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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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While Chris Hayes complains about National Review misplacing Barack Obama in Paris, no one will expect MSNBC to question the Daily Kos comparing National Review and other conservatives with...the Donner Party, the snow-trapped pioneers who succumbed to cannibalism to survive in 1847.
The original subject was the “pragmatist” philosopher John Dewey, a left-wing hero. Writer Alex Budarin was upset that Tiffany Jones Miller wrote in National Review in 2009 that Dewey’s philosophy did not match the Founding Fathers. He not only disagreed, but felt compelled to smear "the Donner Party ethics of contemporary conservatism."
On Saturday morning, MSNBC host Chris Hayes laid into National Review's Andy McCarthy for a ten-word link on The Corner blog implying President Obama would be attending his own campaign's badly timed Fourth of July fundraiser in Paris. Hayes wasn't exactly serving a fresh rhetorical breakfast. Hardball sub Michael Smerconish and Maddow sub Ezra Klein both whacked NR for the slip....last Tuesday (probably lifting from New York magazine last Monday).
But Hayes added that to be wrong is to be conservative. "We know that McCarthy later conceded on Twitter what he wrote was untrue. We also know that there's literally an entire media universe in which jokes like this one circulate and soon become folk tales and then turn into facts," Hayes complained.
NPR's All Things Considered on Friday night aired a shocking piece questioning China's one-child population policy and the forced abortions that result when people try to go around the prohibitions.
Host Melissa Block said loud pleas inside China "come after gruesome photos of a 7-month-old fetus whose mother was forced to have abortion spread across the Internet last month. Increasingly, Chinese scholars say the government's population policy is not only inhumane, it's also creating a demographic disaster, one that will leave China with far fewer workers and more elderly people to take care of." Reporter Frank Langfitt told the story of Deng Jiyuan and his wife Feng Jianmei, who have a six-year-old daughter. After Feng got pregnant again, she was abducted and given a labor-inducing injection :
One of the reasons that dirty-cartoon purveyor Seth MacFarlane is very, very rich is that journalists utterly fail to question the tastelessness of his TV shows or movies when he appears for interviews. Just take CBS This Morning on Monday, where host Charlie Rose treated MacFarlane like an artiste as they discussed his new pervert-teddy-bear movie Ted.
As MacFarlane said the challenge was "to walk the line between sweetness and bad taste," Rose merely echoed "That's the story of your career...It is high brow, low brow. It is being funny at the same time, being smart." Rose made no attempt to question the teddy bear's pot smoking, hookers, or spraying himself in the face with hand lotion to simulate an orgasm:
Time magazine demonstrated in its last issue that it was so overwhelmingly thrilled with John Roberts upholding ObamaCare that it put Roberts on the cover with the title “Roberts Rules,” touting his “landmark decision.” Inside, the magazine gave the ruling 15-plus pages of coverage.
By contrast, the Congress voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to deliver documents on the “Fast & Furious” program drew two dismissive paragraphs – one less paragraph than Time editor Richard Stengel took to boost Roberts as a chip off the old block of “John Marshall, the greatest of all Chief Justices” in an Editor’s Note:
Neil Munro at The Daily Caller is pointing out that Barack Obama has a truth-telling problem when it comes to being outspent on his previous campaigns. Someone should alert Politifact and its users in the press corps.
“I got outspent when I ran [the] first time for Senate,” the president claimed in his campaign speech Thursday in Maumee, Ohio. Munro found "Obama was misleading." Yeah, that's one word you could use.
President Obama drew “Turn Off Fox News” headlines on the Drudge Report when New York Times reporter Mark Landler noted in a pool report from a bar in Amherst, Ohio, that someone joked he was in a building with Fox on the TV.
Drudge also highlighted that top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett blamed Fox News for the impression that’s developed that Team Obama is waging a class war on the wealthy. As she relentlessly shoveled all the Obama talking points on July 1 at the leftish Aspen Ideas Festival, former Time editor Walter Isaacson nudged her about their public image:
When Time's Belinda Luscombe asked "Ten Questions" of actress Sigourney Weaver, it became clear they were going to discuss liberal activism as well as her Hillary-clone role on USA's Political Animals miniseries.
It started with this: "Which Secretary of State do you think would make the best actor?" Weaver replied: "Probably all of them. I think James Baker is a very interesting character. I'd rather see him as an actor than as Secretary of State." Then they turned to the Vietnam era:
As Obama prepared to tour northern Ohio cities by bus on Thursday, NPR's Morning Edition was trying to take apart the Republican challenger to liberal Senator Sherrod Brown. First, correspondent David Welna dismissed 34-year-old GOP state treasurer Josh Mandel as someone "who could easily be mistaken for a teenager."
Then he added that "independent" (read: liberal media elite) fact-checkers think he's throwing false allegations at his liberal opponent, like he was the "deciding vote" for ObamaCare:
On Tuesday, New York’s Daily News carried the headline “Bill O’Reilly admits he ‘may be an idiot’ for wrongly predicting Supreme Court’s health care decision.” Meena Hart Duerson began with snark: “Bill O'Reilly and his critics may finally have something to agree on: the talk show host admitted Monday he ‘may be an idiot’ for wrongly predicting the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.”
But O’Reilly’s guess on March 26 – 5 to 4 to overturn – was exactly where many pundits would have placed their bets. Has the Daily News ever noticed CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin predicting it might have gone eight to one in Obama’s favor on The Situation Room March 23, with even Scalia and Alito joining with Kennedy and Roberts in siding with Obama? No.
The leftist U.K. rag The Guardian published a headline that really defines the Left, in an interview with a "complicated Marxist" philosopher from Slovenia. It reads: "Slavoj Zizek: 'Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots'."
Despite this line, Guardian writer Decca Aitkenhead explained he's become a "global-recession celebrity, drawing crowds of adoring followers who revere him as an intellectual genius." In the United States, he was a guest last fall on PBS's Charlie Rose and reverently interviewed three times by the taxpayer-supported hard-left Pacifica Radio network, including one headlined "Everybody in the World Except US Citizens Should Be Allowed to Vote and Elect the American Government." Get a load of this self-professed madman:
It's somehow not enough that longtime PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers has to join his fellow leftists in denouncing America's origins for Independence Day. But the supposedly probing journalist descended to spreading the historical myth that Thomas Jefferson sired slave children with Sally Hemings.
Perhaps Chris Rock should consider following Alec Baldwin out the Twitter door after this sneering Fourth of July tweet at all his white fans (and patriotic people of every race): "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks".
This is the same guy that compared the Tea Party to bratty racist kids who act insane before they go to bed:
You know you're watching MSNBC when the ruminations on Independence Day are tied directly to Obama. On Sunday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry promised, "Up next, my footnote for the Fourth of July, which is, of course, Malia Obama's birthday."
It was another left-wing lecture about all our historic black marks: "But it's ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, also the liberation and the hope and the deeply American belief that our best days still lie ahead of us." Harris-Perry found the American Dream in prisoners getting their GEDs at Rikers Island:
Here's a distasteful take on July 4. Parade magazine is holding an online poll "Who Is Our Sexiest Founding Father?" They wrote: "Before there was George and Brad, there was George and Ben -- just two of America’s frolicsome founding-fathers causing a kerfuffle in the 1700s. Who is the sexiest of them all? Read on, then vote!"
Frolicsome founders? Unsurprisingly, in the lead is George Washington. They explained: "George Washington had two horses shot from beneath him in battle, but the bruiser had a soft side, too: He named one of his hunting dogs 'Sweet Lips.'”
The popular speech website Ted.com posted a speech in June from CNN and ESPN commentator L.Z. Granderson called "The Myth of the Gay Agenda." This is a terrible title, since Granderson actually claimed that the gay agenda matches the U.S. Constitution, more or less. He also naturally connects this "mythical" agenda to civil rights for women and blacks.
Not only did he hate the words "gay agenda," Granderson also loathed the word "lifestyle," but loved the words of Obama:
For July 4 thoughts, it's probably not the best idea to start at the Daily Kos. Meteor Blades wrote a piece emphasizing the idea of patriotism is for "rebels" and "dissidents," not for "bootlickers."
The writer can't stand that patriots believe in American exceptionalism: "They make this claim as if—besides giving us impressive and justifiably revered notions of liberty and justice—our Founders and their successors did not expand the nation from sea to shining sea (and beyond) with a century of mass murder and grand larceny against indigenous peoples, a ginned-up war to grab more than half of Mexico, another to snag Puerto Rico and the Philippines, and a few lesser skirmishes by which places such as Maui became territory where the Stars and Stripes now flies."
On Monday's Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, guest host Ezra Klein of The Washington Post defended liberals for "all that freaking out" about the Supreme Court throwing out Obamacare -- before John Roberts sealed the win for the liberals. Forget the end result, Klein announced -- the court almost ruled 5 to 4 to throw the entire thing out, so "you should be worried about the court today. It hasn't changed that much."
Klein thought on the policy merits, the decision should have been 8-1 in favor of ObamaCare, and liberals should never have had to fret that a "clearly constitutional law is going to be struck down based on politics." So their Dred Scott paranoia was well-founded:
Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer found that on his Sunday public-radio show with socialist professor Cornel West, PBS host Tavis Smiley thumped Obama chief of staff Valerie Jarrett for an apparently rude speech at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans on June 23. She came to describe Obama's "genuine love for black people," which Smiley thought was ridiculous since Obama did not show up.
Several NABJ vets did complain to blogger Richard Prince about Jarrett reading a list of Obama accomplishments: "Why not just send a [campaign] video?" one said. "That was out of line," said another afterward.
ABC's Jake Tapper is promoting his Nightline interview with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tonight by noting he expressed no regret for calling a local reporter he was "stupid" and apologized for the reporter being an "idiot."
Tapper insisted Christie addressed a special session of the legislature Monday, but he made national headlines not for the speech, but for the “idiot” talk over the weekend. Asked if he’s ever “concerned” that some of his “rhetoric is too much,” he answered plainly: “No.”