Bozell Caught Using Ghostwriter

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.

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  • dhall

    How can anyone be forced to ghost write? Sounds like blackmail is involved, or some sort of underhanded coercion. And apparently, the reward for forcing someone to write for you, and for taking credit for someone else’s writing, is still partial credit? WTF?

  • Modusoperandi

    Don’t mock him. He did nothing wrong. I mean, other people built the Statue of Liberty, but only Mr Liberty get his name is on it.

    Bozell is a Job Creator, keeping America competitive and strengthening its working class by subcontracting out his own job.

  • macallan

    Maybe Graham just didn’t want his name on some of his more embarrassing screeds so he credited them to Bozo the Clown.

  • macallan

    That said, is there any evidence that Bozo exists in any other form than Graham’s sock puppet??

  • Phillip IV

    That’s actually a surprisingly decent thing for Bozell to be doing – I mean, taking all the blame for these columns and books, when they were really committed by one of his employees. Assuming, of course, that Bozell paid Graham fairly – the full value of the column, and perhaps a second dollar as a tip.

  • cry4turtles

    I gues if you work for an idiot- expect idiocy!

  • d.c.wilson

    So, is “Brent Bozell” the Alan Smithee of punditry?

  • shouldbeworking

    The Milli Vanelli of the RWNJ set?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    So much for the rightwing’s vaunted claims about “personal responsibility” and one’s own hard work eh?

    Wonder what this Brent Bozell has said – or got someone else to say – about that?

    Also wonder if he’ll send his Mum out to do the press conference for him to explain?

    @2 .Modusoperandi :

    mean, other people built the Statue of Liberty, but only Mr Liberty get his name is on it.

    I think you’ll find its Lady Liberty actually! Full name : Ms Liberty, Statute, of?

  • Raging Bee

    Bozell’s writing is utter crap, even by conservative standards. If he’s using ghostwriters, they’re the worst I’ve ever read. Maybe this is the only way those idiots can make a living at all.

    The least I can say for Milli Vanilli is that they used reasonably good ghost-singers.

  • Area Man

    Why does he need a ghost writer? A computer program should be able to spit out that drivel. It’s all just variations on being endlessly victimized by the liberal media.