Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis. His career at the MRC began in February 1989 as associate editor of MediaWatch, the monthly newsletter of the MRC before the Internet era.
Graham is co-author with MRC president Brent Bozell of the books Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How To Prevent It From Happening Again in 2016 (2013) and Whitewash: What The Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will (2007). He is also the author of the book Pattern of Deception: The Media's Role in the Clinton Presidency (1996).
Graham is a regular talk-radio and television spokesman for the MRC and has made television appearances on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and the Fox Business Channel. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, National Review, and other publications.
Graham left the MRC to serve in 2001and 2002 as White House Correspondent for World, a national weekly Christian news magazine. He returned in 2003. Before joining the MRC, Graham served as press secretary for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) in 1988, and in 1987, he served as editor of Organization Trends, a monthly newsletter on philanthropy and politics by the Washington-based Capital Research Center.
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The Hollywood Reporter unveils that PBS and its public-broadcasting brethren have written the Federal Communications Commission with a list of complaints. The headline: “PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency.” That’s a funny headline, since we haven’t seen a “hard stance on indecency” since the Hays Commission a half century ago. And that wasn’t even the government.
Back in those ancient days when teletypes gave us the sound effects for news, the Associated Press was esteemed as the gold standard of objective news coverage. Inside a liberal media bubble, that pretense continues, but for decades now, the AP has tacked hard to port along with the rest of the media establishment. They’ll deny it, of course, because that’s what they do.
Beyonce recently posted a photo on her Instagram page of her holding her new twins – a boy named Sir and a girl named Rumi – in a similar veil-and-a-bikini getup to how she posed when she was still pregnant. The Left finds this imagery pregnant with political and religious messages. The Washington Post published an overwrought analysis by Katie Edwards, working for the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies in England.
The Post tweet promised a look at “How Beyoncé’s Virgin Mary imagery challenges racist, religious and sexual stereotypes: Her re-appropriation of Virgin Mary iconography offers a biting critique.”
Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute, a former member of the board at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, penned an article for The Wall Street Journal provocatively titled “Racial Division, Made Possible by Viewers Like You: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is pushing identity politics—except at pledge time.”
The media’s sudden explosion over a meeting last summer at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and an alleged “Kremlin-backed lawyer” (she wasn’t Kremlin-backed) has spawned a whole new feeding frenzy. Every mini-scoop gets inflated into the latest contender in the urgent liberal question “What Will Finally Get Trump Impeached?”
The Washington Post published a surprising op-ed on Friday. The online headline was "The media's martyr complex is embarrassing." (The last two words somehow didn't fit in the newspaper headline.) It's the latest article the Post has published from Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of the Hillsboro (Ohio) Times-Gazette.
Time magazine’s cover story emerging on Thursday is naturally, Donald Trump Jr. in black and white, behind the words “Red Handed: The Russia Scandal Hits Home.” It’s also natural and expected that Time’s David Von Drehle forecasted a monster storm: “Like a farmer forecasting the weather by the ache in his knee, Washington has a feeling that this storm could be a monster." But Time didn't used to think Russia was a "fierce rival." They used to be a threat that "never was."
The White House Correspondents Association wasn't just phony when it claimed it wasn't going to hire someone to "roast" President Trump at their annual dinner, and then put on Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj to roast Trump. This group of reporters is trying to change their by-laws to create a non-voting second tier of members....that caste of undesirables (or "deplorables"?) who cannot get credentialed by the "mainstream" press gallery on Capitol Hill. At the moment, that's directed right at Breitbart, and their White House reporter Charlie Spiering, but it could easily apply to others.
Fox News correspondent John Stossel has just written a stinging column on the "Stupid Hostile Media." He began with New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg, who celebrated July 4 by suggesting "anti-press" conservatives shouldn't hate the media so much. They always make the mistake of opposing or exposing the liberal media is always anti-journalism -- as they dismiss conservative journalism as propaganda and quackery.
Are the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians "unprecedented," as Democrats charge? Liberal journalists would like everyone to forget the Clintons and the Democratic National Committee engaged in a blatant strategy to solicit illegal foreign contributions from Asian sources before the 1996 election. Their contacts included Liu Chaoying, daughter of the senior commander of Red China’s “People’s Liberation Army,” who met with President Clinton.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple’s posts about the Fox News Channel’s morning show keep getting wilder and wilder. What are they putting in his Cream of Wheat? On June 1, Wemple wrote a piece headlined “Fox & Friends is a planetary threat.” On July 11, he’s back with “Kill Fox & Friends before it’s too late.” His last line was “Left to its own devices, Fox & Friends could do far more damage, unless it’s killed.”
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live happily made itself into a platform for Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016, most notably a segment mocking male voters who wouldn't back Hillary in a feminist skit about "man-splaining." So it's a little shocking to see this allegedly feminist show mocking the appearance of Kellyanne Conway on Monday night with a grotesque-looking puppet that looked stolen from the British puppet troupe Spitting Image.
The Washington Post profiled perpetually yelling CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta for Monday's paper under the headline "CNN's Jim Acosta airs the news -- and his irritation." What stuck out most in media reporter Paul Farhi's story was White House spokesman Sean Spicer letting Acosta have it, saying his overt editorializing is all about getting more airtime and Internet clicks: "If I were a mainstream, veteran reporter, I’d be advocating for him to knock it off. It’s hurting the profession.”
The blogosphere erupted in a collective roar at Washington Post reporter Peter Holley's bizarre attempt to blame the shooting of Republicans and their security guards in Alexandria, Virginia on conservative talk radio. Holley's cockeyed conspiracy theory was that the shooter, James Hodgkinson, may have listened to local senior-citizen radio host Bob Romanik back in Belleville, Illinois. The online headline is "In Alexandria shooter’s hometown, rage-filled radio host channels middle America’s inner frustration."
In a touch of transgender utopia (or linguistic insansity), the Idaho Statesman in Boise -- a McClatchy newspaper -- is letting the transgender/nonbinary Left set the terms, so Kori Doty can demand to be called "themself," not "himself" or "herself" -- there's no clue in the article if Doty is the baby's mother or father. Reporter Teresa Welsh leaves the impression the baby is being raised by a couple....and the baby sounds like twins.
If the media writ large caves into this arbitary regime, it will become almost impossible for the reader to deduce who precisely is the subject or subjects of the story.
Our friend Howard Portnoy at Liberty Unyielding found The New York Times on Monday offered the kind of story we saw in The Washington Post: A heart-breaking tale of Donald Trump “winning” by discouraging illegal immigration. The front-page article poured out for 1,698 words under the headline “Fearful Migrants Stop Short of U.S.”
As much as liberals say they despise “fake news,” some of the most powerful and notorious sources of fake news in America are the leftists in Hollywood. Their “based on a real story” manglings and stranglings of history are legendary, from Oliver Stone on down.
The latest example is a new TV series that debuted July 5 on the FX cable channel called “Snowfall,” supposedly a look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the Reagan years. This “history” is based on the loony conspiracy theory that the crack epidemic devouring black communities was a CIA plot to fund the Nicaraguan contra fighters. How many times must bunk be debunked?
Project Veritas released another video on Wednesday of CNN New Day producer Jimmy Carr doubling down on his previous comments about voters being "stupid as s--t," but stepping into dangerous territory by suggesting his New Day anchor Chris Cuomo needs to go, and he and other staffers want him to "shut up" when they have to listen to him on CNN in the morning.
National Public Radio is living up to its brand as a taxpayer-funded sandbox for leftists with a new online feature on the NPREd blog headlined “Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid.”
Kayla Lattimore began by celebrating children’s author Innosanto Nagara, who wanted a "woke" two-year-old and NPR can hook you up with "social change" radicals:
Your taxpayer-funded radio at work: arts reporter Willis Ryder Arnold of St. Louis Public Radio just promoted a gallery showing for progressive artist/former Clinton arts bureaucrat Bunny Burson. But this is the precious part: Burson has used the confetti that never fell from the Hillary Clinton “victory party” at New York’s Javits Center on Election Night to create inspirational art for the depressed feminists of America.
The title of the installation is “And Still I Rise,” named after a book of poetry by Maya Angelou.