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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On Thursday’s All Things Considered, National Public Radio offered leftist Sister Simone Campbell a megaphone to disagree with (and lecture) the Pope and the Catholic bishops for being clueless. “It was like a sock in the stomach,” she said about the Vatican’s attempt to hold women’s Catholic religious orders to Catholic orthodoxy. Just on human terms, this is odd – not just to suggest the bishops are bullying, but that a process that’s been going on for four years is suddenly shocking.
Campbell told anchor Melissa Block that the religious sisters had the superiority of “experience” of faith all over the Vatican and the bishops, and then was starkly sexist: “Women get it first and then try to explain it to the guys who -- I mean, as the women did to the Apostles.”
When Montana Gov. Brian Schweizer whacked Mitt Romney as descending from a Mexican "polygamy commune," the Obama White House distanced itself from the remarks, but Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake found them instructive, that "despite Schweitzer’s overly blunt and inartful phrasing, it’s worth looking at the broader point he was trying to make.The truth is that Romney should be able to draw on his personal history for ammunition to fight back on issues such as the Latino vote and his image as a fat-cat businessman. But in both cases, fighting back would require reminding people that he’s a Mormon." What a pickle.
Blake, who is a well-known digger for "outlandish" Republican dirt, did not find a great "broader point" like James Taranto on Friday, noting that if that partisan from Montana wanted to mock an exotic foreign polygamist, he should perhaps look at -- Barack Obama's daddy:
LGBT advocates celebrate a "National Day of Silence" in schools on April 20 sponsored by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which supplied Team Obama with "safe schools czar" Kevin Jennings. Openly gay MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts made a supportive video for GLSEN's Day.
On Friday, ABCNews.com joined in the liberal day of politics with a photo essay titled "National Day of Silence: Portraits of Out and Proud LGBT Young Athletes." The featured photographer was Jeff Sheng, who was also celebrated in an ABC News webcast when Charles Gibson was anchor. It's featured on Sheng's website fearlesscampustour.org. Sheng's photos were also celebrated at ESPN, Sheng explained:
Matthew Balan already reported Cybill Shepherd's feminist outburst on yesterday's CBS This Morning. But her CBS interview was also remarkable for what was NOT said. Shepherd was brought in to discuss her role on the new Lifetime series "The Client List," in which she plays the mother of Jennifer Love (for Sale) Hewitt's lead character -- a massage worker who's also a prostitute. That little sex-worker detail never emerged in the entire CBS interview.
The interview began with a clip from the show where Shepherd's "Mama" brought over a nice gentleman to meet her daughter and have dinner -- except, of course, it's obvious that the nice gentleman is a sex client of her daughter. This was completely glossed over by CBS. Like she was never clued in, CBS co-host Gayle King mentioned Shepherd's debut in the movie "The Last Picture Show" and added "Forty years later she's still playing memorable and often surprising characters."
My Wednesday blog on PBS anchor Gwen Ifill emceeing a gay group's fundraiser that honored HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for implementing ObamaCare drew some attention across the web, including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. WashPost media blogger Erik Wemple looked askance at the PBS star's appearance of a conflict of interest. But the strongest response came from PBS ombudsman Michael Getler: he declared Ifill should have skipped the event.
Ifill responded to Wemple's questions by claiming she isn't being paid, she wasn't going to honor Sebelius, and she accepted without knowing of the honor. She was just going to say "welcome," announce some anodyne agenda items, and "announce dessert." The Whitman-Walker Clinic is "just using me as a draw." That's still using her name (and PBS cachet) to raise money for gay-left lobbying, legal services, and health services. Wemple wrote:
MSNBC’s religion-bashing host Lawrence O’Donnell savaged the Catholic Bishop of Peoria, Daniel Jenky, on Thursday night’s program for having the utter gall and audacity to make comparisons between that secular saint President Obama and church-oppressing dictators like Hitler and Stalin. He left out that the bishop also mentioned Clemenceau, Bismarck, Hollywood, and the news media. (The whole homily is here.) He also left out his MSNBC colleague Martin Bashir comparing Rick Santorum to Stalin.
After he declared his outrage for several minutes, O’Donnell turned to “silenced” radical Sister Jeanine Gramick, who very calmly stated that actually, the Pope and his officials at the Vatican are the ones who are “very totalitarian.” O’Donnell did not react in utter disbelief that she would compare Pope Benedict to Hitler and Stalin. He just nodded along.
The latest Obama e-mail to supporters begins: "Want to meet George Clooney and Barack Obama -- at Clooney's house? He's hosting supporters at his home next month to help build support for this campaign and elect President Obama in November. And he's saving seats for two grassroots supporters like you and their guests. It's just not a chance most people get -- well, ever."
The New York Daily News reports the e-mail from Obama deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot advertises an "Obama, Clooney, and You" contest. "George Clooney is doing his part to help re-elect the President, but he also knows that it's folks like you who will decide this election. That's why we're reserving a few spots for grassroots supporters." All this is meant to add "little people" to a $6 million fundraiser for Hollywood's One Percent.
There are times when you glance at the leftist Daily Kos blog and wonder if they're being sabotaged from the inside. Case in point: a blog titled "The fetus is a parasite."
"Sasharusha" blogs "back to the whole fetus= parasite thing. That is how I see them. I don't see them as cute and cuddly. I see them as terrifying and scary. I see pregnancy the same way. Here are some examples on how pregnancy is a parasitic relationship:"
AP reports Sarah Palin says the joke's on ousted Secret Service supervisor David Chaney, who wrote on Facebook that he was "checking her out" while protecting the former Alaska governor during the 2008 campaign. "Well, check this out, buddy -- you're fired!" Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview.
Palin said the scandal is "a symptom of government run amok." She told Fox: "It's like, who's minding the store around here?...The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her."
Few people in the media were willing to denounce NBC's hiring of self-evidently under-qualified Chelsea Clinton as a reporter on "Rock Center" and "NBC Nightly News." One rare bird is Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, who mocked NBC News boss Steve Capus for claiming Chelsea "had been preparing her whole life" for this job. He called it "one of the most outrageous and disconnected-from-reality statements I have ever heard from the mouth of a news president in 30 years of reporting on the networks."
Zurawik loved how Michael Hastings at the site BuzzFeed dug up NBC insiders who thought Chelsea the "Dork Diva" was going to be "terrible" on NBC. Chelsea was offered to several networks as a glorious gift from Bill and Hill to the media:
On Good Friday, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski displayed an obvious affinity for the president by moderating a panel at the White House on women and the economy. This is turning into a trend. On Wednesday, former ABC/CBS/CNN/Fox anchor Paula Zahn (now with Investigation Discovery) moderated a panel starring Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder on the Violence Against Women Act.
The news sat smack dab in the middle of a Dana Milbank column in The Washington Post that announced the Democrats think it's utterly bizarre that anyone would oppose their Violence Against Women Act:
Both TV Newser and TV Week have picked up on Al Gore-led Current TV’s campaign to “distinguish” itself in cable talk by promoting a clip of Cenk Uygur, the MSNBC-refugee host of “The Young Turks,” attacking Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night as a “g–damn Nazi.” This might match the Current motto of “Politically Direct,” but it’s not correct.
“All right, before I go to my panel, let me just level Bill O’Reilly,” boasted Uygur, like a guy who’s had too many drinks at the end of the bar.
The Washington Post promoted Barack Obama's slam at Romney yesterday: "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." It was a headline above an Obama picture on page A-4, with a caption noting Obama's "not-so-subtle swipe" at Romney. It was promoted in the second paragraph of a campaign roundup on A-5 by reporters Amy Gardner and Nia-Malika Henderson.
But for readers who made it to paragraph 22 of the Gardner-Henderson piece, it became clear Obama is exaggerating the silver-birther attack, or it could be, argued, lying about Romney's life story:
Leftists have a stunning ability to diagnose a political malady in conservatives that they themselves have in great abundance. They denounce Fox News as more of a political organization than a news network as their remotes are stuck on MSNBC. Now the Daily Kos thinks the Republican Party is more of a "criminal organization than a political organization with any sort of ideas."
On Tuesday, the Kosmonaut known as "Troubadour" wrote a little article titled "Republicans Are Corruption Incarnate." It diagnosed the average Republican voter as corrupt, because "Republicans bribe them" every election with tax cuts. Bribed with their own money, withheld from their paychecks! As opposed to the Democrats who are awarded other people's money?
In his web column called “Mullings,” GOP consultant and CNN regular Rich Galen insisted that what Hilary Rosen “said about Ann Romney was just plain dumb.”
He thinks he knows what went wrong. “When the story about what she'd said on CNN broke I Tweeted that she made the rookie mistake of thinking she could repeat what she'd said in the Green Room at CNN on the air at CNN.” Galen explained to the folks at home how the pre-game chatter in the “green room” happens:
In 2008, it was questionable that PBS NewsHour and Washington Week anchor Gwen Ifill could moderate the vice-presidential debate as she was writing a book called “The Breakthrough” about the rise of Barack Obama and other black liberal politicians. On Thursday night, Ifill will cross another Obama line by acting as emcee for a fundraiser for the LGBT health and advocacy group the Whitman-Walker Clinic that will honor Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services for her work in implementing ObamaCare.
The invitation says “Please join Gwen Ifill, managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent for the PBS News Hour, and the Whitman-Walker family as we honor United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for advancements in health care.” To be an "event host" and be listed on the program requires a $1,000 donation. Individual tickets are $150.
Former vice president Dick Cheney had the audacity to speak against President Obama at a Wyoming GOP convention, saying "he has been an unmitigated disaster for the country." This caused several liberal radio hosts to wish he’d never received a heart transplant. Randi Rhodes said “It just kills me that somebody died and gave this man a chance at a heart!”
Mike Malloy called him a mass murderer. “I don't understand the theory behind giving a heart to someone who is slowly dying because he doesn't have one anymore, and yet that same person is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths -- innocent people, men, women, children, who did nothing but stand in the way of Dick Cheney's greed and desire to kill as many people as he could,” he declared. “A mass murderer by any definition.”
The D.C. area women's magazine I Am Modern interviewed NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm for their Spring issue, and Rehm’s liberal tilt was unmissable. Rehm warmly declared that her favorite "fascinating" interviews were with Hillary and Bill Clinton and that her “dream guests” were Barack and Michelle Obama. (Her biggest disappointment was Newt Gingrich.)
Not only that, Rehm was asked about attempts to defund public broadcasting and pretended the media was dominated by conservatives. PBS and NPR are seen “as a counterweight to the many outspoken conservative voices who currently dominate the airwaves.”
Edwin Mora of CNSNews.com reports that feminist celebrity Sandra Fluke spoke at a Georgetown event moderated by liberal professor Judith Feder -- who ran for Congress twice as a Democrat in Virginia against Congressman Frank Wolf. The event was closed to "outside press" and the public.
Mora asked the Archdiocese of Washington and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to comment on this feminist hootenanny at a Catholic college as the debate rages about contraceptives and religious liberty and Obamacare, and both declined to comment. Mora began:
At Texas Monthly, liberal writer Joe Hagan dives again into the allegations about George W. Bush shirking duty in the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s. It's not news that Hagan again finds disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather yammering about how he still feels the fake documents are genuine. (Even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones calls Rather "delusional.")
It's more interesting that Rather source Ben Barnes was courted for weeks and months both by CBS and NBC in 2000, and that he only consented to CBS in 2004 because John Kerry leaned on him to help his fellow Democrat out: