Brent Bozell

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Brent Bozell is the founder and President of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog organization.

Bozell is also the founder and President of the Parents Television Council and he is sometimes listed as its "Research Director", and which his biogrpahical note describes as "the only Hollywood-based organization dedicated to restoring responsibility to the entertainment industry." [1]

A zealot of impeccable right-wing pedigree, is the nephew of columnist William F. Buckley and the son of L. Brent Bozell, Jr., who assisted Barry Goldwater with the writing of Conscience of a Conservative. A close associate of the late Terry Dolan, the closeted gay founder of the National Conservative Political Action Committee, Bozell served for several years as the Dolan organization's finance chairman and president.

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In 1991, as part of a Richard Mellon Scaife-funded group, he helped orchestrate a smear campaign directed at the opposition to Clarence Thomas's appointment to the Supreme Court; in 1992, he was the chief fund-raiser behind Pat Buchanan's unsuccessful bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. The Media Research Center provides Bozell with a platform from which to bash the arts and popular culture. Recently Bozell has been part of the drive to eradicate PBS. TV, etc., "the Media Research Center's review of the politics of the entertainment industry," is a monthly newsletter that is oddly enamored of celebrity for a publication whose relentless theme is the abject rottenness of Hollywood. (Some celebrities, like Robert Redford, are ridiculed for their liberalism; others, like Tom Selleck, are congratulated for their conservatism or, as in the case of Mel Gibson, their homophobia.) The garish inaccuracies of TV, etc., like the claim that the film version of Last Temptation of Christ shows Jesus "engaging in sex acts and committing adultery," are sometimes entertaining, but the accretion of drivel it contains can be wearing.

"In June 1998, Mr. Bozell launched the Conservative Communications Center (C3) to provide the conservative movement with the marketing and public relations tools necessary to deliver its message into the 21st century. C3's online news division, the Cybercast News Service has become a major internet news source with a full staff of journalists in its Washington, DC metro bureau, and operates bureaus in London and Jerusalem, with other correspondents around the world," his biographical note states.

Bozell is a nationally syndicated writer whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications. His syndicated column appears in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Review.

"Mr. Bozell is Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Committee (CVC), an independent multi-candidate political action committee that has helped elect dozens of conservative candidates over the past ten years. He was National Finance Chairman for the 1992 Buchanan for President campaign, and Finance Director and later President of the former National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC). He currently belongs to the Council for National Policy (CNP) and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union (ACU)," his biographical note states.

During the 2004 elections Bozell has launched a 2.8 million dollar campaign to discredit the "liberal media" (see WaPo external link). His column on the eve of the Republican convention attempts to smear Kerry by accusing him of "soldier-smearing", for having reported, during his 1971 Congressional testimony, on atrocities being committed in Vietnam.

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  • L. Brent Bozell III, undated, accessed July 2004.
  • Media Transparency on Bozell
  • Howard Kurtz, "Bias watch, Washington Post, June 28, 2004.: Bozell's Media Research Center has raised $2.8 million for newspaper ads in 15 markets, billboards in 40 cities and a talk-radio blitz aimed at countering what he sees as a "liberal jihad" that is unfair to President Bush. The slogan (also on T-shirts and mugs) is not exactly subtle. A finger-pointing Uncle Sam declares: "Don't believe the liberal media!"
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