National Public Radio decided to greet the morning of Trump’s inauguration in the same way that it greeted the day after Trump’s surprising victory. They sought out black rage…in the person of author Attica Locke, who also writes for the Fox drama Empire. She came to say this day marked “how much this country can’t stand black people,” and “doesn’t want Muslims here,” and “did not want a woman as leader.”
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.
New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica transparently sounded like an angry Democrat in reviewing the concert titled the "Making America Great Again! Welcome Celebration." He began by complaining that the Trump organizers didn't even ask rapper Kanye West to appear, despite his kind words for Trump.
Instead, Caramanica uncorked a classic leftist attack, that the event "veered between jingoism and vaudevillian fluff and largely ignored the contribution of African-Americans to popular music (which is to say, almost all of popular music)."
Media Research Center research director Rich Noyes appeared on Risk & Reward on the Fox Business Channel on Wednesday night to address the latest polls insisting that the American people are not approving of Donald Trump's transition into the presidency -- despite the emerging sense that Trump's cabinet nominees are going to be confirmed easily, as Defense Secretary James Mattis was on Wednesday. Fox Business played clips of CNN and ABC polls each claiming only 40 percent of the public has a favorable opinion of the Trump transition.
Jack Shafer, a longtime media critic now with Politico, wrote an article on Monday with the wisecracking headline "Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again." In short, he argued since Trump is so hostile to the press, it's reinvigorating journalism and making it relevant. He doesn't seem to catch that he's also saying, by contrast, that Obama was then a bad thing for journalism, since everything was cozy and unchallenging. This is a "war zone," proclaims Shafer. "It's time to circle behind enemy lines."
Michelle Obama made her last public speech as First Lady. The networks lined up with a 21-handkerchief salute. Nothing will ever be the same.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell proclaimed the speech was “one of hope and empowerment for the young people she has championed for eight years....her unique voice rejecting the racial overtones of 2016." She was a "once-reluctant political wife, fighting an early caricature as an angry black woman… Now, a political orator in a class of her own.”
Washington Post reporter Paul Schwartzman wrote an article on how deeply Democratic D.C. was observing the Trump inauguration. He began with how disgusted "Mindy Moretti, a writer and editor residing in the District, reserved a rental car that she intends to load with her mutt Maisey and an overnight bag to drive out of Washington just before Donald Trump is sworn in as president."
The Post is hiding a little secret. It turns out that Mindy Moretti is the editor of a supposedly neutral website for political junkies called ElectionLine.org. The site announces it's "the nation's only nonpartisan, non-advocacy clearinghouse for election reform news and information."
PBS Newshour analyst David Brooks broke the liberal mold on Friday. While most media elitists poured praise on Rep. John Lewis for suggesting Trump was illegitimate, Brooks dissented: Whatever happened to "when they go low, we go high?" Brooks asserted a rather typical fair-play centrism, that the bias in our election system ought to recognize the winner as legitimate, unless someone can produce evidence to back it up.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple praised Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for a "dynamite discussion" -- Smith sounding like he thought he was an MSNBC anchor again. On his Friday afternoon program Shepard Smith Reporting, Smith pushed Chris Wallace to accept the liberal-media spin: “What is your take on the Trump strategy to delegitimize the reporters and the news organizations whose goal for the American people is to hold truth to power?”
Liberals like Smith can't seem to accept Trump's approach. It doesn't matter if you're the press or a business competitor. If you attempt to delegtimize him, he will offer you a healthy dose of what you are offering him.
Joe Concha of The Hill reports the liberal website Slate will host a panel discussion at New York University five days after Donald Trump's inauguration to struggling in public with “how the news media can and should proceed to cover” the president-elect. CNN media correspondent and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter will moderate the liberal panel, titled "Not the New Normal." This is the first time Slate has convened a panel on how to cover an incoming president.
The ad that takes the celebrity cake appeared In the January 11 edition of The Washington Post. Page A-5 carried a full-page advertisement. The top half had large capital letters, saying "No! In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America!"
"The presidency of Donald Trump is illegitimate," reads the ad copy in bold letters. "By any definition, Donald Trump is a fascist. He has put together a regime who will carry out this program and worse." It even dispenses with the actual voters. "No election, whether fair or fraudulent, should legitimize this."
Robin Givhan, the liberal political columnist who plays fashion writer at The Washington Post, dominated the front of the Style section on Friday with a question: Can a fashion designer in good conscience agree to dress Melania Trump? Givhan argued that blacklisting the new First Lady is a good way to show a social conscience. The Trumps can buy off the rack, so it’s not really a blacklist. Givhan said dressing the First Lady – especially for Inauguration Night, has always been an honor, until Donald Trump inspired “new waves of racism and violence.”
Movie critic Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter offered a rave review of President Obama's farewell address on Tuesday night, hailing it in the headline as "One Last Reminder of What Presidential Looks Like." Donald Trump is all "schoolyard taunts" for white people in "silly hats," while Obama is so terrific that "Watching him walk off the stage made you feel like a child desperately holding onto a father’s pants [sic] legs to try to prevent him from leaving the house."
For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that Barack Obama means...to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show: “He ran an administration that was largely scandal-free and did it all the while under a microscope. Because he looked different.”
All this liberal talk about the press heroically holding presidents accountable is easily undermined by Sunday's edition of The Washington Post Magazine. The Post can't help but declare that they are available for rental (or full ownership) by the Obama White House with a 12-page spread of nostalgic Obama photos....taken by White House staff photographer Pete Souza. The headline was "The Obama Years: during his two terms, the sources of a president's strength were always on display." True. One source of Obama's strength was basically owning The Washington Post.
In the very same issue as the 12-page sticky valentine/photo alum from the Obama Fan Club, the Post Magazine ran a 12-page spread by their Trump-investigating reporter David Fahrenthold.
Former MSNBC analyst and current New York Times contributor Michael Eric Dyson is drawing attention in top newspapers on Sunday for his new book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Carlos Lozada, nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post, even found a way to summarize how inflammatory nonsense could be stuffed into the book.
Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer told Joe Concha of The Hill that the media are still not treating President-elect Donald Trump with respect, and insisted the media continue to cheer on Democrats without shame.
“There's some positive aspects here and there, but largely it still continues to not treat him with the respect that he deserves,” Spicer said. Meanwhile, “There are countless examples of the media engaging — overtly or covertly — cheering on Democrats and there's no accountability. But it's also not even frowned upon,” he said.
CBS isn't conservative or pro-Trump in any way in its news programming, but Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg is accusing CBS of entertainment programming "perfectly tailored for the Trump era." The show is Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spinoff of the successful (and violent) FBI drama. Fienberg slammed it in a feature on the "Worst TV of 2016."
On Friday's week-in-review segment on the PBS NewsHour, everyone was disparaging Donald Trump -- anchor Judy Woodruff, liberal analyst Mark Shields, and pseudo-conservative David Brooks. They mocked Trump as childish for calling Sen. Charles Schumer the "head clown" of the Democrats. Shields weirdly lectured: "Chuck Schumer is a proud and able and dedicated and skillful leader, and you don’t want him as an opponent." So Schumer won't be an opponent to Republicans if you talk nice?
The secular-Left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that “’Religious Freedom’ legislation will be everywhere in 2017.” “Religious Freedom” is in scare quotes, a warning that deplorables will use that thing called “religion” as their “weapon of choice” in the coming assault on the “LGBTQ” community.
The same website is celebrating a petition urging the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to reverse its acceptance of an invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The freedom to disassociate becomes a terrific idea when used to reject Republicans or conservatives. Slate’s story has a hero named Jan Chamberlin, who quit the famous choir since they would be endorsing “tyranny and fascism by singing for this man…I know I could never ‘throw roses for Hitler.’”
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik appeared on the NPR-produced midday show Here and Now on Wednesday to discuss Megyn Kelly’s move from Fox News to NBC. He twice praised her for “cannily” negotiating herself across the media spectrum -- strange new respect which might make a conservative think she’s headed straight to the left. Then came the jaw-dropper: He said she was "desperately hoping to get away from ideology" like....Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters.