CNN’s media team of Brian Stelter and Dylan Byers channeled the Left – and pretended it wasn’t the Left – in a “Reliable Sources” e-mail sent on Wednesday night after the NBC “commander-in-chief” forum. Like many leftists, they were upset Matt Lauer didn’t come to knock Trump off his chair and expose him as a moron.Stelter began: "The candidates made a lot of news. But did the network ultimately lose by letting untruths go unchallenged?"
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).
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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.
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd began his pundit-panel segment on September 4 by remarking: “‘Nobody cares about the damn emails.’ That's what Bernie Sanders famously said. I couldn't believe when I looked at the time stamp, October of 2015...We are now at September of 2016. Somebody cares about them.”
Apparently the political director at NBC News isn’t in that “somebody” camp. When it comes to Clinton scandals, he has what Donald Trump calls “low energy.”
On the very day a CNN poll made the presidential race look tight, The Washington Post was blatantly projecting a Clinton victory. They wrote a “Dear Bill” letter on the front of Tuesday’s Style section begging the former president to fully “own” and embrace the First Lady duties, since “more likely than not, you’ll be moving back into your ‘90s homestead in a couple months.”
It’s uncommon to go back into the past to study how liberal media inaccuracy and bias distorted the political process. Former Bush lawyer C. Boyden Gray and his co-author Elise Passamani wrote an eye-opening article for The American Conservative magazine that explores just how all the networks told voters in Florida on Election Night 2000 their polls were closing when they were not. "It is a story of voter suppression."
Longtime National Public Radio star Garrison Keillor just finished four decades on state-subsidized radio on A Prairie Home Companion. For almost that long, he's been an easy example of a pretentious liberal snob, precisely the kind who seriously loathes a Donald Trump. If NPR ever wanted to wonder why they haven't been granted a Trump interview, it's because he knows NPR is an elite liberal sandbox for people who congratulate themselves on their marvelous taste and mental acuity.
So when Keillor penned an acidulous character assassination of Trump for the Chicago Tribune, the liberals were very pleased.
Now that Abedin's Islam has taken a back seat and she's dumped the husband, People again carried Huma's water in the last magazine, a little hidden on page 62. They reported she began referring to Weiner as “Jordan’s dad” rather than “Anthony,” and she has stopped wearing her wedding and engagement rings. Why did she stay as long as she did? “Huma has a very strong moral character,” a friend announced.
The top story on the left side of the Sunday Washington Post is tough on Hillary....sort of. Post reporter Karen Tumulty suggests that if Hillary Clinton hadn't been so allergic to transparency, maybe the "vast right-wing conspiracy" would have never become such a malignant force. (She failed to ponder the other side: the Clintons were so corrupt -- and they knew it -- that the only option was to delay and deny, delay and deny, as they did in the Lewinsky scandal/impeachment.)
To Tumulty: the right wing is uniquely vehement and extreme:
On the Friday “Week in Politics” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, liberal columnist E.J. Dionne and “conservative” columnist David Brooks were as usual in agreement. Anchor Ari Shapiro asked about the FBI document-dump on their interview with Hillary about her private e-mail server. Dionne regurgitated the Hillary spin that these notes only underlined why FBI director James Comey recommended against indicting her. Then Brooks agreed, and compared her to a small poetry magazine.
During his big immigration speech on Wednesday night in Arizona, Trump brought on a group of "Angel Moms" -- women who lost children due to crime by illegal aliens. My friend Cameron Gray at NRANews.com noted the media double standard when it comes to mourning mothers:
The “Black Lives Matter” movement is two years old, so it’s a little odd that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick suddenly has become a convert. He must certainly be pleased that everyone knows he refused to stand up during the National Anthem at a preseason game in Green Bay.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick announced. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Now, photos show him wearing socks in training camp featuring pigs with police hats on them.
Linda Feldman at the Christian Science Monitor took on the long-standing problem of the Democrats: “Can Hillary Clinton now ‘humanize’? The candidate finds whe needs to overcome a caricature.” Why can’t she project warmth? The “core challenge” is “getting voters to look beyond the caricature of her – and to actually like her.” Liberal reporters can’t face the idea that she’s not resonating.
Politico reports the Commission on Presidential Debates announced their moderator lineup on Friday morning: NBC anchor Lester Holt, CNN host Anderson Cooper, ABC anchor Martha Raddatz, CBS anchor Elaine Quijano, and the first nod to Fox News, Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday.
Since Fox News began in 1996, eleven of the 19 moderators slots have been held by PBS. Jim Lehrer has moderated nine debates since then, and Gwen Ifill moderated two vice-presidential matchups. Nodding to the Cooper pick, BuzzFeed reporter/activist Chris Geidner happily tweeted “Chris Wallace will be the only straight, white man moderating a presidential or vice presidential debate this year.”
When former Bush chief speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote a column for The Washington Post headlined “Cancel this reality show,” it sounded like just another anti-Trump column. Or is Gerson calling for a shutdown of conservative talk radio?
It's understandable that establishment Republicans would despise the dynamic of conservative radio talkers trying to yank party leaders to the right. But shutting them down? Does that sound like reasonable moderation?
A Washington Post headline on Wednesday raised eyebrows and led to some TV reporting. The headline was “A record number of Americans now dislike Hillary Clinton.” It wasn’t in Wednesday morning’s paper, so expect it on Thursday, right? Wrong. The Post front page had a story on fossils in Greenland, but no story for the fossils who love the print edition on Mrs. Clinton's unpopularity.
The Washington Post’s desperate spin on the collapse of the Weiner-Abedin marriage is even more desperate than the last time Weiner was caught sexting. Chris “There Is No Pro-Hillary Bias” Cillizza wrote a petulant article headlined “Anthony Weiner is gross. Let’s stop paying attention to him.” And which candidate does that help, hmm?
Earth to Chris: You were ignoring him. For months on end. Until he was exposed for exposing himself again, and the Wife dumped him. That's one of many examples of a pro-Hillary bias in the media elite.
The Washington Post interviewed Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau for Tuesday's Style section and highlighted how he said if Trump wins, "I'll miss civilization as we know it."
But Trudeau's take on mocking Hillary Clinton offered a potential summary of the media's feeling about this campaign. When asked what he as a satirist found interesting and worth mocking, he said "Nothing. When you’re obsessed with Trump, which, let’s face it, all of us are, going after Hillary feels like homework."
The Clinton Foundation has become a serious problem for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Everyone knows the Clintons made a mockery of the promises they made to Team Obama. Even the left-wing site PolitiFact says it’s “Mostly False” that they obeyed the rules.
Like her husband Bill, who infamously claimed “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” Monica Lewinsky, Hillary is going around claiming “My work as Secretary of State was not influenced by outside sources.”
One of the "Most Read" articles on The Washington Post website is an Aaron Blake story headlined "Donald Trump has a massive Catholic problem." He's losing to Hillary Clinton among (self-professed) Catholics by 27 in an ABC-Post poll. Here's one reason: the Post hasn't written about Sunday's protest outside Tim Kaine's Catholic church in Richmond calling him a Catholic In Name Only.
According to the Virginia Christian Alliance, the Post had a reporter present, but there's nothing about it on the website on Monday morning.
As we approach the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the anti-Bush media feeding frenzy that followed, The Huffington Post is offering us "The Definitive of History of 'George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People,'" the splenetic outburst during a live Katrina telethon by that most egocentric of rappers, Kanye West. The HuffPost offered it as unloading a hip-hop Gettysburg Address.
It's amusing to watch liberals blast each other for failing to meet goals of racial diversity. Alicia Shepard, a former ombudsman at National Public Radio, wrote a piece for BillMoyers.com headlined "How Newsrooms Fail To Reflect America and Why It Matters: Too often, there's only one person among the reporters and editors to speak up for diversity."
Their target was MSNBC, which has boasted all over the place about its bevy of female reporters covering the 2016 presidential campaign. But Shepard can still use their advertisement about it as a starting place for complaints,