The liberal New York Daily News wallowed in anti-Trump comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Ryan Harris, who won a Super Bowl ring in February with the Denver Broncos. Harris, a convert to Islam, put on his freedom swagger and said Trump’s comments on Islam have been “un-American.” No one asks about the serious tensions between Islam and freedom of religion.
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.
On Friday, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler paid a subtle compliment to NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck and to the blog in general by noticing how quickly Curtis challenged PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill for asking Elkhart, Indiana "So what gives?" -- why they hadn’t voted for Barack Obama despite the improving economy?
He noted the question was "a little glib" and "sure to be vulnerable to criticism by some viewers as partisan. I thought it was fair for NewsBusters to call attention to it." But he also praised the outburst as a "smart and gutsy way to set the stage."
Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash was trashed by the Left again for suggesting transgender activists should “go to the bushes” at bathroom time if they can’t decide which gender they are. In an interview on Thursday with Entertainment Tonight to promote her new book There Goes My Social Life, Dash insisted “Hollywood pushes a liberal agenda to the rest of the country. Whether we like it or not, Hollywood dictates the culture of the country.”
When ET’s Nischelle Turner asked about “Caitlyn Jenner,” Dash implied that gender was a “choice,” which violates the code of LGBT political correctness.
Coming out of Donald Trump’s contentious press conference on Tuesday, Politico chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush went on MSNBC and suggested Trump was such a unique liar – a liar for the ages, the biggest political liar “of our lifetimes” – that he needs a live fact-check on the TV screen. Like many reporters, Thrush is utterly blind to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s routine and relentless falsehoods.
Thrush proclaimed: “And I tell you something. What I would like to see is real-time fact-checking of Trump. I think this is the first candidate in our lifetimes that we need a chyron at the bottom of the screen where we have live fact-checking.”
The NFL has a serious PR problem with concussions. NFL star Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012 to underline the issue. Count on flower children at NPR to go over the edge with this issue. The problem isn't the size and strength, and therefore power of professional football players. No, it's -- ready? -- the evil game of football itself.
This is your taxpayer-funded broadcasting in action: Planned Parenthood selling dead baby parts is just a "women's health" group aiding "medical research," but the NFL is organized savagery.
Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer is usually a fairly sensible media critic, but not this week. He wrote a snarky article on Wednesday headlined "Donald Trump Is a 2-Year-Old. It’s Time for the Press to Treat Him Like One."
Shafer announced that Trump's angry Tuesday press conference demonstrated he's just like a big baby, or an irritable two-year-old.
To counter vicious leftist anti-Trump protests on Thursday night, CNN’s Don Lemon brought on liberals who made excuses for it or blamed Trump. Democrat pundit Bob Beckel blamed Trump: “It reflects badly on people who are against Trump but you'll get that kind of thing when you get inflammatory statements like Trump makes and you're going to find people in any group of protesters, you're going to have a percentage of people who are just very angry and out of control.”
Trump backer Kayleigh McEnany was on hand to disagree, but CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin protested “Let’s not get carried away” in denouncing the protests, so what if one guy got his hat knocked off? “One person getting hurt is unacceptable, but it's one person.”
MSNBC’s Morning Joe brought its infamous racial huckster/weekend host Al Sharpton to the set on Thursday to discuss a piece the “Rev”wrote for The Huffington Post pleading for Democrats to unify for the general election to preserve the great legacy of Obama....as if differentiating MSNBC from a DNC breakfast wasn’t hard enough.
Willie Geist pressed Sharpton about a comment he made to The New York Times that Hillary Clinton is going into a "street fight with a guy with a razor and a broken Coca-Cola bottle." He said "Rev, you had such an interesting line we were just talking about."
For many years, the liberal media have portrayed the Anti-Defamation League as some kind of nonpartisan group fighting anti-Semitism and other “hate crimes,” and not as a left-wing group. But on Tuesday’s Morning Edition, NPR reported that the Left can’t ally any more with the ADL, because it’s supportive of Israel. ADL may have marched with Martin Luther King, but today’s “civil rights activists” in Black Lives Matters identify with Palestinians, not American Jews. Ferguson was....an intifada?
Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus are both Yale-educated reporters-turned-columnists at The Washington Post. They view the world through the same lens. This sometimes means they can write pretty much the same column. It also means they both have a huge blind spot when it comes to sympathizing with Hillary Clinton.
Last Sunday, both columnists wrote about the damaging report from the State Department’s Inspector General, which concluded that putting her State Department email on a private server was authorized by no one but the self-appointed queen herself. But these two columnists concluded she was only guilty of a self-inflicted wound on her campaign.
CNN's Brian Stelter reported early this morning that Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric has posted a statement taking responsibility for the misleading pause inserted into her documentary Under The Gun. That's quite a change from last week, when Couric would only say she was "very proud" of the film and stood by it. The mystery for most people is not that she stood by this blatantly inaccurate editing when it was exposed for everyone to see.
President Obama took a few questions from reporters in Japan on Thursday night, about North Korea and then about how leaders at the G-7 summit talked about Trump. Obama said he would grant one more question as a “special bonus,” but when it was about Hillary’s emails scandal and the tough Inspector General’s report, Obama screwed up his face and joked “I take that back. I’m not taking another question.”
Then he refused to answer the question about whether the new report hurts Hillary’s trustworthiness. He claimed “I think those are better directed to the campaign.”
Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine had an anti-Trump cover story. Three Muslim boys and three Muslim girls (all wearing a jihab) appear in their Scouting garb on the cover with the text: “Be Prepared: Muslim American Scouts grapple with the Trump era.”
Throughout the piece, Post feature writer David Montgomery paired apparently outrageous quotes from Donald Trump (as well as Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee) with Post rebuttals with all-American Muslim teenagers in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Absolutely nowhere in this ten-page commentary did Montgomery let this political correctness clash with the opposing political correctness in the Scouts: liberals forcing gay Scouts and Scoutmasters on church (and mosque) sponsors of Scout troops
Every Saturday, the Washington Post Metro section devotes a story to religion news...and quite often, it’s pushing the liberal agenda. That’s certainly true for May 28. The Post ran a Religion News Service dispatch from Jesse James DeConto celebrating the new trend of transgenders entering divinity schools to become ministers.
This was just another propagandistic dispatch that could only celebrate this trend, and allows no criticism or dissent from conservative divinity school students or professors. There is the side opening doors to progress, and the side that “didn’t honor that.”
aNPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen issued a report Friday addressing the perception problem that NPR’s reporting on Iran was funded in part by the leftist group the Ploughshares Fund, which boasted in its annual report that it won the political battle over the Iran nuclear deal through its “high-impact grantmaking,” which would include NPR.
Jensen wasn't against the high-impact grants...just that they shouldn't be that specific in their language. That's weak sauce for an internal watchdog.
Remember when media elitists like Joe Scarborough mocked George W. Bush as an idiot because he was incurious? What would "Morning Joe" say about New York Times columnist Frank Bruni? The former White House correspondent in the Bush years wrote a column called "Trumping on Eggshells," explaining how he just cannot have discussions with people who may be voting for Trump.
Pardon us if you’ve heard this routine one too many times. Barbara Hollingsworth at CNSNews.com reported the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia is currently using government money to exhibit a painting that yet again projects anti-Catholic bigotry. They cannot stop hating Christianity (and Christians) and the federal government can't stop funding that hatred.
Back in 1995, the Clinton White House produced a 332-page packet for media friends that was badly titled “Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce.” It charged a “right-wing conspiracy industry” spread fictions about the Clintons.
Conservatives might easily think of that when perusing Jonathan Martin’s New York Times piece from Wednesday, headlined “As Donald Trump Pushes Conspiracy Theories, Right-Wing Media Gets Its Wish.”
Fox News Channel is pretty much the only national broadcast or cable news outlet that's talking about Katie Couric's deceptive editing of silence into a conversation with Virginia gun-rights advocates. (The list of skippers includes NPR newscasts and the PBS NewsHour.)
On Thursday morning, anchor Bill Hemmer said it must be called a distortion, and Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz thought the trick was indefensible. "You are blowing a hole in the credibility of your work," he insisted.
Socialist media critics always insist that the commercial media cannot be trusted because they are funded by Kellogg’s and Campbell’s and McDonald’s – a capitalist advertising structure. Non-commercial media are inherently much more trustworthy. They are funded by liberal politicians, liberal foundations and interest groups.
This bizarre stance came into stark relief on Friday when the Associated Press reported that the Ploughshares Fund, “a group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal,” gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on...the Iran nuclear deal.