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Saturday, October 21, 2017

So at Creators, as at Bozell’s enterprises, faith trumps empiricism. Our empiricist Founders explicitly rejected faith over reason (see U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Clause 3.)

Bozell not only deals in smears, innuendos, and trumped up charges, he is also a masterful cherry-picker, too, grabbing random facts and ignoring piles of inconvenient evidence to the contrary, as with his Jan. 28 column “Obama, The Media’s Favorite Autocrat.”

Bozell wrote, “the partisan media think it’s high time for the executive branch to go completely around the legislative branch.” Bozell quoted Senator Ted Cruz favorably on “abuse of power” by the Obama administration. Yet Bozell does not cite a single example of abuse.

Actual reporters have told us about that form of presidential edict known as an Executive Order, which Bozell wrote about without using that term. Obama has issued just 167 in his first five years in office, fewer than any president since Eisenhower — including the only unelected president, Gerald Ford, who served for only 29 months.

In columns appearing under Bozell’s name, facts range from nonexistent to mere props around which to attack. There is no balance, no call for finding common ground so that the Republic can prosper, because that is hardly the point.

To Bozell, anyone he disagrees with is a partisan, while he holds himself, and his websites, as beacons of truth.

As Pontius Pilate supposedly asked, “What is truth?” There are many kinds of truth, not all of which depend on fact, logic or reason, including Bozellian truth, a pre-Enlightenment form of assertion.

Bozell comes by his my-way-or-denunciation views ancestrally.

Père Bozell, a convert to Catholicism, believed America should have been set up as a Catholic nation. In 1970, he and young Bozell’s mother Patricia (the sister of William F. Buckley Jr.), led the first “operation rescue” to halt an abortion, conjuring up a right to impose their beliefs on someone they did not even know.

The father’s Catholicism was neither the turn to acknowledge your neighbors in the pew mass of today nor the teaching of Jesus that a condition of entering the kingdom of heaven is caring for the poor so completely that the rich man must give away “all that thou hast.”

Père Bozell was a Falangist fascist, his teachings as far from the preaching of Pope Francis today as they were close to the ideals of Tomás de Torquemada, the original Grand Inquisitor who believed ensuring faith required the Iron Maiden and the auto-da-fé.

The father co-wrote a book with William F. Buckley, Jr. defending Joseph McCarthy, published after the Wisconsin senator had been exposed as a fraud who did not have any lists of communists in the federal agencies and the Army.

Sidenote: The term “McCarthyism” started out as an encomium and only later morphed into a derisive term for those who make baseless accusations, smearing others for political gain.

In this tradition, baseless accusations are Bozell’s stock in trade as he relentlessly accuses honest journalists, Democrats and even moderate Republicans of lying and deception and attacking those with views he dislikes just because, well, he dislikes those views.

Just last week Bozell’s Media Research Center ran this headline:

“Where is the Mainstream Media on Obama’s Lawlessness?”

Mainstream news coverage of the administration’s illegal surveillance activities? Extensive — and denounced by Bozell, making this column’s key assertion of no coverage absurd.

Illegal conduct specified in the article at Bozell’s website? None.

Indictments of “lawless” Obama administration appointees for corruption? None.

Indictments of appointees in Bozell’s beloved Reagan administration? 138.

America needs better than that. It needs actual conservatives, not frauds like Bozell, so we get a reasoned debate in America about actual issues, just as the Founders intended.

Editor’s note: National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason’s weekly column is syndicated by Creators. The views expressed in this column are David Cay Johnston’s, and do not necessarily reflect those of The National Memo.

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