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 were very upset when Republican rallies would break out into cries of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton. But they cheer and applaud when the target of the "going to jail" remarks is Donald Trump, Jr. On ABC's The View on Tuesday, Joy Behar suggested the president's older son will end up "in jail. Hurry up girls, the feds are gonna get him!" The topic was a gossipy interview Trump's first wife Ivana gave to the New York Post.
Leftist actor and author Sean Penn was interviewed and honored by Ari Melber on Friday night on MSNBC's The Beat. The interview was carefully edited, perhaps to keep Penn's bizarre yammering to a minimum. Penn said "I often think about this President, the way that the audience, meaning the electorate, were it a Batman movie, this is them rooting for the Joker against their own interests and looking to beat Batman down."
On ABC’s The View on Monday, they brought up Kellyanne Conway’s Sunday pushback at CNN’s Dana Bash when she wrapped up the interview by bringing up tweets by Conway’s lawyer husband, George Conway. Bash asked “I just ask you one question that a lot of people are asking me, probably you too. And that is, what is up with your husband's tweets?” Conway shot back that Bash wouldn’t ask this question to a man. Sunny Hostin who used to work at CNN, fiercely defended Bash by saying Conway was "really, really slimy" to question the question.
Shocking liberal bias on taxpayer-subsidized public broadcasting isn't happening just on national networks like PBS and NPR. John Hinderaker at Power Line blogged "Anatomy of a Smear" by Minnesota Public Radio. The topic was "a thoroughly documented expose of leftist political indoctrination and bullying of nonconforming students, teachers and staff in the Edina, Minnesota public school system."
New York Times political reporter Amy Chozick has written a book about covering both of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns called Chasing Hillary. Washington Post book reviewer Carlos Lozada showed that there was a reason the candidate was surrounded by female correspondents. They all felt her pain.
The new April 30 issue of People magazine is the "Beautiful Issue" featuring "41 pages of gorgeous, inspiring stars." One page hails 18-year-old actress Yara Shahidi, under the headline "Beautiful & Brilliant." A star of ABC's Black-ish and now Grown-ish on Freeform is a big Hillary Clinton fan, but still thinks she can proclaim her big issue is "the sanctity of life." And she endorsed Hillary for President in 2016.
The Washington Post motto is “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” but Democrats, well, they are the forces of brilliance. Friday’s Style section was topped by a puff piece boldly promoted in all-caps: “THEIR MADELEINE MOMENT: Women who were kids when Albright was secretary of state now look to her as a feminist icon.” Post reporter Jessica Contrera gushed about the Albright fan-girls at an allegedly Catholic college, Georgetown.
Former Obama attorney general Eric Holder made an incredibly sober and unfunny appearance on Comedy Central on Tuesday night's The Daily Show. Host Trevor Noah turned to the Jim Comey book, noting Comey trashed Trump, that "He's a liar, he mistreats women, he's not fit to be in office." Holder quipped back: "Well, Jim got those three things right." But what about what he got wrong?
One of the most annoying tendencies of "Fact Checkers" is to claim that (a) the facts at issue are true and (b) it's still wrong somehow. Take PolitiFact Wisconsin's Tom Kertscher judging Republican Gov. Scott Walker as "Half True" while he's factually correct. He was half-false by claiming credit, when his reforms are a "contributing factor." But PolitiFact ruled liberal Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo was "True" in taking credit for his state's job picture.
The crew of ABC's The View started the show on Thursday by reminiscing about Wednesday. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg began: "We had a really great day yesterday because James Comey was here." But live on the air yesterday, they reported that 11 House Republicans sent a letter asking for an investigation into Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton, and Trump-loathing FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
ABC's The View gave almost their entire hour on Wednesday to an interview with James Comey...on top of the hour of publicity (minus commercials) he was granted by ABC in his primetime book-selling special on Sunday night. The toughest questions came from Meghan McCain, who quickly turned to accusing Comey of going on a book tour for money and attention.
Greg P. at Twitchy reports the attorney who pressured federal judge Kimba Wood into releasing Sean Hannity's name is a lawyer for liberal media outlets. According to reports from inside the courtroom, Judge Wood was ready to allow Michael Cohen to submit the name of his third client — who we now know is Sean Hannity — under seal, but an attorney for five news organizations, including CNN and the New York Times, convinced her otherwise.
The definition of “news” is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is “publicity.” When James Comey’s publisher MacMillan boasts that they will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies – when a decent fraction of sales is in E-books and audiobooks – publicity is clearly booming. The “news” media are stuffing Comey’s pockets with book profits.
Just as ABC laid out the red carpet for James Comey on Sunday night, ABC’s “The View” laid out the red carpet for porn star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday, the only “live” interview...even if it mostly sounded like a warmed-over rehash of her 60 Minutes interview. Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti were awarded almost 27 minutes of air time. The big difference was Meghan McCain, who suggested – “no disrespect” – Daniels is offering a “publicity stunt,” making a lot of money on this Trump-bashing campaign:
Just a few days ago, Time TV critic Daniel D'Addario was touting the "increasing momentum" of a boycott against Fox News host Laura Ingraham. But in this week's issue, D'Addario goes corporate-press soft on Lester Holt in a "6 Questions" interview. He couldn't describe the lies of Brian Williams in any more vivid language than "controversial circumstances."
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter mocked Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for condemning the Jim Comey book on Friday without reading it. "You have go to read the book first," Stelter cracked. But who in America already has the Comey book, when it comes out on Tuesday? It's being discussed ad infinitum by non-readers. He set up a snippet and called it "pretty funny."
People magazine may have just been plugging the latest comedy book by Ali Wentworth...but it also served as a puff piece for her husband George Stephanopoulos in the days before the big Jim Comey Sunday night book special. “I went through my bad-boy stage before I met him, and the reason I was blown away by him is because he has so much integrity.”
The Huffington Post dug into internal Interior Department emails to report that Heather Swift, the press secretary for the Interior Department, “labeled a CNN reporter with a vulgar insult after being pressed to answer questions about Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travel.” Swift was emailing to one of her colleagues.
“Rene is a f--king idiot,” Heather Swift wrote to one of her colleagues, referring to CNN correspondent René Marsh. “She sounds like one,” responded deputy director of communications Russell Newell.
The Daily Beast posted a crude piece of mudslinging headlined "The Fallen Heroes Who Went to Vietnam in John Bolton’s Place: They all had the same birthday and same draft number. But while the now-hawkish national security adviser rode out the war in safety, these brave young soldiers never came home." You won't find a Daily Beast article on "The Fallen Heroes Who Went to Vietnam in Bill Clinton's Place." That would be a smear.