The Obama administration – which pledged to be the “most transparent in history” – has turned the Freedom of Information Act into the Freedom to Get Nothing Act. The Associated Press reported on its own investigation of 100 government agencies in 2015: "People who asked for records under the law received censored files or nothing in 77 percent of requests."
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.
The most “progressive” salad days of MSNBC continue to go un-missed by most political observers, as can be seen from the latest dropping of political analysis by the pop-culture writer Toure at The Huffington Post. He began with the most unoriginal analysis, that Donald Trump leads a “White Lives Matter” movement and then turned to cartoonish nicknames like “Trumpy KKKLaus.”
No one doubts that the “fake news” shows on Comedy Central are propaganda organs for liberalism. NPR and MSNBC hosts have swooned over the soothing satirical nightcaps for the snarky liberal. Apparently, that genre isn’t enough. Now the channel’s situation comedies are pushing the Democrats.
In the March 16 episode of the millennial-female sitcom “Broad City,” the buffoonish main character (played by Ilana Glazer) volunteers for the Hillary for President campaign – so enthusiastically she put “Rodham” in her name, as in “Ilana Rodham Wexler.”
The Washington Post caught up on Friday to the controversy over Kathleen Matthews receiving donations for her congressional race from guests on her husband’s MSNBC show Hardball. A week ago, the leftist website The Intercept identified 48 Hardball guests, their spouses or related PACs had given almost $80,000 to Kathleen’s campaign. Bill Turque reported other candidates are making this an issue:
NBC and MSNBC, the networks that allowed massive conflicts of interest with the racial activism of the Rev. Al Sharpton and employed Chelsea Clinton as a “reporter” on puffball subjects, drew one bright line against conflicts of interest today. Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple explained how they signed and then unsigned Democratic helper Stephanie Cutter:
Hillary Clinton must just hate Time magazine columnist Joe Klein. He’s written entire books rhapsodizing about the protean political gifts of her husband (The Natural). Ten years ago, he waxed over Obama. “Obama seemed the political equivalent of a rainbow — a sudden preternatural event inspiring awe and ecstasy.”
This year, he’s completely unimpressed by her: “I’m not at all certain that Clinton can beat Trump. He is free-form and anarchic and silly and devastating. She is rote.” Worse than that, she’s a bland, unappealing “quinoa and kale salad”:
Margaret Sullivan, the “public editor” or reader’s advocate at The New York Times is throwing a penalty flag for “stealth editing” on Hillary Clinton’s behalf. On Monday, the Times posted an article by Jennifer Steinhauer headlined “Bernie Sanders Scored Victories for Years via Legislative Side Doors.” It described how Sanders had achieved legislative success despite being an independent, not a Democrat. The Sanders campaign shared the story on social media.
Then the Times noticeably added a more dismissive tone. Now the headline read “Via Legislative Side Doors, Bernie Sanders Won Modest Victories.” And two "eyeroll" paragraphs were added:
Alex Pfeiffer at the Daily Caller reports that the British "news" magazine The Economist fancies itself as a "global forecasting service," and in its "service," it has decided that "Donald Trump wins the presidential election" is on the same threat level as "The rising threat of jihadi terrorism destabilises the global economy." T
Entertainment Weekly reports that TBS Full Frontal “comedian” Samantha Bee unleashed her feminist rage at MSNBC host Joe Scarborough because he tweeted like some kind of thug that Hillary should smile after her primary wins on Tuesday. The magazine reported “some Twitter users pointed out that telling a woman to smile is a common refrain heard from street harassers.”
“Smile,” he wrote on Twitter. “You just had a big night. #PrimaryDay.” On her Full Frontal page on Twitter, Bee responded by posting a picture of her scowling face. “Ladies, it’s very important that you #SmileForJoe,” she wrote.
Washington City Paper reports with cheerleading that the pop-punk band PWR BTTM (don’t google power bottom) is using its “unmistakable charisma and candor” (captured in part by NPR promotion) to impose on concert venues a “gender-neutral” restroom policy.
Last month, the ABC/Univision-owned website Fusion celebrated the emphasis on "trans-friendly" bathrooms.
The editorial page crew at Investor's Business Daily published an editorial Tuesday on "Recoiling at Drudge's Pro-Trump Bias." Surely, they acknowledged, the Drudge Report has never pretended to be unbiased. But Matt Drudge's formula of grasping any hot political story with viral potential has clearly been abandoned for a more obvious calculation of promoting one candidate for president.
In the liberal lexicon, “backlash” is a word that only describes conservatives getting what’s coming to them. But as MSNBC reduces its number of shows and time slots for race-obsessed black hosts, this was bound to happen. The hashtag as the Left began to devour itself was “#MSNBCSoWhite.”
When MSNBC hired leftist hosts who were fixated on race, it was only natural that MSNBC would be trashed as "going white” when the reality of MSNBC’s terrible ratings for hosting seminars of academics about how badly America stinks cost Comcast some serious cash.
No one can imagine that the terms "Islam" and "filthy religion" would be associated with each other in the pages of The New York Times. But in the Sunday Book Review, an article on Tom Bissell's history of the apostles of Jesus Christ began with this stunning turn from poet Christian Wiman:
"Nietzsche believed that if only a Dostoyevsky had been among the apostles who followed Jesus, someone who understood the environment in which 'the scum of society, nervous maladies and "childish" idiocy keep a tryst,' we might have been spared centuries of ovine idiocy," he wrote. "One genius could have given us a work of ennobling art. Instead, we got 12 bleating sheep and one filthy religion."
There seems to be a contest for mean-spirited sentences in the liberal media after Nancy Reagan's death, and a page in the British "news" magazine The Economist could be entered in a vote for Best Sneering at the Dead. Their article was titled "Keeping Control," and it was all about how Mrs. Reagan was a rigid control freak who naturally grew furious when ever anyone crossed her best-laid plans:
“Objective” journalists have a bad habit of declaring against all evidence that President Obama has been “scandal-free” since 2009. This was demonstrated again on the C-SPAN interview program Q&A with Brian Lamb. The guests were married journalists: Politico editor Susan Glasser and New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker. Lamb asked about Obama’s place in history, and he received the usual gunk from Glasser: "He’s going to be judged as someone with integrity, more or less, by history."
The Washington Post “Fact Checker” should really be turned on his own newspaper. Post writer Dan Zak penned a nasty-gram trashing the recently deceased Nancy Reagan, with this headline on the front of the Style section. “How Nancy Reagan just said no on HIV/AIDS.” Then there was the online headline: “On drugs, Nancy Reagan just said no. On AIDS, she said nothing.”
Zak implied that somehow Mrs. Reagan lifted no fingers on AIDS – and neither did her president’s entire administration.
USA Today has a weakness for right-to-die books. In Tuesday’s paper, they promoted NPR talk show host Diane Rehm and her new memoir On My Own. The headline was “Diane Rehm’s piercing memoir of widowhood.” But the book review by Sharon Peters beat around the bush on Rehm's incessant pushing for assisted suicide.
On the libertine Left, one of the most revered “social justice warriors” is the abortionist. “Abortion providers” are revered as living statues of liberty, granting the freedom from being “punished with a baby,” to quote our current president. Entire documentaries celebrate them.
The latest is Trapped, named after the pro-abortion lingo for any law that regulates the abortion industry, or as they spin it, “targeted regulation of abortion providers.” In the Los Angeles Times, Katie Walsh provided the propagandistic ooze: “These providers embody a remarkable mix of tenacity and tenderness as they comfort patients and attempt to discern and comply with labyrinthine regulations.”
When NPR Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep isn’t offering gentle interviews to President Obama and comparing him to Abe Lincoln when interviewing his aides, he goes out and interviews journalists who say that Obama is “the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the American presidency.”
The journalist was Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, who's written a very long 20,000-word opus on "The Obama Doctrine," and as usual, the president grants access in exchange for gush:
Multiple political “fact checkers” have weighed in on Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, especially when Hillary Clinton claimed Bernie Sanders “stood with the Minutemen vigilantes in their ridiculous, absurd efforts to quote, ‘hunt down immigrants.’”
What is Mrs. Clinton quoting? Did the Minutemen ever shoot an illegal alien dead? “Hunt down immigrants” surely evokes the notion or murder. AP’s Calvin Woodward took on several “eye-popping” claims about Sanders that Hillary made. He found the language “over the top,” but explained Hillary was right.