Brent Bozell: Media Spent More Time on Royal Birth Than IRS Scandal

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 06:55 PM

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The nation's major television networks spent more time covering the royal birth earlier this month than the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, tells Newsmax TV.

"It's a startling reflection on the decision by the national press that they're simply not going to report this," Bozell tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. "Never mind investigate it. We're not talking about investigating. We're talking about reporting other people's investigations."

"In our world as conservatives, we think the rest of the world understands what it is we're seeing because it's so flagrant — the abuse of power — and yet we have to understand that the average Joe out there who still relies on CBS or NBC or ABC or CNN for his news is not getting the story. It is being censored."

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Bozell's latest book is "Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election — and How to Stop Them from Doing It in 2016." It details how the mainstream media worked to get President Barack Obama re-elected last year.

"While the Obama campaign never stopped on Election Day, neither has the media and in its collusion," he tells Newsmax. "They are fully invested in the success of this administration.

"When the president of the United States declares over and over that these are phony scandals — which says, in effect, that the death of a border-security agent was a phony scandal; that the death of four men in Benghazi is a phony scandal; that the abuse by the IRS, the single most-feared arm of government today, is a phony scandal — that is, by itself, outrageous statements to make.

"But what is far more outrageous is the fact that the national news media has let him make them. No one's called him out," he says.

Further, Bozell cited the disclosure on Wednesday by The National Review that embattled IRS official Lois Lerner and an attorney at the Federal Election Commission appeared to have colluded twice to influence the record before the election commission's vote in the case of a conservative nonprofit organization.

The disclosure was based on emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained by the National Review.

According to the Review, the correspondence suggests that the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the IRS' enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information on the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before recommending the commission prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law.

Lerner, the former head of the IRS' exempt-organizations division, worked for the election commission from 1986 to 1995, and was known for aggressive investigation of conservative groups during her tenure there, too, the Review reports.

"This is just another bombshell," Bozell tells Newsmax. "We've been seeing bombshells fall on this thing for weeks. If you watch CBS or NBC, you'd never know it happened. I guarantee this won't be covered."

On Monday, 186 leaders of the conservative movement and the tea party – including congressmen, national conservative leaders, and tea party leaders nationwide — joined with Bozell to call on the nation's liberal broadcast networks to stop censoring its coverage of the IRS scandal.

"It's amazing," Bozell says. "[It's so quiet] you can hear crickets. They are so committed to censorship. This is making a mockery of the world news. They are in the business of not reporting news for the American people. This has to be a national issue.

"The Republican Party should speak out. Conservatives should speak out — and anyone in the news-producing business should distance themselves from what they're doing."

Turning his attention to the recent news that conservative radio talk-show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity were being dropped by Cumulus Media, the No. 2 radio network in the country, Bozell suggests the move may have been prompted by pressure from the left.

Limbaugh and Hannity, the nation's top two talk-show hosts, are syndicated by Premiere, which is owned by Cumulus rival Clear Channel Communications. Cumulus, the operator of about 40 stations across the country, cited high distribution costs for the programs in its decision.

Clear Channel is expected to put Limbaugh and Hannity on WOR-AM in New York City and move their shows to other Clear Channel-owned stations or to Cumulus rivals in other markets, according to news reports.

"They are the most successful franchises in that business today," Bozell tells Newsmax. "It tells you something about the hostility toward conservatives by some on the left that they would actually cause them trouble.

"If I were Cumulus, I'd be going to Rush Limbaugh with a blank check and asking him to fill it out for whatever he wanted," Bozell says. "That's what I'd do."



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