It didn't used to be — that's a phrase we use a lot these days, isn't it? — but the Fourth of July festivities bring out the angriest guff from the left. In 1991 Boston Globe arts critic (and aspiring poet) Patricia Smith decided to refashion the national anthem in the leftist rag The Nation.
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.
It's a paradox. The liberal media champion themselves as the most open-minded people on planet Earth, with a devotion to the freedom of speech. How can intelligent people be so wrong? In reality, liberal elites have a nasty tendency to dismiss “conservative thought” as an oxymoron. They don’t read conservative books or magazines, and they wouldn’t lower themselves to watching conservatives on television. They have disdain for conservative talk radio. They're virtually illiterate on conservatives and conservatism.
In today’s media, patriotic conventions are embarrassing....but pride the promotion of homosexuality (and bisexuality, and transgenderism) is the new fad. The same people who eschew patriotism or ban flag pins on camera openly wave the rainbow flag on their websites or sponsor gay-pride events. The leader in this effort seems to be Comcast/NBC Universal.
There are those boorish moments when the celebrity takes to the podium of an awards show to deliver leftist political drivel. We can’t decide which is worse: the predictable, America-hating garbage, or the journalistic hosannas that inevitably follow.
The other day, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams launched into a “Black Lives Matter” sermon at the BET Awards when he won an award for his “humanitarian” work. Accepting the honors, Williams broke out the radical-leftist claptrap about this “invention” of abusive whiteness, exploiting all the creative blackness.
CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour has doubled down on her shameless advocacy in hounding conservative British politician Daniel Hannan about the “Brexit.” Of course, the Iranian-born cosmopolitan thinks all the leftist experts were right, just as she hailed the election of President Obama in 2008 as resembling " a foreign country having its first-ever democratic election."
The CNN headline was “Brexit: Truth, myths and media 'neutrality'” – as if number one was Amanpour’s world, and the conservatives were the party of “myths.” Hence, so-called “neutrality” is appalling, since it is non-committal on “truth” and “facts.”
CNN’s John Blake perfectly encapsulated one thing that outrages white Americans in the Obama era. The country elects a black president, and yet this only proves that racism is just as bad now...as when Emmett Till was beaten to death and then shot in the Jim Crow era for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
Blake, a "CNN Enterprise writer/producer," wrote a very tendentious commentary titled “What black America won't miss about Obama.” The answer is they won’t miss a massive outpouring of white racism attached to Obama.
The New York Times appears to be playing games again with conservative authors, trying to keep them off its vaunted (and secretively manipulated) Best Sellers list. This has happened to Ted Cruz, to Dinesh D’Souza, and to David Limbaugh.
This case is more ironic: Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel has a new book out called The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech.
The Los Angeles Times is a willing participant in the ongoing “progressive” crusade to reclassify social conservatism as a mental illness. On Tuesday, the largest newspaper in the West posted an op-ed headlined “Being transgender isn’t a mental illness. What’s sick is a society that treats it that way.”
Conservatives are the sickos threatening public health, he claimed: "Medical opinion on the LGBT community has shifted dramatically in the last few decades, and continuing to treat transgender people as a suspect, afflicted population is the real threat to public health."
Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza has staunchly denied that the media have a bias in favor of Hillary Clinton. He might suggest his latest article proves his point. It’s headlined “Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe.”
On Monday night, the Associated Press published a piece noting the release of an additional 165 pages of emails Hillary Clinton sent from her private email address while serving as secretary of state. They reveal Hillary carefully plotted her private server not for “convenience,” but to avoid transparency.
CNN's Reliable Sources offered a panel discussion on June 26 asking if Americans are so apathetic to the truth that our politics have entered a "post-fact check phase." This is a reference to Donald Trump, of course. The media believe he's a liar and gets away with it because of public apathy. What these journalists will never concede, however, is that Democrats get away with dishonesty because of their own apathy. Hillary Clinton's obscene lie about landing in sniper fire in Bosnia is a distant memory.
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter brought on disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather to assess “media complicity in the rise of Trump.” He never even hinted at the notion that the liberal media liked the idea of Trump as the easiest nominee for the Clintons to vanquish.
Rather’s new title is “CEO of the production company News & Guts.” The company website features Rather standing alone in a sun-dappled field with a pair of binoculars.
MRC president Brent Bozell passed along this beaut this morning with one word: "SKEWED." Check out the headline in The Hill newspaper: “Major companies decline to fund 2016 GOP convention.” On social media, the headline was “Major companies pull sponsorship of GOP convention.” But then it becomes plain it isn't really news at all: four of the five sponsors named aren't funding either party convention, and a fourth is sponsoring other events at both.
Eddie Scarry at the Washington Examiner reports MSNBC weekend host Rev. Al Sharpton made some rude jokes about Fox News at a Kennedy Center “roast” for James Carville.
"It's better than Fox," Sharpton said of his MSNBC gig. "Because over there, they'd make me drink from a separate water fountain."
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple took up a NewsBusters post on Thursday: “NPR issues large correction about stay-at-home mom/gun-control activist.” Wemple wrote “NewsBusters, the very vigilant group that monitors the mainstream media for lefty bias, appears to have pushed NPR toward this step.”
But the really jaw-dropping part of the piece was Wemple’s interview with Shannon Watts, the allegedly inexperienced new politico NPR originally presented. Watts spat: “Here’s what happens: There’s a story about me and then immediately the gun lobby and the trolls, they try to pick apart who I am.”
The bizarre inaccuracy of reporting on transgender activists was demonstrated by a recent New York Times blog post (for their “Women of the World” project) headlined “Transgender man opens up about breastfeeding his sons.”
He breast-feeds? "He’d undergone surgery to have his breasts removed, but his body still produced milk and he was able to breastfeed — or chestfeed, as he puts it — both of his children. He even started a blog called Milk Junkies and chronicled his experiences."
After weeks of indecision, ABC decided on May 12 it would renew the Catholic-bashing sitcom The Real O'Neals, loosely based on the childhood of vehement gay sex columnist Dan Savage. But then Noah Galvin, a 22-year-old gay actor playing the fictional version of Savage, gave an interview to New York magazine's Vulture blog that was so rude that The Hollywood Reporter said ABC was reconsidering its options, like reducing the number of episodes ordered for Season 2.
An executive producer who had spent four years getting the series on the air was "begging the network not to take action," said a source to The Hollywood Reporter. One show source added: "He caused a grade-A s--t show. ABC screamed at him all afternoon."
Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes reported Friday that a deadlocked Supreme Court handed Obama a huge defeat: “President Obama suffered the biggest legal defeat of his administration Thursday when a deadlocked Supreme Court failed to revive his stalled plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States.”
But this was the large headline: “Plan to shield illegal aliens suffers loss.”
CNN host Don Lemon has been offering denials recently that the media has any effect on anything, and can never be blamed for anything that happens. Josh Feldman at Mediaite offered a new one, a Lemon satellite-radio interview with Muslim activist/comedian Dean Obeidallah, where he denied the media could be blamed for Donald Trump’s campaign success so far.
Despite its own embarrassing poll result – that nine out of ten native Americans have no hostility to the Washington Redskins team name – The Washington Post is staunchly standing by its censorious liberal position. On Wednesday, they posted a staff editorial titled “Mr. Snyder’s losing battle with the next generation: Sidwell Friends bans Washington football team apparel.” So Sidwell Friends – the leftist Quaker private school that educated the children of Obama, Clinton, and Gore, as well as Joe Biden’s grandchildren – represents “the next generation.”