush's other 246 electoral votes, means Bush won the presidency, right? Well, if you're a network anchorman in the Age of Is Is, it means next to nothing until the Gore lawyers have climbed... continue reading
California's Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird became a national symbol in the 1970s and '80s as the quintessential outrageous liberal activist judge, putting aside all legal precedents in the service of ideology. The Florida Supreme Court is making Rose Bird look like Big Bird. On the night of November 21, the seven justices sent out an incredibly harsh unanimous decision excoriating Florida's duly elected Secretary of State, who they claimed attempted "to summarily disenfranchise innocent electors in an effort to punish dilatory board members" filing late recounts," and the right to endless recounts supersedes "a hypertechnical reliance upon statutory provision."... continue reading
Some conservatives tend to overstate when arguing the case against modern culture. No one movie, television show, novel, song, or painting, no matter how corrosive, hastens more than infinitesimally the demise of Western civilization, and most works of art don't do even that. Much more common - and problematic - than such conservatives, however, are the complacent liberals who badly underestimate art's potential to negatively influence persons and, eventually, whole societies. One of those liberals is Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times, who, in a long analytical piece published in the November 5 edition of his newspaper, wrote, "The... continue reading