The Washington Post and Time magazine are trying to play up the fact that debate moderator Lester Holt is a registered Republican – as if this means anything about his performance. Registering only gives you the right to vote as a Republican. It doesn’t mean that you actually do. It could just be a public-relations ploy. NBC and Holt have studiously avoided comment, perhaps because they wouldn’t want a probe of all the registered Democrats at 30 Rock.
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.
NPR comes to the news of police shootings ready and willing to feel the pain of “black and brown” people, including the children. On Weekend Edition Saturday, anchor Scott Simon launched into a commentary with the online title “For Students In Tulsa, Pain Frames Conversation About Crutcher.”
Simon shared a viral Facebook post by a teacher in Tulsa at a school attended by a daughter of Terrence Crutcher, who was shot on date. The teacher, Rebecca Lee, worried about “creating an identity crisis in all of our black and brown students. Do I matter? Am I to be feared? Should I live in fear? Am I human?”
People magazine’s interview with Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in the October 3 issue carried the usual hard-hitting questions from Sandra Sobieraj Westfall: “Here’s one you probably won’t get in the debates: What emoji best describes you?”
Clinton replied “All the happy emojis, the heart eyes, the hug ones. I use them with family.” Back in April, People asked Trump about comparisons to Hitler, and found an expert to suggest Trump could end America.
On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, anchor Judy Woodruff thought the police shootings were the top news story of the week, but she wasn’t pleased when both liberal Mark Shields and pseudo-conservative David Brooks reluctantly agreed that looting and disorder were going to help Donald Trump politically.
Looting? Woodruff hadn’t really wanted to get that specific. She suggested that wasn’t typical of Black Lives Matter protests.
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a very strange article headlined "Dear readers: Please stop calling us ‘the media.’ There is no such thing." The headline in the paper was "What's wrong with the media? For starters, it doesn't exist."
Low poll ratings and complaints from both parties have caused Farhi to suggest the media is some sort of phantom menace. It's "lazy and unfair" to lament the media:
The September 26 issue of Time magazine carried this cover line over the heads of Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel: “We Joke. You Decide.” The allusion to the Fox News tagline was deliberate. The subheadline announced they would report on “The seriously partisan politics of late-night comedy.”
Deep in the A-section of Thursday's USA Today was this surprising headline: "Obama's half-brother supports Donald Trump." None of the networks (and none of the other elite liberal newspapers) seemed to find this tidbit interesting. Obama used his half-siblings in Kenya for dramatic effect in his memoir Dreams from My Father, but as president, the media have been very quiet about their activities or opinions.
Snopes.com was checking out a story the liberal media doesn’t want to touch: “Hanan al-Hroub, whose husband was jailed for providing chemicals used in making bombs that killed Israelis, was invited to speak at a Clinton Global Initiative dinner.” Ruling: True.
So the liberal media thrills at any chance to associate Donald Trump with David Duke, but it can’t possibly find the newsworthiness in the Clinton Foundation honoring the wife of a terrorist bomb-maker. Only The Wall Street Journal has touched the story.
Cameron Cawthorne at the Washington Free Beacon offered a clear case for the "fact checkers" at PolitiFact and other sites of a Bill Clinton fib on CNBC. He claimed that "we make everything public, we disclose everything" in the land of Clinton philanthropy. This turns out to be Trumpian bluster.
Clinton also slammed the political press for having "no previous exposure to the way we work," which clearly can't include the many "mainstream media" stars, like Anderson Cooper and George Stephanopoulos, who've been moderators or panelists at CGI events, adding celebrity glamour to the proceedings.
New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman has been the liberal media’s leading investigator/prosecutor of former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and the network’s settlement with Gretchen Carlson on sexual harassment claims. Now Evan Gahr in the New York Observer reports that Sherman didn’t exactly come clean with readers about lengthy negotiations to get hired by MSNBC:
The latest Gallup poll confirms that the level of trust in the media has reached another new low. For Republicans, the percentage who hold a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the press has dropped precipitously to 14 percent.
It’s no accident these numbers emerged while the liberal press slams the GOP nominee as too dangerous to be allowed to win. Public trust is on the line when moderators line up for the presidential debates. Will they be fair, or will they deide “history” is too important and pound on Trump before a national audience?
New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg – best known for arguing on the front page that the media was facing a “Murrow moment” to put Donald Trump on the ash heap of history – continued on this quest by trashing Larry King and Ed Schultz as Russian propaganda tools and “Manchurian anchors” on Monday.
The headline was “Old Hands Help Russia Navigate U.S. Media:" Rutenberg proclaimed: "But wittingly or not, Mr. Schultz and Mr. King are playing the equestrians to Russia’s Trojan horse (or, as The Daily Beast called them in an article last week, 'Manchurian anchors')."
Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple on Monday was thrilled at the "refreshing" New York Times headline labeling Donald Trump as a relentless liar. But there was no evaluation of whether the Clintons could be accused over the years of "relentless deception." Only one candidate, apparently, must be singled out as a champion of deception:
On Sunday's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to explain "Upper West Siders panicking" over the latest polls. Dowd said liberal friends won't read any interviews she does with Trump, that "they would like to censor any stories about Trump and also censor any negative stories about Hillary. They think she should have a total free pass."
On NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, the taxpayer-subsidized network promoted the latest drama from leftists in Ferguson, Missouri: a theatrical presentation of an ancient Greek play, meant to demonstrate, according to NPR, “its theme of an individual’s struggle against a state.”
Absolutely nowhere in this story is any admission that Michael Brown was killed after reaching for a policeman’s gun and punching him in the face. Three autopsies, who needs them? Instead, NPR anchor Scott Simon preferred the leftist narrative of dangerous, racist cops:
The Huffington Post is complaining there's a problem with the new comedy Bridget Jones's Baby -- she never talks about killing it. Laura Goldman -- a freelance producer for ABC's Good Morning America -- wants a "braver path" for Hollywood, where it's "2016, not 1950," and a middle-aged woman with a surprise pregnancy can't just talk about throwing that "fetus" away like a bad memory.
The self-loathing of the media came to a head after Donald Trump’s come-to-Barry admission that he was born in Hawaii after all. “Trump plays media for fools – again,” was the headline in The Washington Post. On the front page of Style, media columnist Margaret Sullivan lashed into the networks for treating this like a tremendously significant live event:
Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now there is no escaping politics. In the last few months, it has become completely impossible to follow sports without being lectured about the oppressive ways of the United States and its failures to achieve the highest of today’s cultural goals: “inclusion.”
Leave that word in quotation marks, because in the guise of “inclusion,” people will be most righteously excluded. In the name of “tolerance,” those condemned for intolerance will be boycotted and punished unless they genuflect to ever-evolving “anti-discrimination” dictates.
The website Politifact Bias underlined how slippery the “fact checkers” get when they’re screening speeches by the Democrats – as they actually admit they’re following Clinton campaign tipsters. They rated this speech nugget from Tim Kaine “True”: "When Moammar Gadhafi was set to visit the United Nations, and no one would let him stay in New York, Trump allowed Gadhafi to set up an elaborate tent at his Westchester County estate."
There’s only one problem: Gadhafi never stayed there.
Sam Reisman at Mediaite reported Sean Hannity unleashed his anger on CNN’s Brian Stelter on his radio show Thursday after Stelter insisted on the PBS chat show Charlie Rose that Hannity and Rush Limbaugh belonged in “truly deplorable basket” for trafficking in Hillary health rumors.
“What does — how do I get an apology from CNN? Should I — I would love to sue them for slander when they say, “Oh he wants Hillary on her deathbed and dead,” when I said just the opposite,” he said. “I mean, I know it’s hard to sue as a public figure. Pretty much people can call you anything. And I’ve been called pretty much everything. But I’m thinking of suing them.”