In his new book, Brent Bozell warns that conservatives "will never win again" and the days of America's freedoms "are numbered" unless the crisis of media bias is acknowledged and addressed.
In "Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election," Bozell issues his dire warning of what's at stake if conservatives don't wake up - and stand up:
"The press has tilted liberal for decades, has it not? Yes, but never have the news media performed as they did in 2012, and if conservatives don't recognize this and commit themselves to changing the equation, they will not win again-at least not any time soon. With the real possibility that the days are numbered for this country's freedoms, it is not just a problem, it is a crisis."
Bozell says that, if conservatives don't address the crisis of media bias, they won't just suffer certain "political death" - they'll deserve it:
"How critical is this to conservatives? There is nothing more important. The 2012 cycle was not an aberration, it is the new normal. It is now an established reality that the "news" media will do anything and everything to distort and discredit any conservative imperative that challenges leftist orthodoxy. Unless and until this situation is corrected, not only will conservatives be thwarted, they will continue to lose ground as their policy prescriptions are ever more vilified.
"If this isn't a top-shelf concern for a conservative leader or organization, he is condemned to political death and-frankly, at some point we must say it-deservedly so."
Bozell points to the 2012 presidential election as a prime example of how media bias can sway an election:
"Obama was the most vulnerable incumbent in modern times. His performance on the economy was (and continues to be) disastrous, by any objective measurement. The United States is on the precipice of a fiscal and monetary collapse. He has done nothing to arrest, even slow the slide. Indeed, because of his excesses the country seems primed to go over the cliff. On social policy he declared war on everyone of faith with his (anti-)religious mandate, while advancing the most radical policies on key issues, from abortion to gays. On foreign policy, after being touted as the necessary antidote for the worldwide damage caused by the anti-Bush poison, he turned out to be even less popular.
"Barack Obama was a disaster.
"And he won reelection, handily."
Bozell warns that the ruthlessness, arrogance, and mean-spiritedness of today's journalists make them more unscrupulous - and more dangerous - than any of their predecessors:
"Yesterday's journalists were liberals, not today's radical leftists, much in the same vein that their political standard bearers, like George McGovern, were several degrees to the right of the socialist presently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yesterday's journalists attempted, at least on some level, sometimes, maybe once every solar eclipse or so, to strive for objectivity.
"Today's journalists make no such effort. They reject a code of ethical conduct if it interferes with their political mission. Yesterday's journalists by and large were educated, not just in the liberal arts, but in journalism.
"Today's journalists make a mockery of the word. They are naive, even sometimes downright stupid. They are undisciplined, not just in the preparation but in the delivery of news. They cannot, or just will not distinguish between news and information. They are pawns for misinformation and practiced in disinformation. They are loud, condescending, arrogant, dishonest, foolish, incompetent, mean-spirited-and dangerous."
"Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election," published by HarperCollins, is co-authored by Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center.
Editor's Note: Brent Bozell is president of the Media Research Center, of which CNSNews.com is a division.