Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan hammered NBC News in her Friday column for taking so long to find the Access Hollywood sex-talk tape. Like many pundits, Sullivan’s not sure this 2005 tape is a fresh discovery: "What if that campaign-changing video — or something equally incriminating — had emerged during the Republican presidential primary, instead of sitting on a shelf at NBC’s Access Hollywood?"
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 a C-SPAN interview last August, NBC interviewer Lisa Myers said "Nothing has come up since that story was reported that in any way undercuts what Juanita Broaddrick said” about being raped by Bill Clinton in 1978.
Hillary has never been challenged to address her raging hypocrisy by a TV interviewer as she's tweeted self-righteously about believing every woman’s charge of a sexual assault. Last December, one of those "everyday Americans" asked her about it in New Hampshire (on video), and Mrs. Clinton said "I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence."
We once scoffed at the suggestion there was some form of a liberal media conspiracy against conservatives. Do liberals meet for breakfast and plan attacks on their ideological foes? Of course not, we’d answer. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s a mindset wherein what is liberal is good, and what is conservative is in opposition to what is good.
No, apparently it was a conspiracy after all. The latest e-mails emerging from WikiLeaks have brought in the evidence. There is an unquestionable collusion between “objective” journalists and the Clinton campaign.
On the front page of Thursday’s newspaper is a story headlined “Two Women Say Trump Made Unwanted Advances Long Ago.” The sexual-harassment accusers were Jessica Leeds, 74, and Rachel Crooks, 33, who both said they were outraged when Trump denied any groping to Anderson Cooper in the second presidential debate. Reporters Megan Twohey and Michael Barbaro were explicit about how this story could wreck Trump’s candidacy – which we know the Times desperately desire.
On Tuesday’s Morning Edition on National Public Radio, they turned to a liberal media eminence to explain just how easily Hillary Clinton is winning this election. Washington Post assistant managing editor David Maraniss was just an “Author” in their online headline. Armed with this authority, Maraniss proceeded to talk exactly like a hyperbolic MSNBC surrogate for the Clintons, claiming that Trump’s jail quip in the second debate proved Trump was “against everying about American democracy” and represented the view of a “tin-pot dictatorship in which politicians jail the other side.”
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan unloaded a Two Minutes Hate column on Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, which is hardly surprising. But it might be surprising that a columnist who would present herself as a feminist would automatically assume that any woman accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment or even rape is "truth-averse." Encouraging them to attend a debate was "surreal." What is she were one of these women, and other women called it "surreal" that she would dare to attend?
In the election cycle dominated by Donald Trump, it should not be much of a shock that the first “October Surprise” came from Access Hollywood. In a 2005 outtake, Trump told Access co-host Billy Bush how he could rudely grab women’s genitals and get away with it because “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."
The Clinton-enabling press sprung into action, smelling Trump’s blood in the water. None of them seemed to reflect for five seconds that Trump could be describing Bill Clinton’s modus operandi.
The networks continue their fascination with the crude Trump tape story. After four news cycles, from Friday night through Tuesday morning, the Big Three networks have aired 198 minutes and 13 seconds of coverage on Trump telling NBC’s Billy Bush in 2005 that you can grab women in the crotch and get away with it if you’re s a star. By contrast, the networks have only managed 13 minutes and nine seconds of air time on the Wikileaks information dump on Hillary Clinton. That’s an imbalance of interest of 15 to 1.
Many Americans get their national news bites from aggregators: not only the Drudge Report, but from Yahoo or MSN or Google News. But only one of these is very interested in the latest Wikileaks dirt on the media-Democrat complex: Drudge. We took a look at these sites just before 2 pm Eastern time, and the MSM tilt on these aggregators is plain to see.
After Monday night's newscasts, the Media Research Center's minute count of stories on the Trump-and-Billy-Bush tape is now over 167 minutes of coverage, touted as an impending disaster for the GOP.
This is far more than the networks gave to Bill Clinton's accusers. On July 30, 1997, when news trickled out that the Paula Jones legal team had subpoenaed Kathleen Willey, the networks offered one minute and 34 seconds of coverage (on CBS and NBC). ABC aired nothing initially in those first days.
The media’s fascination with the Trump-and-Billy-Bush tape keeps adding up. In the first three days of coverage – Friday evening through Monday morning – the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening news programs have aired more than 150 minutes of coverage.
The feeding frenzy over Trump’s crude sex talk dwarfs the media focus on Bill Clinton’s crude sex talk – and actions. On February 11, 1994, Paula Jones appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference to allege that then.-Gov. Bill Clinton sexually harassed her in a hotel room in 1991. In the first three days, that drew....16 seconds.
The nation's top liberal newspapers found "beauty" in a New York Times book review comparing Donald Trump to Hitler. The Washington Post book reviewer Carlos Lozada recently claimed "it is impossible to miss the similarities between Trump and totalitarian figures in American literature — in rhetoric, personal style and even substance."
But when authors sound hyperbolic about Hillary Clinton, they are clearly out of control. On page one of Sunday's Washington Post, they promoted Lozada's latest review: "These books will help you hate Hillary Clinton, but only if you already do."
Eight leftist groups lobbying for abortion sent a letter to debate moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz to press them on how America has grown far too conservative. They need to "allow a conversation about the crisis of abortion access in this country."
The coalition, that includes NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY's List and the National Organization for Women, complains that "Safe, legal, and accessible abortion is foundational to a woman’s ability to determine her own destiny."
Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik warned that the "town hall" debate on Sunday night will be nothing of the sort. "Expect more artifice than authenticity," warned the Sun headline. The imperatives of commercial television have molded and manipulated an illusion of democracy, Zurawik warned. He used a very recent example of Clinton calculation:
Chad Robichaux is a Marine who developed post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of eight tours in Afghanistan. After years of suffering, he now runs a counseling program dedicated to helping veterans avoid suicide, divorce, and other attendant problems. He knows from his own experience that a faith-based approach works. Our government, allergic to faith-based programs, isn’t really interested, especially under Barack Obama.
So when Donald Trump came to a meeting of the Retired American Warriors PAC on October 3, Robichaux asked a question. “Spiritual fitness works on these types of problems. The government is not taking advantage of these programs and services,” Robichaux said. "Will you support and fund a more holistic approach?"
Donald Trump's repeated threats to bring up Bill Clinton's treatment of women accusing him of sexual impropriety have brought repeated bouts of bizarre arguments that emerged in the wake of the impeachment process in 1998.
USA Today ran an op-ed on Friday with the strange title "Clinton marriage is something to brag about." Alicia Shepard, a former ombudsman for National Public Radio, declared: "The Clintons' weather-beaten, time-tested, scandal-ridden marriage is something to be proud of, something to brag about. It is as significant an achievement as their daughter Chelsea, and might just be the most human thing about Hillary Clinton."
New York Times TV writer Dave Itzkoff caused liberals to buzz about how they miss David Letterman on television with an article on Friday headlined “Letterman Has No Love for ‘Damaged’ Trump.”
Letterman was furious about Trump’s mockery of New York Times reporter Serge Kovalesky, saying the mockery showed Trump was a “damaged human being” and “a person to be shunned.” He added Trump needs “an appointment with a psychiatrist....a diagnosis and a prescription.” He also compared him to “moths.”
New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet is drawing buzz for an interview with the Nieman Lab journalism website. He said Donald Trump has changed journalism by making it easier for reporters to write “This is just false.” Baquet compared this campaign to the 2004 campaign, and how in his tenure at the Los Angeles Times, they couldn’t use language that strong to denounce the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who ran ads seeking to debunk John Kerry’s tales of Vietnam heroism.
Nowhere in this interview transcript is a mention of the lying and document destruction and press inaccessibility of Hillary Clinton’s camp. This matches Baquet’s recent interview with NPR, where he insisted Hillary’s lies were much more like the average politician – yawn, and ho-hum.
Dan Gainor, MRC's vice president for business and culture, analyzed the debate overnight for Foxnews.com. This part really jumped out: The New York Times, openly proclaiming on the front page that journalism demands that Trump be defeated, scrubs its own copy if it sounds too helpful to conservative spin. Times reporters Nick Confessors and Matt Flegenheimer live-blogged the debate, as Gainor reported:
At first they admitted she took sides: “Elaine Quijano, the moderator, helped Mr. Kaine along, opening one question with a recitation of Mr. Trump’s statements.” But that thought was edited out.
On October 2, The New York Times published an admittedly “fragmentary” front-page story about Donald Trump’s taxes. Through these pages, the Times reported Trump claimed a $915 million loss, which could – emphasis on the “could” – have allowed Trump to avoid paying federal taxes for “up to 18 years.”
The Times was typically harsh in tone. The tax records “reveal the extraordinary tax benefits the Republican presidential nominee derived from the financial wreckage he left behind” with his financial “mismanagement.” A tax expert declared Trump “has a vast benefit from his destruction” in the early 1990s, like he was Hurricane Donald.