Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis
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.
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Our colleague Jeffrey Lord penned a new piece for The American Spectator on Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan denouncing the conservative media for pushing lies and conspiracy theories instead of real information. The online headline for Sullivan was “Pro-Trump media sets the agenda with lies. Here’s how traditional media can take it back.”
To Sullivan, there is the “hyperpartisan” right-wing media, and on the other side, there is the “traditional media.” As if the “traditional” media is not “hyperpartisan.”
The latest poll by USA Today and Suffolk University carried some eye-opening numbers about public disapproval of the media’s aggressive attempts to run the country. They found President Trump has a 45 percent approval rating, while 47 percent disapprove.
That’s not surprising. The media talk about his unpopularity all the time. But here’s what they don’t talk about: their own numbers. Only 37 percent of Americans approve of their job performance. A whopping 50 percent disapprove.
Bobby Ross Jr. at the blog Get Religion asked a great question: Why must major newspapers publicize “satirical bills” from the Left? It’s not just publicizing them, it’s giving them the press-release treatment, and no opposing view is included. Take this report on a feminist prank in Texas from the Houston Chronicle on "unregulated masturbatory emissions."
One could easily count on the leftist snobs at The New Yorker to loathe the new pecking order at White House press conferences. Andrew Marantz wrote a snide piece full of anonymous whiners titled Is Trump Trolling The White House Press Corps? At daily briefings, Sean Spicer calls on young journalists from far-right sites. The mainstream media sees them as an existential threat.”
Several snobbish TV reporters complained on the record, starting with Major Garrett, who once worked for the disdained Fox News Channel, but has learned the liberal drill.
Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman sounded a little like Chris Matthews when he "felt a shiver of anticipation" at the new "Trump-timed" Steven Spielberg movie project, mythologizing The Washington Post in 1971 pushing to expose the "Pentagon Papers" to underline the "futility" of the Vietnam War, which Gleiberman proclaimed part of the "liberal catechism."
Gleiberman hoped "If there’s a new wave of movies that matter, it won’t just mean freedom-fighting media/political dramas like The Post." He complained political movies like this are seen as elite-cinema Oscar bait, not as profit-makers.
Conservative talk-radio host and author Mark Levin wrote an open letter Saturday to Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire, who wrote a slanted article about President Trump's media diet that smeared Levin in with birtherism and InfoWars on the "edges" of the conservative movement.
The liberal media is still defending its “mainstream” presence and trying to shame the Trump team out of “normalizing” conservative media outlets. On Saturday, The Washington Post published an article headlined “Press pool, no longer just for the mainstream.” Media reporter Paul Farhi relayed the panic over the strange being who was assigned as the pool reporter for the vice president: Fred Lucas of the Daily Signal.
An “employee of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank…a journalist employed by an organization with a vested interest in the direction of White House and federal policy.” Let those words sink in.
They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that’s obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood’s sexual politics. Last week, ABC tried to lecture America with a four-part miniseries on the radical gay Left called When We Rise, and it tanked in the ratings – despite heavy promotion throughout the Academy Awards broadcast the night before the premiere.
While ABC’s star-studded propaganda finale drew 2 million viewers on Friday, March 3, CBS drew 6.6 million for Hawaii Five-0 and 6.8 million for Blue Bloods. ABC’s Shark Tank lead-in drew 6 million viewers.
Billboard magazine reports the 8th most popular song this week is from the 19-year-old Florida rapper calling himself Kodak Black. It's called "Tunnel Vision." The video includes the rapper standing in front of burning crosses and a scene of a Trump supporter wearing a Confederate-flag vest and a red hat that reads "MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN." He aims to shoot an unarmed black man (for sport?), but the gun jams. Subtlety is not a virtue to this "artist."
The New York Times was scandalized that a president who’s supposed to be attending to important matters of state spent “an hour in the Oval Office chatting with Harvey Levin, the tabloid emperor whose Los Angeles-based news site and television show are leading purveyors of gossip and scandal.”
It’s not really the gossip they’re upset about. Michael Grynbaum explained that Levin and Trump were discussing another softball interview for Fox News and Levin’s new show Objectified, based off a Fox special from last fall.
Associated Press media reporter David Bauder wrote a story Tuesday that overwhelmingly praised CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley for being a “blunt evaluator” of President Trump. Most of the story channels the bizarre idea that these blunt evaluations are somehow not the opposite of an objective method. The lowest point is this completely untrue and unhistorical comment by former CNN reporter Mark Feldstein: "It's striking because it's such a departure from the traditional norm of objectivity that serious news anchors have always gone for over the last few generations."
Wwhy are we all supposed to genuflect to The Washington Post and The New York Times when they publish breathless stories taking on the White House relying on their favored anonymous sources, those “senior U.S. officials”? After all, the Times put a columnist on their front page declaring that the press needed to be “oppositional” and defeat Trump since he was a “demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies.”
The Post imagines itself as forever taking down the latest Nixons. One anti-Trump column was headlined “In the angry face of Trumpism, media must speak truth to glower.”
Retired talk-show host David Letterman gave a rather unhinged interview to New York magazine where he said “This is like visitors’ day at prison for me.” Letterman thinks Trump is an idiot and an authoritarian Russian stooge, and he thinks comedians mocking Trump are the saviors of America.
" Alec Baldwin deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sadly, he’s not going to get it from this president." And "The only person I can trust anymore is Al Franken, who has a great brain and a great heart."
One after another, the pundits hailed this first joint address to Congress as Donald Trump’s finest speech, though the usual naysayers were quick to add snarkily that it was his only good speech, yuk-yuk. Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume, a serious analyst with, by his count, some 40 of these speeches under his belt, called Tuesday night’s State of the Union address one of the most riveting and unforgettable speeches he’s ever heard. Hume said the general consensus was Trump “hit it out of the park.”
Now that CNN is in full High Dudgeon mode against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking whether he can "last" in office, Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire reminds us that in the midst of Inauguration hoopla, CNN hired Laura Jarrett, the daughter of powerful Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, to be a correspondent at the Justice Department.
Jarrett is a Harvard-educated lawyer, but has zero experience in journalism. (She has donated to Obama, twice.) It might look to some people like NBC News hiring Chelsea Clinton, except NBC put Chelsea on the Happy News beat, not the hard news beat.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes has a new book coming out on March 21 called A Colony In a Nation. In a supportive summary published in The Week magazine, Ryan Cooper reports shocking arguments: that somehow Black Lives Matter are the new Founding Fathers in a America that's a tyrannical state, like a Soviet gulag for black people.
While the media do everything but spontaneously combust at the sight of President Trump, they ignore the other party in turmoil. Over eight years, Obama plunged the Democrats deep into a crater, but his media buddies paid no attention, because nothing Democrats do or don’t do bother them.
For weeks now, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison have been campaigning to lead the Democratic National Committee, and for weeks, the networks have ignored it. They would rather spend hours analyzing whether Trump is going to keep disrespecting them. (News flash: he will.)
Talk about softball pitching. CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter interviewed New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet on Sunday, and set him up to boast that the Times has never been hotter and that President Trump hates them because he has this "dangerous" tendency to hate newspapers who hold him accountable.
Stelter didn't point out that the Times endorsed Hillary Clinton as an excellent choice and added parenthetically "(We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)"
Actress Meryl Streep isn’t just denouncing the dire state of America at Hollywood awards shows. She’s now taking this awards speech to far-left events, accepting an “Ally Award” from the LGBT political-correctness police at the so-called Human Rights Campaign. Since so many Americans will never get to stand at an awards show podium and speak their mind about what’s wrong with the world, we thought we’d present an awards-show speech responding to Meryl Streep and what she represents:
Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged that President Trump is calling on “friendly” reporters, and that there’s something desperately wrong in trying to avoid negative publicity and hostile questions, think of Planned Parenthood. As with virtually anyone on the Left, journalists treat Planned Parenthood as the most sacred of cows. In the last few weeks, from the “Women’s March” through the March for Life and other protests of Planned Parenthood, none of the networks will investigate or even cover the activities of these merchants of death.