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.
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.
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,
Comedy Central frustrated racial bean-counters across America when it abruptly canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore for the obvious reason: it wasn't "resonating." Its ratings were terrible, and nothing it aired went viral. It was a desperate stretch when one Wilmore staffer described their audience as "small, but mighty."
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans leaped to the microphone to pound the Affirmative Action hard line: had Comedy Central's audience "ultimately rejected a black man talking boldly about race in late night television?"
The Washington Post is unsurprisingly in love with the new Obama-puffing film about Barack and Michelle’s first date. Movie critic Ann Hornaday won the prize for the biggest gush, comparing Obama to young Abe Lincoln.
The New York Times editorial page has already raged that any opposition to the wishes of transgender activists is the new Jim Crow. Now it’s imposing its wrath on conservative politicians. Ken Paxton, the Republican Attorney General of Texas, secured an injunction against the Obama administration’s warning schools it would deny federal funds to any establishment failing to bow deeply to the bathroom wishes of transgender students.
The Times feels that Paxton opposes "common sense." That's Orwellian.
“It's important to say right up front that this isn't a story about pedophile priests,” began the NPR reporter on Wednesday night....in a story with the online headline “Catholic Church Groups Fight Bills To Revive Old Sex Abuse Cases.”
Some legislators want to put in a "grace period" for new sex-abuse lawsuits outside the statute of limitations. The people who call their show All Things Considered didn’t consider this: Can we open the statute of limitations on rape allegations for Juanita Broaddrick to sue Bill Clinton? Would that seem fair?
David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon caught NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell making a very strange argument on Wednesday’s Morning Joe about Hillary’s staunch opposition to any special prosecutor in the Whitewater scandal. Mitchell sounded like she felt Hillary’s pain, that the Clinton scandal probes in the 1990s “shaped her resistance to scrutiny” and she opposed an independent counsel because it caused a “faulty deposition on Paula Jones” by Bill Clinton.
Lying under oath is downgraded on MSNBC to a “faulty deposition”!
Time’s resident humorist Joel Stein was mysteriously selected to write their latest cover story with the hair-on-fire headline “Why we’re losing the Internet to a culture of hate.” It’s mysterious because Stein has written some very troll-like commentary over the years, such as Christianity is a “death cult,” and "I don't support our troops."
But even in the very issue that Stein is complaining about ugly speech taking over the World Wide Web, he’s written a column “joking” about taking the right to vote away from old people, because they stink at voting. The headline was “Why older people shouldn’t vote – and other ideas unpopular with my parents.”
The media coverage of the presidential race is so tilted to the Democrats that even liberal analysts feel obliged to declare it. USA Today media columnist Michael Wolff asserted that this campaign isn't between Trump and Clinton. It's between Trump and the media that have turned against him in a big way. "Now, appalled by their own creation, the media have become, with quite some religious fervor, the defender of truth, justice, morality and proper public behavior, all focused on (Trump's) undoing."
If it’s Sunday, The Washington Post is imagining President Trump as an authoritarian dictator. A few weeks ago, the Sunday Outlook section compared Trump to fictional dictators. Yesterday, the Sunday Arts section gave Philip Kennicott a huge 2,000-word space for his own fictional-dictator scenario: imagining how Trump would ruin artistic free expression if he wins in November.
It was a nightmare for the BBC, as they described it: "An interview by BBC reporter Catrin Nye on Islamophobia has been interrupted by Islamophobia." A passer-by named Paul told Nye’s interviewee Ruqaiya Haris, a Muslim advocate and student: "There's no Sharia law here." Haris wasn’t going to take the interruption sitting down.
But it's a bit funny when the the taxpayer-funded BBC objects to an opposing point of view forcing its way into their tilted conversation.
Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has two cover stories, one for Bill Clinton and one (if you turn it upside down on the other side) for Melania Trump. As expected, Bill Clinton is going to get a gushier treatment. Post writer Neely Tucker is so tender to the president that he mangles a fact, and the copy editors (also tender hearts) allowed it. “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler will not be assigned to this story.
Tucker wrote, “He allegedly cheated on his wife, repeatedly, even in the Oval Office, and with a young woman who wasn’t that much older than their daughter.”
NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen tenderly noted that the “public” broadcasters were about to look a little less open to the public. NPR.org is is dumping any online commentaries on their stories. This could be seen as lessening the chance a conservative can actually protest their leftist content. All existing comments on the site will disappear, since they "actually live within Disqus, an outside commenting platform used by NPR. So when the commenting software is removed, the archival comments go with it".
Civility and political decorum demand that one should never pick on a president's family. Presidential children did not choose the career of their parents. Their privacy should not only be respected, it should be actively protected.
Pretty much the entire media observed this rule perfectly when Radar Online published blurry pictures of 18-year-old Malia Obama puffing some sort of cigarette at a Lollapalooza concert in Chicago on July 31. Radar’s 18-year-old eyewitness cried “weed.” Video also showed Malia dancing suggestively to a rap song.The press refused to touch the story. Praiseworthy? Yes – if you’re willing to applaud media hypocrisy.
NPR loves to imagine itself as an oasis of civility compared to nasty commercial talk radio. NPR host Diane Rehm has written haughty op-eds about how Rush Limbaugh et al are a blight on the radio. But wondering if Donald Trump is mentally ill? Apparently, that's civil and educational.
Rehm launched an hour-long discussion of Trump's dysfunctional mental state based on a Tuesday New York Times article about psychologists breaking the "Goldwater Rule" and diagnosing a dangerous presidential aspirant as nuts
Friday's New York Times put Iran on the top of front page, left corner: "U.S. Concedes It Postponed Iran Payment: GOP Cites 'Ransom' to Free 3 Americans." One of those ransomed Americans was Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, so it was peculiar that the Post buried this story on page A-10, and not at the top of page A-10 -- but underneath columnist Joe Davidson writing about the National Park Service.
One perennially hot story on The Washington Post website promotes an “anarchist collective” of anti-Trump protesters and their attempt to humiliate the GOP nominee with a set of statues of a (mostly) naked Trump. Imagine for two seconds how much ink (or cyberspace) the Post would give to a set of humiliating “Naked Hillary” statues....or imagine how much it would be denigrated as a slimy effort by male chauvinist pigs, or a part of conservative “rape culture.”
The project is titlted “The Emperor Has No Balls,” which the Post bizarrely changed to “B—s,” as if decency is protected with a pile of photos of Naked Trump statues.
The day after the Washington Post Style section gushed over Cecile Richards, the nation’s leading advocate for “terminating” babies, the same space on Thursday mocked RNC spokesman Sean Spicer for making little kids “burst into tears” when he calls their parents on the phone. Post reporter Ben Terris revealed Spicer’s is name is a “curse word” to an anonymous reporter.
Terris also relayed what clearly tickled him the most – Spicer being called “Sean Sphincter” in his college paper:
USA Today put the latest troubling signs of private insurers bailing out of Obamacare on the top of the front page Wednesday. But something really obvious was missing from the text of the entire article – the name “Obama.”
The headline for this beating-around-the-bush story was “Health care costs to rise in 2017: Aetna pullout in 11 states reflects insurance industry upheaval.”
On the front of Tuesday’s “Science Times” section in The New York Times was the science behind declaring Trump insane. The subhead next to his face was “Assessments of the Republican candidate’s mental health have sparked renewed debate in the psychiatric field over the so-called Goldwater Rule.” The headline, under the fold, was simply “Analyzing Trump.”
“Science” reporter Benedict Carey spent 1,437 words exploring how Trump might be declared nuts.