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?
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.
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.
With the presidential candidates arriving in California to campaign and raise funds, this report from the Los Angeles CBS affiliate should become national news: “A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County.”
Voter fraud? But liberal Democrats like to claim there is zero evidence of voter fraud.
The New York Times still treats Jimmy Carter like a world-class humanitarian...and never as an uncivil partisan scold. The headline on Tuesday was “Jimmy Carter, Seeing Resurgence of Racism, Plans Baptist Conference for Unity.” Religion reporter Laurie Goodstein began with the sugar: "Former President Jimmy Carter, who has long put religion and racial reconciliation at the center of his life, is on a mission to heal a racial divide...."
National Public Radio sells itself as an oasis of civility on a radio dial polluted with harsh editorializing. In December, NPR CEO Jarl Mohn was asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter how they were covering Trump: “Our place in the food chain of information and journalism is to just be very rational, to be calm, to report the facts, not to stake out a position. We don’t take editorial positions of any sort.”
Someone should tell Mohn about Bob Garfield, the host of NPR-distributed On The Media, who compared Trump to a "raving meth head with a machete."
An hour into CBS’s “upfront” pitch to advertisers last Wednesday in New York’s Carnegie Hall, the network turned to late-night comedian Stephen Colbert for jokes, and he mostly laid into Donald Trump. This may or may not be a joke from the liberal host: “2016 has been a very big year for comedy, and if Trump wins, 2017 will be an even bigger year for tragedy.”
“Begrudging WaPo” became a trending topic on Twitter on Sunday afternoon as Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner mocked how the Washington Post buried the lead in Sunday’s story on their new poll:
It took 219 words to get to the point: "Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton among registered voters 46 percent to 44 percent."
The Washington Post announces it’s a liberal newspaper by highlighting right-wing extremism and coddling left-wing extremism. Both of these happened in Sunday’s paper. The front page carries a story on the threat of “patriot” groups in Oregon – the only times the Post wants to present people defending liberty and the Constitution is when they’re 9-11 truthers who conduct paramilitary exercises on weekends.
But The Washington Post Magazine carried an article that made a platform for “The New Language of Protest,” asking campus leftists to explain “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and “microaggressions.” Shutting down speech is somehow described as “a new civil rights movement.”
Truth Revolt reports that Sean Penn is not the toast of the Cannes Film Festival. He’s just toast. His new film The Last Face flopped badly. One critic said "There were several lines so wincingly written and embarrassingly delivered that they caused the audience at the press screening to burst into sarcastic applause."
Retired USA Today White House reporter Richard Benedetto penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on Friday titled “How Obama Gets Away With It.” He suggested “Usually when an incumbent president is leaving office and a slew of candidates are battling for his job, that departing chief executive’s record is a major campaign issue.”
But Obama’s record in office is not an issue. Obviously, one reason is the Republican establishment didn’t want Obama to be an issue, which is why they moved to take any budget fight with Obama off the table for the rest of his presidency. He also argued the media is putty in Obama's hands.