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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Just how negative was CNN prepared to go to get Bill O’Reilly fired from Fox News and make it a little easier for Anderson Cooper to score some ratings? The Hollywood Reporter revealed CNN was “extremely close” to going to court to pry into O’Reilly’s divorce records. This is fascinating, since in 1998, CNN was lamenting two days after President Clinton lied about having sex with Monica Lewinsky, it was demanding everyone have the "decency" to shut up about Clinton's personal life.
Why is the liberal media so arrogant that it confuses the freedom of speech in attacking them with an attack on democracy? The other day, CNN’s Jim Acosta implied criticizing CNN was “un-American,” when that’s the kind of word CNN founder Ted Turner would have banned, since he didn’t want his anchors and reporters using the word “foreign.” Now former Chicago Tribune editor James Warren has blogged at Poynter.org on the question “Could Trump be impeached for bashing the press?”
Disgraced CBS anchor Dan Rather is being honored by the “legacy” media again, in an interview with Ana Marie Cox for this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Cox can’t describe what actually brought Rather his disgrace, only that he was an “early target of internet fact-finding.” As if George W. Bush wasn’t a target of Rather’s?
Cox treats him like a Wise Man on the future of journalism, as if asking the makers of the Titanic about the future of shipbuilding:
Hillary Clinton has granted her first interview since losing the election. It came on April 6 at the Women In The World conference, organized by leftist editor Tina Brown. Clinton was introduced by comedian Samantha Bee. On cue, as expected, she genuflected. "You deserve to hear it 100 times — it should have been you!”
Clinton was interviewed by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who complained: "A man who bragged about sexual assault won the election, and with 53 percent of the white women's vote. How is it that in the 21st century -- what does it say about the challenges that one faces in women's empowerment, that in effect, misogyny won with a lot of women voters?”
The White House Correspondents Association has announced a comedian for its annual dinner on date: Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show, whose main claim to fame is a flame-throwing leftist routine last June at the Radio Television Correspondents Association Dinner. It made our list of the most notable left-wing media quotes of 2016, denouncing America's "cocktail of homophobia, xenophobia, lack of access to mental health care, and sheer lack of political will" to enact gun control.
Journalists convince themselves that their product is “news,” but often it’s just publicity, especially when liberal journalists hail other liberal journalists for their hard-working idealism. Take Tuesday’s gushy Washington Post profile of CNN media reporter and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. The online headline was “Brian Stelter has been training for this moment his entire life.” What moment?
Post reporter/publicist Ellen McCarthy never quite manages an answer to that question: the “moment” is the Trump inauguration, and his current crusade to crush the career of Fox News star Bill O’Reilly.
The radical feminists at Ms. magazine are thrilled by a hip-hop mishap. It’s a video for a rap song that “makes a feminist statement” titled “Hijabi.” Women repeatedly chant “wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab.”
Somehow, there is no ideological or theological tension between the secular libertinism of the Ms. crowd and the Muslims who appear orthodox enough to hide their hair from anyone but their husband in the home.
The president’s daughter answered Gayle King on CBS This Morning like a politician: “If being complicit means wanting to be a force for good and wanting to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” Hours later, CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert pulled out a dictionary and read the “illegal/wrongdoing” definition and mocked Ivanka, that it’s like saying “If being a Nazi means fighting for civil rights, then yeah, I’m a huge Nazi!”
In response to the idea that Ivanka will be her father’s “eyes and ears,” feminist TBS host Samantha Bee cracked that the First Daughter will be “spending a lot of time staring at her own boobies.”
The New York Times surely warmed the hearts of Trump voters if they caught this headline from their Women In The World confab: Samantha Bee to Hillary Clinton: ‘You deserve to hear it 100 times — it should have been you’.
The subheadline gushed: "The comedy virtuoso brought the house down at the Women in the World Summit with her exuberant introduction for ‘Hillary Rodham Beyoncé Clinton’."
The pollsters at Gallup are reporting something that should be obvious. More Americans realize the media favors on party over the other. “Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say the media has a favorite, up from about 50% in past years. Just 27% now say the media favors neither major party.”
Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of those who believe the media tilts toward a political party say it is the Democrats. Only 22 percent believe the media favor Republicans:
TBS late-night host Samantha Bee and her Full Frontal writing partner Jo Miller gave an interview to Wired.com. These women are deeply conflicted about what they're making weekly. Are they insult comics? Are they journalists and fact checkers? Are they deep thinkers? They're not conflicted about how terrible Trump must be taken apart.
Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump’s lawyers discovered it was Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice who “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.”
Susan Rice, at the center of another scandal? Yes, and she’s lying about it on TV again. On the “PBS NewsHour” on March 22, anchor Judy Woodruff introduced the interview by telling viewers she asked Rice about whether Trump's team “may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration.” Rice protested "I know nothing about this."
The liberal media keeps organizing with liberal foundations to try and shore up greater “trust in journalism” by going to liberal journalism schools and liberal journalism professors. Does anyone hear the echoes inside a liberal bubble?
On Monday, Facebook and several foundations announced the creation of a $14 million global consortium called the “News Integrity Initiative” at the City University of New York’s graduate school of journalism under professor (and left-wing Trump-hater) Jeff Jarvis. Foundation funders include some typical suspects: the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund.
The back-page “Parody” in The Weekly Standard is a beauty in this week’s edition, mocking the idea that CBS anchor Scott Pelley is somehow brave to decry Donald Trump as divorced from reality with his “pointed truth-telling.” The fake-news Washington Post headline was “CBS News parts ways with anchor Scott Pelley: Anchor fired for anti-Trump stance.”
The reporter quotes were very amusing. “It’s simple. Scott was fired for abandoning the careful neutrality that CBS is famous for,” said longtime CBS correspondent Steve Kroft. “CBS just doesn’t tolerate ideology in the newsroom,” he added. “This is the network of Dan Rather, after all.”
Washington Post writer Lisa Bonos interviewed leftist actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin about their Netflix show Grace & Frankie, where the two women become friends after their husbands run off with each other. Bonos wanted to hammer on the argument that TV executives (or audiences) can't handle female sexual pleasure on the boob tube. This led Fonda to extol the benefits of masturbation for the fairer sex in the AARP demographic.
The Wrap reports Tina Fey made fun of Mike and Karen Pence at a Friday night fundraiser for the terrorist-defending American Civil Liberties Union.
"Right now it's not just about fighting for progress," Fey said. "Gains we've made over the last hundred years are under attack. Luckily, Mike Pence isn't allowed to go down and shut down Planned Parenthood unless his wife goes with him. So, you know, if we can just keep Karen busy scrapbooking, we can all still get pap smears."
Count on The Washington Post to wallow perpetually in its own Watergate myth. When they were trying to take down President Nixon, it somehow wasn’t a liberal power grab and a way to crumble the Vietnam War. It was all a noble crusade for “truth,” because Democrats never lied to win an election or to….start the Vietnam War.
The latest salvo is an op-ed by leftist actor-activist Robert Redford reminding the Post readership that Redford was so impressed with Woodward and Bernstein that he made a movie out of their self-promoting Journalistic Hero story. The Post headline read: “Robert Redford: 45 years after Watergate, the truth is again in danger.”
One might think that Fortune magazine would want to keep a sober reputation as a magazine for business executives. Then they made fools of themselves. They came out with a list of 50 “Greatest World Leaders,” and on that list was once-a-week, late-night TBS “comedy” scold Samantha Bee.
It’s one thing when a news magazine is hunting for cultural influencers, and the Left always picks their favorite people, whether or not they actually sway anyone outside the liberal bubble. But the fiercely feminist Full Frontal hostess isn’t a “leader,” unless you mean she’s one of America’s greatest Trump-era producers of rage and bitterness.
CNN.com ran a shocking headline on Thursday: “5 Must-Have Apps for Undocumented Immigrants.” Any one in CNN’s audience knows which side they take on immigration, but this is the most obvious they’ve ever been. “Here’s how to evade the law, by CNN.”
Los Angeles Times legal reporter David Savage and his newspaper are playing coy with Bill Clinton’s sexual offenses again. Savage struck a mystified tone when Donald Trump’s lawyers tried the Clinton vs Paula Jones defense to dismiss a lawsuit filed on January 17 where former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos claimed Trump kissed and touched her inappropriately.
Savage dismissed the tactic, since, as we all know, Clinton lost that battle, and later had to settle with Jones for $850,000. But guess what? Savage and the Times didn’t include that. They cutely played with the voters who were wee tots in the Clinton years by saying Clinton’s “Kiss it” sexual harassment was “alleged.” He also wrote Bill Clinton was impeached by the House Republicans for “allegedly lying under oath.”