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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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?
Saturday’s Washington Post included a story dismissing the public for believing the media has a bias, complete with the headline “Public has its own biases about media.” It sounded like a twist on "I Know You Are, But What Am I?" Media reporter Paul Farhi argued studies finding an increased perception of the media favoring “one side” since 1985 are somehow dashed because professors and their studies disagree.
Farhi threw massive doubt on the assertion of bias: “But have the media really become more biased? Or is this a case of perception trumping reality? In fact, there’s little to suggest that over the past few decades news reporting has become more favorable to one party.” Farhi began by citing professor Tim Groseclose as the “strongest case” on the conservative side, then quickly dismissed him:
The Washington Post granted some space in their Sunday Outlook section to Jonah Goldberg of National Review, spinning off his new book The Tyranny of Cliches. He began with something familiar, how liberals pretend they aren't ideologues: "Liberals insist that they live right downtown in the “reality-based community,” and if only their Republican opponents weren’t so blinded by ideology and stupidity, then they could work with them."
That sounds a lot like the "objective" and "mainstream" media we have to endure. But he also went straight to President Obama:
USA Today put racism front and center in Friday’s weekend edition. Beneath a banner promo touting a big story in Sports on “Racist tweets reflect poorly on hockey, Boston,” the paper highlighted the alleged similarities between the Rodney King beating in 1992 and the Trayvon Martin shooting today.
Reporters Marisol Bello, Haya el Nasser, and William M. Welch found “activists” and “scholars” to cry racism: “Both cases, 20 years apart, intensify the persistent debate over how fairly black men are treated by police and the courts. Activists, scholars and some of those involved in the cases say the incidents occurred because of a stereotype of black men as violent aggressors.”
Parade Magazine, the nationwide Sunday newspaper supplement has a cover touting “How Top Chefs Stay Slim.” Two of the three cover subjects are gay: Art Smith, a former personal chef for Oprah Winfrey, and Cat Cora, an “Iron Chef” star.
Both are good subjects for a slimness cover: Smith lost 120 pounds after a diabetes diagnosis, and Cora lost 25 after giving birth to a son. Parade did dig into their personal lives, which might not have seemed as relevant if they chose chefs that were Republicans or Roman Catholics. They would protest it's not relevant, but then they make sure to slip the facts in:
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd would like to think her columns are full of keen and incisive thinking. But her columns on the Catholic Church have all the elegance of someone playing the piano with their head. Witness Dowd’s overwrought head-banging introduction on Sunday:
“IT is an astonishing thing that historians will look back and puzzle over, that in the 21st century, American women were such hunted creatures,” she begins. “Even as Republicans try to wrestle women into chastity belts, the Vatican is trying to muzzle American nuns.”
NPR aired yet another attack on the Christian right on Thursday's Tell Me More. Michel Martin interviewed Democrat activist and author Michael Sean Winters about his new book "God's Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the Religious Right." The headline for this interview on NPR.org was "Party Of Reagan? No, Party Of Falwell, Writer Says ."
Martin drew out the harshest criticisms of Jerry Falwell, that he turned moderate Republicans into "Judas figures" and forced less conservative Christians to abandon Christianity altogether because they didn't want to be associated with Falwell's "fundamentalist cast of mind." At NPR, left-wing secular fundamentalists are never questioned as coarseners of American politics, but conservative Christians are accused:
PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley is doing a media tour with his pal, the Marxist professor Cornel West, and no one at PBS seems to care that this underlines PBS as a hard-left media brand. Noel Sheppard noted Smiley bashing Romney on Hannity. Smiley also bashed Romney last week on the taxpayer-subsidized Pacifica Radio show Democracy Now.
Pacifica host Amy Goodman replayed the CNN interview in which Romney told Soledad O'Brien he was not interested in the very rich or the very poor. Smiley found that showed callousness and arrogance and even a demonization of the poor:
The liberal Center for Public Integrity – founded by former “60 Minutes’ producer Charles Lewis – is launching a new and tilted website called “Investigating Power” to honor “key American journalists who have documented critical moments of modern American history with bravery, grit and perseverance.” Those “key journalists” include Woodward and Bernstein, Mike Wallace, Christiane Amanpour, and Helen Thomas. “Each gives observations on their careers and the ongoing importance of truth telling.”
The critical historical moments hit the usual liberal markers – “McCarthyism,” the civil rights movement, Vietnam and Watergate, and curbing corporate power and government excesses after 9/11.
Barack Obama's new interview with mouth-breathing fan Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner is most notable for his gooey praise of the "brilliance" of Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
"I don't watch a lot of TV news. I don't watch cable at all," he said, very unconvincingly. "I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I'm home late at night, I'll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart's brilliant. It's amazing to me the degree to which he's able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do." He also name-checked a blogger:
NPR's Mara Liasson outraged female listeners on Weekend Edition Sunday on April 15 when she said Mitt Romney's political problems aren't with "stay-at-home moms," but rather with "educated women."
Seven days later, NPR admitted it scrubbed the clip and the transcript for the website. On April 22, in a letters segment, Liasson claimed "I misspoke and that's one reason why we corrected the interview for later feeds of the show." Maybe she didn't "misspeak" as much as she betrayed her own opinion. She's never stayed at home and her biographies list no children. At least NPR returned to the scene of the self-censorship:
You know you’re watching a left-wing network when an anchor honors as a professor and historian one Hugh Hefner, better known as a lecherous 86-year-old pornography mogul with girlfriends that are 60 years younger.
On Monday night’s “Last Word,” Lawrence O’Donnell proclaimed, “One of the field generals of the American sexual revolution of the 1960s has had enough of the Republican Party's war on sex.” To the left, one may not express a personal distaste for contraceptive culture or question the apparent right to government-provided contraceptives without being accused of despising sex.
Lee Hirsch, the liberal filmmaker who made the movie "Bully," proclaimed in the latest Metro Weekly magazine "I don't like bullying being a politicized issue. I don't want right-wing people that look for any platform they can to be anti-gay a reason to not teach their kids to be empathetic. We need to get to the kids before the hate comes in."
If you believe that, you're not reading enough. Over at the "Bully Movie" Twitter page, they're delighted not only that they held a special White House screening of "Bully" and panel discussion with Team Obama, but also that Obama has now endorsed Al Franken's "Student Non-Discrimination Act," which would make bullying a federal court case.
George Stephanopoulos and Keith Olbermann are becoming quite the pundit buddies. After he appeared on Sunday's "This Week" panel to unload about the Deliberate Gas Price Conspiracy to defeat Obama, Olbermann tweeted, "My great thanks to @ThisWeekABC @ABC @GStephanopoulos and the panel for the fun, respectful conversation, and to all who watched (&tweeted)".
Stephanopoulos tweeted back: “Fantastic having you on the roundtable @KeithOlbermann. Hope to see you back @ThisWeekABC soon.” One would hope this is one of George's flunkies throwing air kisses on the Internet.
Van Jones has received a dramatic rehabilitation from the liberal media after conservative outlets dug out that Jones called himself a communist and signed a 9/11 truther petition, among other radical-left stands. (He also called President Bush a “crackhead” and Republicans “a–holes.”) He’s been reinvented like Sharpton.
But on NPR’s “Tell Me More” on Tuesday, NPR host Michel Martin gave Jones almost 12 minutes of air time. The headline on NPR’s website for the Jones interview was “Green Jobs Guru Back To Energize Progressive Base?” She began by calling the truther petition a “made-up story.” If it was fictional, why was it reported by “mainstream media” (sort of) and why was Jones pressed to resign? Martin began with Earth Day oozing in her introduction:
On Thursday’s Tavis Smiley show on PBS, actress Annie Potts tried to claim that her ABC show “GCB” isn’t a vindictive anti-Christian Hollywood slam on red-state Texas. Potts claims it is designed by Christian creators to “disinfect” the hypocrisy out of Christianity.
“I’m getting a lot of letters and tweets and things from people who are Christian people who are happy to see the hypocrites called out,” Potts declared after mocking Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh. “I think all true believers love to have hypocrisy routed out. I mean it’s – what do they say – sunshine is the best disinfectant? Put it out there. Call it what it is. You know, satire is always helpful for society.”
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman unloaded another lecture on Sunday about how our country is in dire need of reform, like an Arab backwater: "Does America need an Arab Spring? …has American gone from a democracy to a “vetocracy” —from a system designed to prevent anyone in government from amassing too much power to a system in which no one can aggregate enough power to make any important decisions at all?
Conservative economist Daniel Mitchell takes Friedman to task: "This is remarkable, in part because he is stunningly wrong. The political class in Washington manages to spend about $4 trillion per year and churn out tens of thousands of pages of new regulation annually."
Monday's Washington Post gave the badly-attended Earth Day rally on Sunday a whitewash on the front page of the Metro section. "Earth Day stands up to the rain," was the headline, as reporter Tara Bahrampour said rain "didn't stop the die-hards." Online, the headline was funnier: "Rains don't water down Earth Day enthusiasm." The Post offered no attempts at a numerical estimate.
But at Examiner.com, 'DC Green Business Examiner" Douglas Canter was more straightforward: "Earth Day Networks, which sponsored the event, expected tens of thousands of people. By midafternoon, about 40 people, including [Frisbee-throwers] Nick, Antonio, and a CNN crew, hovered near the stage awaiting the remainder of a long list of scheduled speakers and bands, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson and R&B singer Ledisi."