CNN's Reliable Sources offered a panel discussion on June 26 asking if Americans are so apathetic to the truth that our politics have entered a "post-fact check phase." This is a reference to Donald Trump, of course. The media believe he's a liar and gets away with it because of public apathy. What these journalists will never concede, however, is that Democrats get away with dishonesty because of their own apathy. Hillary Clinton's obscene lie about landing in sniper fire in Bosnia is a distant memory.
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.
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter brought on disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather to assess “media complicity in the rise of Trump.” He never even hinted at the notion that the liberal media liked the idea of Trump as the easiest nominee for the Clintons to vanquish.
Rather’s new title is “CEO of the production company News & Guts.” The company website features Rather standing alone in a sun-dappled field with a pair of binoculars.
MRC president Brent Bozell passed along this beaut this morning with one word: "SKEWED." Check out the headline in The Hill newspaper: “Major companies decline to fund 2016 GOP convention.” On social media, the headline was “Major companies pull sponsorship of GOP convention.” But then it becomes plain it isn't really news at all: four of the five sponsors named aren't funding either party convention, and a fourth is sponsoring other events at both.
Eddie Scarry at the Washington Examiner reports MSNBC weekend host Rev. Al Sharpton made some rude jokes about Fox News at a Kennedy Center “roast” for James Carville.
"It's better than Fox," Sharpton said of his MSNBC gig. "Because over there, they'd make me drink from a separate water fountain."
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple took up a NewsBusters post on Thursday: “NPR issues large correction about stay-at-home mom/gun-control activist.” Wemple wrote “NewsBusters, the very vigilant group that monitors the mainstream media for lefty bias, appears to have pushed NPR toward this step.”
But the really jaw-dropping part of the piece was Wemple’s interview with Shannon Watts, the allegedly inexperienced new politico NPR originally presented. Watts spat: “Here’s what happens: There’s a story about me and then immediately the gun lobby and the trolls, they try to pick apart who I am.”
The bizarre inaccuracy of reporting on transgender activists was demonstrated by a recent New York Times blog post (for their “Women of the World” project) headlined “Transgender man opens up about breastfeeding his sons.”
He breast-feeds? "He’d undergone surgery to have his breasts removed, but his body still produced milk and he was able to breastfeed — or chestfeed, as he puts it — both of his children. He even started a blog called Milk Junkies and chronicled his experiences."
After weeks of indecision, ABC decided on May 12 it would renew the Catholic-bashing sitcom The Real O'Neals, loosely based on the childhood of vehement gay sex columnist Dan Savage. But then Noah Galvin, a 22-year-old gay actor playing the fictional version of Savage, gave an interview to New York magazine's Vulture blog that was so rude that The Hollywood Reporter said ABC was reconsidering its options, like reducing the number of episodes ordered for Season 2.
An executive producer who had spent four years getting the series on the air was "begging the network not to take action," said a source to The Hollywood Reporter. One show source added: "He caused a grade-A s--t show. ABC screamed at him all afternoon."
Washington Post reporter Robert Barnes reported Friday that a deadlocked Supreme Court handed Obama a huge defeat: “President Obama suffered the biggest legal defeat of his administration Thursday when a deadlocked Supreme Court failed to revive his stalled plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and give them the right to work legally in the United States.”
But this was the large headline: “Plan to shield illegal aliens suffers loss.”
CNN host Don Lemon has been offering denials recently that the media has any effect on anything, and can never be blamed for anything that happens. Josh Feldman at Mediaite offered a new one, a Lemon satellite-radio interview with Muslim activist/comedian Dean Obeidallah, where he denied the media could be blamed for Donald Trump’s campaign success so far.
Despite its own embarrassing poll result – that nine out of ten native Americans have no hostility to the Washington Redskins team name – The Washington Post is staunchly standing by its censorious liberal position. On Wednesday, they posted a staff editorial titled “Mr. Snyder’s losing battle with the next generation: Sidwell Friends bans Washington football team apparel.” So Sidwell Friends – the leftist Quaker private school that educated the children of Obama, Clinton, and Gore, as well as Joe Biden’s grandchildren – represents “the next generation.”
ABC’s Good Morning America spent four minutes on Tuesday morning promoting a new birth-control app where doctors can dispense contraceptives without a face-to-face visit. ABC even promoted it for what’s controversial about it.
Co-host Lara Spencer began: But right now – the way girls as young as 13 may be getting the pill. The New York Times reporting it is happening with new apps and websites.”
The Left shook their fists when MSNBC's MTP Daily interviewed Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Perkins was announced as a guest on Sunday’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, but then did not appear, which led to leftists boating their petitions got him cancelled. He did appear on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon’s Weekends with Alex Witt to discuss a Tuesday meeting between Donald Trump and evangelical Christian leaders (the same topic as the Tuesday night interview).
In the wake of the Trump wrecking crane, President Obama’s approval ratings have risen above 50 percent. The media see greater appreciation for his “competence” in office – but why? In the wake of the Orlando attack, it’s easy to ask “How competent would the media make President Bush appear if an Islamic terrorist shot up a gay nightclub in Florida eight years ago?”
It seemed like every piece of bad news in the Bush years was somehow Bush’s fault, and proof of his incompetence. But absolutely no one in the media wonders for two seconds if Obama looks incompetent when a terrorist calls the cops to declare himself an ally of ISIS and shoots more than 100 people, killing 49.
It’s two newspapers in one! The Washington Post ran a bizarre story about Trump and the media on the front page of the Style section on Tuesday. “Trump’s blacklist turns out to be a bit gray” was the headline. Trump’s campaign may deny press credentials, but reporters can easily just attend events and file stories, as Jenna Johnson for the Post is doing now.
But then the “blacklist is really gray” story ends with an overwrought quote from former Washington Post assistant managing editor Susan Glasser suggesting Trump was more “undemocratic” than Vladimir Putin in his press relations. “It is astonishing that something like this is happening in the United States.”
Beware liberal media propagandists trying to sell you a liberal as “just regular people....folding the kids’ laundry...who had never done anything political before.” Baloney. On Friday’s Morning Edition, NPR was the latest outlet who presented this fakery for one Shannon Watts, who founded the group One Million Moms for Gun Control after the Sandy Hook mass murder in December of 2012.
But Watts gave $1750 to Obama for President that year, $500 to the DNC in 2011, and $1,000 to the pro-abortion feminist Democrats at EMILY's List in 2010.
On NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, the play-down-Islam game was in full swing. The headline online was “Orlando Shooter Update: Few Warning Signs Point To Radicalization.”
NPR anchor Scott Simon said unnamed federal officials were “struck by the fact that the shooter, Omar Mateen, doesn't seem to have exhibited any of the warning signs often associated with radicalization. They're exploring whether Mateen invoked ISIS's name not because he follows that group, but perhaps in hopes of getting more publicity for his attacks.” Because, you know, shooting 100 people wouldn't get much publicity otherwise.
Here’s one easy way to demonstrate a newspaper is liberal and has no intention of treating Tea Party conservatism seriously. The Washington Post has skipped doing any book review of the last three best-sellers over the last five years by radio host and constitutional law expert Mark Levin: Ameritopia, The Liberty Amendments, and Plunder and Deceit.
But they made space on Sunday for a 1710-word book review of a radical leftist book by David Daley, the editor in chief of hard-left Salon.com, entitled Ratf**cked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy. In summation: horrible Republicans “stole democracy” and impede the leftist agenda through corrupt gerrymandering schemes.
The Catholic Church is always good for a laugh on Catholic-subsidized National Public Radio....not so much your local mosque. On their game show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, host Peter Sagal inaccurately presented as breaking news a “bold scheme to make money” in Oakland. That’s not quite right. But you can see the punchline potential in putting a vineyard next to a graveyard:
The mass shooting in Orlando really infuriated liberals all over again about the lack of gun control -- including liberal journalists and comedians. "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt blandly promoted how "late-night hosts have once again found themselves straddling the lines between comedians and consolers."
But they weren't consolers. They were agitators for the liberal agenda. On "The Daily Show," host Trevor Noah sympathized with Obama: "He's hosted 12 state dinners, but he's had to give 16 mass shooting addresses." And none of those apparently ever reflected badly on Obama's leadership on terrorism?
The massacre at the gay nightclub in Orlando drove NPR to ask the big questions about homophobia: Isn't it time to classify that as a mental illness?
On Wednesday night's All Things Considered, openly gay anchor Ari Shapiro interviewed professor Gregory Herek, who operates a blog called "Beyond Homophobia." Herek urged caution on the early reports that the Orlando mass murderer might be gay, but was willing to entertain NPR's theory that societal "stigma" could have played a role in the shooting: