National Public Radio likes to think it's about civility (not rudeness) and real news (not fake news). But when it comes to Donald Trump, on Friday night NPR became the promoter of a rude and disparaging joke on All Things Considered. Washington Post columnist and NPR contributor E. J. Dionne passed along a joke from unfunny leftist Andy Borowitz in The New Yorker: that Trump's picks were so contrary to the government's mission that next he would name Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to run the DEA.
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.
As a liberal feminist comedian, Kathy Griffin has never shied away from mocking the Palins, so it’s not surprising that Bristol Palin blogged that Griffin needs to “grow up” after she gave Donald Trump the middle-finger “salute” at a recent event with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday was clearly signaling the arrival of a Trump commentary in a Thursday piece headlined "Jackie, art and accuracy in a post-fact world." She's a fan of the film, but she was willing to admit that maybe all the mythmaking and celebrity-building around the Kennedys made President Trump possible.
Even so, she's consoled by the "halcyon legend" that Jackie Kennedy could summon a writer from Life magazine and just dictate to him (like a dictator) how the Kennedy legend should be established. That's a consoling and "quaint" concept, that liberal journalists could submit themselves as "news" butlers and maids to their leaders?
On December 4, the second Sunday of Advent on the Christian calendar, Fox’s Family Guy cartoon mocked two-thirds of the Holy Trinity as only Fox Entertainment can. In atheist Seth MacFarlane’s gag, Jesus Christ had a human son who he mocked for being bullied at school, comparing that to the horror of the Crucifixion. When his son called him a “dick,” he suggested God the Father was a bigger “dick” for sending Him to His death.
On that same day, the Sunday New York Times ran an enormous article sprawled out over three pages of the Arts & Leisure section with the question “Can TV Be Fair to Muslims?”
Our old colleague Mark Finkelstein at Legal Insurrection caught a humdinger today. Mika Brzezinski revealed on the air that Hillary Clinton's campaign called NBC brass and demanded Mika be taken off the air for something "journalistically inappropriate." Let that sink in: the Clinton campaign wanted Mika -- not Joe, not an MSNBC Republican like Michael Steele -- removed from morning TV.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is under enormous pressure from the Left to crack down on “fake news” on the social-media giant. Zuckerberg is well-advised to run as far as he can from the News Police.
In a recent note on Facebook, Zuckerberg claimed he wanted to err “on the side of letting people share whatever they want whenever possible....We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.” The hard left, beginning with President Obama, wants to be that “community,” that supposedly disinterested “third party.”
After Trump's thank-you rally in Cincinnati, CNN's Dana Bash complained. “There were lots of divisive comments, especially and unfortunately about the press, which I wish he would stop doing." CNN's Brian Stelter said his anti-media remarks make him an "authoritarian." But which is more authoritarian? A president that criticizes the press? Or a press that insists that the president must shut up and never criticize the press?
Before CBS offers America a primetime Oprah Winfrey interview with Michelle Obama -- an Obama supporter still promoting the Obamas and their legacy -- CNN is offering another version: Obama adviser Fareed Zakaria interviewing Barack Obama for a two-hour primetime special called The Legacy of Barack Obama. Conservatives and Republicans would have a very negative take on that title -- so CNN is skipping over all of them. The only viewpoint allowed is that Obama's two terms "may be among the most consequential in history."
Obama-endorsing Oprah Winfrey will interview First Lady Michelle Obama for the last time inside the White House in a new primetime special for CBS, the network announced Monday. First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special”will air Monday, December 19 at 8 pm Eastern time.
The taped special will include the usual smoochy softball topics: Mrs. Obama’s eight years as First Lady, her plans for the future, and her hopes for the Obama legacy.
CNN apologized for a producer who made a distasteful joke about Donald Trump's plane crashing. No one should expect The Washington Post will apologize for their Sunday magazine "humorist" Gene Weingarten writing poetry about the delight of dropping Trump out of an airplane to his death.
Then Hillary Clinton stood up, and she smiled, too.
“You know, I’ve a far, far better idea for you!
Throw no cash. Throw out just one Donald Trump
And bring joy to a hundred million people, chump.”
One of the popular pages on the Washington Post website this weekend is the placement of "gay pride" rainbow flags on the homes of people around Vice President-Elect Mike Pence's rental home in the Maryland suburb of Chevy Chase. The headline was "In Mr. Pence’s new D.C. neighborhood, not exactly the welcome wagon."
Reporter Ian Shapira -- last memorably seen reporting fake news about Miley Cyrus "spontaneously" campaigning for Hillary on campus -- wisecracked the liberal protest meant "It was time to Make Chevy Chase Great Again."
Notoriously atheist and leftist Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter on Friday to explain why so many celebrities loathe Donald Trump. He claimed Trump reminds Tinseltown folk of slimy deal makers, as if Trump is an elitist who rigs the system, and Seth MacFarlane and his Hollywood pals are red-blooded lovers of America.
“Wanna know why Hollywood folks hate Trump? We live and work amongst his kind every day out here. His tactics are those employed by the shiftiest of agents, lawyers and publicists," MacFarlane wrote.
Liberals in the press have spent weeks trashing “fake news” purveyors -- which is to say, those in the press who are not liberals -- while continuing to bow deeply to the fake news-makers at “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Jon Stewart and New York magazine writer Chris Smith have written a new book called “An Oral History of The Daily Show," and they're the toast of Leftyville.
CBS host Charlie Rose set the adoring tone for Stewart: "[I]t became, for all of us, a, kind of, cultural event — more than a show." Rose later added, "There was nothing quite like him. A lot of people did it very well....But Jon had a special place." It’s annoying how liberals speak “for all of us.”
The Hollywood Reporter is touting how its own television wizard advises a media war on all things Trump. The headline is "In Order to Survive, Cable News Should Go Full Anti-Trump: There's one way for cable news to stave off steep declines over the next few years, writes THR's chief TV critic, and it involves embracing and channeling anti-Trump anger."
TV critic Tim Goodman lectured that "if we must have cable news, perhaps it's time for the people who run it to face the facts: Millions of people just proved, definitively, that facts don't matter to them. [Italics his.] For everybody else, they know you didn't or couldn't make facts matter, and so they are out searching for actual journalism..."
Our friend Brent Scher at the Washington Free Beacon noted that the New York Times editorial board has a funny double standard on recounts: North Carolina’s Republican governor Pat McCrory is a pathetic whiner to contest the results, but recounts for Hillary don’t require comment...except for a Monday grumblefest titled “Donald Trump’s Lies About the Popular Vote.”
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s demand for presidential recounts in three states will cost millions of dollars for no effect, but the Times is more upset about the man they call “North Carolina’s Sore Loser."
Mediaite pulled out the funniest part of Barack Obama’s latest softball interview with Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner. When asked about Donald Trump’s victory, he blamed part of it on “Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.”
Let’s not wait for PolitiFact to judge whether Fox News is actually on the TV set in every bar and restaurant in the red states. (They won’t.)
One of the world’s last brutal communist dictators, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, died at the age of 90. While Cuban exiles celebrated long into the night, on America’s “objective” networks, they pulled out hankies and mourned this despot’s filthy works and celebrated the hellhole he made.
The dictator was dead, and they were still spreading his official lies about a terrific health-care system – where the doctors are paid $30 to $50 a month or are shipped to socialist “partners” like Venezuela. Brian “Fake News” Williams claimed that Cubans use donkey carts instead of automobiles “because that’s exactly what they’d rather have for transportation.”
The radical-left site The Intercept is ripping into The Washington Post for touting a report from a shadowy, supposedly “nonpartisan” group that asserts that Wikileaks, the Drudge Report, and other alternative media operations are easy foils for Russian propaganda.
Glenn Greenwald and Ben Norton's article was headlined "Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group." They ably pointed out just how the supposed enemies of “fake news” at the Post are promoting bizarre conspiracy theories using overwrought numbers from a source that won’t identify its own authors or funders.
Via Nickarama at Weasel Zippers, we learned that USA Today was dead-serious when they issued a "non-endorsement" of Donald Trump before the election. For Thanksgiving, the newspaper's official Twitter account put out a tweet that photoshopped the head of the President-elect onto the turkey being pardoned by President Obama:
The New York Times and The Washington Post demonstrated again Sunday their warm feelings about communist dictators when they die.
The Times headline was “A Revolutionary Who Defied the U.S. and Held Cuba In His Thrall.” The Post headline was slightly more balanced: “Revolutionary remade Cuba: Dictator who defied U.S. was loathed, beloved.” For the Times, Anthony DePalma found a “fiery apostle of revolution,” not a dictator: