The prayer-haters aren't just writing from Canada. At the leftist blog the Daily Kos, the diarist known as "1lan" wrote about "When 'prayer' is the problem." You see, religion -- all religion -- should be held responsible when radical Muslims commit terrorism. He can't stand the social media being stuffed with calls for and mentions of prayer for Paris: "Aren't people like you the source of the problem?"
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.
Canadian conservative Ezra Levant took to Twitter after the Paris attacks to remind the world that the state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has a policy of not employing the words “terrorism” or “terrorist” since “the use of the word can be highly politicized and therefore it is preferable that there be a consistent practice to be as specific as possible in describing an event without labelling it.”
But on October 1 of this year, the same staffers and the ombudsman defended the use of the terms “xenophobes” and “haters” by longtime CBC journalist Michael Enright on the program The Sunday Edition to describe those resisting any plan to accept thousands of Syrian refugees. That's not "highly politicized"?
The actor Bryan Cranston is now making the interview rounds promoting his new movie lionizing the Hollywood communist Dalton Trumbo. As one should always expect when the Hollywood Left starts talking about the blacklist, the communists were the First Amendment heroes. The movie Trumbo, Cranston told CNN’s Jake Tapper, is about resisting “the lessening of the First Amendment or the oppression of it.”
Ironically, Cranston said these words at the end of a November 9 program that began with a mob at the University of Missouri driving out a president and a chancellor over wild allegations of racist epithets and restroom swastikas with little or no hard evidence.
On a journalists’ roundtable on Friday’s Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio, as they discussed Saturday’s Democratic debate, New York Times reporter Gardiner Harris broke out the trash talk, that Bernie Sanders will never, ever win:
HARRIS: Bernie has zero chance here, Diane. I'm sorry. He may have a chance in Iowa and in New Hampshire, because he does well among white liberals. He does disastrously among a huge core constituency of the Democratic Party, which is people of color. Hillary kills him on those things."
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is the latest movie star to regret coming from a red state. In an interview with gay writer Jonathan Van Meter for a cover story in Vogue, Lawrence brought up Kim Davis, described as the “infamous” county clerk who resisted issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Lawrence called her that “lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky.”
She goes into a rant about “all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”
NPR’s Morning Edition broke out a fact-check on the Republicans’ Fox Business debate on Wednesday morning. Did NPR do a fact-check on the first Democratic debate on October 13? Not really. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were never questioned on the facts. They call their segment "Break It Down," but apparently it breaks down before the leading Democrats can be challenged.
After the CNBC debate, Republicans were outraged at the vicious personal attacks not even disguised as questions from the moderators. Defenders of CNBC suggested the Republicans were just whining. President Obama joked that if GOP candidates can’t handle TV moderators, they could never handle Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Then the Obama-lovers at Comcast proves Republicans’ point. When NBC anchor Lester Holt sat down for an interview with the president on November 2, there were no attacks. It was business as usual, just another syrupy Brian Williams-style lovefest.
MRC president Brent Bozell has an op-ed over on FoxNews.com about the character assassination of Dr. Ben Carson over his memoirs and how CNN’s Alisyn Camerota lectured him about being vetted.
A look at CNN's coverage of Obama's books eight years ago never found a vetting...only Obama advertising.
Ken Shepherd pointed out Monday that Chris Matthews marched a hard line on Ben Carson’s memoir and the charge stories in it aren’t true: “you better damn well know they're true. Now, maybe you know you can't substantiate them right away. But they'd better be damn true, not sort of true.”
Soopermexican at The Right Scoop found Matthews jumped all over his MSNBC colleague Steve Kornacki before Friday night’s Rachel Maddow forum with the three Democratic candidates. Perhaps before the show, Kornacki dared to wonder how GOP voters might interpret the liberal-media attack, which set off Mr. Thrill Up My Leg. “Our job is to delineate the truth, and then let people react to it. You know, ‘we report, you decide’?”
On the top of Saturday’s front page were the words “THE OBAMA EFFECT: An education in hope and change.” Reporter William Wan profiled “The kids who adopted a president,” minority children who successfully lobbied to rename their grade school after Barack Obama.
“To the nation, Obama’s election was a historic and cultural milestone, an electrifying moment when the seemingly impossible became real,” Wan wrote, but now the intensity has faded to a “more nuanced reality.” The reality is that “the nation” did not uniformly find Obama’s election “electrifying,” as the 2010 midterms aptly demonstrated.
Washington Post political reporter Ben Terris provided the latest puff piece to the Democrats on the top of Friday’s Style section – which inspired more puffery on CBS Friday morning. “COMEDIANS ARE FEELING THE BERN,” blasted the headline in all caps. “Why has the most humorless presidential candidate garnered mad support from the normally apathetic stand-up scene?”
Guess what? The “cool kids” are loving the scrappy socialist.
The libertine Left has done a lot of boasting over the last several years about the inevitability of History vanquishing every corner of American social conservatism. Election Day 2015 was a terrible day for these revolutionaries, as so often it is when it’s the American people, not liberal elites, making the decisions. Let's assess the damage.
National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service have attempted on Fridays to run a “Week in Politics” segment and PBS even has a long-standing show called Washington Week. But on Friday, all these programs discussed a “week” utterly without any analysis of the 2015 elections.
Try to imagine how the media would have covered it if the transgender “equal rights” initiative won in Houston, pot was legalized in Ohio, Kentucky elected another Democrat governor, and the state senate went Democrat in Virginia. Wouldn’t that be brought to bear on how it might affect the presidential race in 2016 and the march of liberal inevitability? But conservatives won, so who has any time on a taxpayer-funded outlet?
On Friday’s CBS This Morning, Republicans took a publicity beating in two stories, but when it came time for Bernie Sanders, it was all giggles and light chatter about whether he had a sense of humor or not.
The liberal bias of Washington Post Style section writer Dan Zak emerged again at the top of Style on Wednesday. Less that two weeks ago, the Post’s Amber Phillips offered a more balanced and informative take on Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary’s controversial private adviser. Zak could only cite him as a man of “ruthless intelligence” who’s a magnet for “Benghazi inquisitors” and “Hillary nuts.”
On Sunday night, NPR’s weekend All Things Considered anchor Michel Martin had a long eight-minute interview with pro-basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who’s recently best known for popping off with radical leftist opinions for Time magazine’s website.
Martin went looking for the legend to trash another legend, Michael Jordan, for failing to get behind the black Democrat challenging conservative Sen. Jesse Helms in 1990, who Martin announced had “very retrograde” attitudes on race:
Washington Post columnist and MSNBC regular Eugene Robinson ably demonstrated the double standard of the liberal media on debate moderators. On Tuesday, he mocked “The GOP’s deranged list of debate demands.” But on April 18, 2008, he whacked the ABC moderators of a Democratic debate for “the meaningless inquisition about loose semantics and questionable acquaintances.”
The competing Republican presidential campaigns had a meeting on November 1 to discuss their concerns with how the Republican National Committee had planned debates with the media. That’s a healthy development, considering the CNBC debate, in which liberal journalists asked one too many deliberately snide and hostile “gotcha” questions attacking the GOP candidates and the candidates exploded in anger.
A debate among the Republican presidential candidates is supposed to benefit Republican primary voters. The moderators would, ideally, ask questions that reflect the values and questions of GOP voters, not the hive mentality of liberal partisans.
In Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, columnist William McGurn wrote “Thank you,CNBC: For giving millions of Americans front-row seats to the press bias against Republicans.”
McGurn rightly noted that there’s nothing wrong with pointed questions: “Truth is, CNBC’s Waterloo had little to do with its moderators’ questions and everything to do with the snark and contempt they came drenched in."
Peter Debruge, the “international film critic” at Variety, proclaimed himself mostly bored by The Peanuts Movie, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want to micromanage the classic cartoon into being more “progressive” about introducing a greater “diversity” into the classic cartoon.
Charlie Brown should go black? "While Franklin remains Charlie Brown’s only brown friend, a non-white love interest would have been as progressive as Schulz’s tomboyish depiction of Peppermint Patty was back in the day."