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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.

Graham is a native of Viroqua, Wisconsin and graduated from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. 

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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.”


Jennifer Harper at The Washington Times reported “Distrust of the news media starts early. A new survey finds that only a quarter of American children say they actually trust the news media.   

"Only one in four children (25 percent) puts a lot of trust in the information they receive from news organizations, just a little more than the percent who put a lot of trust in the information they get from their friends."

 


Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan honored CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Monday in a column headlined “Scott Pelley is showing his bias for the truth.” Inside the Style section, the headline was “Good reporters can’t be neutral about the truth.”

The problem with this approach is wanting to have it both ways. Pelley has a “pro-truth” bias, but he’s somehow unbiased. He’s honored for calling Trump “divorced from reality” and calling Trump aide Kellyanne Conway a “fearless fabulist.” But somehow what Sullivan honors, those “dogged” and “blunter” judgments, are unbiased?


On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was pushed into a boys’ bathroom at Rockville (Maryland) High School and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America – 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. Sanchez, a Guatemalan, has a pending “alien-removal” case against him. Montano, from El Salvador, was a minor, so his immigration status was not released. 

The Washington Post reported, “The two took turns holding the girl down and sexually assaulting her as she cried out, fought back and repeatedly told them to stop, according to police affidavits filed in court.”


The Washington Post published an op-ed on Sunday headlined "NPR and PBS don't need tax money anymore." Manhattan Institute vice president Howard Husock is uniquely qualified on the topic: he's a former producer for Boston PBS superstation WGBH and now serves on the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Some of Husock's argument is familiar, especially the change in the media landscape since the emergence of a public broadcasting system in the "Great Society" Sixties. What's eye-opening is how PBS and NPR sell themselves to underwriters as having an audience loaded with wealthier and more educated customers:


Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten demonstrated how far that liberals will go to defend self-mutilation by transgenders. Troubled by a penis? Weingarten compared healthy, functional body parts to a child with a cleft palate: "This is fixable. Because a child is born with a cleft palate, it doesn't mean he needs to go through life with a cleft palate."


In the stunned aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, America healed in part by tuning in to Saturday Night Live, just a few miles from the wreckage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. We all felt like New Yorkers and like Pentagon employees after radical Islamic terrorists killed more than 3,000 Americans by hijacking four airplanes. 

Now, many years later, the American Civil Liberties Union is demonstrating their bizarre definition of “civil liberties” by complaining that the 9/11 terrorists are not having their civil rights respected. “Will the 9/11 Defendants Ever Get a Fair Trial?” Most Americans wonder why anyone responsible for 9/11 is still breathing. But guess who supports that radical take? Stars of Saturday Night Live.


Ken Shepherd at The Washington Times reports the Associated Press sent a politically correct update to subscribers on Friday. In its style manual, it’s now urging journalists to avoid using the cursed “gender binary.” Science identifies two genders, but the liberal media exquisitely feels a rainbow of “gender fluidity.”

The AP Stylebook now matches the LGBT manual precisely. "Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people."


The women's magazine Elle is carrying a weird negative profile of White House Kellyanne Conway. The subhead to Tish Durkin's profile reads "For many Kellyanne Conway was a shock, invented out of whole cloth (and the tweets of her client. But her mendacious, loquacious assault on liberalism has been more than 20 years in the making." To trash Conway the hardest, Durkin turned to the liberal media for support.


Open.President Trump's budget proposes defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. If it passes Congress, it will take two years for funding to be discontinued, but the liberal public-media lobby is panicking.  These hyperbole artists insist "Our public media is for everyone." That's just a lie. Conservatives are not welcome in public media.


The defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is long past overdue. No president, including Ronald Reagan, seriously pushed an immediate winding down of this corrupt and outdated waste of taxpayer funds. Who would have ever imagined that Donald Trump would be the first to do this? 

His first budget takes that step, not just to save of ton of taxpayer money ($450 million is a lot of money), but to establish a principle about our leftist media. It’s simply not appropriate for the federal government to fund Democratic propaganda badly disguised as “news.” 


The Los Angeles Times published a front-page story Monday on Ivanka Trump that highlighted she was “complicit” in her father’s evil. The headline read: “She once made liberals hopeful - Ivanka Trump is now seen as 'complicit' in her father's agenda.”

Times reporter Barbara Demick promoted four radical-left artists from New York who started an Instagram page called Dear Ivanka to supposedly lobby her to mend her father’s ways. In one Instagram post, they used the dictionary to define their accusation. Ivanka’s involved in crime or generic wrongdoing:


National Public Radio greeted the opening of the Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings in typical leftist fashion: Nina Totenberg publicizing the complaints of feminist groups and failing to disclose the partisan background of the accuser, named Jennifer Sisk, who claims Gorsuch made insensitive comments about maternity leave in a class at the University of Colorado law school.

Alex Griswold at the Washington Free Beacon noted what Totenberg somehow didn’t find worth mentioning in her online story, Sisk's political background as a Democrat.


MRC vice president Dan Gainor appeared on CNN’s New Day on Sunday to discuss the Trump administration’s budget plan, which zeroes out money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While the PBS lobby tried to claim America deeply loves a channel that they barely watch, Gainor hit hard enough on its left-wing tilt to cause the anchor to ask if the defunding was about “conservative revenge.”