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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The Washington Post offered an introductory story on the International AIDS Conference coming to town, but Tara Bahrampour’s story grew spicier when it turned to protests – not just the Al Sharpton one, which they somehow claim is not a protest.
Late in the story come the sex workers and their “psychedelic hookers’ ball” at a D.C. drag-queen nightclub:
On Tuesday, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross offered another puffball interview – almost 40 minutes long – to left-wing nuns who have dedicated themselves to overturning centuries of Catholic teaching through feminist activism.
But the most precious moment wasn't when Sister Pat Farrell claimed "God has no gender," and that was somehow Catholic teaching (as if Christians say an "Our Father/Mother"?) It came when Gross literally felt her guest Sister Pat Farrell’s pain: “I hear you being in a lot of pain” as the Catholic hierarchy refuses to enter into “dialogue” and bow to feminist demands:
The Los Angeles Times freaked out Wednesday about Mitt Romney suggesting Obama’s socialist leanings are somehow un-American. Their tabloidish headline was “Romney campaign's attacks on Obama play on ‘birther’ fears: Mitt Romney says the Obama administration resembles foreign governments, and a chief surrogate for the GOP candidate says the president needs to ‘learn how to be an American.’”
Birther fears? The L.A. Times thinks birthers comprise millions of Republican voters? Times reporter Seema Mehta waited until the very last paragraph to notice President Obama is also using a “birther-fear” line by repeating debunked assertions about Romney being a pioneer of sending American jobs overseas.
Elizabeth Harrington at CNSNews.com reports that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters at a Capitol Hill pen-and-pad briefing that the most stimulative fiscal actions are spending on unemployment insurance and food stamps.
We could subsidize our way to prosperity? Hoyer was asked if any Democrats are “reconsidering the wisdom” of letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans given the still struggling U.S. economy:
NPR's weekend game show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! was mocking Republicans again on Saturday. Host Peter Sagal joked that Romney didn't realize he wasn't speaking to "country club people" instead of "colored people." Then he joked that he wanted to try other groups that would award him with boos, like the "National Association for Advancement of Dogs on Car Trips."
The leftish tilt of the NPR audience was also on display as one caller/contestant mocked Romney as comparable to a flesh-eating zombie.
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley are both going activist on Sunday, July 22 by speaking at a protest march coinciding with the 19th International AIDS Conference. Other speakers include actress/comedian Margaret Cho, singer Wyclef Jean, and radical-left professor Cornel West (Smiley’s public-radio partner).
The march’s sponsor, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, insists that "health care is a right" and is angry at President Obama from the left for not speaking at the AIDS conference, while former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton appear. "In the 1980s, 'Silence Equaled Death.' Today, President Obama's ongoing silence on AIDS equals death for millions," claimed AHF president Michael Weinstein.
Monday's Obama campaign story in The Washington Post underlined how it's continuously comical that the president would claim he's having trouble getting his message out.
The AP story the Post reprinted is short on policy and very long on Obama claiming he can cook "a really mean chili," likes to doodle in meetings, and how he'll miss his daughters as they go to camp for a month:
PBS and NPR both praised Vice President Biden's energetic NAACP speech in their Friday weekly roundups. PBS Washington Week host Gwen Ifill said "Joe Biden’s at the top of his game. I saw him jogging off the stage the other day...at the NAACP convention, and he seems to be perfectly fine." Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics said he is "very engaging" and a "middle-class emblem" for Team Obama.
Did these PBS pundits somehow miss Biden the "middle-class emblem" telling the National Council of La Raza that HE is the middle-class when he makes nearly $400,000 a year?
Joe Newby at Examiner. com noted that the media that loves gaffes that make Republican look dumb somehow goes missing in action when Obama goofs. At a speech in Roanoke on Friday night, as more than 20 people fainted or struggled in the heat, Obama blurted out "the paralegals" would be coming to help.
Newby wrote, "A Google search at the time of this writing found that the gaffe has gone unreported by the so-called 'mainstream media.'", My own "all news" Nexis search confirms Obama wasn't tagged for this remark:
Actor Kirk Cameron stars in a new video for the National Organization for Marriage in which he maintains marriage is between a man and a woman: “The same God that designed the universe designed marriage.”
The gay left is angry. The so-called Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation attacked Cameron with this pretend want ad: “Seeking Glamorous Non-Cognitive Elites: Are you an artist, athlete, writer, beauty queen or other non-intellectual glamorous celebrity? Help wanted ASAP!”
At Townhall, Cuban-American columnist Humberto Fontova writes that leftist actor Mike Farrell has crossed a line to writing official-sounding propaganda for the Castro regime. Farrell wrote a letter to President Obama demanding release of the "Cuban Five" that you can see at The Huffington Post.
The five men are Castro spies that were arrested in 1998 and convicted in 2001. Cuba acknowledges that the five men were intelligence agents, but says they were spying on Miami’s Cuban exile community, not the U.S. government. The actor cited them not as spies, but as " sons, husbands, brothers, poets, pilots, college graduates and artists who have committed no crime against the United States." Fontova protested:
On the PBS NewsHour, liberal analyst Mark Shields rarely has anything good to say about Mitt Romney, which is quite a contrast with his partner, Obama-infatuated “conservative” David Brooks.
He claimed on Friday night that Romney had a great strength that’s been overlooked, and then cracked that Mitt sure knows how to evade taxes:
NPR clearly likes the new USA miniseries Political Animals, since it is obviously based on Hillary Clinton. NPR's Fresh Air reviewed the series, and Morning Edition interviewed Sigourney Weaver, who plays the Hillary clone. Then, on Friday morning, listeners heard another plug for the show -- an actual paid underwriting announcement from USA. Isn't that a nice back-scratch? Do we pay for news play?
On Fresh Air, TV critic John Powers said "even a Martian would realize" it's based on Hillary, "whose reputation has never been higher. She's finally escaped her husband's shadow...she's now the center of a mash note of a TV series." And NPR offered mash notes to both:
President Obama said something quite bizarre in his interview with CBS's Charlie Rose yesterday. He said he needed to stop fixating on policy to work harder on messaging and explaining himself. This is quite an indictment of the media, which have labored mightily to create the spaces for him to explain himself and to boost his life story and personal qualities. Remember that in his first three years, Obama granted 408 sit-down interviews, well beyond his two immediate predecessors.
On CBS This Morning, political analyst John Dickerson asserted "this is a little bit of a humble brag. This is a little bit of, I was so busy doing my job, I didn't talk about it." Dickerson presented Obama with the notion that maybe people understand your policy, and don't like it:
Politico media writer Dylan Byers appeared Friday on the Bill Press show on Current TV and liberal talk radio to discuss the Gallup poll showing low confidence in the media (especially TV news), but when Press said he couldn’t find a credible, objective general news source online, naturally Byers insisted surveys show Politico is “pretty much right down the middle.”
This isn’t based on the content – ask Herman Cain and his bevy of alleged anonymous girlfriends about an anti-Republican tilt – but based on surveys of who reads the site. [MP3 audio here. See video and transcript below.]
Washington Post writer Annie Groer claims to be a big fan of French former sexpot/movie star Brigitte Bardot, who is being honored with a photo exhibit in Washington at the Sofitel Hotel near the White House.
Groer’s "She the People" blog post, headlined “Brigitte Bardot, from goddess to demagogue,” somehow goes from Bardot’s convictions for “inciting racial hatred” (she’s been repeatedly found “Islamophobic”) to mysteriously mixing in Mitt Romney and his Mormon mission to France, speculating on whether he saw (or probably not) some saucy Bardot films during his time there:
The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine is showing its liberal bias again...but this time, it's helping the Bush family whacks anti-tax conservatives again. Just as Jeb Bush slammed the Grover Norquist tax pledge last month, George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush unload for this Sunday's papers. George asks: "Who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?" Barbara thinks he should "go back to Alaska."
Parade puffs Bush up by claiming he was "vindicated in many respects" for scrapping his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge -- although you certainly cannot claim it reduced the deficit as he promised during his one term:
The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights are trying to keep Arizona safe for late-term abortionists. But they must not be labeled as liberal, or even in the usual argot (as AP showed) as “abortion-rights groups.” The Reuters headline (repeated by Yahoo and other online aggregators) is “Rights groups file suit challenging Arizona abortion ban.”
The story by David Schwartz repeated that line: “Rights groups challenged a controversial Arizona law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on Thursday, seeking to block the measure before takes effect in early August.” The ban is controversial, not the killing babies that would be viable outside the womb. Once again, liberals are fighting Jan Brewer:
On Thursday’s Morning Edition, NPR science correspondent Richard Harris reported the bad news: Americans don’t feel guilty enough for their rampant overconsumption of planetary resources.
“You might think that Americans, renowned for consuming a disproportionate share of the Earth's resources, would feel the most guilty about using up those resources. Not so, according to a new study,” reported anchor Renee Montagne. NPR relayed the latest findings from a National Geographic project called Greendex:
Now here’s a stretch: what began on the front page of Thursday’s Washington Post as a story on the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia asking volunteer religion teachers to sign a fidelity oath to church teachings concluded with an image of German Catholic bishops doing a Heil Hitler salute.
This loaded Nazi reference – in a church now led by someone conscripted into Hitler’s army – came from a Rev. Ronald Nuzzi at Notre Dame, a college which quite publicly displayed its lack of orthodoxy by honoring President HHS Mandate Obama in 2009: