Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi dug into the Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group to warn of conservative pro-Trump bias. The headline at the top of the Style section front page was “How a giant TV company helped Donald Trump's campaign.” It’s nothing like giant TV companies like, say, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or (“not for profit’’) PBS. But pro-Trump bias is offensive inside the Post headquarters. The major networks demonstrating a pro-Hillary bias is just favoring compassion, intelligence, and diversity.
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.
On Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News host Tucker Carlson decried CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter for insisting on his October 30 show that you should "triple check before you share" and then spreading on Twitter a YouTube hoax where prankster Adam Saleh claimed he was being thrown off a Delta Airlines flight merely for speaking Arabic. The airline and other passengers strongly disagreed with that attempted spin.
Carlson and Joe Concha, media reporter for The Hill, suggested Stelter was a left-wing advocate and Trump-basher and should just admit his biases and change the name of his show.
The Washington Post easily proves it's a secular liberal newspaper at Christmas time. On Friday, the Post promoted a "dragapella" quartet mocking Christmas (and the incoming administration) in two different sections of the paper, in the Style section and in the Weekend tabloid. In Style, theatre critic Celia Wren hailed the Kinsey Sicks and their show "Oy Vey in a Manger!" at the D.C. Jewish Community Center.
Wren listed their satirical song set, including “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “I Had a Little Facial” and “Lusty the Snowman,” and promised "No sacred cow is too delicate for this foursome to rope into a rodeo of spoofery. Most major religions come in for at least one dig." Sure, they do.
2016 hasn’t been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical “war on Christmas” in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned out the secular hostility in our culture. We've gone from banning Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke to banning Christmas to banning Santa Claus and now to banning even the thought of a holiday since for others it might not be.
But the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin gives the phrase “war on Christmas” much more gravity and serves as the latest reminder that the secular media in what used to be called “Western civilization” has shown far too little concern for violent attacks on Christianity, the faith that created Western civilization.
CNN recently gave its 2016 Diversity Ovation Award to its producer Jen Christensen, who also serves as president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, a left-wing lobbying group of reporters and editors who work to skew news to the left, or as they put it, "ensure more fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people." This usually means pressuring editors to drop any "bigoted" conservative opposition out of news stories, and covering their "community" only with positive propaganda.
Wednesday night’s All Things Considered on NPR carried a very soft, supportive six-minute interview of outgoing ultraliberal Sen. Barbara Boxer by co-host Kelly McEvers on the “path forward for Democrats.” Boxer wouldn’t admit there were any real problems with the appeal of Democrats, certainly nothing unappealing about their leftist ideology. She also complained about people who said they "can't vote" for Hillary over the e-mail scandal.
Poynter’s James Warren (a former Chicago Tribune managing editor) has turned to the next press horror under President Trump: “What will the White House correspondents’ dinner look like under President Trump?” Warren admitted “It seems way off — April 29, 2017 — but the election of Donald Trump is already raising questions and some fears among [White House Correspondents] association members.”
"This is unchartered territory," said a former WHCA board member who's discussed the matter with board members.
Two months ago, the liberal media erupted in horror after the third presidential debate when Fox’s Chris Wallace challenged Donald Trump to accept the election results, and Trump said he would “wait and see.” NBC described a “flood of condemnation” and cited President Obama accusing Trump of “undermining our democracy.’ Today co-host Savannah Guthrie called it an “earthquake.” Guthrie turned to retired anchorman Tom Brokaw to denounce Trump. “This is not a banana republic,” he said.
At the bottom of page A-11 in Tuesday’s Washington Post, reporters Anthony Faiola and Stephanie Kirchner reported on what should be part of the story of the suspected terrorist truck driven through a Christmas market. A German-taxpayer-subsidized Muslim-majority academy in Istanbul put the kibosh on Christian celebrations. The Post reporters called it a "four-alarm fire in the 24-hour news cycle," but this Germany report was seven pages away from the continuation of the Berlin truck rampage story (which the Post put on A-18, the back of the front section).
The Washington Post is in the tank for Samantha Bee, the unfunny feminist battle-ax on TBS. On the front of Monday's Express tabloid was the tease "Ladies first: Samantha Bee is one reason it was the year of the woman on TV." Inside, Post writer Marc Silver gushed that Bee was funnier than all the late-night male hosts combined. That's some fake news.
NPR Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep celebrated his tenth high-profile interview with Barack Obama on Friday’s broadcast by acting as he always does: like a helpful public affairs staffer at the White House. Inskeep went on CNN on Friday morning to explain just how cool the president is, but he’s passionate when necessary.
The liberal comic strip Doonesbury is only current on Sundays these days. Every other day is reruns from the past, “Classic Doonesbury,” like there is such a thing. On the last Sunday before Christmas, Garry Trudeau is having fun as liberals typically do: he imagines Donald Trump hating all reporters except the submissive fanboy from Breitbart News....and the Breitbart guy is dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday put a gauzy movie about the Obamas’ first date among her ten best movies of 2016. Now in Variety, film critic Owen Gleiberman singled out Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary Hillary’s America in his five worst movies of 2016. "You've got to say this for the right-wing firebrand-turned-documentary filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza: A few years back, he looked like an outlier, but now he looks like the founding father of fake news."
Conservative Twitter wit Stephen Miller unleashed his latest “President Ash Carter” joke recently at the unseriousness of the outgoing president: “President Ash Carter has made an unannounced visit to troops in Afghanistan. Barack Obama announced he’s going on The Daily Show.”
While liberals complain that Donald Trump will never be serious enough to be president, or insist Trump must grant a press conference, Obama is keeping up with his round of adoring interviews with liberal late-night comedians, from Stephen Colbert to Samantha Bee.
Mollie Hemingway over at The Federalist has made a list of "5 Major Problems With Facebook’s Attempt To Limit ‘Fake News’." The most passionate argument was with PolitiFact.
The second problem listed was "PolitiFact is a joke. They should be trusted with nothing. They are the worst candidates to adjudicate fakery in the entire media establishment. Even among the disreputable 'fact' 'checking' class, they are noteworthy for their awfulness."
Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday doesn’t just love Barack Obama. She’s loving both Obama biopics. In Friday’s newspaper, she wrote “Remarkably, two movies have come out this year about the young adulthood of Barack Obama. Even more remarkably, they’re both terrific.”
The new movie is Barry, coming out on Netflix, with the screenwriter Adam Mansbach borrowing from Obama’s phony memoir Dreams from My Father, where Obama created the fake news of composite white girlfriends. Thankfully, composite white girlfriends are better suited to movie scripts than to million-selling allegedly “nonfiction” books.
Ian Schwartz at Real Clear Politics underlined why Donald Trump correctly felt NBC reporter Katy Tur was hostile to him on the campaign trail. On Thursday afternoon on MSNBC, Tur and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts argued by defending himself against anonymous claims hiding behind the term “intelligence community” that Russian hacking “swayed the election” in his favor, Trump was putting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin “before the American public.”
Lloyd Grove at The Daily Beast – a former gossip columnist for the New York Daily News and The Washington Post – chatted up CNN media correspondent (or “media cop”) Brian Stelter for a Wednesday article. Grove praised Stelter as a “frighteningly precocious workaholic,” but “precocious” usually describes a talented child, not a 31-year-old cable news host.
Stelter maligned Trump voters and supporters of Trump’s media critiques as anti-journalism: “A big part of the country has opted out of journalism and opted in to an alternate reality.”
Power-sniffing Washington Post political reporter Ben Terris interviewed the Morning Joe crew for a Wednesday front-pager in the Style section on their cozy relationship with the president-elect. Terris highlighted criticism from the left (and kooky left), not the right, about their closeness to Trump. It’s fun to see Scarborough attack Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews for having close Democratic friends. But the most mysterious quote was Mika Brzezinski denying her team are journalists.
Now more than ever, conservatives can have this debate among themselves: are the rantings of Keith Olbermann worth transcribing and ridiculing? If Olbermann doing his best impression of Sam the Eagle from The Muppet Show mattered when he was on MSNBC, a widely distributed cable channel, did they really matter during the failure of Current TV? And do they matter as Olbermann now descends to a YouTube series for GQ Magazine, best known for selling overpriced suits to male hipsters?
I would suggest they matter as an example of how desperate the Left is sounding after the election of President Donald Trump.