Interview: Brent Bozell on Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election


"President Asterisk" is what James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal dubbed Barack Obama in May, after the details emerged that the IRS targeted the Tea Party to keep them on the sidelines during his reelection bid in 2012. But while the radically politicized IRS blocked a large portion of Mitt Romney's potential grassroots supporters, the MSM worked to both block Romney's message and to bottle up any negative details of Barack Obama. That's the topic of the new book Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election---and How to Stop Them from Doing It in 2016, co-written by L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, which has been pushing back against the lies and distortions of the MSM since 1987, almost 15 years before being joined by the conservative Blogosphere.

As Brent Bozell told me during our interview, everything boiled to a head in the fall of 2012 and the fallout over Benghazi:

Just think about how [the MSM] pursued foreign policy issues with, say, President George Bush.  Remember WNDs and Iraq.  They wouldn't leave that one alone until they got what they thought was the to the bottom of it.  Benghazi?  They never even started investigating it.

And what do we know?  We know also that Candy Crowley, who was the debate moderator in the third presidential debate, took away the shining moment from Mitt Romney when Barack Obama made the outlandish statement that he had, in fact, called it terrorism, denounced it as terrorism the first night, when in fact, he hadn't.  And Mitt Romney looked at Obama in this look of disbelief, like I can't believe you just gave me the presidency, and she jumped in to defend the President and jumped in to back him up.

And he pulled back to her and he said to her, now say that again.  And she repeated her defense of Barack Obama.  This isn't -- this isn't journalism.  This isn't reporting.  They pick sides.

During our interview, Brent will also discuss:

● In Britain, Fleet Street has long taken sides when it comes to British politics, but at least in the UK, there’s a newspaper for virtually everyone’s political worldview. In America, it’s basically Fox and talk radio and the Blogosphere versus the entire American MSM. What is the future of American politics with such an imbalanced news media?

● How did the MSM prep the battlefield for Obama by nationalizing the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and creating characters for national media consumption such as Sandra Fluke?

● Bozell's take on Romney's "47 percent" quote, and the MSM's attempt to turn it into a sort of campaign-ending super gaffe.

● How the untimely death of Andrew Breitbart impacted the 2012 election.

● Why Republican candidates repeatedly allow the MSM to set the terms of discussion.

● What can the conservative Blogosphere and new media do to help prep the battlefield at least a little bit more in the GOP's favor for the next presidential election year?

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