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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Former CBS anchor Katie Couric was welcomed back to CBS This Morning on Thursday to plug her new Internet project with the drug-maker Merck. It's for cancer patients and it titled "With Love, Me." In the last two minutes of the segment, it turned more political. It turned to women in the media after the #MeToo "reckoning." Couric proclaimed women were "woefully underrepresented" in the media, and it's "ridiculous" that women don't do half of everything
Sometimes, the fact checkers pick the wrong fact to check. See Snopes.com on Joe Biden. Their latest Biden article explored whether Biden actually said he had "no empathy" for the young generations. Snopes was aiming low by fact-checking a tweet by a left-winger's account that had 958 followers. "IbrahimAS97" described himself as "a person within whom a profound hatred of centrist democrats resides."
Never listen to Paul Ehrlich. The man has been wrong for 50-plus years. He predicted massive "die-backs" from famine in the 1970s from overpopulation. It's depressing that "Facts First" CNN is still going to this perennially unfactual doomsayer to underline the latest eco-disaster report from the United Nations.
When it comes to Trump, the media elites relish capturing and promoting every spoonful of Republican internal warfare, savoring every dollop of any Republican who trashes Trump behind his back. If it was the McCains and Flakes who publicly denounced him publicly on Capitol Hill, that was covered. If they're nameless and faceless? That's news, too. But when Democrats start ripping each other, they see it as Ma and Pa having a fight and hide it shamelessly.
Donny Deutsch began a new MSNBC program called Saturday Night Politics, and he interviewed Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and gushed aoll over him for his "core excellence of humanity" as the "polar opposite" to President Trump.
Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire did a little Internet searching to reveal the differing "news judgment" on Catholic kids vs. Muslim kids. He tweeted on Saturday: "CNN wrote 23 articles on Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann...CNN has *not* reported on the kids in Philadelphia who were allegedly singing about chopping people’s heads off." But it's not just CNN. Almost everyone skipped Muslim girls reading hate poetry.
The liberal media honor their celebrity activists as if they are the most compassionate progressive humans on planet Earth. In Sunday's Washington Post, the Arts & Style section carried a big story headlined "The political awakening of Alyssa Milano: Her list of small-screen credits fade against her newly carved role as an A-list social activist." Milano was honored -- yes, honored -- as the current Jane Fonda:
TIME magazine in recent months has published a series of puffball cover stories for Democrats from Nancy Pelosi to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Now it's time to celebrate Pete Buttigieg, next to the husband Chasten Buttigieg, with the words "First Family" on the cover. Doesn't it seem a bit early for that kind of hype? But the gay pride was overwhelming.
The news was shocking on Friday morning when the Labor Department reported the economy added 263,000 new jobs -- higher than expected -- lowering the unemployment rate to 3.6 percent, the lowest in fifty years. Would the networks acknowledge this news, or try to dodge it like last week's GDP number? CBS and NBC had full reports on Friday night, but ABC's World News Tonight was done with it in 18 seconds.
Failed Comedy Central host Jordan Klepper bragged to an audience that the Clintons had the "guts" to put a comedian on stage with them in the nation's capital, unlike the White House Correspondents Dinner. He was the paid jester to the Bill and Hillary stage show. No "guts" were necessary.
Can you say "coup" nowadays? It was fun to recall this week that liberal TV news stars like Dan Rather described the impeachment trial of President Clinton that "this is in fact a kind of effort at a quote, ‘coup’?" Some liberals like Whoopi Goldberg on The View are using it right now for Bill Barr: "When the top law man in the country can't give you a straight answer, it makes me uncomfortable. It feels coup-y. Like, it's like a coup of some sort." But when Donald Trump uses this rhetoric, PolitiFact ranks it as "Pants On Fire."
Stacey Abrams is currently doing a wonderful job illustrating how the "independent fact checkers" of the liberal media can look at a Democrat stating an obvious non-fact and say nothing. Abrams says "I won" the Georgia governor's race when she lost by 55,000 votes.
On Monday night's Amanpour & Co. on PBS, former Time Managing Editor Walter Isaacson interviewed Alec Baldwin about, among other things, his Donald Trump impression on Saturday Night Live. Baldwin admitted he didn't understand Trump, and that his impression is a "caricature....we're doing like an essence of Trump. His corrupt, amoral, Machiavellian nature is at the fore." Then he said he was distraught that being president didn't change Trump at all.
The latest cable-news ratings had a harsh ring for CNN. Mark Joyella at Forbes wrote an article headlined "CNN Drops 26% In Prime Time As Fox News Dominates April Cable Ratings." How do you like them Fact Apples, CNN?
The liberal subscribers of The Washington Post adored the latest grand ruling from the paper's "Fact Checker," Glenn Kessler. He asserts President Trump has just crossed the threshhold of "10,000 false or misleading claims." Kessler did a round of interviews with delighted anchors on CNN and MSNBC.
Washington Post "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler did three CNN interviews and an MSNBC interview celebrating his latest finding that President Trump has reached the perpetually perfidious plateau of 10,000 "false or misleading claims." On Monday's New Day, anchor John Berman helpfully set up Kessler to explain all his findings. The part about Russia is the most interesting (and the most obsessive CNN concern).
Actor Robert DeNiro was apparently the cherry on the sourpuss sundae that is Samantha Bee's Not The White House Correspondents Dinner, taped on Friday and then aired on Saturday night on TBS. He proclaimed: “I’m happy to stand with Samantha Bee tonight to support the First Amendment, the right of the President to be a relentless and unrepentant lying scumbag, the right of his supporters to not give a shit and our right to do something about it.”
When last we discussed Washington Post chief movie critic Ann Hornaday, she was insisting they never reviewed the pro-life movie Unplanned because no one sent them a DVD, and that the pro-lifers had a "false sense of victimhood" in noting the Post refused to review the film. There's still no movie review, so this Friday's Hornaday rave review was a dramatic contrast: the documentary Hail Satan? Naturally, she loved it.
The White House Correspondents Dinner was again a hostile zone for President Trump, underlining it's no mystery why the president skips it. White House Correspondents Association president Olivier Knox of Sirius XM Radio first paid tribute to the group's lawyer, who filed a brief against CNN screamer Jim Acosta being denied his press pass for a few days. "No president should get to pick and choose who covers him!" And then Knox went full Drama Queen, about how his son cried about his fear of Daddy being thrown in prison by Trump.
The White House Correspondents Association somehow thinks it has improved its annual dinner by removing the pompous liberal comedian and replacing that with a pompous liberal historian. On Saturday night, historian Ron Chernow kissed every ring in the room by insisting the assembled scribes to "the noble work of preserving democracy." Is that what they call 200-plus interviews for crooked Michael Avenatti?