Robin Givhan, the liberal political columnist who plays fashion writer at The Washington Post, dominated the front of the Style section on Friday with a question: Can a fashion designer in good conscience agree to dress Melania Trump? Givhan argued that blacklisting the new First Lady is a good way to show a social conscience. The Trumps can buy off the rack, so it’s not really a blacklist. Givhan said dressing the First Lady – especially for Inauguration Night, has always been an honor, until Donald Trump inspired “new waves of racism and violence.”
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.
Movie critic Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter offered a rave review of President Obama's farewell address on Tuesday night, hailing it in the headline as "One Last Reminder of What Presidential Looks Like." Donald Trump is all "schoolyard taunts" for white people in "silly hats," while Obama is so terrific that "Watching him walk off the stage made you feel like a child desperately holding onto a father’s pants [sic] legs to try to prevent him from leaving the house."
For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that Barack Obama means...to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show: “He ran an administration that was largely scandal-free and did it all the while under a microscope. Because he looked different.”
All this liberal talk about the press heroically holding presidents accountable is easily undermined by Sunday's edition of The Washington Post Magazine. The Post can't help but declare that they are available for rental (or full ownership) by the Obama White House with a 12-page spread of nostalgic Obama photos....taken by White House staff photographer Pete Souza. The headline was "The Obama Years: during his two terms, the sources of a president's strength were always on display." True. One source of Obama's strength was basically owning The Washington Post.
In the very same issue as the 12-page sticky valentine/photo alum from the Obama Fan Club, the Post Magazine ran a 12-page spread by their Trump-investigating reporter David Fahrenthold.
Former MSNBC analyst and current New York Times contributor Michael Eric Dyson is drawing attention in top newspapers on Sunday for his new book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Carlos Lozada, nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post, even found a way to summarize how inflammatory nonsense could be stuffed into the book.
Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer told Joe Concha of The Hill that the media are still not treating President-elect Donald Trump with respect, and insisted the media continue to cheer on Democrats without shame.
“There's some positive aspects here and there, but largely it still continues to not treat him with the respect that he deserves,” Spicer said. Meanwhile, “There are countless examples of the media engaging — overtly or covertly — cheering on Democrats and there's no accountability. But it's also not even frowned upon,” he said.
CBS isn't conservative or pro-Trump in any way in its news programming, but Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg is accusing CBS of entertainment programming "perfectly tailored for the Trump era." The show is Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, a spinoff of the successful (and violent) FBI drama. Fienberg slammed it in a feature on the "Worst TV of 2016."
On Friday's week-in-review segment on the PBS NewsHour, everyone was disparaging Donald Trump -- anchor Judy Woodruff, liberal analyst Mark Shields, and pseudo-conservative David Brooks. They mocked Trump as childish for calling Sen. Charles Schumer the "head clown" of the Democrats. Shields weirdly lectured: "Chuck Schumer is a proud and able and dedicated and skillful leader, and you don’t want him as an opponent." So Schumer won't be an opponent to Republicans if you talk nice?
The secular-Left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that “’Religious Freedom’ legislation will be everywhere in 2017.” “Religious Freedom” is in scare quotes, a warning that deplorables will use that thing called “religion” as their “weapon of choice” in the coming assault on the “LGBTQ” community.
The same website is celebrating a petition urging the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to reverse its acceptance of an invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The freedom to disassociate becomes a terrific idea when used to reject Republicans or conservatives. Slate’s story has a hero named Jan Chamberlin, who quit the famous choir since they would be endorsing “tyranny and fascism by singing for this man…I know I could never ‘throw roses for Hitler.’”
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik appeared on the NPR-produced midday show Here and Now on Wednesday to discuss Megyn Kelly’s move from Fox News to NBC. He twice praised her for “cannily” negotiating herself across the media spectrum -- strange new respect which might make a conservative think she’s headed straight to the left. Then came the jaw-dropper: He said she was "desperately hoping to get away from ideology" like....Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters.
Columnist Leonard Pitts is the latest liberal to mock Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker for putting the brakes on calling Donald Trump a “liar” on Sunday’s Meet the Press. Somehow, a sense of caution on Trump utterances equates to Holocaust comparisons. Pitts began his column:
“Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews.”
The Washington Post launched a new double standard on the front page on Wednesday. On the top half of the front page came this headline: "Inauguration protest began as a vent: More than 100,000 say they plan to participate in Jan. 21 women's march." Liberal protests are more newsworthy than conservative ones.
Six days later, the annual March for Life will engulf the nation's capital with tens of thousands of pro-lifers. It's safe to guess that won't be a front-page story, before or after it happens. Last year, the large crowd -- perhaps reduced by an incoming snowstorm -- was described as "small" in a WashPost headline, as Katie Yoder analyzed it.
Disgraced CBS anchorman Dan Rather keeps pretending he is an expert on The Truth, expecting no one to remember his eternal refusal to admit he used transparently false information to try and smear George W. Bush weeks before the 2004 election. Rather offered another lecture on “truth” and “lies” on his Facebook page after Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker appeared on Sunday's Meet the Press
Let us offer a philosophical question for the news media at the dawn of 2017. If the scourge of the new year is “fake news,” should we not concede that it’s not “news” to speculate about what will happen after a news event? The problem is, without speculation about the future, whether immediate or distant, cable news channels and radio news outlets would surely enter a crisis about how to fill their 24 hours a day, and newspapers would struggle to fill their pages.
Time magazine offered a double issue on “The Year Ahead.” Obviously, that cannot be defined as “news.” Nothing has happened yet.
Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times had the scoop first: Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News Channel for a deal with NBC News, which offered her a weekday daytime show, a Sunday night show, and a contributing role on major political events.
Rutenberg reported “The daytime program would be a mix of news, interviews and panel-like discussions covering a range of issues, not only government and politics. The Sunday night program, which is yet to be named, would provide Ms. Kelly with a continued hand in hard news."
On Sunday’s Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter organized a panel of journalists to address the vexing question of how to cover President Trump while he demeans the press. Michael Oreskes, the senior vice president for news at National Public Radio, begged Donald Trump’s attention: “I'd also make a specific point to the president-elect, who I understand watches.”
Oreskes claimed it was “not right” to conduct “personal attacks on individual journalists”…as if individual journalists aren’t conducting personal attacks on Donald Trump?
On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Chuck Todd devoted a whole hour to analyzing Trump vs. the Press, but he worked energetically to avoid the notion the media lost trust because it's seen as part of the Democratic National Machine. There were no questions about whether they failed in being too soft on Hillary Clinton, because they never think they've been too soft on Democrats. Todd displayed the complete lack of awareness of the conservative view by mocking the "concierge media friends" of Trump -- ahem, Fox and Breitbart and conservative papers and a chunk of talk radio -- without ever considering how NBC looked like "concierge media friends" of Obama and the Clintons.
CBS’s Face the Nation led off 2017 with a political panel where everyone was completely disgusted by President-elect Trump. The two Bush White House veterans – speechwriters Michael Gerson and David Frum – talked in dark terms about an election stolen by Russia and a forthcoming “constitutional crisis.”
On the Left were Jeffrey Goldberg, the Obama-polishing editor of The Atlantic magazine, and former NPR anchor Michele Norris, who left the taxpayer-funded network when her husband took a job in the Obama White House. Norris declared that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan clearly had a racial component, since America was “built on the promise of white prosperity above everything else.”
In his syndicated column, Terry Mattingly marveled that the journalists belonging to the Religion News Association picked Donald Trump’s election as the number-one religion story of 2016, but the number one “religion newsmakers of the year" were instead “Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, who appeared before the Democratic National Convention as Mr. Khan denounced Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the country as unconstitutional.”
If the Khans’ tour of the liberal media denouncing Trump had actually caused Trump’s defeat, that would make them newsworthy. But why would they be number-one newsmakers when Hillary Clinton lost?
CBS News ran a poll on global warming in December that it did not broadcast. PollingReport.com displayed a December 9-13 survey question: "Do you think global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, or do you think the impact of global warming won't happen until sometime in the future, or do you think global warming won't have a serious impact at all?"
CBS did attempt to panic the audience in a Saturday morning segment with Time's Jeffrey Kluger, who declared this issue is "not subject to politics."