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 forthcoming book Unmasked: Big Media's War Against Trump as well as 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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On June 21, New York magazine published a shocking cover story, an excerpt from the new book by author and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, titled What Do We Need Men For? Carroll described suffering a sexual assault in a Bergdorf Goodman department store dressing room. The alleged assailant is named Donald Trump. When did this occur? She vaguely guesses it “has to be in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996” because of what they were wearing.
For decades, Carl Cameron was a top political reporter for Fox News. But now he says he left because "right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation." He said this in a promotional video for a new partisan left-wing website called Front Page Live, which hopes to be the "antidote" to the Drudge Report. "What’s a former Fox guy doing here on Front Page Live partnering with progressives? Well, it’s about facts, not partisanship."
On the PBS NewsHour on Friday night, liberal analyst Mark Shields and "conservative" analyst David Brooks aggressively agreed with each other, as usual -- this time, in defending Democrat front-runner Joe Biden after he brought up working with segregationist Democrats in the 1970s to get work done. Brooks, a New York Times columnist, compared segregationists to "homophobes," which is highly offensive if it's used to describe social conservatives and orthodox religious people. Shields shamed Biden's Democrat opponents as purists who would make a minority party.
The Washington Post put the December beheading of two young female Scandinavian hikers in Morocco on the front page with this strange headline: "In 2 brutal killings for Islam, a weapon for the far right." Doesn't that devalue the victims? Can the Post imagine this headline? "In brutal killing of columnist Khashoggi, a weapon for The Washington Post."
Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon reported Congressman Jack Bergmann, a Republican from Michigan, wrote a letter to the congressional radio and television gallery demanding "the immediate suspension of press credentials" for Al-Jazeera, which is a press arm of the government of Qatar.
Oberlin College in Ohio has devolved into one of academe’s most infamous examples of political correctness. Now Oberlin’s administration is being punished in a very significant way for a very significant offense, and it’s about time. It has taken political correctness to an abusive extreme. The Wall Street Journal opinion section headline summed it up: “Oberlin Pays for Smearing the Town Grocer.” They have been ordered to pay $44 million in damages to Gibson’s Food Market and Bakery.
The Washington Post issued a Planned Parenthood press release on Thursday, badly disguised as a "news article." Ariana Eunjung Cha's dispatch was loaded with PP boilerplate. The Trump team has a "gag rule" that hurts the "women's health care provider" and "endangers the health of millions of women." Millions of babies are not to be considered.
The Washington Free Beacon reported two fact-manglings at the scene of MSNBC on Wednesday. Reporter Vaughn Hillyard weirdly claimed President Trump didn't mention abortion in his re-election campaign launch in Orlando on Tuesday night. MSNBC host Kasie Hunt claimed Biden was courting controversy with kind words about segregationist Republicans. They were southern Democrats.
Naturally, the liberal media is sending its "fact checkers" to undercut President Trump's big rally announcing his re-election campaign in Orlando on Tuesday night. Washington Post Salvador Rizzo touted their Trump-obsessing database of more than 10,000 "false or misleading statements" and warned there were "False statements about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation."
Just like its star, the showboating anti-Trumper Jorge Ramos, Univision cannot simply act like a “news” network. It’s a left-wing lobbying operation badly disguised as a “news” outlet. It’s one thing to slant the news. It’s another to enter the policy arena and fight for the left-wing agenda – in the courts, no less.
On Friday, CNN International (and by simulcast, PBS) host Christiane Amanpour interviewed Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister of Italy, whom she found repulsively Trump-like. For trying to limit immigration -- and even imply that it was preferable to admit more Christian migrants than Muslims -- he was apparently casting "the dark shadow of fascism" on Italy.
Something fascinating happened in The New York Times Book Review on Sunday. They offered five separate reviews of books by "conservatives," even as they continued to ignore the number-one nonfiction book at the top of their own Best Sellers list: Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin.
Democratic candidates generally don't have much to fear from interviews on National Public Radio, but Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep raised our eyebrows by pushing Beto O'Rourke a bit on Friday on what people will be forced to give up under liberal climate-change policies. The liberal media often focus on the Impending Crisis, and then go light on how liberals would crack down on "bad" behaviors.
Comedy Central has a long-running trend of hate speech against the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, Daily Show host Trevor Noah delighted in four crass jokes about clergy sexual abuse on behalf of Gay Pride Month. What did Catholics do? The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education issued a report on how the church should respond to gender theory, and described the leftist promotion of "dimensions of sexuality that are extremely fluid, flexible, and as it were, nomadic."
On the June 9 Last Week Tonight on HBO, host John Oliver uncorked one of his long faux-comedic crusades for a left-wing cause, in this case the utopian dream of an "Equal Rights Amendment." He mocked its biggest opponent, the late Phyllis Schlafly, as an undesirable wife. I'm not sure how big a sacrifice it was for [her husband] Fred to spend a few hours not hanging out with Phyllis Schlafly. If I had to guess, Fred was absolutely okay with Phyllis getting out of the house for the day. The night, even."
The programmers at HBO pride themselves as setting the tone for the rest of television, especially when it comes to the absence of taste. Every time HBO hits the bottom of the gutter, it finds a way to go deeper still. This time they are really headed into the gutter, and they know it. They have a new series starting June 16 about teenagers and sex and drugs called Euphoria, starring 22-year-old Zendaya, another former Disney Channel star trying to "grow up" in the eyes of Hollywood.
Former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham appeared with his co-author/country musician Tim McGraw on CBS's Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night to discuss their book on how popular songs influenced American history, from the founding to the present day. Meacham thrilled the reliably anti-Trump audience by insisting that "we don't build monuments to people who build walls and shut doors."
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Thursday, and under questioning from the right, strangely claimed he's all about bringing Americans together and that he wrote his book Enemy of the People....for Republicans?
On the June 12 edition of Hannity, media reporter Joe Concha of The Hill insisted the liberal networks are pushing impeachment because it would be good for their anemic ratings, and expressed amazement NBC is using Rachel Maddow as a debate moderator when four years ago, she hugged Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton after the debate ended. "Picture Shannon Bream or Martha MacCallum doing that to a Republican candidate, the apocalypse would look like nothing compared what the reaction would be."
The first Democratic presidential debates are scheduled for NBC and MSNBC on June 26 and 27. The Comcast-owned networks have just announced a team of five moderators for the 20 candidates who are allowed to participate, or one moderator for each four contenders. Let’s review this tilted team of liberal journalists/activists.