Associated Press media reporter David Bauder wrote a story Tuesday that overwhelmingly praised CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley for being a “blunt evaluator” of President Trump. Most of the story channels the bizarre idea that these blunt evaluations are somehow not the opposite of an objective method. The lowest point is this completely untrue and unhistorical comment by former CNN reporter Mark Feldstein: "It's striking because it's such a departure from the traditional norm of objectivity that serious news anchors have always gone for over the last few generations."
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.
Wwhy are we all supposed to genuflect to The Washington Post and The New York Times when they publish breathless stories taking on the White House relying on their favored anonymous sources, those “senior U.S. officials”? After all, the Times put a columnist on their front page declaring that the press needed to be “oppositional” and defeat Trump since he was a “demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies.”
The Post imagines itself as forever taking down the latest Nixons. One anti-Trump column was headlined “In the angry face of Trumpism, media must speak truth to glower.”
Retired talk-show host David Letterman gave a rather unhinged interview to New York magazine where he said “This is like visitors’ day at prison for me.” Letterman thinks Trump is an idiot and an authoritarian Russian stooge, and he thinks comedians mocking Trump are the saviors of America.
" Alec Baldwin deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sadly, he’s not going to get it from this president." And "The only person I can trust anymore is Al Franken, who has a great brain and a great heart."
One after another, the pundits hailed this first joint address to Congress as Donald Trump’s finest speech, though the usual naysayers were quick to add snarkily that it was his only good speech, yuk-yuk. Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume, a serious analyst with, by his count, some 40 of these speeches under his belt, called Tuesday night’s State of the Union address one of the most riveting and unforgettable speeches he’s ever heard. Hume said the general consensus was Trump “hit it out of the park.”
Now that CNN is in full High Dudgeon mode against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking whether he can "last" in office, Ben Shapiro at the Daily Wire reminds us that in the midst of Inauguration hoopla, CNN hired Laura Jarrett, the daughter of powerful Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, to be a correspondent at the Justice Department.
Jarrett is a Harvard-educated lawyer, but has zero experience in journalism. (She has donated to Obama, twice.) It might look to some people like NBC News hiring Chelsea Clinton, except NBC put Chelsea on the Happy News beat, not the hard news beat.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes has a new book coming out on March 21 called A Colony In a Nation. In a supportive summary published in The Week magazine, Ryan Cooper reports shocking arguments: that somehow Black Lives Matter are the new Founding Fathers in a America that's a tyrannical state, like a Soviet gulag for black people.
While the media do everything but spontaneously combust at the sight of President Trump, they ignore the other party in turmoil. Over eight years, Obama plunged the Democrats deep into a crater, but his media buddies paid no attention, because nothing Democrats do or don’t do bother them.
For weeks now, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison have been campaigning to lead the Democratic National Committee, and for weeks, the networks have ignored it. They would rather spend hours analyzing whether Trump is going to keep disrespecting them. (News flash: he will.)
Talk about softball pitching. CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter interviewed New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet on Sunday, and set him up to boast that the Times has never been hotter and that President Trump hates them because he has this "dangerous" tendency to hate newspapers who hold him accountable.
Stelter didn't point out that the Times endorsed Hillary Clinton as an excellent choice and added parenthetically "(We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)"
Actress Meryl Streep isn’t just denouncing the dire state of America at Hollywood awards shows. She’s now taking this awards speech to far-left events, accepting an “Ally Award” from the LGBT political-correctness police at the so-called Human Rights Campaign. Since so many Americans will never get to stand at an awards show podium and speak their mind about what’s wrong with the world, we thought we’d present an awards-show speech responding to Meryl Streep and what she represents:
Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged that President Trump is calling on “friendly” reporters, and that there’s something desperately wrong in trying to avoid negative publicity and hostile questions, think of Planned Parenthood. As with virtually anyone on the Left, journalists treat Planned Parenthood as the most sacred of cows. In the last few weeks, from the “Women’s March” through the March for Life and other protests of Planned Parenthood, none of the networks will investigate or even cover the activities of these merchants of death.
On Wednesday morning, Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan explicitly advocated that since Trump administration spokesmen are liars, they should be denied any admission to the network Sunday talk shows. She called up Sunday show hosts and demanded it. Can you imagine the Post arguing in 1998 that the Clinton administration should be denied access to television because they were obviously lying about Monica Lewinsky?
The New York Times was correct in 2011 when it proclaimed Saturday Night Live had no equal “when it comes to stamping a politician in the public consciousness.” Republican politicians like Sarah Palin were described as incapable of escaping the SNL treatment, and voters actually thought Palin uttered Tina Fey’s satirical line “I can see Russia from my house.”
And yet, as the Times noted after three years in office, the NBC show couldn’t seem to locate a comedic angle on Barack Obama. He came into the White House as his impersonator Fred Armisen lamely spoke over a cool-jazz beat “I keep it cool -- I take my kids to school, I don’t lose my temper, it’s my only rule.”
The Trump administration is less than a month old, and Gen. Mike Flynn, the brand-new National Security Adviser, has resigned. This matches the picture the anti-Trump media want to paint right now. Chaos. Disarray. Amateur hour.
They also expect the president to help them paint it. This is why they’re going nuclear. He chose to ignore them instead.
The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade Magazine has been an absolutely Trump-free zone since the election. The Obamas repeatedly came for softball interviews and cover stories, for example as they promoted a “working families summit” in 2014. One can guess the Trumps aren’t granting access, but the magazine staff is almost pretending they don’t exist. On Sunday, Parade spotlighted a different liberal couple on the cover with the words “LIFE IS GOOD: Tragedy. Courage. Resilience. Love. The story of MARK KELLY & GABBY GIFFORDS.”
CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett wrote an op-ed for Sunday’s Washington Post imploring journalists not to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The headline was "Skipping 'nerd prom' now would prove Trump right" -- that journalists hate him too strongly to sit through a dinner with him.
Garrett also pushed back against the Post’s own Margaret Sullivan, who argued that it would be appropriate to cancel the event altogether because the press should not be Mr. Trump’s “prom date.”
Culture critics have long hammered the Grammy Awards as tragically unhip. So CBS knew there was one way to get hip quickly: Sunday night’s awards ceremonies will be their first show with a male trophy presenters and….a trans woman presenter.
Washington Post music critic Chris Richards is still using the occasion to champion the Left in an article headlined: “No Grammys for old men! And don’t let these millennials win, either.”
The group called SNAP – the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests – disparaged Pope Francis meeting with victims on his American trip as an empty public-relations gesture, a dodge. On CNN, SNAP spokesman Manny Vega demanded that if the pope “wants to put an end to this, he has to be completely transparent, allow the names to go unredacted, allow the files -- allow researchers to get into the Vatican files and take a look at everything that's happened. There has to be complete disclosure.”
But CNN and the other television networks haven’t touched the amazing story of the shoe going on the other foot in the last few weeks. Suddenly, SNAP is falling apart after a lawsuit alleging they were funded largely by kickbacks for contingency-fee attorneys extracting billions of dollars in settlements.
You know The Washington Post is a liberal newspaper when the big splashy figure on the front of Friday’s Style section is…Keith Olbermann. The man whose career has now “evolved” into ranting in obscurity for a fashion magazine? Yes.
Political reporter Ben Terris is clearly not thrilled with this assignment. He will clearly wound Keith’s massive ego by proclaiming late in the piece “Some of Olbermann’s commentaries are infused with a frenetic energy akin to the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.”
The Washington Post is joining the liberal chorus of wishful thinkers that Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer impression might damage Spicer and Donald Trump. Post reporter Elahe Izadi – who pitches herself as a stand-up comedian on the side – set out to promote anonymously-sourced stories of Trump unrest over the skit, and find leftist comedians who wished and hoped the NBC comedy show could convince President Trump to resign.
Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for their Darth Vader cover treatment, with a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title “The Great Manipulator.” Bannon had dared identify the liberal media as the “Opposition Party.” and Time took offense – and in so doing demonstrably proved him right.