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 edition of Rosie Radio on XM/Sirius, Rosie O’Donnell discussed talk show host and comedian Chelsea Handler's recent statement in a New York Times interview that she had an abortion when she was sixteen and still feels she made the right choice. Rosie and her executive producer Janette Barber agreed that it was courageous of Handler both to reveal the abortion and to say she doesn't regret it.
But when the Rosie crew took a call from woman who had several abortions in her late thirties and early forties and feels guilty about it, Barber really lost it, and compared that guilt to blaming a rape victim’s outfit for rape:
On Thursday, liberal talk-radio hosts Randi Rhodes and Stephanie Miller each protested the one-week suspension of MSNBC host Ed Schultz for calling Laura Ingraham a “talk slut” on his radio show. Miller said of the S-word: “So, I wear it proudly. Some right women are soooo sensitive!”
It’s understandable Randi Rhodes might think this isn’t offensive. She was suspened by Air America for yelling that Hillary Clinton was a “big f—ing whore” in 2008. But she was really upset at the Schultz apology and suspension, insisting Schultz had used the word on her, too, and neither found it offensive:
Gay activist/sex columnist Dan Savage has been honored across the liberal media elite as an anti-bullying activist. Will any of his media-elite fans notice his latest column that repeatedly asks a recently retired 69-year-old conservative Canadian Member of Parliament to perform oral sex on him...in front of a camera crew?
In his latest “Savage Love” column, published in alternative weekly newspapers in hip cities across America, Savage insisted anyone who insists homosexuality is a choice and not an unavoidable genetic trait is a “choicer” and part of “just another group of deranged conspiracy theorists,” like 9/11 truthers and birthers. Here’s the complete attack (warning: graphic sexual bullying follows).
When CNN anchor Don Lemon announced he was gay and went on The Joy Behar Show on May 16, he insisted I don`t think just because I'm gay that it makes, it takes my brain away. Or it makes me not be objective. I`ve been doing this job for a long time. And I've been objective and I think I've been fair.”
But in a new interview with the gay newspaper The Washington Blade, Lemon took a different stand: “I hope to change minds.” Conservatives must be converted. Objectivity is naturally going to suffer when there’s a socially liberal agenda to press forward:
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi profiled MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on the front of Friday’s Style section. The headlines were vaguely promotional. Above a large picture it reads "Lawrence O’Donnell is hitting his marks at the center of MSNBC’s prime time lineup." The actual headline below is "A starring role as the cable guy."
But read deeply into Farhi’s portrait, and it becomes clear that O’Donnell prides himself on being detached – some might say insincere. Late in the piece, Farhi quotes me on how Larry’s done "some very weird shouting and tantrums." In response, O’Donnell says he’s not really outraged on TV, he’s...acting! He's the Master Thespian of Cable News. He’s sort of playing a character for theatrical effect:
After radical Princeton professor Cornel West savagely attacked President Obama as a Wall Street mascot and puppet, it would hardly be surprising that PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley would provide him a forum on Wednesday night to repeat his analysis – after all, Smiley and West host a public-radio show together. But it’s still amazing that he doesn’t see his insults as very insulting:
SMILEY: Did he have to be called a Black mascot and a Black puppet? There are those who suggested that you were petty, for a man who talks as much about love as you do, that you were petty for using terminology like "mascot" and "puppet."
WEST: Well, one, I am the kind of Christian, I love mascots. I love puppets, too.
As her term wraps up, NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard explored the controversial $1.8 million donation from leftist hedge-fund manager George Soros and his Open Society Institute, and how NPR tried to talk its way out of the idea that it was a liberal media outlet taking money from a major liberal agitator of means. Shepard reported executives there determined “it would be wrong to turn down money because of someone's political beliefs and based on how it looked.”
"OSI Foundations met NPR's qualification criteria for funders," said Dana Davis Rehm, NPR's spokesperson. "They understood and accepted our terms – chief among them the prohibition of any effort to influence editorial decision making. Our acceptance of the grant was based on principles of independence and fairness, and we stand by it."
Time’s cover this week proclaims "Sex. Lies. Arrogance. What Makes Powerful Men Act Like Pigs." The May 30 cover story by Nancy Gibbs pondered the allegations against Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn:
But both suggest an abuse of power and a betrayal of trust. And both involve men whose long-standing reputations for behaving badly toward women did not derail their rise to power. Which raises the question: How can it be, in this ostensibly enlightened age, when men and women live and work as peers and are schooled regularly in what conduct is acceptable and what is actionable, that anyone with so little judgment, so little honor, could rise to such heights?
This is not now Gibbs wrote of Bill Clinton during the depths of his intern-sex scandal. Clinton wasn’t an arrogant pig, but a miraculous politician who deserved forgiveness. From February 9, 1998:
A week after trashing the Paul Ryan plan as "right-wing social engineering" on Meet the Press, Newt Gingrich appeared on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, where host Bob Schieffer began the whole show with this Gingrich line: "He announces for President and his own party goes nuts." As in insane. But Schieffer not only revisited Newt's Medicare mess -- "I have not heard one single Republican come to your defense" -- he spent several minutes dwelling on Gingrich's large credit account at Tiffany's and pushed him around about his marital infidelity: "And what about your personal life, and your personal behavior. Are people supposed to just put that aside?"
This is another classic double standard for CBS. Just remember Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" accepting Bill Clinton saying he 's "caused pain" in his marriage in 1992. He never suggested it was rude to expect people to "just put that aside." And why is Schieffer already pounding Gingrich's "bizarre revelation" on expensive tastes in jewelry, but Kroft never asked Obama in five interviews throughout the 2008 campaign cycle about Obama buying a $1.6 million house in Chicago with a crook named Tony Rezko? As for Schieffer, perhaps he'd like to recall how he cooed over the supposedly blissful marriage of John and Elizabeth Edwards on August 26, 2007:
You know you’re reading the liberal Washington Post when a story rejoices in the D.C. government offering "a measure of freedom she has never had" to "slip on a flower-print blouse and shave her face." The place is Wanda Alston House, named after a lesbian activist staffer of NOW and the Human Rights Campaign who was stabbed to death in 2005.
The top story in Sunday’s Metro section was headlined: "A Haven from the Streets: For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths, who face a higher risk of becoming homeless, D.C.’s Wanda Alston House offers refuge where they don’t have to fear being themselves." Reporter Theresa Vargas was typically all sympathy and zero skepticism for the politically correct cause:
Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer blog reports that Rosie O’Donnell thinks cheating Arnold Schwarzenegger is somehow beneath the history of the Kennedy family – as if cheating were never allowed among the Kennedys?
Perhaps it should be said that Maria Shriver’s parents, Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, seemed to have a happy, long-lasting marriage of 56 years. But Rosie might want to be careful about boasting of a Kennedy "legacy" on this topic of womanizing:
When PBS and NPR "conservative" commentator David Brooks appears on both networks on Fridays, he often repeats his lines. On Friday, on both networks, he repeated his trashing of Newt Gingrich as unqualified to run a 7-Eleven. But he also insisted that conservative talk-radio hosts (which ones?) don't want to touch Medicare and hate the Paul Ryan budget. He named no names. Here's how it came out on the PBS NewsHour:
I happen to think one of the important things Ryan did was, he said, if we're going to be serious, we have to be serious about entitlements. We can't just be for expanding Medicare coverage forever. But there are people in the party on talk radio and also people like Gingrich who have said, we should never, never touch this.
Here's how Brooks said it on NPR's All Things Considered:
On Friday night’s All Things Considered, National Public Radio paid tribute to feminism in two stories. Congressional reporter Andrea Seabrook celebrated the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and then anchor Michelle Norris honored the twentieth anniversary of the feminist film Thelma and Louise.
In her story, Seabrook worried over the "sexists" who demonized Pelosi for her appearance and obsessed over the chauvinist sound of pronouns:
Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine features House Speaker John Boehner on the cover, and next to his face are the words "While the SPEAKER battles against the Democrats, is his BIGGEST THREAT from his own party?" (All the words are capitalized, actually, but "Speaker" and "biggest threat" are much larger.)
Post reporter Michael Leahy spent several pages wondering if the "Young Guns" directly under Boehner will eventually overtake him if he’s not "feverish" enough for the conservative base. It’s accurate, even positive, to cast new House members as "feisty" and "aggressive," but beware those Tea Party hotheads when they’re "feverish" – metaphorically, not medically, of course:
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz came out of the gate lunging at Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday night, insisting the ridiculous online ad with a Ryan-like figure throwing a grandma off a cliff was "very effective and is truthful." Obama-defender Schultz was also shameless enough to suggest "this kid" Ryan has no business experience: "He’s never run a business. He never had to meet payroll." As if Obama did!
Schultz praised the "great move by Harry Reid" to have a Senate vote on the Ryan plan to make Republicans "look like fools." MSNBC never liked Palin tweets about "death panels," but they love video of a young Republican man throwing Grandma to her death off a cliff. Schultz displayed the ad for his liberal audience:
Here’s more figures suggesting most media outlets are skipping around the bad economic news. On the front of Friday’s USA Today was this story by Dennis Cauchon:
Nearly two years after the economic recovery officially began, job creation continues to stagger at the slowest post-recession rate since the Great Depression.
The nation has 5% fewer jobs today — a loss of 7 million — than it did when the recession began in December 2007. That is by far the worst performance of job generation following any of the dozen recessions since the 1930s.
Government support for the arts can easily go very wrong. "Indie" bands in Canada are often funded by the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), and Life Site News found this amazing story:
Canadian punk group "Living with Lions" has drawn outrage for its obscene anti-Bible artwork and representation of Jesus Christ on their new album – funded by the Canadian government.
The album, entitled "Holy S—-," is designed to look like a Bible, with black cover and gold writing, yellow, faded pages, and lyric layout similar to Bible verses. It is subtitled, "The Poo Testament," and represents Christ as excrement...
In her attempt to start her show with a bang on Wednesday night, Joy Behar began by citing a list on the Human Events website that put her ninth on a list of the most obnoxious Hollywood liberals (behind Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Danny Glover, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, and Janeane Garofalo.)
This week, a conservative website listed me as the ninth most obnoxious liberal in Hollywood. First of all, I'm not in Hollywood. I’m in New York, you (bleep), and I have only one thing to say in response. Only ninth? What do I have to do to get to be number one on this list? Spend the night with Barney Frank? Okay. I'll stay number nine. Never mind.
On the front page of Wednesday’s Investor’s Business Daily, reporter David Hogberg reported that a new study found President Obama’s “stimulus” plan “may have destroyed or forestalled employment, including more than 1 million private-sector jobs.”
Destroyed or forestalled? Our media only cites studies which estimate the number of jobs Team Obama “saved or created.” Economists Timothy Conley of the University of Western Ontario and Bill Dupor of Ohio State University showed the “stimulus” saved 443,000 government jobs, but caused a net loss of more than a million jobs. This is one of those studies only Fox News noticed. But on CNN’s American Morning on Thursday, a Time magazine editor was still calling for more “investment” in infrastructure: