Iowa Newspaper Drops Brent Bozell’s Column, Nobody Complains

Nobody seemed to mind when an Iowa newspaper dropped Brent Bozell’s syndicated column from its pages last weekend.

The Quad-City Times announced Saturday that it will no longer run the column after it was revealed that the cantankerous conservative watchdog actually had a henchman write it for him.

On Wednesday, the newspaper followed up with a note on the response from its readers.

“We did not receive one letter or comment protesting our decision or defending Bozell,” the editorial board wrote.

Many readers did, however, heed the paper’s call to submit suggestions for a conservative columnist to replace Bozell.

The Times said it’s narrowed down the submissions to five nominees: Michael Gerson, Walter Williams, Kathleen Parker, Megan McCardle and Charles C.W. Cooke.

Jim Romenesko reported last week that Tim Graham, the media analysis director at the Bozell-founded Media Research Center, has been the one behind the columns and books that have appeared under Bozell’s name.

The organization that syndicates the column said that Bozell and Graham will share a byline from now on.

In its editorial last weekend, the Times noted that Bozell regularly panned journalists “for being dishonest.”

Bozell’s column also frequently attacked the media for being lazy.

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