Bozell: ‘Stopped Clocks’ Syndrome Explains Liberal Media’s Praise of Trump’s Normandy Speech

By Craig Bannister | June 7, 2019 | 3:33pm EDT
MRC Pres. Brent Bozell

Asked to explain the liberal media’s praise of President Donald Trump’s Normandy speech Thursday, Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell attributed Stopped Clocks Syndrome.

Appearing on Newsmax TV Thursday to discuss “Unmasked: Big Media’s War Against Trump,” his new book co-authored with MRC colleague Tim Graham, Bozell was asked to explain why typically-hostile reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta actually gave Trump credit for his speech commemorating the Allied Force’s D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II.

Bozell cited “Stopped Clocks” Syndrome and explained that, when breaking, hard news happens, liberal media occasionally don’t have time to analyze it to find ways to attack Trump – so, they have to initially report it fairly:

“‘Stopped Clocks’ is that syndrome. What happens sometimes with hard news, when they don’t have time to analyze, when the story is that good, they can’t get around it. They’ve got to cover it, as in the speech the president was giving.

“You saw it happen after 9/11. You saw it happen at the start of the Gulf War. These tend to be times - you saw it with Ronald Reagan’s speech in Normandy. And, yet, you still see things that are done with this president where it’s a positive and he’s attacked. The rest of his trip to Great Britain. The live coverage of it has been overwhelmingly negative.

“A final point on this are the trips and the moments that are not covered at all. Take the president’s speech in Warsaw last year that he gave a year and a half ago. It’s one of the most powerful addresses in modern times. In fact, it was as strong, or stronger, than anything that Ronald Reagan ever said. It was a defense of Western Civilization. And, I ask you audience right now: how many of you ever saw it?

“If you watched Newsmax, you might have. But, if you watch the networks, you never saw it.”


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