The Huffington Post is complaining there's a problem with the new comedy Bridget Jones's Baby -- she never talks about killing it. Laura Goldman -- a freelance producer for ABC's Good Morning America -- wants a "braver path" for Hollywood, where it's "2016, not 1950," and a middle-aged woman with a surprise pregnancy can't just talk about throwing that "fetus" away like a bad memory.
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.
The self-loathing of the media came to a head after Donald Trump’s come-to-Barry admission that he was born in Hawaii after all. “Trump plays media for fools – again,” was the headline in The Washington Post. On the front page of Style, media columnist Margaret Sullivan lashed into the networks for treating this like a tremendously significant live event:
Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now there is no escaping politics. In the last few months, it has become completely impossible to follow sports without being lectured about the oppressive ways of the United States and its failures to achieve the highest of today’s cultural goals: “inclusion.”
Leave that word in quotation marks, because in the guise of “inclusion,” people will be most righteously excluded. In the name of “tolerance,” those condemned for intolerance will be boycotted and punished unless they genuflect to ever-evolving “anti-discrimination” dictates.
The website Politifact Bias underlined how slippery the “fact checkers” get when they’re screening speeches by the Democrats – as they actually admit they’re following Clinton campaign tipsters. They rated this speech nugget from Tim Kaine “True”: "When Moammar Gadhafi was set to visit the United Nations, and no one would let him stay in New York, Trump allowed Gadhafi to set up an elaborate tent at his Westchester County estate."
There’s only one problem: Gadhafi never stayed there.
Sam Reisman at Mediaite reported Sean Hannity unleashed his anger on CNN’s Brian Stelter on his radio show Thursday after Stelter insisted on the PBS chat show Charlie Rose that Hannity and Rush Limbaugh belonged in “truly deplorable basket” for trafficking in Hillary health rumors.
“What does — how do I get an apology from CNN? Should I — I would love to sue them for slander when they say, “Oh he wants Hillary on her deathbed and dead,” when I said just the opposite,” he said. “I mean, I know it’s hard to sue as a public figure. Pretty much people can call you anything. And I’ve been called pretty much everything. But I’m thinking of suing them.”
Here’s another proof that The Washington Post is a Democratic rag. On July 22, It editorialized with the highest dudgeon that Donald Trump was “uniquely unqualified – even a “peril” to democracy -- because he was “mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance....Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together.”
On September 15, Ben Terris of the Post hopped in a car with snarling, sneering Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a Style section profile exploring his “sentimental journey” on his way to retirement. They left out Reid’s latest video describing Trump as a “spoiled brat” and a “human leech who will bleed the country.”
Check out this David Rutz video at the Washington Free Beacon that underlines how Hillary's spokesmen and media spinners both adopted the positive-sounding lingo that Hillary Clinton bravely tried to "power through" her pneumonia (while she failed to tell the truth about it). Over and over again, viewers heard this notion of Hillary's courageous battle with germs:
Hillary Clinton’s collapse into a van on September 11 -- somehow "overheated" on a mild New York morning -- overturned the liberal media elite’s dismissal of any questioning of her health or stamina. They disdained all that as a Donald Trump series of insults and conspiracy theories. There were no apologies or admissions that perhaps they were wrong.
But their treatment of Hillary's blood clot at the end of 2012 demonstrated they had no real interest in pressing her on health issues -- even as she used them to delay testifying on Benghazi for weeks.
The CNN screen graphic at 6 pm on September 12 was blunt: “PENCE REFUSES TO CALL DAVID DUKE ‘DEPLORABLE.’” Mike Pence had granted Wolf Blitzer a 30-minute interview, and what he received in return was a reckless leftist smear.
The New York Times doesn’t like to cover conservative protests. Take the annual March for Life each January. This year, print coverage consisted of a grand total of two paragraphs (23 and 24) at the very end of the paper’s main weather story by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, which left out the name of the march. That was an improvement from 2015 (a half-sentence in a hostile story) and 2014 (a stand-alone photograph of the event on Page A17 with a two-line caption).
But on Monday, the Times devoted an entire page to a Native American environmental protest. On the front page, they promoted it: “Protest on the Plains: Demonstrations against an oil pipeline in North Dakota are being called the largest, most diverse tribal action in at least a century.”
Usually, our “objective” media thrives on any internal fighting and panic among Republicans, and downplays or hides it on the Democratic side. NPR analyst Cokie Roberts violated that informal policy on Monday’s Morning Edition, openly suggesting Democrats were talking about replacing Hillary Clinton on the ticket over her health problems.
On Thursday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon came on late on the East Coast due to the first NFL game airing on NBC. But Fallon did offer a funny bit about how they may offer new voices on the Siri app. First, he had an Obama impersonator give him the weather forecast, then had a Hillary Clinton impersonator imagine what a Hillary answer would be on Siri -- about helping with e-mails.
Politico touted as “hot audio” Bill Maher making jokes about Donald Trump being assassinated. Well, it was sort of a joke. It had that Maher edge – as in, “seriously, shouldn’t we shoot Trump before he gets elected?” Judging from the giddy reaction from Maher-loving liberals, could we call it “bloodlust”?
Republican candidates have been able to run against – even fundraise against – the fundamentally partisan opposition in the media. But you know it’s pretty desperate when the Democrats begin running against Matt Lauer – even fundraising against him, like he’s a Fox News regular. An appeal to Hillary supporters from Christina Reynolds, the Clinton campaign’s deputy communications director, relied on an outraged Washington Post editorial to make its complaint:
As Hillary Clinton is offered air time to recall her heroic actions for 9/11 victims and survivors, no one will recall the Clintons showing support for terrorists.
On August 11, 1999, the Associated Press reported on President Clinton’s decision to offer clemency to 11 members of FALN – Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional ("Armed Forces of National Liberation") – a militant “Puerto Rican independence group if they sign agreements renouncing the use of violence. Their group staged some 130 bomb attacks on political and military targets in the United States from 1974 to 1983.”
The Friday night “week in politics” segments on NPR and PBS both investigated whether Matt Lauer was biased against Hillary Clinton in NBC’s commander-in-chief forum on Wednesday night. On NPR, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne picked the Clinton-toady spin that Lauer spent too much time on the e-mail scandal instead of “substantive issues.”
Now that the Obamas really are lame ducks, their media adorers have turned to assessing their legacy -- even on tangential issues like the arts. A large chunk of the Sunday Arts & Style section of The Washington Post on September 4 was devoted to assessing the Obama arts legacy. While there was some complaining that the president didn't visit the local galleries enough, there was also the typical celebration of the Obamas in popular culture.
None of this quite came full circle and noted that an obsequious media was eternally devoted to presenting the Obamas in the most positive light, that they knew they could count on Hollywood (and Jimmy Fallon and so on) to sell their agenda and raise their approval ratings.
Here we go again. Just like Showtime produced three seasons of a series reimagining an evil 15th century pontiff in The Borgias, now the Bill Maher Channel is importing from Italy The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as 47-year-old Lenny Belardo, who is installed in the present day as Pope Pius XIII.
Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter screened the first two hours of Paolo Sorrentino’s ten-hour miniseries at the Venice Film Festival and reports this “irreverent fantasy” of a “dangerously iconoclastic pontiff” was entertaining. This Pope “Lenny” is “arrogant, whimsical and hilariously destructive....he comes off as a borderline anti-Christ not only in his power-mad dreams, but in all his dealings with the cardinals and the Curia.”
ABC's The View welcomed Chelsea Clinton to the set on Friday. It was nothing like the hardballs Ann Romney and her sons endured four years ago. It was nothing like John McCain being asked by Whoopi Goldberg eight years ago "Do I have to be worried about becoming a slave again?" It was like a gushing tea with a princess. Everyone aimed to make Chelsea look positive, poised, and substantive.
The most obsequious spot was when Whoopi Goldberg tried to help Chelsea sell her mother as honest and trustworthy -- suggesting that only people who "don't know her" could have that opinion:
A real sign of how much the networks favor Hillary Clinton comes in their desperate attempts to keep trying to portray her as warm and human....just as they tried to convince Americans that in private that cold fish Al Gore and John Kerry were warm in private. The networks glommed onto the Clinton campaign's latest "interview" with the photo site "Humans of New York" to present Hillary as a victim of sexism.