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 Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Virginia congressman Dave Brat sent a fundraising email to supporters Wednesday challenging a media report that “hundreds” of people protested him on immigration policy along the street outside his Glen Allen, Virginia last Sunday, organized by the liberal group Together We Will Henrico. He linked to a story by Richmond's NBC station WWBT (at NBC12.com) which showed the "crowd" was barely worth a news story. It's like a group of people lined up, one by one, along a single block. You'd be lucky to get to one hundred in their video.
Conservative attorney Gayle Trotter was invited to sit in the "conservative" analyst seat in NPR's Week in Politics segment on Friday's All Things Considered, and shocked anchor Audie Cornish by identifying socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as part of the "Venezuelan wing of the Democratic Party." Cornish said she had to "pause for that," and then laughed at her. It wasn't an "objective" laugh.
One nasty, if hardly unexpected result of the horrific mass shooting at the Annapolis Capital-Gazette newspaper is the attempt to smear it onto "anti-press sentiment." Liberals protest that they're not really accusing conservatives of shooting reporters, but they are, as usual, part of a "climate" of hatred.
The late-night hosts hate Donald Trump, so the idea that they would make friendly alliances shouldn’t be shocking. But as we’ve come to understand, in today’s world anything that reflects negatively on this president becomes “news.” So when Stephen Colbert at CBS called up Jimmy Kimmel at NBC and Conan O’Brien at TBS for a joint mockery of Trump, the liberal media jazzed up its importance as "Historic."
Derek Hunter has a new book called Outrage Inc.: How the Liberal Mob Ruined Science, Journalism, and Hollywood. He came to our studio in Reston for a NewsBusters interview to discuss the book and the latest media developments. His thesis is that the media are generating outrage and emotion that overwhelms facts...which are not "first."
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson issued a "public spanking" of her own newspaper over its recent coverage -- or lack of coverage, starting with socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a House Democrat primary. She later complained the Times was "crucifying" a young female reporter who slept with sources to get stories.
A new Survey Monkey poll from the website Axios shows the overwhelming majority of Americans (70 percent) believe that “traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading.” This goes far beyond the voters who approve of Trump’s performance as president.
The “news” you see at night on broadcast television is defined by what “outrage” has been perpetrated by President Donald Trump. Last week, ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted an enormous chunk of their air time to illegal-immigrant parents being separated from their children by federal agents – 128 minutes, or almost half of their total nightly air time, not including commercials. But from January 1 through June 22, the networks have only mustered 32 minutes between them on the war in Afghanistan, barely 10 minutes each.
The latest Gallup/Knight Foundation poll on the media and democracy finds a substantial degree of skepticism about the press, despite all the sloganeering about “Facts First” and “Truth” being “more important than ever.” Overall, Americans estimate that about 62 percent of the news they see on television, read in newspapers and hear on the radio is biased. They are even more inclined to see news feeds on their social media as biased, guessing that 80 percent of the news they see there is biased.
The "independent fact checkers" have a funny way of finding "technically correct" claims by conservatives to be "Mostly False." W. Gardner Selby at PolitiFact hammered that rating on Sen. Ted Cruz as he consulted liberal lawyers to insist Cruz left an "inaccurate impression" separation was required, when Trump could have chosen to let every illegal-immigrant parent and child go free into America.
In Sunday’s paper, Washington Post “conservative” columnist George Will urges everyone vote for Democrats in the wake of the “carnage” of this week’s immigration debate. He dismissed House Speaker Paul Ryan “and many other Republican lawmakers” for serving as the “president’s poodles.” That charge can easily be thrown back: this column surely makes Will look like the pet puppy of the Jeff Bezos-owned “Democracy Dies in Darkness” paper.
The New York Times has collaborated with the luxury Japanese brand Sacai “to give you the slogan T-shirt you might not need, but definitely deserve. Or maybe the other way around? Anyways, it's $300.“ That’s one way to fight red-state populism.
CNN host Van Jones, the former Obama White House aide, interviewed NBC late-night host Seth Meyers with the usual reverence that liberals offer to comedians of the Resistance. “You are doing a phenomenal service to the country,” Jones gushed. “You are an icon, a legend.” But the best comedy in this interview came when Jones asked about the jesters lining up against Trump.
On June 20, Jimmy Fallon welcomed teenage school-shooting survivors David and Lauren Hogg to promote their new gun-control manifesto, #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line. David Hogg told Fallon he survived the shooting by recording other students and planning on how, if he died, his voice could still echo for "positive change" in Congress.
Ryan Saavedra at the Daily Wire captured an instructional moment on CNN on Wednesday afternoon. Anchor Brooke Baldwin was interviewing Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis., no relation) on the separation of illegal-immigrant families at the border. The Senator from Wisconsin was on a tear, that the Trump zero-tolerance policy was "something that I think violated all American values. It was an un-American activity." Then the CNN host asked her if she felt that way four years ago under Obama. The senator just tap-danced around the question.
Barack Obama is swaggering around in his post-presidency, claiming he didn’t really have any scandals as president. In February, he said we “didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us.” This only means shamelessness can seem like a winning tactic. In May, he repeated “I didn't have scandals, which seems like it shouldn't be something you brag about.”
Matthew Ingram at the left-wing Columbia Journalism Review is touting the hot new trend in “changing the landscape” of the liberal media: liberal advocacy groups developing their own reporting teams, often by recruiting people who wrote stories for the “mainstream” press. Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Greenpeace are creating their own “news rooms” because “they’re looking for impact."
It's not surprising that PolitiFact would rule that a CNN host was "True." But it was surprising that Fareed Zakaria's "True" statement was "Yes, the Democratic Party is at nearly its weakest point in a century." So why is that a surprise? Because our liberal media has this amazing tendency to spend all its political-pundit time discussing the terrible shape the Republican Party is in.
NPR and PBS "conservative" analyst David Brooks was steaming mad about anyone on Team Trump using biblical analogies about illegal immigration as they separate illegal-immigrant parents from their children after they cross the border. "Of course in the Bible it says be cruel to the refugee," sneered Brooks on NPR's All Things Considered. He called the Bible quoting "ludicrousness on stilts" on PBS.
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff passed over the Inspector General's report with a no-bias-found verdict: "Very tough on James Comey, saying he was insubordinate, some other tough criticism of him, but, ultimately, 500 pages concluded that the way the FBI handled it didn’t demonstrate bias." Mark Shields was unintentionally funny: "If you’re a flat-Earth person or you’re a round-Earth person, there’s something. You have got some evidence, very sparse, but nevertheless there, that there was bias on the part of FBI people against Donald Trump." Very sparse?