On Monday, my colleague Elizabeth Vaughn wrote about a pre-publication excerpt from former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ upcoming memoir, “Speaking For Myself,” in which Sanders unveiled a juicy anecdote about an incident involving former national security advisor U.S. ambassador John Bolton and then-White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
I guess you’ve heard by now that Bolton has a book out right now. It’s only on every news program, plastered all over the mainstream media, with primetime interviews with CBS News and ABC News just over the past 48 hours.
Bolton tells ABC this about his book: "I think it demonstrates why Donald Trump is not philosophically conservative. He's not philosophically anything. And why he doesn't have the basic competence that he should have to be president." https://t.co/jaGFnRbqdd
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 22, 2020
It’s like Bolton is some kind of rock star promoting a new album. And that’s exactly the problem, Brent Bozell from Media Research Center says in a new interview.
Bozell sat down with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo Monday night, and invited viewers to review how the media’s treatment of Bolton turned on a dime — now that he has something nasty to dish on President Donald Trump.
“John Bolton, up until last fall, in the eyes of the media, was the political equivalent of COVID-19. I mean, for years, they projected him as some knuckle-dragging, fire-breathing, Cro-Magnon. But then he turned on the president, and suddenly, all was forgiven.”
“Consider last night, on ABC, he was on there for an hour. This is something that you give celebrities — unless it’s the person attacking Donald Trump. The last person who got that kind of treatment was James Comey… when he wrote a book attacking Donald Trump.”
Then the MRC president contrasted the way the legacy media has giddily promoted books by Bolton and Comey with Sanders’ new book:
“So, now you’ve got Sarah Sanders and her explosive take in her book. Do you think she’s going to be given an hour of time on prime time television to tell her story?”
It’s a good question, and exposes the media’s double standard about anything or anyone connected to Trump.
As far as John Bolton’s book goes, even the ever-shifty Adam Schiff wasn’t convinced his motives are on the up and up:
Tonight, Bolton was pressed on why he didn’t come forward and testify, instead saving it for a book.
Bolton insisted it wasn’t about the cash.
Well, to quote Dale Bumpers during a different impeachment:
“When you hear somebody say, 'This is not about money,' it's about money.”
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 22, 2020
And as Hoover Institution Fellow Paul Sperry noted, there might be a simple reason why some of these books you see popping up seem very similar:
John Bolton's book deal was brokered by Javelin (run by anti-Trump Bushies Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn), who have also signed James Comey, Marie Yovanovitch, "Anonymous" and Victoria Coates. One big happy family over at Javelin!
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 21, 2020
Hold up… Comey and Bolton, former ambassador to Ukraine Yovanovitch… and former National Security Council adviser Coates AND the still-shady White House whistleblower all have same publisher? Imagine that.
You can watch the full FBN interview below:
BOOM: MRC president @BrentBozell notes John Bolton was transformed in the media's eyes from "the political equivalent of COVID-19" to a truth-telling hero when he trashed President Trump in a book. Just like James Comey! You don't get an hour of prime time on ABC defending Trump. pic.twitter.com/ZKiE7bOAmT
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) June 23, 2020