National Public Radio was still in Obama Mode after the election on Wednesday morning, bringing on black author Attica Locke (who also writes for the Fox drama Empire) who rudely implied each and every Trump support is a racist. NPR anchor David Greene politely suggested not every one, but Locke refused to admit there was a single non-racist: “I’m out with that.”
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.
We noticed the unintentional joke when The New York Times arrived today at headquarters. Lachlan Markay at the Washington Free Beacon noticed, too. The Times came wrapped in a suggestive ad with the large boast in all capitals: “HER REIGN BEGINS.”
Except it never will. The boast was a large Netflix ad for the series The Crown. Owen Thomas at SFGate.com had the scoop:
Liberals can get strangely honest on camera after an electoral defeat. On MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday morning, the guests were two liberals, former Newsweek and New Yorker editor Tina Brown and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.
But Ruehl wondered if Donald Trump won because political correctness and a fear of social media ostracism causes voters to silence themselves about the burdens of government mandates like family leave and ObamaCare.
CNN’s Brian Stelter sent around an Election Day e-mail declaring “This is the year of the fact-checker.” He joked “Trump made fact-checking great again.”
It's time to fact-check the fact checkers. In fact, it's already been done. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, just 29 percent of likely voters trust media fact-checking of the candidates, while 62 percent believed the media “skew the facts to help candidates they support.” Don't you just love the American people?
Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast posted an early draft of the liberal/feminist euphoria over the first female president before the results came in, noting that "unfortunate baggage" is a small part of "the arc of history that brought us to this point, the hazing that Hillary Rodham Clinton survived with such stamina and grace to stand on the precipice of victory."
You don’t need WikiLeaks to know how one-sided they are at CNN and The Washington Post. A new editorial by Post digitial opinions editor James Downie is headlined “How Campaign 2016 could shift the climate debate for the better.” This is a weird headline, since liberals don’t believe there is any debate about climate change.
Downie touted CNN media reporter Dylan Byers “The traditional model of ‘he said, she said’ journalism ... was thrown out the window in favor of a more aggressive journalism that sought to prioritize accuracy over balance.” He claimed "More journalists have seen that the sky won’t fall if they treat falsehoods as falsehoods."
Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller offered some eye-opening details on media-Democrat collusion from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures. CNN asked the Democratic National Committee for questions that Wolf Blitzer could ask Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. The London Daily Mail added e-mails to and from a Jake Tapper staffer to the Wiki-mix. Both publications noted Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank leaned on the DNC to list the "Ten Plagues of Trump."
On Wednesday, CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert appeared for the entire hour on the NPR chat show Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It's like attending a meeting with the president of your fan club.
Since NPR folks hate Fox News with a passion, Gross and Colbert giggled over the downfall of Fox boss Roger Ailes over sexual harassment allegations. When Gross asked if he had a special interest in that story, Colbert cracked "If by special interest, you mean rolling my eyes back in ecstasy in an overstuffed chair....then, yeah. I have a special interest in that."
A snobby PBS analyst said less educated Trump voters were "just going with their gene pool." Sadly, if not surprisingly, the analyst was the "right-leaning" pundit on the PBS NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks. Stupid white males are voting for stupid white males. Now if Brooks had said a version of this in 2008 -- that blacks were just voting for their "gene pool" -- he would have been drummed out of the media elite. But mocking stupid whites doesn't ruffle a feather at PBS.
Subscribers to People magazine are getting their November 14 issues on the last weekend before Electon Day with another four-page spread promoting Hillary Clinton, with an interview by the celebrity magazine’s political correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall.
Westfall just could not believe that Trump would bring women to a debate who have long accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment and rape. The poor-Hillary tone came oozing out, and Hillary didn’t have to express one sensitive thought as to whether these women were actually assaulted.
Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik is already proclaiming the Biggest Loser of the 2016 presidential election. He says it's ...the media, which "have never performed less responsibly in a modern-era presidential election."
CNN media reporter Dylan Byers relayed that ABC News was caught putting a reporter in front of its own fake yellow police tape on Friday's Good Morning America, according to a photograph obtained by CNN. Reporter Linsey Davis solemnly told George Stephanopoulos a massive search was under way for as many as four dead bodies at the scene.
In a chummy interview with Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow insisted she wouldn't move to Canada if Donald Trump wins. "Canadian connections aside, Maddow says she’s definitely staying, even if a Trump presidency could have radical effects on her chosen profession." Maddow imagined Trump could somehow ban MSNBC from the airwaves:
Daniel Nussbaum at Breitbart reported something that probably shouldn’t be shocking: the Miley Cyrus “campaigning” for Hillary by knocking on dorm room doors at George Mason University in the DC suburbs? Fake. Pre-staged. As authentic as a CNN town hall question for Hillary.
Parents of GMU students foiled this lame celebrity stunt. “Ms. Cyrus visited previously identified students as a pre-approved guest of those rooms,” an assistant dean explained to one. “She was escorted by her host at all times, and there was no random door knocking, as that would be solicitation — which is a violation of residence hall policy.”
The leftist tilt of Google often comes through in its "Doodles" and what they celebrate. Five years ago, we noticed they totally ignored the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan. Today, Google's Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite, who loathed Reagan and all he represented.
For the full CBS myth, turn to C-NET, with the headline "Legendary newsman is remembered for objective reporting on the Vietnam War, JFK's assassination and the Apollo 11 moon landing." Objective?
Then The Wall Street Journal broke another new story online that “Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay.” Reaction from the news media? Crickets.
Taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio wasn’t jumping on the Fox News/Wall Street Journal story about internal turmoil at the Justice Department over a probe of the Clinton Foundation. This was the promoted lead story on the website for Thursday’s Morning Edition: “Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School.”
Fox News has put into heavy rotation the internal fight inside the FBI and Justice Department over an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Devlin Barrett at The Wall Street Journal also filed a story last night. The liberal media reaction was: “What breaking story?”
Will the liberal media just act like the Democratic servants they look like in the Wikileaks emails and continue to ignore these revelations as something on the Murdoch Machine thinks is news?
The Washington Post is demonstrating its usual Democratic Party tactics by highlighting this “news” on Wednesday: “KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president.”
Post reporter Peter Holley wrote a 1650-word article lovingly recounting all of the white supremacist support for Trump in this election cycle. This was not the way the Post treated Obama when Rev. Louis Farrakhan of the hateful Nation of Islam endorsed him for president on February 26, 2008. They actively struggled to disassociate Obama from Farrakhan.
Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton. It’s the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show Twenty One in advance and looked like a genius on national television. Van Doren later apologized to America: “I have deceived my friends, and I had millions of them.”
That’s not the way CNN and Brazile reacted when exposed by the Wikileaks e-mails.