BILL BENNETT: VICTIM OF MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” is published by Simon & Schuster, an arm of Viacom, which also controls the former drug czar’s least favorite network, MTV. The tome is sold by Book of the Month Club, owned by Time Warner, a favorite target of Bennett’s for its naughty rap and violent films like “Natural Born Killers.” And that same media empire is poised to acquire Turner Broadcasting System, which owns the homevideo company that will distribute an animated version of Bennett’s “Book,” which is also being turned into a PBS series.

“What are you going to do?” says Bennett. “You have four companies which control just about everything.”

Bennett admits that his fellow Republicans, in their deregulatory zeal, have triggered media consolidation and thus indirectly helped limit the options on whom he can do business with. And while he says consolidation makes him “uneasy,” he claims “little expertise in that area.”

Maybe Bennett, who has a doctorate in philosophy, a law degree from Harvard and served as secretary of Education, would be wise to hone his expertise in the media turf wars under way in Washington. After all, as Bennett says, he’s now in “the entertainment business.”

More Scene

  • Ryan Murphy Pose

    Ryan Murphy on 'Showrunning as Advocacy' and the Post-Me Too 'Age of Enlightenment'

    When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” […]

  • 'The Sinner' film premiere

    Jessica Biel Closes Her Kid-Friendly Au Fudge Restaurant

    When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” […]

  • Comedy Converstion with L to R:

    Just for Laughs Festival Honors Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Gadsby, More

    When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” […]

  • Paul Krassner Memoir Illustration

    Paul Krassner on Resisting With Humor

    When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” […]

  • Just for Laughs Festival Montreal

    Just for Laughs Festival Is the Coachella of Comedy

    When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” […]

  • National Comedy Center Set To Open

    National Comedy Center Set To Open During Lucille Ball Fest

    When he’s not busy lambasting “trash talk TV” or gangsta rap for contributing to the decline of Western civilization, William Bennett – the thinking man’s GOP attack dog – is lamenting that he has to do business with the same media Goliaths that produce the entertainment he so loathes. Bennett’s bestseller, “The Book of Virtues,” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content