On Thursday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon came on late on the East Coast due to the first NFL game airing on NBC. But Fallon did offer a funny bit about how they may offer new voices on the Siri app. First, he had an Obama impersonator give him the weather forecast, then had a Hillary Clinton impersonator imagine what a Hillary answer would be on Siri -- about helping with e-mails.
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.
Politico touted as “hot audio” Bill Maher making jokes about Donald Trump being assassinated. Well, it was sort of a joke. It had that Maher edge – as in, “seriously, shouldn’t we shoot Trump before he gets elected?” Judging from the giddy reaction from Maher-loving liberals, could we call it “bloodlust”?
Republican candidates have been able to run against – even fundraise against – the fundamentally partisan opposition in the media. But you know it’s pretty desperate when the Democrats begin running against Matt Lauer – even fundraising against him, like he’s a Fox News regular. An appeal to Hillary supporters from Christina Reynolds, the Clinton campaign’s deputy communications director, relied on an outraged Washington Post editorial to make its complaint:
As Hillary Clinton is offered air time to recall her heroic actions for 9/11 victims and survivors, no one will recall the Clintons showing support for terrorists.
On August 11, 1999, the Associated Press reported on President Clinton’s decision to offer clemency to 11 members of FALN – Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional ("Armed Forces of National Liberation") – a militant “Puerto Rican independence group if they sign agreements renouncing the use of violence. Their group staged some 130 bomb attacks on political and military targets in the United States from 1974 to 1983.”
The Friday night “week in politics” segments on NPR and PBS both investigated whether Matt Lauer was biased against Hillary Clinton in NBC’s commander-in-chief forum on Wednesday night. On NPR, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne picked the Clinton-toady spin that Lauer spent too much time on the e-mail scandal instead of “substantive issues.”
Now that the Obamas really are lame ducks, their media adorers have turned to assessing their legacy -- even on tangential issues like the arts. A large chunk of the Sunday Arts & Style section of The Washington Post on September 4 was devoted to assessing the Obama arts legacy. While there was some complaining that the president didn't visit the local galleries enough, there was also the typical celebration of the Obamas in popular culture.
None of this quite came full circle and noted that an obsequious media was eternally devoted to presenting the Obamas in the most positive light, that they knew they could count on Hollywood (and Jimmy Fallon and so on) to sell their agenda and raise their approval ratings.
Here we go again. Just like Showtime produced three seasons of a series reimagining an evil 15th century pontiff in The Borgias, now the Bill Maher Channel is importing from Italy The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as 47-year-old Lenny Belardo, who is installed in the present day as Pope Pius XIII.
Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter screened the first two hours of Paolo Sorrentino’s ten-hour miniseries at the Venice Film Festival and reports this “irreverent fantasy” of a “dangerously iconoclastic pontiff” was entertaining. This Pope “Lenny” is “arrogant, whimsical and hilariously destructive....he comes off as a borderline anti-Christ not only in his power-mad dreams, but in all his dealings with the cardinals and the Curia.”
ABC's The View welcomed Chelsea Clinton to the set on Friday. It was nothing like the hardballs Ann Romney and her sons endured four years ago. It was nothing like John McCain being asked by Whoopi Goldberg eight years ago "Do I have to be worried about becoming a slave again?" It was like a gushing tea with a princess. Everyone aimed to make Chelsea look positive, poised, and substantive.
The most obsequious spot was when Whoopi Goldberg tried to help Chelsea sell her mother as honest and trustworthy -- suggesting that only people who "don't know her" could have that opinion:
A real sign of how much the networks favor Hillary Clinton comes in their desperate attempts to keep trying to portray her as warm and human....just as they tried to convince Americans that in private that cold fish Al Gore and John Kerry were warm in private. The networks glommed onto the Clinton campaign's latest "interview" with the photo site "Humans of New York" to present Hillary as a victim of sexism.
The New York Times offered a second day of slamming Matt Lauer in the front section, both the top staff editorial headlined “A Debate Disaster Waiting to Happen” and a snide James Poniewozik review headlined “In Battle of Candidates, Lauer Is the Loser.”
It’s quite clear that if Hillary Clinton had actually won this side-by-side interview, the media elites would not be brutalizing Lauer. Their flood of commentary betrays the transparent belief that this election is far too important for the media to shrink from seeking to defeat and discredit Donald Trump in every interview and debate.
On the surface, it might seem quite straightforward and objective to ask two reporters to assess the two candidates on their “climate change” policy approaches. But on Wednesday’s PBS NewsHour, the reporters were not at all objective. They were Chris Mooney of The Washington Post, who was hired after he wrote the transparently ideological books The Republican War on Science, and The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality. Then add Coral Davenport of The New York Times, who is a regular recycler -- of green scenarios of doom.
Both were excited Hillary Clinton would push an "even more ambitious" climate plan than President Obama.
CNN’s media team of Brian Stelter and Dylan Byers channeled the Left – and pretended it wasn’t the Left – in a “Reliable Sources” e-mail sent on Wednesday night after the NBC “commander-in-chief” forum. Like many leftists, they were upset Matt Lauer didn’t come to knock Trump off his chair and expose him as a moron.Stelter began: "The candidates made a lot of news. But did the network ultimately lose by letting untruths go unchallenged?"
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd began his pundit-panel segment on September 4 by remarking: “‘Nobody cares about the damn emails.’ That's what Bernie Sanders famously said. I couldn't believe when I looked at the time stamp, October of 2015...We are now at September of 2016. Somebody cares about them.”
Apparently the political director at NBC News isn’t in that “somebody” camp. When it comes to Clinton scandals, he has what Donald Trump calls “low energy.”
On the very day a CNN poll made the presidential race look tight, The Washington Post was blatantly projecting a Clinton victory. They wrote a “Dear Bill” letter on the front of Tuesday’s Style section begging the former president to fully “own” and embrace the First Lady duties, since “more likely than not, you’ll be moving back into your ‘90s homestead in a couple months.”
It’s uncommon to go back into the past to study how liberal media inaccuracy and bias distorted the political process. Former Bush lawyer C. Boyden Gray and his co-author Elise Passamani wrote an eye-opening article for The American Conservative magazine that explores just how all the networks told voters in Florida on Election Night 2000 their polls were closing when they were not. "It is a story of voter suppression."
Longtime National Public Radio star Garrison Keillor just finished four decades on state-subsidized radio on A Prairie Home Companion. For almost that long, he's been an easy example of a pretentious liberal snob, precisely the kind who seriously loathes a Donald Trump. If NPR ever wanted to wonder why they haven't been granted a Trump interview, it's because he knows NPR is an elite liberal sandbox for people who congratulate themselves on their marvelous taste and mental acuity.
So when Keillor penned an acidulous character assassination of Trump for the Chicago Tribune, the liberals were very pleased.
Now that Abedin's Islam has taken a back seat and she's dumped the husband, People again carried Huma's water in the last magazine, a little hidden on page 62. They reported she began referring to Weiner as “Jordan’s dad” rather than “Anthony,” and she has stopped wearing her wedding and engagement rings. Why did she stay as long as she did? “Huma has a very strong moral character,” a friend announced.
The top story on the left side of the Sunday Washington Post is tough on Hillary....sort of. Post reporter Karen Tumulty suggests that if Hillary Clinton hadn't been so allergic to transparency, maybe the "vast right-wing conspiracy" would have never become such a malignant force. (She failed to ponder the other side: the Clintons were so corrupt -- and they knew it -- that the only option was to delay and deny, delay and deny, as they did in the Lewinsky scandal/impeachment.)
To Tumulty: the right wing is uniquely vehement and extreme:
On the Friday “Week in Politics” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, liberal columnist E.J. Dionne and “conservative” columnist David Brooks were as usual in agreement. Anchor Ari Shapiro asked about the FBI document-dump on their interview with Hillary about her private e-mail server. Dionne regurgitated the Hillary spin that these notes only underlined why FBI director James Comey recommended against indicting her. Then Brooks agreed, and compared her to a small poetry magazine.
During his big immigration speech on Wednesday night in Arizona, Trump brought on a group of "Angel Moms" -- women who lost children due to crime by illegal aliens. My friend Cameron Gray at NRANews.com noted the media double standard when it comes to mourning mothers: