Oliver Darcy at Business Insider reports that as much as the CNN Media team loves to boast about being the scolds of "fake news," CNN has been making ersatz claims about tying Fox News in inauguration ratings. It's a little odd to suggest Donald Trump is running an Alternative Reality Administration while you're citing Alternative Ratings.
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.
In HBO's The Young Pope, the implausible American pontiff Lenny Belardo (Pope Pius XIII) proposes to Cardinal Voiello – a “reformist” prelate -- that all the gay priests be drummed out of the priesthood. The script reads like a mudslinging advertisement against the Vatican.
The cardinal protests: “It would be a war that would leave the ground littered with corpses, Holy Father. Do you want to know how many corpses would litter the ground?” The pontiff replies “Two-thirds of the clergy.” Since even recent gay-activist surveys plot the LGBT segment of the population at 3.5 percent, that number is ludicrous.
The first week of a presidency is usually described as a “honeymoon period,” but the liberal media are still on a war footing. There is no romance. On the PBS NewsHour on Friday night, liberal analyst Mark Shields insisted Trump was already a punchline by the second day, and pseudoconservative analyst David Brooks was trying to decide if Trump was a dictator or an egotistical 5-year-old brat.
Liberal media outrage erupted on Thursday night when The New York Times posted an interview with Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. The morning headline on Friday’s front page was “Media Bashed Again, as Chief Strategist Piles On.” Reporter Michael Grynbaum was shocked that Bannon “repeatedly” described the media as the “opposition party” to Trump. But the Times and their CNN brethren did not take this approach when Obama strategist Anita Dunn denounced Fox News as an arm of the GOP eight years ago.
MSNBC weekend host Joy Reid is the latest liberal to get a cozy Q&A in The New York Times Magazine with former MSNBC substitute host Ana Marie Cox. Reid oddly described Trump’s January 11 press conference as a “weird third-world pep rally,” which is quite an insult to her liberal-media colleagues that threw pointed questions at Trump, including the futile screaming antics of CNN’s Jim Acosta.
Cox never asked how Reid would respond if a conservative journalist or talk-show host ever suggested a loving and tender press conference with Obama resembled a “weird third-world pep rally” with an "African dictator." She’d hear racism in it, no doubt.
CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto has demonstrated a tendency to get very outraged by the inaccuracy of Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Perhaps he should check the log in his own eye. CNN doesn’t put on screen that Sciutto worked in the Obama State Department, as chief of staff to Obama’s first ambassador to China, Gary Locke. On Monday, he insisted Donald Trump didn’t “say anything” about the wall of sacrifice behind him during his speech to employees at the Central Intelligence Agency. That turned out to be false.
The pro-life group Live Action continued its history of exposing Planned Parenthood this week with a new video reporting they contacted 97 Planned Parenthood clinics across the organization's 41 affiliates where undercover recording is legally allowed, and only five said they offered any form of prenatal care.
That doesn't match the public record, as its video notes Planned Parenthood boss Cecile Richards stating in 2011 that prenatal care was included in the list of "the kinds of services that people depend on Planned Parenthood for."
Six years ago, a deeply disturbing story emerged from a poor neighorhood in Philadelphia. In a horrific 261-page report, prosecutors accused abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell of delivering seven babies alive and then killing them by snipping their spines with scissors. He also allowed a woman who had survived 20 years as a refugee in Nepal to be incompetently overmedicated. She died at his clinic.
Documentary filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney have written a new book titled Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer. Journalists will sneer, since they somehow suggest abortion is a “choice,” not murder. This monster chose to kill. He is the face of the abortionist.
The January 27 edition of Entertainment Weekly magazine devoted two pages to a kissy-kissy Obama farewell titled “The Obamas’ Best Pop Culture Moments.” Hollywood loved the Obamas, and cooperated in their propaganda ministry whenever requested. These are now “precious moments” to Entertainment Weekly, even the pedestrian note that the Obama daughters took an Inauguration selfie in 2013. The Obamas are "amazing and graceful," "always health-conscious" and "funny" and "badass."
Associated Press media reporter David Bauder wrote a story strongly critical of Trump press secretary Sean Spicer’s claims about inauguration crowd size. He could have used many liberal journalists with decades of experience to share his outrage. But Bauder’s exercise in outrage over false claims somehow had to include....disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather.
On January 13, a judge in Houston, Texas sentenced Alexandria Vera to ten years in prison. Her crime? The 24-year-old teacher at Stovall Middle School struck up a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student – almost daily, she said, for nine months – but with the parents’ approval. She could be eligible for parole in five years. She even became pregnant by the boy. When child-protection workers closed in, she got an abortion. Unsurprisingly, the boy is now in foster care.
One would assume this story of a sexual predator would be plastered all over the national news. Isn’t this the kind of crusading story full of human interest and melodrama? Apparently not. ABC, CBS, and NBC couldn’t be bothered.
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.”
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.