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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Liberals try to play quite a game with special counsel Robert Mueller. When he indicts Russians, analysts like Mark Shields on PBS start making jokes about how Trump's summit with Putin will be a "campaign reunion" with Trump's "favorite absentee voter." But when anyone suggests Mueller's probe is partisan -- or leads to partisan smack-talk -- they suggest it's nonsense, that "there's not a partisan corpuscle in Bob Mueller's system."
On the Week in Review segment on Friday night's All Things Considered on NPR, anchor Ailsa Chang asked about the timing of Robert Mueller's indictment of more Russians, just days before Trump's meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Conservative Ben Domenech of the Federalist suggested it was a "clearly purposeful" act to color how this summit is judged. Liberal E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post called it "exquisite," making the anchor laugh.
CNN has branded itself as savagely, incessantly anti-Trump, as well as savagely, incessantly anti-Fox News. So why on Earth do they expect that when the president mocks CNN at a press conference, "unity" demands that Fox defend CNN in the moment of the insult? This is especially true of Brian Stelter, who has led the network's attack on Fox as "state-run TV."
No one is more upset about Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination than the liberal media....unless it's the entertainment elites in Hollywood and Manhattan. These liberals couldn’t see the flagrant hypocrisy surrounding their sentences as they unloaded their fear and loathing of Brett Kavanaugh on television and Twitter.
The liberal National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting a five-day convention through the weekend in San Antonio, and the theme is “Defeat Hate — Vote.” That sounds quite ideological, doesn't it? Among the financial sponsors of this political convention are titans of the national media: AT&T (the new owners of CNN), CBS, NBC Universal, ABC's owners at Disney, and Google.
The liberal Columbia Journalism Review was thrilled to get an interview with disgraced anchorman Dan Rather.Their headline was "Dan Rather on Trump, Nixon, and why he never worked in network news again." As if pawning off forged documents as "news" wasn't an obvious reason. Kyle Pope began his interview by gushing "Dan Rather is as much an emblem of American journalism as any reporter still alive."
Recently, we told you about how Richmond's NBC station and the Richmond Times-Dispatch highlighted tiny protests of Republican congressman Dave Brat's office over the separation of illegal immigrants from children at the border. On Monday, Brat's office offered the newspaper an exclusive that Brat's new legislation on immigration was endorsed by Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The paper not only rejected an exclusive, they haven't mentioned the endorsement.
The one guarantee about Trump appointing Judge Brett Kavanaugh is that the Democrats, fueled by their mindless street mobs, will try to destroy him. It’s how Democrats behave. It is not how the “news” media should behave. Is there anyone who disputes that? But it is how they will comport themselves, because they are one with their Democrat brothers and sisters.
The Washington Post's Express tabloid carried an AP Supreme Court nomination dispatch as its cover story. “Trump savors the reveal” was the headline. AP reporters Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller began a story on this “Supreme show” with all of the president’s current political headaches.
HBO proudly aired their star Bill Maher doing stand-up in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night, with a routine centering on mocking President Trump. "Doesn’t everything about this man scream microdick? The bragging, and the buildings with my name on it! And the debates. He was talking about his dick at the debates! That guy is president." Maher went on to suggest Trump "never once brought a woman to orgasm."
NPR Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg, best known in recent years as a buddy and cheerleader to "notorious" liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, did not disappoint her liberal audience in freaking out over the new Supreme Court vacancy. Once again, every potential replacement for Anthony Kennedy promises a "hardcore conservative majority."
The August issue of the women's magazine Glamour is the Comedy Issue, so they rounded up female comedy writers for all the liberal late-night shows to address diversity in the writers' room and how feminism pervades the late-night scene. Molly McNearney, Jimmy Kimmel's wife and head writer, unleashed the "WTF" on the idea of Hillary pantsuit jokes during the campaign. But feminists are fine with mocking Melania and Ivanka Trump.
In the liberal mind, the way to prove you value something is by funding it with taxpayer money. So if you love journalism, you take taxpayer money and give it to journalists. It is a sacred mantra of the Left that corporate funding of media inevitably results in a pro-corporate media bias. Consistency would dictate that government funding of media would lead to a pro-government bias. Not in New Jersey. The idea of the press as a check and a balance on government has just been placed on the Jersey Turnpike and squashed to pieces.
David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon pointed out that CNN is a little shocked and alarmed that supposedly smart people don't know their Russiagate trivia. Don't they have CNN on their TV for six Russia-packed hours at a time? America lacks "focus" on CNN's obsessions. On Friday afternoon's Inside Politics, host John King tried to gently mock the intelligence of Jeopardy contestants who couldn't identify Michael Flynn in a plea-deal question.
NPR has a habit -- call it "counterintuitive" -- of trashing popular beliefs on major holidays (or holy days). On Good Friday in 2008, for example, NPR's Fresh Air rebroadcast a guest who trashed Christianity. On July 4, 2018, All Things Considered replayed a five-year-old interview suggesting the beloved patriotic song "God Bless America" annoys "many" with its "syrupy nationalism and trivialized faith," and Woody Guthrie suggested it was a "whitewash of everything that was wrong with America."
Soopermexican at The Right Scoop reports MSNBC weekend host Joy Reid wrongly brought down Twitter rage on a woman who never yelled awful things at a Latino boy at a heated California meeting on immigration as accused, and Reid had to apologize. Either Reid is not a discerning judge of tweets, or her Twitter assistant should be dismissed. Her retweet came from an account called "CuddleSweet," with a banner with the word "ORGASM" in capital letters at the top. This does not scream "trusted news source."
You can count on CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter to stay true to the trash-Trump parade. At the liberal Aspen Ideas Festival, he interviewed Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron. Stelter claimed to speak for the crowd when he began with the question “Are we living through a national emergency? And if so, how in the heck should journalists be covering it that way?”
Washington Post feature writer Dan Zak revels in left-wing activism, like his massive opus in the paper (and then a book) on four blood-tossing anti-nuclear protesters. As the temperatures peak, it’s time for Zak to freak . It's "The start of a mad hot American summer in the nation’s capital. A president violating norm after norm. Immigrant children wailing for their mothers. A Supreme Court seat, open like a wound. A midterm election hurtling toward us like an avenging angel, or a killer asteroid."
Former Newsweek correspondent Evan Thomas famously described Barack Obama on MSNBC as standing “above the world, he’s sort of God." In a Sunday New York Times book review of a new book by Donald Rumsfeld, he implies Rumsfeld is sort of Satan, "a figure who has been likened in some quarters to Beelzebub."
Washington Post feature writer Eli Saslow, best known to NewsBusters readers as the guy who gushed over Obama's "chiseled pectorals" as he prepared to be president, wrote a heart-tugging profile of a 12-year-old Ohio boy whose illegal-immigrant mother was detained after 19 years in the country. Alex Galvez, born in Ohio, was being cared for by Estefany, his 18-year-old American-born sister.