PBS covered the Republican convention for three hours of prime time on Monday night, in association with its pubcasting buddies at NPR. But they were allergic to showing any Hillary-scandal films that were offered on the convention floor. As a mini-documentary ran about Benghazi, PBS anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff clumsily talked over it, and NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson had a wide-eyed freakout at what she claimed was a historically “intense animus” against an opposing candidate.
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).
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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.
To offer an overview of how the national media are twisting the convention coverage, we're awarding a Quote of the Day to the journalist or pundit who offers the most outrageous quote or best summary of the night's media theme. Former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw provided the first Quote of the Day for calling out Donald Trump and his supporters for not being unifying people....as if liberals unify the country by championing angry black and Latino activists who rail against the country as a hive of racists.
On ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, Daily Show host Trevor Noah presented the Republican convention as a huge and dangerous joke: “We're here in Cleveland for a reason. We're experiencing this, we’re like storm chasers but we chase jokes and this is going to be one of the biggest joke stages in the country. It's a dangerous joke, but a joke nonetheless.”
It’s not hard to see the late-night comedians lean to the left. But just as The New York Times pretends the national media isn’t 97 percent liberal, it writes even less credibly about TV comedians, pretending as if they don’t’ project a noticeably leftist point of view.
While pundits start to evaluate how Donald Trump and Mike Pence performed on 60 Minutes over the weekend, let’s focus on how Lesley Stahl did. As one might expect, it was a lively debate (with all kinds of interruptions), and not a softball interview. That’s quite a contrast with how the same Lesley Stahl interviewed the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards in 2004, and then brought in their wives for more soft soap. The major topics were their "energy" on the campaign trail and how they were singing songs.
They say it’s the Republican convention, but the press will be happy to make it the Anti-Republican convention. On the home page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website on Sunday was a large picture with the headline “National Convention of the Oppressed marches in Cleveland.” It doesn't matter how many attend. The crowd was estimated at “about 100.”
Secular liberal journalists with a sensitivity toward Islam get very reluctant to cover "honor killings," when Muslim men kill the women in their families for bringing "dishonor" on their name. On Saturday, USA Today reporter Nick Penzenstadler penned an article on a Pakistani social-media celebrity being strangled by her own brother. The first headline caused Twitter outrage. It was "Pakistani model killed after offending conservatives."
MSNBC just keeps turning to disgraced CBS anchor (and phony document presenter) Dan Rather as a grand expert on modern American political history. On Monday night’s All In, host Chris Hayes bowed to Rather’s very long career (in liberal bias). But at least Rather suggested that Hillary Clinton’s platform concessions to the Bernie Sanders followers could become an ideological problem. Most liberal reporters step around or deny that impression.
Jeff Mason of Reuters and Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal are the incoming and outgoing presidents of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), and drew a load of negative attention from liberal media critics for implying -- in a USA Today op-ed -- an equivalence between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their attempts to control and manipulate reporters.
Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post (and as he mentioned, Erik Wemple of The Washington Post) insist Donald Trump is far worse for restricting access to reporters he doesn't like.
NPR Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg has long been one of the most prominent examples of taxpayer-funded liberal bias. For example, she has a close friendship with ultraliberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who officiated at her second wedding in 2000. So when NPR wanted to discuss the controversy over Ginsburg's un-judicial remarks about Donald Trump, they found her buddy Totenberg to play defense on Wednesday night's All Things Considered:
As he endorsed Hillary Clinton yesterday, Bernie Sanders comforted himself by asserting his campaign had brought the Clintons to creating “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.” You wouldn’t find those words in The New York Times on Wednesday, but they did carry this story: “Emerging Republican Platform Goes Far to the Right."
When white racist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people in a black church in Charleston, it was very easy for President Obama and his media enablers to paint with a broad brush and blame the broader political culture. Bill Maher even blamed Fox News and the Daily Caller and the Drudge Report.
But when black racist Micah Johnson gunned down five cops and wounded seven others in Dallas, suddenly the motivation was complicated, and couldn't be blamed on a "climate" of hostile rhetoric.
Rolling Stone magazine secured an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and actually waited several question until dipping into predicting an apocalpyse if Hillary Clinton loses the 2016 election.
The magazine asked if we’re living in a “dystopian science fiction novel,” and Maddow dutifully replied she has been “reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor...”
On Monday morning, Washington Post polling manager Scott Clement offered a new report that a majority of Americans disagreed with the decision not to indict Hillary Clinton over her emailing of classified information. But the people who paid for the ABC News/Washington Post poll could barely notice the result.
Clement’s story has yet to appear in the actual newspaper, and the poll drew just 18 seconds on ABC yesterday morning in the second hour. The new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll also had a question about FBI director James Comey’s public recommendation against an indictment, which NBC News and MSNBC ignored on air.
John Hinderaker at Power Line provocatively argued on Saturday that the Black Lives Matter is “founded on a lie.” Listening to liberals, “many take it for granted that a vastly disproportionate number of blacks are involved in police shootings–in fact, if you didn’t know better, you might think that only blacks are ever shot by policemen.”
It’s not just NBC Out that’s pushing the LGBT gospel in network TV-land. CNN is competing in the culture wars as well against “ignorant church” folk. Thomas Page at CNN.com pushed this article last week: “Tchinda Andrade: Cape Verde's transgender hero.” A man is the “mother hen” of the trans community in that African island country.
NPR.org published an article on Friday headlined “Abdul Sattar Edhi, Known As 'Pakistan's Mother Teresa,' Dies At 88.” Edhi was a Muslim man, not a Catholic nun, so...NPR didn’t run around looking for his harshest critics as they did for Mother Teresa in 1997.
Charity was a "central tenet of Islam," NPR reported this week, but they turned to leftist Christopher Hitchens in 1997 to decry Mother Teresa and her Catholic "enthusiasm for the dignity of poverty as 'Middle Age theology,' a destructive comfort to keep people poor."
Liberals and their newspapers have a very simplistic formula for analyzing female politicians: you’re either “for women,” or you’re a token of an anti-woman political movement. One of two women will be the next prime minister of Britain, but since they’re in the Conservative Party, who at The Washington Post is happy?
In Saturday’s paper, Post reporter Karla Adam wrote a pejorative article headlined “Women question feminist values of Britain’s next leader.” Adam spends all her time relaying what “some” people (that is, leftists) think is wrong with all this.
When the PBS NewsHour turned to its Friday week-in-review segment with staff pundits David Brooks and Mark Shields, both the pseudoconservative and the liberal agreed that FBI director James Comey’s non-indictment of Hillary Clinton this week was a damaging blow to her credibility. But then Shields said something bizarre.
Clinton appeared for an interview with NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff where she doubled down on all her lies about her e-mail practices. Shields professed shock, since he thought “I thought there was going to be a start of almost a candor offensive.”