For decades, liberal journalists have smelled racist or xenophobic airs whenever a conservative politician says "let's take our country back." James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal posted Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts flip-flopping with the phrase over just 11 days of the newspaper. He was "Two Columnists in One!"
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.
Before the shock of President Trump wears off, let’s remember to tip our hats to Tinseltown. What would we do without them? These were the self-absorbed Beautiful People who called on America to become as enlightened as they by supporting Hillary Clinton. They proudly donned their “I’m With Her” buttons.
Now, like their candidate, they are in a state of shock. America’s response on November 8 was: Go pound sand.
A week ago, our MRCTV colleague Ashley Goldenberg reported that an admission official at publicly funded George Mason University in Virginia wrote on his personal Facebook page that anyone who opposed gay marriage and voted for Donald Trump is a “worthless piece of trash.” That news of liberal “inclusion” has yet to be noticed by the dominant local newspaper, The Washington Post.
That oversight is twice as biased since the Post jumped at the chance to cover the completely fake news of Miley Cyrus “spontaneously” knocking on dorm doors at George Mason to campaign for Hillary Clinton...which would be a violation of the university’s no-solicitation policy.
Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten hasn’t been heavy on the Trump mockery this fall, but he picked the wrong theme on Sunday. Since the column deadline is three weeks in advance, Weingarten dared to write a “Trump gasped and withered away” column. Whoops.
Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever wrote an interesting post-election piece on how the dramatic tilt among celebrities did not drag Hillary over the finish line first. “After the election, of course, it’s easy to see that Hollywood was breathing in its own fumes of hubris.”
Stuever wrote: "What this election suggests is that celebrities — those with the most cachet, from Queen Bey all the way down to the snarky-cool comedians who make endless rounds on talk shows where the hosts are friends of friends — are fun to have around but cannot be relied upon to deliver votes."
MRC president Brent Bozell suggested to me that Sean Hannity and his staff assembled a great package on Monday night's show going back to 2011 showing all the liberals -- mostly comedians, but also a few journalists like George Stephanopoulos and Maggie Haberman -- laughing uproariously at the idea of a President Trump. Such an idea was so impossible it was hilarious. And they begged him to "Do it!"
Journalists at newspapers insist there is a wall of separation between the news reporters and the editorial writers. At The New York Times, it appears there is a yawning chasm between the "climate change" doomsayers in the newsroom and the newspaper's "Times Journeys" tour operators. Heather MacDonald blew the whistle on this corporate hypocrisy for National Review:
Donald Trump is a persistent critic of the media and is attacked for not granting them enough access. But there he was, three days after the election, the president-elect taping a long interview with CBS and 60 Minutes, where he could expect Lesley Stahl would push, push, push from the Left.
Stahl presented him as a terror for minorities. “I want to ask you all about something that's going on right now around the country. A lot of people are afraid. They’re really afraid. African Americans think there’s a target on their back. Muslims are terrified.” Trump accurately replied that’s “horrible,” but it’s “built up by the press.”
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote a piece for Tuesday's paper headlined "I wish the president-elect failure on his cruel initiatives." It seemed like an eerie echo of Rush Limbaugh in 2009 saying he wanted Obama to fail (in passing his agenda), which sent liberals into a fury. Naturally, Limbaugh addressed the contrasting opinions on his show on Tuesday.
Liberals licking their wounds after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump are turning to their heroine Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a cheer-me-up. The opera-loving Supreme Court justice appeared at the Washington National Opera’s performance of The Daughter of the Regiment.
Mike Silverman at the Associated Press gushed “her presence added a unique luster to a performance that would have been memorable even without her.” The Washington Post gossips oozed on Monday morning: “A standing ovation for merely appearing on stage? Just another Saturday night for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
The election has passed, and the American people gave the spoiled celebrities of Hollywood the heave-ho. Despite all of their earnest YouTube lectures and pro-Hillary concerts and campaign appearances, the next president is Donald Trump.
Little did they realize that John Q. Public is done with these multi-multi millionaires positing themselves as champions of the working class, or even more remarkable, the downtrodden. Get out the popcorn for their wailing and gnashing of teeth on the Internet. On election night they went certifiably bonkers.
If there’s one concept that seems laughable at this point, it’s that the press needs to get much tougher on Donald Trump. Like they've all been cuddling with him? But there was Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan in Thursday’s Style section calling for more brass knuckles.
National Public Radio was still in Obama Mode after the election on Wednesday morning, bringing on black author Attica Locke (who also writes for the Fox drama Empire) who rudely implied each and every Trump support is a racist. NPR anchor David Greene politely suggested not every one, but Locke refysed to admit there was a single non-racist: “I’m out with that.”
We noticed the unintentional joke when The New York Times arrived today at headquarters. Lachlan Markay at the Washington Free Beacon noticed, too. The Times came wrapped in a suggestive ad with the large boast in all capitals: “HER REIGN BEGINS.”
Except it never will. The boast was a large Netflix ad for the series The Crown. Owen Thomas at SFGate.com had the scoop:
Liberals can get strangely honest on camera after an electoral defeat. On MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday morning, the guests were two liberals, former Newsweek and New Yorker editor Tina Brown and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.
But Ruehl wondered if Donald Trump won because political correctness and a fear of social media ostracism causes voters to silence themselves about the burdens of government mandates like family leave and ObamaCare.
CNN’s Brian Stelter sent around an Election Day e-mail declaring “This is the year of the fact-checker.” He joked “Trump made fact-checking great again.”
It's time to fact-check the fact checkers. In fact, it's already been done. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, just 29 percent of likely voters trust media fact-checking of the candidates, while 62 percent believed the media “skew the facts to help candidates they support.” Don't you just love the American people?
Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast posted an early draft of the liberal/feminist euphoria over the first female president before the results came in, noting that "unfortunate baggage" is a small part of "the arc of history that brought us to this point, the hazing that Hillary Rodham Clinton survived with such stamina and grace to stand on the precipice of victory."
You don’t need WikiLeaks to know how one-sided they are at CNN and The Washington Post. A new editorial by Post digitial opinions editor James Downie is headlined “How Campaign 2016 could shift the climate debate for the better.” This is a weird headline, since liberals don’t believe there is any debate about climate change.
Downie touted CNN media reporter Dylan Byers “The traditional model of ‘he said, she said’ journalism ... was thrown out the window in favor of a more aggressive journalism that sought to prioritize accuracy over balance.” He claimed "More journalists have seen that the sky won’t fall if they treat falsehoods as falsehoods."
Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller offered some eye-opening details on media-Democrat collusion from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures. CNN asked the Democratic National Committee for questions that Wolf Blitzer could ask Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. The London Daily Mail added e-mails to and from a Jake Tapper staffer to the Wiki-mix. Both publications noted Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank leaned on the DNC to list the "Ten Plagues of Trump."
On Wednesday, CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert appeared for the entire hour on the NPR chat show Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It's like attending a meeting with the president of your fan club.
Since NPR folks hate Fox News with a passion, Gross and Colbert giggled over the downfall of Fox boss Roger Ailes over sexual harassment allegations. When Gross asked if he had a special interest in that story, Colbert cracked "If by special interest, you mean rolling my eyes back in ecstasy in an overstuffed chair....then, yeah. I have a special interest in that."