BOZELL: Robert Mueller’s Valentine Writers
A cascade of embarrassing details has poured out over the last few weeks on how special counsel Robert Mueller’s staff is a gang of Democratic partisans with a rooting interest in Hillary Clinton in 2016. Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman even attended the doomed election-night Clinton “victory party” in New York.
Those news items are pouring out from every direction except the “news” media.
The network anchors can barely mention the fact that senior FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team months ago for exchanging anti-Trump, pro-Hillary text messages with the woman with whom he was having an affair, who was another FBI official. Or that former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr met with ex-British spy Christopher Steele and the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS, which assembled a dossier of unverified dirt on President Trump. They’re not outraged that Mueller and Justice Department officials have kept these facts from Congress. Mueller is stonewalling Congress; the media are stonewalling the public.
It’s apparently distasteful to report that among the 15 Mueller lawyers, nine are Democratic donors — several of whom contributed to Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Jeannie Rhee donated to Clinton and former President Obama and defended The Clinton Foundation against a racketeering lawsuit. Rhee even represented Clinton personally to prevent the release of her emails. Aaron Zebley represented Justin Cooper, the former Clinton aide who helped set up her private email server and destroyed several of her mobile devices to obstruct investigations.
This information isn’t disturbing to the “objective” media. Reporting it is. CNN host Don Lemon found it “shocking” that there has been a “huge rise in anti-Mueller and FBI rhetoric from right-wing media recently.” This is how CNN greets facts it doesn’t like: It says they are merely “rhetoric” from ideologues. They run against The Narrative.
To see how The Narrative is concocted, see Time magazine’s gushing tribute to Mueller in its Person of the Year issue — as if a June cover story titled “The Lie Detector” wasn’t enough. In the issue, he’s called “A prosecutor known for rigor and rectitude goes after the president’s men.”
Time’s Massimo Calabresi gushed, “the special counsel has held the country in his thrall” with “rare bipartisan support and a team of veteran cops and prosecutors.” Why, “There is barely a handful of people in all of America with the reputation and experience to take on the task of untangling a multipronged Russian influence operation.” Mueller is snidely juxtaposed against “the arrival in our nation’s capital of a roguish figure elected on the exhilarating notion that rules are to be flouted.”
This is how Democratic hacks write copy. Somehow, the Clintons have never been roguish figures who demonstrated that all the rules in their way would be ignored.
On the criticism of Mueller’s partisanship and stonewalling, Time says: “The pressure has hurt the President more than the prosecutor. Mueller is a lifelong registered Republican.” There was no mention in its ridiculous puff piece of any Democratic partisanship on Mueller’s staff. None at all.
For contrast, recall Time’s Men of the Year issue at the end of 1998. Back then, anti-Kenneth Starr commentary wasn’t “shocking.” It was mandatory. Time insisted Starr had engaged in a witch hunt and “disastrously” included stark sexual details in the Starr Report. The magazine responded to Clinton’s impeachment with moral equivalence, saying: “The more Starr pushed, the more Clinton stalled. And in the end, each drove the other to a kind of madness.” Time concluded that “like Bill Clinton, he still dreams of being found not guilty.”
But Time now insists Mueller is “the personification of the idea that rule of law remains paramount.” There’s a reason these “news” magazines have crumbled: They are only trustworthy if what you want to read is a Democratic National Committee talking-points memo.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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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, tracking it daily and printing the compiled evidence biweekly in its well-known Notable Quotables, as well as the daily CyberAlert intelligence report on the Internet. His most recent book, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will, was released in November 2007. His previous book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July 2004.
In 1998, Mr. Bozell launched CNSNews.com, an online news service with an emphasis on investigative journalism. CNSNews.com has become a major Internet news source with a full staff of journalists in its Washington, D.C. metro bureau, with other correspondents around the world. In October 2006, Mr. Bozell founded the Culture and Media Institute (CMI), whose mission is to thwart the efforts of the liberal media to subvert America’s culture, character, traditional moral values and religious liberty. CMI complements the MRC’s Business and Media Institute (BMI), founded in 1992 to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media.
Mr. Bozell has also launched a number of other websites under the MRC umbrella including www.mediaresearch.org, www.timeswatch.org, www.mrcaction.org and www.Newsbusters.org, a “blog” site that became one of the top 15 blog sites in America within two months of its launch in 2005.
Founder and former president of the Parents Television Council, Mr. Bozell established the largest Hollywood-based organization dedicated to restoring responsibility to the entertainment industry. The PTC at http://www.parentstv.org features the “Family Guide to Prime Time Television,” which aids parents in making informed viewing decisions for their children. PTC conducted the largest national newspaper ad campaign in history with late Honorary Chairman Steve Allen, and has mobilized almost one million parents and other concerned members behind its efforts.
Mr. Bozell is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in publications such as Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Investors Business Daily and National Review. He is regularly invited to provide media expertise on news programs by all the major networks and cable affiliates. He is frequently invited to appear on Fox News Channel shows such as Fox & Friends, Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor, and other appearances include NBC's Today show, CNN's Inside Politics and Larry King Live, ABC's Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CBN and Entertainment Tonight. He has appeared as a guest and guest host on hundreds of radio shows, from local talk shows to ABC Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Michael Reagan Show and the Rush Limbaugh Show.
Named the 1998 Pew Memorial Lecturer by Grove City College, Mr. Bozell is a frequent speaking guest on school campuses and for civic and political organizations around the country.
Mr. Bozell received his B.A. in History from the University of Dallas, where he was named the 1998 Alumnus of the Year. He is married, with five children and two grandchildren.
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