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 Hollywood Reporter has some less-than surprising news: Eliot Spitzer can't even hold on to Keith Olbermann's puny audience at Current TV. The paper's headline said "predictably plummet." Compared to Olbermann's average in March, over the same time period, Nielsen has Spitzer's four-week average down 62 percent with adults 25-54 (14,000, down from 38,000) and 68 percent with total viewers (46,000, down from 145,000). The demo average managed to reach 19,000 in its second week, but dropped to 12,000 in the third and just 9,000 in the fourth.
I'm sure he could find some Republican-in-name-only sparring partner to spruce it up. The paper tried to soften up the bad news by explaining other shows have dramatically improved in the ratings -- from when the channel was running unnoticed documentaries. Call it Cenk TV:
Colleges are working hard to provide an “LGBT-friendly campus.” Penny Starr at CNSNews.com reports the University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University are offering “lavender graduations” to affirm LGBT students -- complete with rainbow tassels.
In a video of the 2011 Lavender Graduation posted on YouTube, Luke Jensen, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Equity Center at the university called it a “celebration.”
Left-wing talk show host Mike Malloy was furious as usual Thursday about EPA administrator Al Armendariz resigning after a kerfuffle over his videotaped statement that he would "crucify" oil companies to set an example. Malloy attacked the Senator who highlighted that video.
"Senator James Inhofe, a pig from Oklahoma who refers to the EPA in a number of ways, but he hates the EPA," Malloy complained. "James Inhofe wants to die breathing carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide. He wants to die eating genetically modified food. He wants to die because he can't breathe because there's carcinogens in everything he touches, everything he drinks, everything he eats."
Apparently, when a New York Times reporter is promoted to the opinion pages, they’re free to speak on panel discussions at activist events? Philadelphia Magazine reports that on Saturday, Times deputy op-ed editor Sewell Chan will speak at the Equality Forum, billed as the largest global “LGBT summit.”
The “National Military Panel discusses the challenges LGBT military personnel face after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ with Sewell Chan, deputy editor at The New York Times,” they reported.
Just like NPR, the PBS NewsHour on Thursday night invited on liberals Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein to pound away at the "extremism" of the Republican Party (Tea Party Edition). Propose defunding public broadcasting, and this is how the Empire strikes back.
Thomas Mann unleashed on the GOP: "They are ideologically extreme, contemptuous of centuries worth of policy, economics and social; scornful of compromise, no use much for facts, evidence, and science, and really not accepting of the political legitimacy of the other party." As if Mann is sounding like he believes in the political legitimacy of the Republicans?
Clay Waters uncovered on Wednesday how The New York Times hyped Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. phone-hacking scandal by putting on the front page on four of eight days. Wednesday's story was aggressively touted "a damning report" from Parliament on Murdoch's British newspapers "convulsed Britain's political and media worlds." Four paragraphs later, they admitted the verdict that Murdoch was "not fit" for his empire was "split on party lines, six to four."
What struck me was then noticing this little blurb at the bottom of Page One: "Guilty Verdict in Subway Plot." A gaggle of British leftists declaring Murdoch "unfit" for his business was top-of-Page-One news, but a jury convicting a Muslim radical of plotting to blow up the subway underneath Grand Central station? Page A-19. In fact, the trial of Adis Medunjanin (heard of him?) never made the front page. This was the headline buried inside:
Liberal radio hosts obviously feel Ann Romney is a big fat target of mockery. When it was revealed a shirt she wore on CBS This Morning retails for $990, they pounced. Bill Press even insisted Mrs. Romney should be more like Michelle Obama – which doesn’t match the fashion facts from Hawaii last Christmas.
On the Stephanie Miller show, one regular guest, gay activist Karl Frisch, brought out the anti-Mormon wisecracks: “If a T-shirt is a thousand dollars where Ann Romney shops, how much is the magic underwear?” Miller laughed, and her sidekick Chris Lavoie added, “There you go!” Randi Rhodes just exploded:
Jonah Goldberg was probably delighted with a more than six-minute interview on NPR’s Morning Edition on Wednesday to promote his book “The Tyranny of Cliches.” True to his book, Goldberg presented himself on NPR’s airwaves as a conservative. That’s not what happened on Monday’s Morning Edition, when liberals Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein pretended to stand only for facts and science and conventional wisdom. '
Anchor Steve Inskeep actually stuck to the book’s thesis, unlike CNN’s bizarre Piers Morgan performance. But when Goldberg underlined how there is no such conservative grouping as the social Darwinists, Inskeep claimed there’s “probably more evidence” Republicans are social Darwinists than there is for Obama being a socialist:
One of the more colorful anecdotes in the campaign memoir “Game Change” re-emerged yesterday in the courtroom, about what happened when Elizabeth Edwards confronted her husband about adultery stories in the National Enquirer, a scene that didn’t receive any attention on network TV (and obviously not in the Palin-bashing HBO movie).
The New York Post reported “John Edwards’ humiliated wife had a meltdown a day after his tawdry affair went public — hysterically taunting her husband by groping him and exposing her breasts in front of stunned campaign staffers, according to testimony yesterday in his federal campaign-finance trial.”
It’s impossible to argue that any media outlet interviewing disgraced anchor Dan Rather on his new book isn’t engaged in a image-rehabilitation effort. But perhaps no one will embrace that mission with more obsequious gusto in the coming days than CNN’s Piers Morgan, who on Tuesday night hailed Rather’s “accuracy” and “great integrity.”
You can start with his closing words, which were only a fraction of the spit-and-polish: “Dan, please come back whenever you like. It's always fascinating to listen to you about news, about journalism. And you were very much the beating heart of American journalism for a quarter century and will continue to be so for much longer to come.”
If it’s a weeknight, it’s Piers Morgan expressing delight at the performance, and perhaps just the mere existence of President Obama. On Tuesday night, he brought on disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather and asked if he was “impressed” by Obama’s foreign policy, and Rather gave Obama an “A” on the subject. Morgan fussed it was "slightly churlish" for anyone to criticize Obama for taking too much credit.
Rather also admitted he never thought there’d be a black president considering how backwards America was, but he has to admit he was wrong. “Amazing, and great they you were,” Morgan replied:
First came the play honoring liberal Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Now comes the play honoring leftist Texas columnist Molly Ivins, played by....Kathleen Turner? She’ll be getting her frump on. But The Washington Post couldn’t put an L word on either of these ladies.
“Kathleen Turner will star in Arena Stage’s production of ‘Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,’ by Margaret and Allison Engel,” the Post’s Jessica Goldstein announced. It’s “patriotic” to “kick ass” against conservatives, apparently.
On Sunday's State of the Union, CNN anchor Candy Crowley interviewed two governors, Virginia Republican Bob McDonnell and Montana Democrat Brian Schweitzer. Crowley pounded McDonnell with a set of questions about that state's voter ID bill and whether it disenfranchises Democrats, and she also brought up the "non-invasive ultrasound" abortion controversy. But Crowley skipped asking Schweitzer about his crack about Romney being born in a "Mexican polygamy commune," implying that Romney's father or grandfather were polygamists (they weren't). Crowley could have asked Schweitzer about whther he felt it was relevant that Barack Obama's father practiced polygamy.
This is the closest Crowley came to a tough political question with Schweitzer: "I want to read you something, Governor Schweitzer, that you said -- this is from October 2006. Nothing goes away, as you know. If he -- meaning Mitt Romney -- gets the nomination I might support him." Schweitzer replied, "I think the whole Republican party has taken a right turn. This is far right of where Reagan was, and so I'm not supporting him." Look at the McDonnell pounding by comparison:
As the networks come to the defense of the idea that the Obama re-election campaign would devote a 30-second chunk of its new "Forward" video spiking the football that Osama bin Laden was killed at Obama's orders, it's worth remembering these same networks were all busy on March 4, 2004 lamenting that the Bush campaign aired two ads that had a few seconds of 9/11 images.
On MSNBC, Countdown's Keith Olbermann proclaimed about the collapsed World Trade Center towers briefly pictured, "Quote: 'It's as sick as people who stole things out of the place.' Some firefighters, some families of the victims of 9/11, protesting President Bush's new campaign ad." While Brian Williams now stars in the Obama video, the networks then were beating the anti-Bush drums:
In Tuesday’s Washington Post, columnist (and former reporter) Charles Lane argued it’s strange to abolish the death penalty even in the extreme cases, like Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass-murderer of children at a summer camp. He found "threatening Breivik with prison is the reductio ad absurdum of death-penalty abolitionism."
But last Thursday, liberal radio host Thom Hartmann lauded the Norwegians because they “refused to succumb to Bush-Cheney kinds of fear.” He wants to stop any War on Terror, and start defeating killers like Breivik with...songs. "It's time for us to do a lot more singing and a lot less bombing."
On Sunday, the Washington Post’s Outlook section was dominated by an article with a headline imposed over an elephant’s rear end: “Admit it. The Republicans are worse. Don’t blame both sides for gridlock. Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein say it’s the GOP’s fault.”
Within about 24 hours, there were Mann and Ornstein, being interviewed on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Anchor Steve Inskeep asked Mann if he would read from their hatchet job on the Republicans:
At the Daily Kos, "Liberal Canuck" advised Americans that they really should be like Canada and drop Saturday postal delivery, the paper dollar, and get with the metric system already. But the piece on Friday night was more about apparently horrific U.S. foreign policy. It was titled "When You Get It Wrong, People Die."
"It is a common complaint of non-Americans, that you all seem to think that the planet begins and ends at your boarders [sic]," we're told. America apparently went wrong by picking Herbert Hoover over Al Smith, sapping global resolve against Hitler. Then America went murderously wrong under Reagan and George W. Bush:
AP reports that EPA bureaucrat Al Armendariz has resigned after “Republicans targeted him” over his 2010 remarks on videotape comparing the agency’s enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixions. This was a hot story in conservative circles, but what about the liberal media? This resignation didn’t come from their coverage.
The crucifixion remarks – exposed on Wednesday by Sen. Jim Inhofe – drew no coverage on ABC, CBS, NBC, or the PBS NewsHour. NPR had no story on this, but mentioned EPA on Thursday’s Morning Edition on a gasoline blend with more ethanol. MSNBC offered nothing in their prime-time shows (where transcripts are included in Nexis). USA Today had nothing, and The New York Times kept it contained to their Green blog.
At their Time 100 gala, Time magazine brought shameless Stephen Colbert up for some laughs. Instead, Colbert made some vulgar remarks about Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who also made the Time 100 list. Citing unnamed critics, Colbert joked that if the Catholic Church's insurance does not cover Sandra Fluke's birth control, "it shouldn't cover Cardinal Dolan's Viagra."
What? Colbert then doubled down on the offense: "That's called celibacy plus. That's how the pros do it. Because chastity is one thing, but it shows true commitment to uphold your vows when you are sporting a crook you could hang a miter on." Then he claimed "I'm a Catholic, it's okay. I go to confession, it will be fine." Here's the fuller routine:
In Saturday’s Washington Post, religion columnist Lisa Miller brought her usual radical feminism to the table insisting Mary be “heard” as the Vatican insisted that American nuns and sisters actually act like they belong to the Catholic Church.
But this line stood out: “For more than a thousand years, women like Mary have entered religious life hoping to find a safe place where they might receive an education and protection from the oppression of marriage and the dangers of child-bearing.” The oppression of marriage?