Brent Bozell
It's a crying shame that in today's network "news" media only books written by gabby left-wing celebrities generate interest. When those left-wing screeds are written by left-wing, celebrity clowns such as Michael Moore, Bill Maher or Ed Schultz, then somehow it's A-list booking. That's when the "Today" show and "The Tonight Show" roll out the red carpet.

It's a sad indictment of the industry that serious books about ideas are rarely discussed, and if the serious book is written by a serious conservative, then rarely becomes never. Not even when there is a screaming market demand for such a book will the TV bookers relent.

See Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto," which sat atop the best-seller list for 12 weeks in 2009. Network TV coverage or interviews? Zero, not even a mention of his name or book title. Levin's bestseller made big money for the Threshold Editions label of Simon & Schuster -- a CBS company. But somehow he could not be granted even five minutes on CBS News to talk about liberty.

Why doesn't Mark Levin deserve a turn on CBSs "60 Minutes" or NBCs "Rock Center" or "Nightline"? Why can't the conservative taxpayers be granted a forum for Levin or "Charlie Rose" on PBS or on NPRs "All Things Considered"? In short, why not a slice of Levin in all of the places where leftists like Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman are treated like the greatest minds of our time?

Was there a market demand? Ultimately, Levin sold over one million hardcover copies -- all without a second of so-inaccurately-called "mainstream" media attention.

Levin is back, now with "Ameritopia," and it is safe to bet they'll ignore him. But this time it's not just because it's Mark Levin. It's also because he's tackled a subject these media outlets have simply refused to touch for three years.

In short, is America becoming a socialist nation, how could that be possible, and more importantly, what exactly does that mean?

It's an interesting paradox: So-called "progressives" are, in fact, traditionalists in the worst way. They are not sailing toward the New World. Their agenda takes us back in time to a form of government that has been tried, time and again, and has always failed. How then do they reconcile it? They ignore history.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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