Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis
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.
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Sunday's New York Times Book Review displayed the newspaper's liberal tilt in two book reviews, side by side. On the left, Times editorialist Brent Staples lined up for another review lashing into David Garrow's Rising Star and defending Barack Obama and his highly fictional memoir Dreams from My Father. "Barack Obama vexed his biographers by beating them to his origin story," he began. "Critics have often pointed to misstatements, errors of fact and composite characterizations in the book without impeaching its central narrative."
This betrays a disdain for the importance of facts -- like stating that critics have pointed to Dan Rather's phony documents about George W. Bush, but they haven't "impeached his central narrative."
Sunday's Washington Post Magazine carried a cover story by Steven Levingston wrote about presidents mastering the "new media" of their time, or how Trump's mastery of Twitter compares to John F. Kennedy's mastery of television. But Levingston can't help but succumb to the liberal temptation to compare Kennedy's chumminess with a [shhh, liberal] press to Trump's "war with journalists," as if Trump could charm his way to better coverage.
Levingston could not stand Steve Bannon's "particularly extreme sentiment" that the press was an "opposition party" to Trump. But everything he wrote about JFK only underlined Bannon's point.
The Washington Post put Democratic scandal – former Rep. Anthony Weiner pleading guilty to “sexting” a 15-year-old girl -- over on page A-3 on Saturday. On the front was a story to make Democrats feel righteous. The headline was “New Orleans removes Confederacy monuments.” Post reporter Janell Ross wasn’t trying to hide her feelings about how wonderful it was: an end to "more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied Southern pride and racial oppression."
So how does the Post feel about Vladimir Lenin? Isn't he a communist oppressor? There's a Lenin statue in Seattle, and the Post thinks that's a "wacky joke," an appropriate art piece for a "holy place of hipsterdom."
National Review writer Jim Geraghty in his "Morning Jolt" e-mail linked to a Yahoo! column and wrote "Raise your hand if you expected John Brennan, who President Obama appointed to head the Central Intelligence Agency in 2013, to offer a qualified defense of Trump" on sharing intelligence with the Russians. Brennan wasn't completely impressed, but he was far unhappier with the leakers, and by extension the media that spread their information. His predecessor (as acting director), Mike Morell, also felt better about Trump in comparison to the leakers, who he felt should be prosecuted.
It was a high-drama week of big, anonymously-sourced anti-Trump scoops, and taxpayer-funded National Public Radio was ready to built momentum for impeachment. Its "Week in Review" panelists presented Trump as a crappy criminal, his team a "crew of vipers," and the American people by a "vast majority" wanting to end Trump's days in the White House. All this unanimity about Trump's extreme awfulness came on Friday's All Things Considered [Fakest Title Ever].
This week, the Media Research Center posted a study of one CNN day showing that the network is obsessed with President Trump and that the overwhelming majority of CNN’s experts opining on Trump are highly negative. CNN’s rare allowance of pro-Trump voices often come from commentators they pay to defend Trump. So why insult them when that’s what you pay them to do?
On his primetime show Friday night, Anderson Cooper interrupted one of Jeffrey Lord's defenses of Trump night by saying "if he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it." Lord laughed and just kept making his point. Earth to Cooper: You’re paying him to defend Trump.
In January, new ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Trump-voting segments of the population: men, rural America and working-class families. “If we’re talking about diversity and inclusion, I want to make sure we’re inclusive of everyone,” she declared.
In May, she broke that campaign promise like a politician, canceling the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing,” a show appealing directly to that Trump electorate.
Trump pollster John McLaughlin appeared Wednesday night on a BBC News interview, but it ended rudely and abruptly when he dared to mock the Clintons for their largesse from the Russians. BBC anchor (or “presenter”) Mike Embley suddenly pulled a libel muscle and declared this (factual) mockery could not be permitted without a Clinton present to fight back.
It was inevitable that Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi would be among the harshest commenters on the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes. It’s hard to forget his funniest things about the death of the pope.
His Ailes piece was headlined “Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever: Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today.”
The magazine Editor & Publisher posted a "rally around the media flag" post by Tim Gallagher, a former newspaper executive in Albuquerque. It began: "Everyone from George Washington to Vince Lombardi has used a variation of 'The best defense is a good offense.' Maybe it’s time for journalism to drop its defensiveness and go on the offensive."
That's rich: To the degree they're on defense, it's because they've been on relentless, punishing offense, a complete abdication of the old notion that reporters should report, and not opine.
For much of the last year, the liberal “legacy media” has been looking for “ominous” signs of Fox News falling from its dominant position in the cable-news landscape. Now AP media reporter David Bauder has written a story with that message: “With President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey the week's big story, MSNBC had one of its best ratings weeks in memory — perhaps an ominous sign for troubled Fox News Channel.” Fox won the week when all viewers were counted.
CNN political analyst David Gregory took after Fox News on Wednesday’s New Day, lecturing them to stop saying what CNN and others are doing is “activism over journalism.” This is the same David Gregory who brought his high-capacity magazine clip to the Meet the Press set. And it’s the same David Gregory that wouldn’t let any Republican bring up rape charges against Bill Clinton when he was an MSNBC host. Gregory didn’t want to talk about that for ten seconds.
But now, Gregory is insisting “It is a time of reckoning for Republicans, to try and get back on track here and get to the bottom of what the president did.”
Jennifer Harper of The Washington Times reported on a new Pew Research Center poll on Monday that showed a widening gap in perceptions of the media between Republicans and Democrats. Pew asked whether the media's criticism of political leaders primarily keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t – or keeps them from doing their job.
Eighty-nine percent of Democrats picked “keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t.” Only 42 percent of Republicans agreed. This 47-point gap is a record for the Pew poll.
On May 14, CNN host Fareed Zakaria offered a fiery secular Sunday sermon declaring President Trump is a “danger to American democracy,” a man guilty of “gross violations of the customs and practices of the modern American system,” and that only the news media can “keep alive the spirit of American democracy.”
On Monday, The Washington Post offered another arrogant serving of the media’s idea of “democracy” and, for that matter, "news." They loaded up a story full of anonymous “current and former U.S. government officials” with the headline, “Trump reveals secret intelligence to Russians: Highly classified information on ISIS.”
The Hollywood Reporter has a new story on the “yuuge” year “Saturday Night Live” is having with its weekly sledge-hammering of Donald Trump. Interviews with the stars and writers confirm what we imagined. After the election, there was hugging and sobbing on the set. There was also choking back tears as they prepared the cringeworthy “cold open” where Kate McKinnon’s Hillary sang “Hallelujah.’
Liberals are tweeting around a Washington Post article in Monday’s paper with the online headline “Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined.” Translation: The Trump administration is against the free flow of information on government websites. So let's ask a mischievous question: If this information is so vital, how has The Washington Post actually covered it? Sometimes never.
Becket Adams at The Washington Examiner is calling out The Huffington Post for a “particularly gross hit on Mike Pence.” The vice president spoke on Thursday to the first-ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, an event that the liberal media generally avoided and finds uninteresting. But the HuffPost ran an article by reporter Antonia Blumberg with the headline “Pence Tells Room Full Of Christians In D.C. Their Faith Is The Most Persecuted.” Adams wrote: "This is not accurate, and there's more to the story."
The esteemed British novelist Ian McEwan -- most honored for his novel Atonement -- demonstrated the usual mean-spirited leftist take on how the socialist view is always just seconds from overwhelming victory. The leftist paper The Guardian reported that at a crabby "Remain" conference in Westminster, he said Brexit can be rejected soon since 1.5 million conservative or nationalist "oldsters" will soon be "freshly in their graves."
Your average liberal journalist isn't going to think The New Yorker magazine when it comes to fake-news sites on Facebook. But my wife hopped in the car yesterday and asked, in a please-shoot-this-down tone: "Trump didn't really say that if I'm impeached, I'll have the greatest ratings ever." My first reply -- not kidding -- was "that sounds like Andy Borowitz and his brand of humor/hate at the Borowitz Report. Sure enough, it was.
Liberals are hailing a new Hulu series called The Handmaid's Tale, based on a loopy 1985 novel by Canadian radical feminists Margaret Atwood. In this dystopian America, America is turned into a theocracy where women have been denied all rights, including to read. Liberals call it "very timely." This is why conservatives tend to laugh when liberals rail against the scourge of “fake news.” There is no faker news than the notion that America is on the precipice of a Puritan patriarchy under Donald Trump.