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 liberal media should be embarrassed -- but they won't be. A new survey by The New York Times carries the headline "It’s Not Just Mike Pence. Americans Are Wary of Being Alone With the Opposite Sex." Pence and his wife Karen were mocked as Christian weirdos all around the Internet in March when the Washington Post found some 2002 comments where Pence said he doesn't eat alone with a woman other than his wife, or drink in public without her. It turns out they were in the mainstream -- and the media mockers were not.
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner underlined how the media turned out to be wrong again -- projecting that chief of staff Reince Priebus would be bounced from the White House. Bedard cited a June Politico report headlined "Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House," noting "That story was picked up by dozens of media outlets."
Both The New York Times and The Washington Post carried the same political narrative out of the Fourth of July: Republicans on the defensive, laying low. It’s one of their favorites.
The Times headline as “With Voters Riled, GOP Senators Lie Low.” Four reporters were needed to issue this narrative. The Post only used three reporters to declare “At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care.”
American exceptionalism is on trial, and one man is pleading for her to regain her senses. Mark Levin’s new runaway bestseller Rediscovering Americanism somberly argues that the American experiment is over if the “tyranny of progressivism” is not defeated. The surveys showing such a dramatic decline in patriotism, especially among the young, indicate the progressives are succeeding.
NBC News demonstrated again this morning that it's wildly anti-Trump. Check out this headline: "To Welcome Trump, Poland Taps Old Communist Party Playbook." So not only does NBC and MSNBC compare Trump to communist (and fascist) dictators, now foreign leaders who might make him look good are like communists.
The Washington Post is trying a new tactic to mock President Trump's tweets: they assembled a "Washington Post Kids Chorus" of grade-school kids to sing (or rap) actual Trump tweets.
They posted the video on Friday, and Jonathan Easley at The Hill tweeted: "WaPo getting kids to mockingly sing Trump's tweets seems needlessly antagonistic and a dumb move right now."
Joe Battenfeld at the Boston Herald reports that PBS superstation WGBH is acting like it's very high on the hog, paying lavish salaries and bonuses to executives (at least for taxpayer-subsidized TV) as the Trump administration has proposed zeroing out federal funding.
The station's CEO Jonathan Abbott was given an $85,000 bonus in 2016, bringing his annual compensation package up to $624,930.
MRC's Dan Gainor noticed a fascinating story on America's historically low birth rate that utterly avoided one obvious factor in population decline: Abortion. Ariana Eunjung Cha's report was titlted "The U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out."
Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers. The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible) and gender, where biology is completely negotiable, while incorrect or bizarre pronouns are non-negotiable. The new orthodoxy was installed when Seventeen magazine posted a video on June 26 headlined “Trans Students Explain Why Pronouns Are Important.”
Project Veritas has released another undercover video of a CNN producer saying embarrassing things underlining the network’s liberal, anti-Trump atmosphere. Jimmy Carr, a producer for CNN’s morning show New Day, with co-anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo. Carr said the American voters are as "stupid as s--t," that everyone "on the inside" recognizes Donald Trump is a "hilariously unqualified....clown" who's "just f---ing crazy." His adviser Kellyanne Conway "looks like she got hit with a shovel."
The Washington Post offered a strangely bifurcated approach in covering the scandals at CNN. On Wednesday, media reporter Paul Farhi reported an entire story on the firestorm over an unsubstantiated story causing three (voluntary) resignations in the Investigative Unit, but offered no reporting on the Project Veritas expose. On Thursday, Farhi wrote a piece on PV that sounded more like an opposition-research report.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival, liberal journalists maintained their high level of panic over President Trump’s “war on the press.” Jeffrey Goldberg is editor of The Atlantic magazine, a man who made sure his magazine abandoned its traditions to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Now that his candidate failed, he claimed Trump’s criticisms of the press are going to lead to violence against journalists “in a large way.”
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter tore into critics of the liberal media in his email newsletter that came just after midnight on Wednesday. In response to a terrible week for CNN’s public relations, he claimed CNN’s critics were “anti-journalism.” This makes about as much sense as saying that when CNN is critical of Trump, they are opposed to the presidency.
When Donald Trump makes an accusation of “fake news,” we could add a number of definitions of the term. Liberal journalists hear “you write stories you know are fake.” But there are news stories that journalists earnestly put forward as “real news” that are based on a lot of suspicious methods – like quoting anonymous government officials indicting Trump in a malicious international plot to deny the “real winner” of the 2016 presidential election her prize.
This is why the media elites will ignore the latest Project Veritas sting video where CNN producer John Bonifield admits the Trump-colluded-with-Russia scandal is “mostly [BS] right now,” but CNN keeps hoping it will turn out to be an enormously damaging scandal.
The secret-taping squad at Project Veritas are making sure CNN has a bad public-relations week. On the heels of three journalists resigning over an unsubstantiated online report, CNN Health producer John Bonifield is caught on tape admitting that CNN is producing news for liberals, and that talking about “cutesy little ethics” is “adorable” when cable news is a “business.”
The Hollywood Reporter is relaying CNN's response: It will "not be releasing a statement" about the video, and "the network is not making a big deal about the video, which is seen by some internally as just a producer expressing his opinion about the network's coverage, rather than revealing a bias for or against the president."
Look at paragraph 6 of the dominant front-page story in Monday’s Washington Post. The headline was “CAUGHT AND RELEASED: As the border quiets, safe passed into the U.S. is still granted to some families.” Reporter Jessica Contrera buried the lede on Trump achieving something on the “border quiets” front. The Post pulled off a classic example of putting the money phrase just inside the paper. It's hard to imagine this wasn't manipulated:
"Along the border, the impacts of Trump’s immigration policies are visible everywhere: At the [jump to A-6] river, the number of people crossing into the United States has plummeted."
CNN's media unit has an enormous black hole in its review of the media world: CNN. On Friday, CNN retracted an online story making unsubstantiated claims about the Russian ties of Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci. Jon Passantino at Buzzfeed reported on Sunday a crackdown on CNN reporting on Russia to prevent future mistakes.
So how much time did Stelter have for this story on his show Reliable Sources on Sunday? Nothing.
It shouldn’t be surprising that a government-funded broadcasting service would happily promote a socialist Christian preacher that eschews all those old conservative Christian concerns like prayer in school, abortion, and homosexuality – even calling that “heresy” and “theological malpractice.” The puff piece subject was Rev. William Barber, who started a series of leftist protests of the Republican governor he called “Moral Mondays.” There was no rebuttal from the conservatives.
This week, NewsBusters and other sides noticed that after the death of Otto Warmbier, The Huffington Post edited, but did not take down a controversial article entitled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.”
Washington Post media blogger Eric Wemple also grew interested in why the HuffPost would keep the Warmbier-bashing piece, when it unpublished a contributor arguing President Trump was right about the negatives of immigration in Sweden...as if that was more offensive. Here's what he found: the Huffington Post is terrible at returning phone calls from other media outlets.
The cover story of the July 3 edition of People magazine carries the theme “100 Reasons to Love America,” and number one is Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. It’s odd enough that the four-page article never mentions Buzzfeed's attempt to scald them for attending a church opposing same-sex marriage. Then came “99 More Reasons to Love America”…which largely skipped over the liberty-and-justice-for-all part and lunged into the typical liberal messaging,