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 new 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 2001 and 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 sleazy new sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in The New York Times drove out sleazy talk from MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson on Sunday's AM Joy. He called him "the fifth guy in a gang rape." Jason is so partisan that he flip-flopped on Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) needing to resign for a racist yearbook page he made in medical school.
Rachel Maddow touted another Trump scandal on September 6, that the Air Force was putting "taxpayer money directly into the president's pocket" by using Glasgow Prestwick Airport near his Turnberry resort in Scotland, according to Politico. But Byron York reported "The only problem with the Politico story was that it was not the whole story. In fact, it omitted so much important information that it hardly qualified as a story at all."
Back in June, The Washington Post demonstrated their institutional backing for the late leftist journalist Molly Ivins by sponsoring a viewing of an affectionate documentary titled Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.Now the film is playing in a D.C. art house, so Post film critic Michael O'Sullivan offered another valentine.
This week, Jim Sciutto reported CNN's latest collapsing Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, which was crumbled by The New York Times. On Friday, Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel took a wider look at this trend and suggested this is another desperate effort by the media's Fusion/Collusion Corps that promoted the largely unsubstantiated Christopher Steele dossier to Get Trump.
It's a fallacy to suggest that in the news media, business trumps politics. CNN and MSNBC’s dismal ratings are in direct proportion to their deliberate decision to embrace far-left anti-Trumpism. The same holds true for Hollywood, except in their case it’s not just anti-Trumpism that excites. The hatred is deeper. They are committed to levels of anti-Christian bigotry never before seen in their industry. There’s no discernible market demand for this bigotry, but it’s the mindset of the industry that believes Christianity must be insulted at every opportunity.
In his 11th Hour time slot after the ABC debate on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams caused wailing and gnashing of teeth from the Greenpeace gang when he questioned whether the debate tilted too far left on guns and "green jobs," which he said was an insult to blue-collar voters, that fossil fuels will be banned, and then there are promises of green jobs on the horizon...somewhere.
When it comes to President Trump, the networks leap on anything where he can be associated with neo-Nazis and anti-Semites like David Duke, and demand he denounce them repeatedly. But the networks have been silent for nearly a week on Sen. Bernie Sanders announcing he's been endorsed by anti-Semitic radical activist Linda Sarsour, who's refused to disassociate herself with the Rev. Louis Farrakhan, who calls Jews "termites." Only Fox News reported this.
The Washington Free Beacon has unearthed a fascinating scoop about talk radio in the Clinton years using documents from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. The Democratic party developed an "elaborate, multi-year operation" in the mid-1990s that "deployed thousands of activists" to compete in the talk-radio wars after Republicans took the House in 1994. Rush Limbaugh has long talked about "seminar callers" who called in to dish Democrat Party talking points. It turned out that "conspriracy theory" was spot-on accurate.
Think of the media’s daily disgust with President Trump patting himself on the back. Then watch something like 60 Minutes aerobically praising their own genius in an hour-long episode, celebrating the career of its retiring correspondent Steve Kroft. Not only did Lesley Stahl toast Kroft for an hour for his allegedly fascinating interviews and brilliant writing style, she remembered that when Kroft arrived 30 years ago, “giants roamed the halls.” CBS. Legends in their own minds.
Imagine CNN running with a story based on anonymous sources that Barack Obama thought his children were stupid. Or the Clintons thought Chelsea was a moron. Unthinkable? Naturally. But with the Trump family, anything goes. On CNN Tonight on Tuesday, Don Lemon brought on McKay Coppins of The Atlantic to tout his tabloidish story about how Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump are furiously fighting each other to be president.
"Independent fact checkers" like Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post love counting up when Donald Trump repeats something he flagged as False. So what happens when fact-checkers keep repeating their own canards? See PolitiFact during President Trump's rally in North Carolina on Monday night.
Axios.com is the liberal "news" website that reported Team Trump would be investigating the media for embarrassing information, sending reporters into conniption fits. Alexi McCammond of Axios certainly sounded like a liberal on the Sunday panel at ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on the fight over private health insurance. She nudged Chris Christie that voters should be told President Trump "wants to repeal your health care without a replacement."
Journalists keep demonstrating that they believe they are above criticism. Any effort to criticize their reporting or do any investigative digging into their lives is somehow equated to dictatorial regimes. This seems odd. If you are not allowed the freedom to criticize the press, who is encouraging an authoritarian regime? On Tuesday's MTP Daily, MSNBC host Chuck Todd uncorked an angry "I Am Obsessed" commentary about an Axios report that Trump backers are organizing a campaign to criticize national journalists.
Continued good news on unemployment bored the networks on Friday night. As usual, they didn't note the apparent irony that they consider President Trump to be "racist" (or at least issue "racist tweets"), and yet the Labor Department reported black unemployment hit 5.5 percent, well below the previous all-time low of 5.9 percent (and it was never below 7.0 percent pre-Trump). The jobless rate for black women was 4.4 prevent, and the previous low was 4.7 percent. If Obama were still president, the major media would hone in on his good works for blacks. But AP and The New York Times skipped that data point.
In Saturday's Washington Post, pop music critic Chris Richards penned an essay throbbing with dissatisfaction that today's protest music is inadequate for the Trump era. He began: "These are wild and anxious times for our wild and anxious planet. So why do the most visible protest songs of the Trump era feel so inert?... contemporary protest pop feels increasingly prominent, deeply unimaginative and embarrassingly insufficient."
ABC could only devote 14 SECONDS to the latest unemployment news on Friday night. CBS and NBC skipped it entirely. All three networks reported the latest on actress Felicity Huffman's fate in the college-admissions scandal. ABC actually gave that 18 seconds in the promo at the top of the show (and then a two-minute report).
The Hollywood Left isn’t a fraction as tolerant of differing opinions as it likes to pretend. They can’t stand conservatives, and they especially can’t stand public supporters of President Trump. The latest example began when The Hollywood Reporter declared that President Trump would appear at a Beverly Hills re-election fundraiser on September 17. The stars of NBC’s rebooted gay-agitprop sitcom Will & Grace announced a new blacklist. It didn't go well for them.
On Thursday, we noted CNN's New Day skipped over Joe Biden's bloody eyeball during the seven-hour CNN Town Hall on climate change, despite it being an all-day Drudge Report item. But then something happened that we didn't expect: CNN never reported it. Neither did MSNBC. Neither did ABC, CBS, NBC, or PBS. Even The New York Times and The Washington Post skipped it. Fox News covered it, but not obsessively. Deborah Norville on Inside Edition covered it as no big deal. Why couldn't the others?
On Tuesday's Inside Politics, CNN host John King harrumphed about President Trump playing golf on Labor Day while Hurricane Dorian was over the Bahamas. "The president played golf yesterday, provoking considerable backlash and accusations he is not spending enough time worrying about the hurricane." Then King played a pile of clips from 2016 of Trump mocking Obama for golfing and insisting he wouldn't do that so much if he were elected. The tone was different when Obama golfed right after a statement about ISIS murdering journalist James Foley
The Daily Caller posted new video today of the lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford saying that putting “an asterisk next to” Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s name before “he takes a scalpel” to Roe v. Wade was “part of what motivated” Ford to speak out and accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault.