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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Journalists lecture that Trump never admits he’s wrong, but when you’re invested in the Trump-the-traitor conspiracy theory, you cannot admit they overreached. Take Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, who refused to budge on the media’s partisan aggression. The online headline was "Serious journalists should be proud of — not bullied over — their Russia reporting."
The establishment media is being roasted from the Right AND from the Left as the Russiagate conspiracy -- as a criminal conspiracy/impeachment vehicle -- has collapsed. Leftist author and former Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi is well known for roasting right-wingers with overwrought personal attacks. But he's drawing notice -- even from Brian Stelter today on Reliable Sources -- for roasting the media under the headline: "It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD."
Byron York at the Washington Examiner reacted to Robert Mueller sending his report to the Justice Department with no further indictments by making a list of "5 things that didn't happen in the Mueller investigation." It quickly became clear that the media intensely speculated about a pile of terrible outcomes for Team Trump that didn't occur....which makes all those hours of speculation sound like....Fake News.
Liberals are that strange species that supports abortion on demand and yet in their strongholds, like the District of Columbia, they hire inspectors to fine restaurants hundreds of dollars for offering their customers plastic straws. It’s not surprising that television shows don’t base entire plots on the “Straw Cops.” But they do insert plots that promote the feminist “empowerment” of abortion.
One of the inherent problems with "fact checking" is the nagging tendency to "fact check" the future, which journalists should agree is not yet factual. AP Fact Check was attacked from the Left by the site Think Progress over predictions on global warming. But none of these predictions are facts! They're "guess-checking." Politicians can mischaracterize predictions, but there are no "facts" about when global warming will kill us all.
If the networks loved passing along the revenge-seeking book of Omarosa, one would think they might enjoy Jenny McCarthy's tales in a new book ripping Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg and the misery of her one-year tenure on The View. "You know the movie Mommie Dearest? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, 'Holy cow!' I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters."
An interview with New York Times immigration correspondent Miriam Jordan posted Wednesday by Columbia Journalism Review underlined the point of liberal media bias. She's only reporting on half of the immigration debate, the "pro-immigrant" half. The Times itself explains that Jordan "reports from a grassroots perspective on the impact of immigration policy on people in the country legally and illegally."
It's fascinating that the networks just keep using the data on "hate groups" cooked up by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, but they have skipped reporting on the group's internal uproar and the ousting of its founder, Morris Dees. CBS even used SPLC hater data on growing "white supremacy" on Sunday's Face the Nation to push White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attacks.
At this point in Donald Trump’s presidency we’ve become almost numb to the daily panic and screeching that defines his press coverage. Some can't take it anymore. They shouldn’t show CNN at airports for fear those people will jump out of the planes in mid-air to escape it all. But at the dawn of the 2020 presidential campaign, we can already see what's coming, the contrast in tone between “news” coverage of Trump and the bus full of his Democrat opponents. It's going to be just preposterous.
Insider trading is illegal, but not insider book reviewing. The New York Times Book Review ignores a lot of books, but not books written by executives of The New York Times. Their deputy general counsel David McCraw has written a book titled Truth In Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts.
CNN calls its media show Reliable Sources, but host Brian Stelter keeps bringing on Dan Rather, the legendary fabulist that Stelter calls a "legendary journalist." The topic was the New Zealand mosque attacks, and Stelter was railing against President Trump's lack of technological savvy. Rather claimed no one in human history has the "propaganda" reach of Donald Trump, comparing it to a "manure spreader in a windstorm."
Amber Athey at the Daily Caller reported "Reuters bragged Friday about its scoop that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was once involved in a notorious hacker group, but revealed in the process that one of its reporters willingly sat on the story until after O’Rourke lost his Texas Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz."
On Saturday's All Things Considered, NPR host Michel Martin dragged President Trump into a discussion of the dreadful New Zealand mosque murders -- not just Trump, but anyone who likes rhetoric like "build a wall." Her guest was Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist. NPR and other liberal media have embraced the line that white racist terrorism is a larger global threat than Islamic jihadism.
They say Catholics and Jews specialize in guilt, but that may be nothing compared to the orthodoxy of the Hollywood Left. On “International Women’s Day,” Will & Grace star Debra Messing thought the best way to celebrate was to post on Instagram a picture of cupcakes with images of vaginas, some with apparent piercings, some with chocolate sprinkles that suggested pubic hair. This was a grave offense....to the "unique and powerful women who don't have a vagina."
Lance Morrow used to be a liberal essayist for Time magazine, perhaps most memorably lecturing America to "grow up about sex" in 1992 when voters were troubled about Bill Clinton's infidelity problems. He took a different tack once Clinton was exposed for exploiting White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In Friday's Wall Street Journal, Morrow mocked the idea that the Democrats should freeze Fox News out of presidential debates because the liberals are shocked by biased journalists:
Who knew media executives were two-faced? NBC News reports that AT&T's bosses Randall Stephenson and John Stankey plan "the erasing of Ted Turner" after they finalize their takeover of Warner Media. The Turner brand is being retired. This comes a year after Stephenson and Stankey "flew to Atlanta to meet in person with Ted Turner to personally assure him that his legacy would be maintained in the wake of any reorganization of the company."
The Washington Post gossips -- "The Reliable Source" -- pretended they weren't doing a rerun in Thursday's paper, promoting a Stormy Daniels chat in Georgetown plugging her book Full Disclosure -- which came out five months ago. The whole item was a tired repeat of a puff job they did about a book event in DC in December.
On Tuesday's Morning Edition newscast, NPR host Steve Inskeep interviewed freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood, who narrowly defeated conservative Rep. Randy Hultgren in November. Inskeep touted how she's rare as a young black woman who represents a mostly-white district in suburbs and exurbs around Chicago. But boy, did she NOT want to talk about her fellow freshman Ilhan Omar.
Sometimes, a long lag time between posting and publication/distribution undermines a newspaper's credibility. For example, on February 22, Washington Post gossip Helena Andrews-Dyer penned a piece on how presidential candidates campaign on "pop culture" issues in social media and on hipster venues, including on the Jussie Smollett hate-crimes hoax. The article was posted the day after Chicago police took Smollett into custody, but the "experts" were still saying "you can never go wrong"...being fast, and wrong.
As the Democrats careen to the left (and over a cliff), it should not be surprising that their allied “fact checkers” are running alongside them, trying to “correct” any negative impressions. “Be wary of politicians crying socialism,” warned Washington Post “fact checker” Glenn Kessler recently.