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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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The last few days have been absolutely terrible for the reputation of the badly named “mainstream media.” The myth that they tried to build for themselves after the 2016 election – that the American people were too prone to misinformation from malignant (and often foreign) actors in social media, and they needed a sober, factually meticulous “news” media to put the Facts First – utterly collapsed under the weight of the BuzzFeed fiasco and the Covington Kids smear-a-thon.
On Tuesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) launched a campaign taking issue with NBC's Meet the Press for proclaiming they would not host a debate on climate change or "give time to climate deniers." CEI bought a full-page ad in this morning's Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and made a 30-second video spot, which NBC refused to air.
USA Today acknowledged online on Twitter early on Monday that the viral first take on Covington Catholic students for "attacking" a Native American activist in Washington is unraveling: "The longer version of the incident is more complex, and now that it has surfaced, the rush to judge the teenagers is coming under attack."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is facing a series of interviewers pressing her to account for being "too conservative" on immigration when she was in the House of Representatives. It happened on ABC yesterday, and it happened on CNN's State of the Union. Jake Tapper pressed her from the Left, but at least put a Trump needle in there:
On ABC's This Week, host Martha Raddatz began the program with Democrat presidential aspirant Kirsten Gillibrand, but never asked her a single question about the Women's March controversies over anti-Semitism, even though she spoke on Saturday at a Women's March event in Des Moines. But Raddatz pressed Sen. Jim Lankford (R-Okla.) to denounce a viral video that alleged to show Catholic teenagers in MAGA hats harassing a Native American man beating a drum...she even blamed this alleged hate crime on Donald Trump's tone against Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
On Friday, AP media reporter David Bauder reported on PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, now at Duke University, preparing technology for "real-time TV fact checks" during the 2020 campaign: "The TV product would call on a database of research from Politifact, Factcheck.org and The Washington Post to point out false or misleading statements onscreen." Post "fact checker" Glenn Kessler tweeted Friday night that t there is "no excuse" why the TV networks wouldn't put this on air in real time. But there's a big one: the "fact checkers" overwhelmingly thump Trump, and go easy on the Democrats. Kessler's blog is 10 to 2 so far this year.
Yesterday it was discovered that a fake news edition of the Washington Post had been printed and was being distributed around the city. But that came from a bunch of left-wingers who think the Post is too wishy-washy about forcing Trump to resign or be impeached. Today we at NewsBusters thought it would be amusing to try this experiment from the conservative view, instead of the radical left.
So who is the mastermind at Gillette that came up with the idea that the best way to sell men's razors was to insult your customers with condescending liberal propaganda about “toxic masculinity”? Is pandering to the perpetually angry feminists in the media the way to grab positive “news” coverage? Is online buzz the goal? If so, it must also be Gillette’s goal to have its customers rush over to the Schick display.
The "Truth-o-Meter" at PolitiFact (and their subset PunditFact) is very strange machine. On January 11, PunditFact ruled it "HALF TRUE" when Sean Hannity proclaimed on his show on January 10 that "17,000 individuals with criminal records were apprehended trying to cross the border" in 2018. Hannity repeated that number on January 17. But they also admitted it was "basically correct."
Twitchy is offering kudos to tweeter Rob Province for putting two tweets by CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza side by side to demonstrate a dramatic double standard in hot takes on the shutdown. Pelosi's letter denying Trump the State of the Union was a "major power move." Trump's letter denying Pelosi an overseas trip was "Taking the low road. Always."
Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media reports that Vice President Mike Pence took aim at the "mainstream media" today and their reporting that his wife Karen Pence took a job teaching art at an elementary Christian school that -- horrors -- bars employees from engaging in "homosexual activity" and does not condone "transgender identity." Pence bluntly said "the attacks on Christian education by the mainstream media have got to stop."
Activists to the left of The Washington Post -- and that's pretty off to the left -- distributed satirical copies of a Fake Post in the nation's capital on Wednesday. The faux Post boasted the tabloidish headline "UNPRESIDENTED." Underneath that, the subhead read: "Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis." The top-left headline added "Celebrations break out worldwide as Trump era ends."
The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published on Sunday, over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni. “Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?” You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald Trump and his enablers in the press.
The Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart movie The Upside won the weekend box office race, grossing about $20 million in ticket sales. Conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby reported Cranston was attacked from the Left for accepting the role of Phillip Lacasse, a billionaire left paralyzed after a paragliding accident. They think only paralyzed actors should play paralyzed people.
One of the most ignored passages in federal legislation came in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, insisting that public TV and radio should insure "objectively and balance in all programs of a controversial nature." Take the debate over transgenderism. That debate has two sides, and it's controversial, and yet on Saturday night, the PBS NewsHour aired almost 14 minutes of transgender advocacy without any rebuttal from an opposing point of view.
In his Reliable Sources newsletter on Thursday night, CNN's Brian Stelter ripped Laura Ingraham for attacking the media's sympathetic focus on government workers during the shutdown. "Ingraham plays a media critic on TV, but what do actual media critics think?" That's a pretty weird attack from a guy who plays a media critic on TV. He turned to liberal defenders of bureaucrat-heavy shutdown coverage. Stelter implied that there are no conservatives who have an "actual" beef with the media's liberal bias during the shutdown.
On Friday, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On The Basis of Sex expanded into more than 1,900 theaters. So the puff piece on Thursday's Morning Edition on NPR served like an informercial. NPR host Rachel Martin interviewed Felicity Jones (who plays Ginsburg) and director Mimi Leder. Jones gushed "Well, initially, I was very, very intimidated. And it's nerve-wracking paying such a beloved woman. And I, myself, am a huge, huge fan of her." Not discussed: where the film is Fake News.
National Public Radio has a reputation for being calm and boring, but not about sex. On Saturday night's All Things Considered, fill-in host Sarah McCammon warned "we want to mention that the conversation we're about to have may not be appropriate for younger listeners." Emily Dreyfuss of Wired magazine was outraged that the apparently sexist Consumer Electronics Show had banned a newfangled vibrator from their expo in Las Vegas.
There is a serious clash between the notion that today's Washington press corps has an almost religious devotion to the Facts and Hollywood's way of swirling facts into nasty fiction against conservatives. This clash was illustrated by the "Newseum" in Washington hosting a screening of Vice, the truth-defying movie that turns Dick Cheney into a cartoonish "sociopathic monster," in the words of screenwriter/director Adam McKay. The gossips at The Washington Post said it was "attended by what seemed like half the city's press corps."
Anyone catching the television ads for the Dick Cheney-trashing movie Vice found them heavily promoting it with the surprising six Golden Globe nominations it received from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. That affirmation also became the “news hook” for press interviews with the director and the actors, seeking to weaponize it politically. Sadly for them, only actor Christian Bale won an award for gaining 40 pounds and talking out of the side of his mouth like the Penguin in a Batman movie. He thanked Satan for inspiration.