Brent Bozell is one of the most annoying right-wing ideologues. He’s the perfect combination of smugness and dishonesty, which would explain why he has been using a ghostwriter for his syndicated columns and his books while pocketing most of the money.
Brent Bozell has staked much of his career on challenging what he sees as a lazy media establishment, all while reportedly collecting the profits from books and columns he never actually wrote.
Journalist Jim Romenesko reported Thursday that Tim Graham, the media analysis director at Bozell’s Media Research Center, is actually the one behind the columns and books, an assignment that one former Bozell employee described as “forced ghostwriting.”But another ex-MRC employee told Romenesko that Bozell still collects 80 to 90 percent of the profits generated by the content. The Daily Beast’s Ben Jacobs followed up on Romenesko’s scoop by reporting that Bozell has been using Graham’s words for years.
On the heels of the Romenesko report, Creators Syndicate, the organization that syndicates Bozell’s column, announced that Bozell and Graham will share a joint byline from now on.
But when it apparently was Graham doing the writing and Bozell taking the credit, the column often lamented purportedly lazy journalism.
Well what a shock. At least one newspaper has now dropped his column. That’s a good start.