The women's magazine Elle is carrying a weird negative profile of White House Kellyanne Conway. The subhead to Tish Durkin's profile reads "For many Kellyanne Conway was a shock, invented out of whole cloth (and the tweets of her client. But her mendacious, loquacious assault on liberalism has been more than 20 years in the making." To trash Conway the hardest, Durkin turned to the liberal media for support.
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.
Open.President Trump's budget proposes defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. If it passes Congress, it will take two years for funding to be discontinued, but the liberal public-media lobby is panicking. These hyperbole artists insist "Our public media is for everyone." That's just a lie. Conservatives are not welcome in public media.
The defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is long past overdue. No president, including Ronald Reagan, seriously pushed an immediate winding down of this corrupt and outdated waste of taxpayer funds. Who would have ever imagined that Donald Trump would be the first to do this?
His first budget takes that step, not just to save of ton of taxpayer money ($450 million is a lot of money), but to establish a principle about our leftist media. It’s simply not appropriate for the federal government to fund Democratic propaganda badly disguised as “news.”
The Los Angeles Times published a front-page story Monday on Ivanka Trump that highlighted she was “complicit” in her father’s evil. The headline read: “She once made liberals hopeful - Ivanka Trump is now seen as 'complicit' in her father's agenda.”
Times reporter Barbara Demick promoted four radical-left artists from New York who started an Instagram page called Dear Ivanka to supposedly lobby her to mend her father’s ways. In one Instagram post, they used the dictionary to define their accusation. Ivanka’s involved in crime or generic wrongdoing:
National Public Radio greeted the opening of the Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings in typical leftist fashion: Nina Totenberg publicizing the complaints of feminist groups and failing to disclose the partisan background of the accuser, named Jennifer Sisk, who claims Gorsuch made insensitive comments about maternity leave in a class at the University of Colorado law school.
Alex Griswold at the Washington Free Beacon noted what Totenberg somehow didn’t find worth mentioning in her online story, Sisk's political background as a Democrat.
MRC vice president Dan Gainor appeared on CNN’s New Day on Sunday to discuss the Trump administration’s budget plan, which zeroes out money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While the PBS lobby tried to claim America deeply loves a channel that they barely watch, Gainor hit hard enough on its left-wing tilt to cause the anchor to ask if the defunding was about “conservative revenge.”
To underline how The Washington Post is a Democratic Party newspaper, the Sunday edition has a front-page puff piece on Sen. Al Franken. “Franken takes a judicious approach,” reads the newspaper headline. Online, the love is more palpable: “Al Franken may be the perfect senator for the Trump era — a deadly serious funnyman.”
Just as the liberal “news” media have doubled down on fierce liberal activism since the Trump inauguration, so too is Hollywood pushing that leftist agenda. Variety celebrates the crusade -- that is what this is -- in an article headlined “TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are Confronting Social Issues Like Never Before.”
It is not that Hollywood should be political, it is that the industry must be political. Even the sitcoms need to be political.
Washington Post culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg offered a strange liberal argument on Thursday: “If Trump really wants to unify American culture, he should fund public broadcasting.” What a bad joke. To liberals, PBS and NPR unify the country. This is only true if you have no concern whatsoever for the long history of PBS and NPR abusing conservatives.
President Trump's first budget proposed to end funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, something we at the MRC have advocated throughout our history. It's not fair that conservative taxpayers should have to subsidize propaganda programs that insult their political philosophy and assault their favorite politicians.
Our colleague Jeffrey Lord penned a new piece for The American Spectator on Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan denouncing the conservative media for pushing lies and conspiracy theories instead of real information. The online headline for Sullivan was “Pro-Trump media sets the agenda with lies. Here’s how traditional media can take it back.”
To Sullivan, there is the “hyperpartisan” right-wing media, and on the other side, there is the “traditional media.” As if the “traditional” media is not “hyperpartisan.”
The latest poll by USA Today and Suffolk University carried some eye-opening numbers about public disapproval of the media’s aggressive attempts to run the country. They found President Trump has a 45 percent approval rating, while 47 percent disapprove.
That’s not surprising. The media talk about his unpopularity all the time. But here’s what they don’t talk about: their own numbers. Only 37 percent of Americans approve of their job performance. A whopping 50 percent disapprove.
Bobby Ross Jr. at the blog Get Religion asked a great question: Why must major newspapers publicize “satirical bills” from the Left? It’s not just publicizing them, it’s giving them the press-release treatment, and no opposing view is included. Take this report on a feminist prank in Texas from the Houston Chronicle on "unregulated masturbatory emissions."
One could easily count on the leftist snobs at The New Yorker to loathe the new pecking order at White House press conferences. Andrew Marantz wrote a snide piece full of anonymous whiners titled Is Trump Trolling The White House Press Corps? At daily briefings, Sean Spicer calls on young journalists from far-right sites. The mainstream media sees them as an existential threat.”
Several snobbish TV reporters complained on the record, starting with Major Garrett, who once worked for the disdained Fox News Channel, but has learned the liberal drill.
Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman sounded a little like Chris Matthews when he "felt a shiver of anticipation" at the new "Trump-timed" Steven Spielberg movie project, mythologizing The Washington Post in 1971 pushing to expose the "Pentagon Papers" to underline the "futility" of the Vietnam War, which Gleiberman proclaimed part of the "liberal catechism."
Gleiberman hoped "If there’s a new wave of movies that matter, it won’t just mean freedom-fighting media/political dramas like The Post." He complained political movies like this are seen as elite-cinema Oscar bait, not as profit-makers.
Conservative talk-radio host and author Mark Levin wrote an open letter Saturday to Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire, who wrote a slanted article about President Trump's media diet that smeared Levin in with birtherism and InfoWars on the "edges" of the conservative movement.
The liberal media is still defending its “mainstream” presence and trying to shame the Trump team out of “normalizing” conservative media outlets. On Saturday, The Washington Post published an article headlined “Press pool, no longer just for the mainstream.” Media reporter Paul Farhi relayed the panic over the strange being who was assigned as the pool reporter for the vice president: Fred Lucas of the Daily Signal.
An “employee of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank…a journalist employed by an organization with a vested interest in the direction of White House and federal policy.” Let those words sink in.
They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that’s obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood’s sexual politics. Last week, ABC tried to lecture America with a four-part miniseries on the radical gay Left called When We Rise, and it tanked in the ratings – despite heavy promotion throughout the Academy Awards broadcast the night before the premiere.
While ABC’s star-studded propaganda finale drew 2 million viewers on Friday, March 3, CBS drew 6.6 million for Hawaii Five-0 and 6.8 million for Blue Bloods. ABC’s Shark Tank lead-in drew 6 million viewers.
Billboard magazine reports the 8th most popular song this week is from the 19-year-old Florida rapper calling himself Kodak Black. It's called "Tunnel Vision." The video includes the rapper standing in front of burning crosses and a scene of a Trump supporter wearing a Confederate-flag vest and a red hat that reads "MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN." He aims to shoot an unarmed black man (for sport?), but the gun jams. Subtlety is not a virtue to this "artist."
The New York Times was scandalized that a president who’s supposed to be attending to important matters of state spent “an hour in the Oval Office chatting with Harvey Levin, the tabloid emperor whose Los Angeles-based news site and television show are leading purveyors of gossip and scandal.”
It’s not really the gossip they’re upset about. Michael Grynbaum explained that Levin and Trump were discussing another softball interview for Fox News and Levin’s new show Objectified, based off a Fox special from last fall.