On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt anchored the newscast from Trump Tower, which seems kind of silly since it’s four minutes away from NBC’s studios at Rockefeller Center. No one should mistake this for some kind of scandalous act of deference. Holt whacked Trump with tough question after tough question. For scandalous deference, we take you back to Holt on January 29 with the other presumptive major-party nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. He “winced” when anyone dared to suggest she’s dishonest.
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.
How left-wing is NPR? On Monday, it unspooled this opener: “It will be Indiana's turn tomorrow to vote in the presidential primaries, and that gives us the opportunity to remember one of the state's most famous politicians.”
Dan Quayle? Birch Bayh? President Benjamin Harrison? Nope. “Eugene V. Debs ran for president as a Socialist five times in the early 1900s, once in 1920 from prison.” The online headline was “Eugene V. Debs Museum Explores History Of American Socialism.”
On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, CNN commentator Carl Bernstein oddly proclaimed "Hillary Clinton has been around for 40 years and yet we don't really know about her as a person." He said this just seconds after anchor Don Lemon reminded the audience Bernstein wrote an entire book about allegedly unknown Hillary Clinton.
In a LevinTV video made publicly available, conservative author and talk-radio host Mark Levin slammed Fox News for allowing Donald Trump to spread the bizarre National Enquirer smear of Ted Cruz’s father Rafael, suggesting that he was “caught on camera” standing next to John F. Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans in 1963. Borrowing a turn of phrase from Sarah Palin, the Enquirer said Cruz’s vather was “palling around with the man who murdered America’s 35th president!”
Leon Wolf at RedState notes that CNN is touting that it has beaten Fox News in the primetime ratings in the key age demographic of 25 to 54 in five of the last eight months. In all-day ratings in that demographic, CNN used to have less than half of Fox's overall viewership, but they now are behind Fox News by nine percent.
Wolf says Trump-boosting is eating into Fox's numbers:
Politico’s bi-monthly magazine published their third annual “Media Issue,” complete with polls of reporters – who are perhaps the most resistant to being polled, fearing how they might reveal which viewpoint is ideologically dominant in the press.
But the media’s true tilt might be implied from the question “Knowing what you know now, who do think will be the next president?” It wasn’t close. Among campaign reporters, 86 percent said Hillary, and 10 percent Trump (three percent said Sanders). Among the White House reporters, 88 percent picked Hillary, and 11 percent said Trump.
In 2013, NPR host Rachel Martin spent eight minutes of taxpayer-subsidized air time on the last Sunday before Christmas promoting the atheist band Bad Religion wrecking Christmas songs and found no time to question if it offended.
NPR devoted almost 12 minutes to promoting atheist actor/writer Ricky Gervais on the morning of May 1. Weekend Edition Sunday anchor Rachel Martin found a piety worth defending. She hounded Gervais about being insensitive to Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner and the “trans community.” Gervais surely raised some liberal eyebrows for testily responding “I hope we’re all grown-ups” when it comes to Jenner humor.
New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg likes how Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore “keeps it 100" (percent honest). So he declared in Monday’s newspaper that Wilmore and his fellow Comedy Central host Trevor Noah aren’t up the task of satirizing the 2016 campaign. In a story on Stephen Colbert revamping his Late Show on CBS, Rutenberg lamented there is a “Where Is Superman?” feeling about Jon Stewart and Colbert sitting this one out – not just in “Left America,” but yes, in “Media America.”
Don’t think Barack is the only Obama to draw liberal-media gush over Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Naturally, the fashion-forward flatterers were all over Michelle Obama’s glitzy getup. At The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman breathlessly blogged about “:The White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the Obama Effect.”
“It’s not the ‘Nerd Prom’ anymore,” Friedman began, touting “the Michelle Obama effect.” She gushed over how “No one blinked” as Mrs. Obama donned a cape "sprinkled with Swarovski crystals by Givenchy haute couture...It’s very, very 1 percent.”
In a happy-news story headlined “CNN Enjoys Outsize Ratings Boost From Presidential Race,” Wall Street Journal media reporters Keach Hagey and Nick Niedzwiadek published a surprising quote from CNN president Jeff Zucker. He admitted it was legitimate to call CNN “a little too liberal,” but now it is a “much more-balanced network.”
On the front of Sunday’s Metro section of The Washington Post came this headline: “Gruesome images test jury during trial in Md.” Post reporter Dan Morse reported on a trial in suburban Montgomery County surrounding the murder of 36-year-old Oscar Navarro: “prosecutors were allowed to show jurors eight of the most disturbing photos -- a key to their obtaining a first-degree murder conviction Friday against Mauricio Morales-Caceres, 24.”
It was only in paragraphs 29 and 30 that the Post acknowledged what they clearly felt was the least relevant news detail in this court case: The convicted murder is an illegal alien:
CNN's Brian Lowry reported Comedy Central "fake news" anchor Larry Wilmore drew "groans and grimaces" on Saturday night with a typical White House Correspondents Dinner routine that leaned heavily to the left. He suggested Fox News was racist: “Welcome to Negro Night here in Washington. Or as Fox News will report, ‘Two thugs disrupt elegant dinner in DC.'” Wilmore ended his set by thanking Obama for having been the country’s first black President: “I’m going to keep it 100: Yo, Barry. You did it, my n*gga!”
"MSNBC can't spell," joked a tipster on Saturday morning. There is was, posted since Friday afternoon at 3:42 -- a story headlined "The Monica Lewsinksy jokes are back." One could be making a pun, since President Clinton "finished in the sink." But there's no indication of a joke in the story. MSNBC reporter Jane C. Timm is deadly serious about this terrible trend of "bullying" Lewinsky with jokes about her fiasco of an affair with Bill Clinton.
Jane C. Timm actually boasts on her LinkedIn profile: " I cut my teeth in the industry working as researcher at the [far-left] Village Voice for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and later as a national politics fact checker at Rolling Stone." A fact-checker at Rolling Stone would face a very serious problem, indeed, after their fraudulent campus-rape story...but maybe she could have fixed her own headine here.
The liberal opinion site that calls itself “PolitiFact” insists it’s just a “fact-checking” website. When choosing to assess whether a politician’s claim is true or false, their “About Us” page says they ask “Is the statement rooted in a fact that is verifiable? We don’t check opinions, and we recognize that in the world of speechmaking and political rhetoric, there is license for hyperbole.”
With rare genetic exceptions, when it comes to humans, there is probably not a fact more verifiable than one’s gender. But guess what? On April 26, the website Mediaite carried the eye-grabbing headline: “PolitiFact Rules It’s Now Objectively False to Call Transgender Women Men.”
The networks reported – and enjoyed – former House Speaker John Boehner smearing Sen. Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.” But they’re not noticing how Sen. Mike Lee fiercely denounced Boehner on the national Mark Levin radio show on Thursday night.
When former MSNBC host Ed Schultz signed up with a Russian-government-funded channel, the Cold War conservative joke was that it was a lateral move. But Politico’s Michael Crowley took the time to note that Big Ed is toeing the Russian line in the new gig. The article is titled “The Kremlin’s Candidate: In the 2016 election, Putin’s propaganda network is picking sides.”
The art with the article clearly signaled that meant Trump...like they were running mates. Politico’s pull quote asserted “Just under the surface is a bought-and-paid-for propaganda vehicle trying to nudge viewers toward Russia’s side of the story at a time when Moscow has increasingly become an international pariah."
Hollywood loves to paint itself as America’s capital of compassion. So why is the hottest script right now all about comedian Will Ferrell mocking Ronald Reagan’s fatal battle with the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease? This is no laughing matter.
Even the hip men’s magazine Esquire warned “It's an interesting concept — one that hopefully avoids poking fun at the horrors of dementia.” Reagan's son Michael has already blasted the project, tweeting on Wednesday, "What an Outrag....Alzheimers is not joke...It kills..You should be ashamed all of you."
Former NBC reporter and CNN host Campbell Brown raised some eyebrows with a Politico piece titled “Why I Blame TV for Trump.” Brown cited anonymous quotes from her friends in the media who are depressed over how thoroughly their outlets have handed editorial control over to The Donald. One said, “I am swilling antidepressants trying to figure out what to do with my life when this is over.”
One obvious sign liberal journalists are already missing Obama? Celebrating him as a comedian. Washington Post gossip Emily Heil is a big fan of his comedic stylings, as the headlines proved. The cover of the Express, the free commuter tabloid, was gushy: “HE’S A REAL STAND-UP GUY: As he prepares for his final White House correspondents dinner, Obama has already demonstrated his knack for edgy, self-aware humor.”
One way The Washington Post builds disgust toward Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is quite predictable: seek out Muslims who accuse them of “destabilizing” the self-esteem of Muslim school children.
On the front of Tuesday’s Metro section came an article headlined “Election-Year Lessons: Muslim educators are using presidential candidates’ attack on their faith as a teaching tool.”