These young people have no sense of community because they haven't been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron's mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there's no such thing.
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.
The women's magazine Marie Claire didn't only interview (in her case, badger) Fox's Megyn Kelly. They've published interviews with five powerful women in TV news, starting with Subrata De, a senior producer for NBC Nightly News.
When asked what it's like to work for NBC anchor Brian Williams, she said he's "wickedly funny," but "I just wish he'd eat a vegetable every now and then. When we're on the road, we often have standoffs over fast food versus healthy food. He usually prevails, due to sheer stubbornness. Somehow, we always end up at Arby's."
The Congressional Budget Office recently reported "The federal budget deficit was about $1.1 trillion in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2011...66 billion less than the roughly $1.2 trillion deficit incurred through July 2010." President Obama has tripled the size of President Bush's largest deficits. But for Tuesday's paper, The Washington Post and reporter Zachary Goldfarb plucked out this voter from Obama's bus tour stop in Cannon Falls, Minnesota to utterly ignore reality:
"I think he’s doing a good job. He inherited a very big deficit,” said Bob Sixta, a financial planner from Rochester.
Just days after suggesting the Republicans who didn't agree to the compromise that created a budget Super Committee were crabby and irresponsible, several media outlets began complaining about the deficiencies of the new super committee. The Washington Post found it to be too white and male, and the AP lamented its representatives were too cozy with defense contractors.
Post reporter Felicia Sonmez asserted the super-committee had ideological diversity, "But the group’s membership is marked by a problem that has plagued Congress — a lack of gender and racial diversity." It was "dominated by white men," the subheadline underlined. The bean-counting began:
On Friday, liberal radio host Thom Hartmann was breaking out the word "oligarch" again to define wealthy conservatives, in this case Rupert Murdoch: "Roger Ailes and his billionaire oligarch owner, Rupert Murdoch, own and define the Republican party, and so none of the questions that would have shown the Republicans for the extremists that they are were asked [at the Iowa debate]."
It's rich for Hartmann to talk about "extremists" in the same show he's talking up nationalizing the Federal Reserve System like he's on the staff of Dennis Kucinich. Last Tuesday, the Koch brothers were the dangerously powerful American oligarchs in Hartmann's rhetorical sights. A caller suggested they were "dictators," and Hartmann replied:
On her Sunday interview show State of the Union, CNN host Candy Crowley pushed Michele Bachmann hard from the left, suggesting her stance on the debt ceiling is "outside the mainstream" of political society. Touting a CBS-New York Times poll which found the Tea Party were losing popularity among Republicans, she added, "we have a poll where the majority of Americans said you all need to compromise on this debt ceiling, you all need to raise the debt ceiling, and it out to be -- the deal ought to include a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. You are opposed to both raising the debt ceiling and that kind of compromise. So doesn't that put you outside the mainstream?"
Bachmann said "absolutely not" to that pushy question:
How badly do liberals hate Rick Santorum? Last Tuesday, Lawrence O'Donnell insisted an openly-gay fringe candidate was more worthy of inclusion in the Iowa presidential debate than Santorum was, employing a poll by liberal Harris Interactive. O'Donnell claimed Santorum "has left many of us concerrned for his mental health" at his opposition to gay marriage. Forgive us if we don't buy that O'Donnell's heart bleeds with concern for Santorum's allegedly fragile state.
In addition, coarse liberal radio host Randi Rhodes mocked Santorum and his wife Karen and their home schooling of their children. She asserted "Children who are raised by wolves are better off than kids homeschooled by Rick Santorum!"
CNN political analyst John Avlon, the former Rudy Giuliani aide, was brought on to the network to cast stones as "wingnuts" on both sides, but he's always preferred to beat up on the "far right." That's what happened on CNN.com after Thursday's presidential debate. His commentary was titled "Are Republicans At War With Reality?"
Avlon did try to single out the more moderate Republicans. "Mitt Romney appeared positively presidential next to the seven dwarfs who stood beside him," and for a dwarf, "Jon Huntsman had a respectable, if subdued debut. He did not pander to the lowest common denominator. He did not flip or flop." But the rest were all wingnuts. He began:
CBS's Early Show had a strange way of picking guests around the Republican presidential debate on Fox News. On Thursday morning, they interviewed former candidate Steve Forbes about the economy, but had no current candidates. On the day after the debate, CBS brought on Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod to denounce the GOP candidates -- but didn't invite any actual GOP candidates.
Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis began by letting Axelrod just launch, but did conclude by asking about how Obama can win considering dissatisfaction among Democrats:
Via Mediaite, we learn Fox anchor Megyn Kelly granted an interview to the women’s magazine Marie Claire, but her interviewer, Yael Kohen, apparently never watches the media. Even after a huge cover spread and interview in Newsweek magazine, Yael sticks to an old (and false) liberal talking point in playing “gotcha” with Kelly, asking " I assume you believe in free speech. How do you feel about the fact that Sarah Palin doesn't talk to the press unless it's Fox News?"
Earth to Kohen: Palin, a private citizen, exercises free speech in deciding which interview proposals to accept. Kelly strongly suggested the question wasn't factual: "Well, I don't know if the premise of the question is correct, because she has talked to other outlets. I think there are certain outlets she doesn't like. And I think she thinks she's been treated unfairly by people in the press."
The "On Faith" page in Saturday's Washington Post contained an editorial from Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller lamenting how Barack Obama has disappointed his liberal base by not being more vocal against "the mean certainties of the religious right." The headline was "Believers wonder: Where is the old Obama?" As if there aren't a lot of believers who never thought Obama was really into religion -- as opposed to the 75 rounds of golf as president.
Miller complained "The longer the president stays silent, the more he gives the ideologues on the right the opportunity to fill the gap, claiming to be working on behalf of God himself." For support, Miller turned to leftist Rev. James Forbes of Riverside Church in New York, who didn't want to pile on Obama, as Miller claimed, because of the "racism that undergirds to much of the criticism."
At The Huffington Post, Canadian "Wikinomics" author Don Tapscott was pitching how public broadcasting in American is both "neutral" and maintains a civil discourse. Has Tapscott actually watched or listened to PBS or NPR? But there he is, crowing about "neutral" NPR:
In the United States, many conservatives seek out right-wing news/advocacy organizations such as Fox News, RushLimbaugh.com or Glenn Beck. Similarly, many liberals increasingly turn to left-of-center sites such as Truthout.org, Alternet.org or TomPaine.com. More and more of these organizations preach to the converted. And on the right, extremism is taking hold, as we just saw with the Tea Party's willingness to jeopardize the country's credit credibility with the world simply to promote its vision of America. To the Tea Party supporters, even neutral organizations such as NPR are now damned as being liberal. What a contrast to 2005, when a Harris poll found that NPR was the most trusted news source in the U.S.
Openly lesbian NPR arts reporter Neda Ulaby was given the assignment of making light news out of the gay-activism petition to get the Muppet characters Ernie and Bert married on "Sesame Street" on Friday night's All Things Considered. Her only sources for comment were a lesbian comedian and a liberal Time magazine TV critic.
She did not interview the petition's author Lair Scott, who proclaimed: “I started this Change.org petition because I believe we need more media representation of gay and lesbian people in children’s programming,” said Scott. “There are currently no LGBT characters on Sesame Street, nor in any children’s television program.”
Greg Pollowitz of National Review's Media Blog expressed the viewpoint of many in his disgust for Newsweek's nasty "Queen of Rage" cover of Michele Bachmann, and attacked the editor as a sleazeball: "In all honesty, Tina Brown, you are an incredible hack and should be ashamed of yourself. Why not just got for the full HuffPo and add nudity to Newsweek’s print edition?"
Apologies to Greg! Tina Brown did exactly that in the Bachmann issue -- painted nudity. An appreciation of the recently deceased artist Julian Freud and his "refleshing in meaty paint" was illustrated with a huge two-page sample of a morbidly obese naked woman -- titled "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping." (It's also posted on their Daily Beast website -- but much smaller.) Turn the page, and the nudity is doubled: an entire page displays a full-frontal self-portrait of Freud standing in the nude as an old man. The idea that Tina's above Arianna's tricks is shot.
On MSNBC Friday afternoon, openly gay Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart (while substituting for host Martin Bashir) cited his newspaper competition to mock Gov. Rick Perry’s religious-right stances.
“Timothy Egan has an interesting column in the New York Times,” he insisted, “that pointed out that when Rick Perry prays to God, they tend to not get answered. For example, he prays for rain, they have an extreme drought. He holds prayer services and the markets tank. Is God listening to Rick Perry?”
The New York Times was torn in reviewing the new move “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.” The liberal paper felt forced to admire its LGBT sermonizing. The headline was “A Tutorial on Tolerance, with Beats and Upbeats.” But it’s also just a concert film and merchandising opportunity for a TV show, so critic Stephen Holden began by calling it a “carbonated, low-calorie, vitamin-packed high-energy drink that tastes like strawberry bubblegum.”
Somehow, this movie is an odd hybrid. The Times thinks it’s an offshoot of Disney’s “High School Musical” with a lot more gay propaganda in it. Holden said it sounded like “an infomercial,” especially on the front of cultural politics:
Reporter Ethan Bronner brought a typical liberal issue to the forefront on Friday’s front page: “Protests Force Israel to Confront Wealth Gap.” Tent-city protesters have “shaken” Israel with their call for fairly distributed wealth. Bronner never identified the protesters as left-leaning in any way. They were merely championing a cause with “strong populist resonance.”
These large protests are a story, but no one in this article really questioned the protesters or suggested this was a very political campaign against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Eugene Kandel, Netanyahu’s chief economic adviser, was interviewed, and he stressed agreement with the notion that “large and leveraged business groups can slow growth, cause instability, and hinder competition.”
The Hollywood Reporter relayed Friday that MTV has canceled another of its rude programs aimed at teenagers. Despite record ratings for its second-season premiere, MTV has opted not to move forward with its comedy "The Hard Times of R.J. Berger."
MRC President Brent Bozell mocked a particularly gross episode of "Berger" in April that dwelled on a female teacher seducing Berger's portly high-school buddy:
In Friday's Washington Post, Metro section columnist Petula Dvorak dismissed the half-serious campaign by gay advocates to have the Muppet characters Ernie and Bert get married. She said preschoolers should see two new human characters on the educational PBS show: a gay couple. "Preschoolers will get this," she insisted.
Besides, we shouldn’t rely on puppets to acknowledge our country’s historic progress on same-sex relationships. And that brings us to a campaign I’d really like to see. It is time for “Sesame Street” to add a same-sex human couple to the show.
On Tuesday, Times reporter Robert Pear couldn’t describe Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman as “liberal Democrats,” only as “influential Democrats.” In Thursday’s Times, Pear displayed no aversion to labeling conservatives named to the new “super committee” created in the debt-limit deal.
Pear even found Democrats John Kerry (lifetime American Conservative Union rating 5) and Max Baucus (ACU lifetime score, 14) would be found in the middle: “If a deal is to be struck in the middle, it is likely to involve Mr. [Rob] Portman, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and perhaps Senator Max Baucus of Montana, Congressional aides said.” But the Republican list included the “most conservative” Members: