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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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.
The Washington Post caused an uproar inside the media when it reported Joe Biden had told a “moving but false” war story at a campaign stop in Hanover, New Hampshire on August 23. He told 400 people he’d been asked to travel to Konar province in Afghanistan to recognize the heroism of a Navy captain, but the captain protested that he didn’t deserve it. Almost nothing in this story was accurate.
Over at The Federalist, former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer singled out PBS NewsHour reporter Yamiche Alcindor as a vivid example of liberal media bias during a press conference at the G-7 meetings in France. Alcindor grew emotional when Trump dared to say Obama was "outsmarted" by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Reporters believe Obama is far too smart to ever be outsmarted.
On Friday, the American Political Science Association had a panel discussion on President Trump and the media, which later aired on C-SPAN. Former deputy press secretary Raj Shah expressed alarm at NewsBusters studies by Rich Noyes (and other studies) showing 90-percent negative coverage of the president. Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry wise-cracked that's because 90 percent of Trump's actions are crazy.
Vanity Fair is a reliable glossy partner with the Democratic establishment. Take the latest from Peter Hamby, who covered politics for CNN from 2005 to 2015 before scoring a gig doing news for the youngsters at Snapchat. His latest article carried a headling full of angst: “'Are We Really Going to Have a Gaffe-Fest Over Joe Biden?': How Clickbait and Outrage Porn Are Hurting Readers—and Elevating Trump."
The partisan elasticity of the "independent fact-checkers" will be tested by Joe Biden in this presidential campaign. The Washington Post brutally critiqued Biden's moving story of a story not wanting a medal as recounted at a Hanover, New Hampshire campaign stop. "In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony." But Snopes.com bizarrely rated the Biden story as a "Mixture" (or Half True), not a complete factual collapse.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes subjected himself to withering conservative ridicule on Friday night when he lamely attempted to defend Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's opposition to the Electoral College, accusing Team Trump of sending out an "insane" e-mail "basically accusing AOC, because she was advocating for majority rule, of attempting a coup to disenfranchise Republican conservatives." In front of a live audience, Hayes actually said "the weirdest thing about the Electoral College is the fact that if it wasn't specifically in the Constitution for the presidency, it would be unconstitutional."
On Friday night's week in review on the PBS NewsHour, the taxpayer-funded network's dynamic duo of pundits upset the hardcore left by agreeing "the steam went out" of impeachment. But when it came to Joe Biden mangling the facts of a medal ceremony honoring a military hero, New York Times columnist David Brooks came rushing to Biden's defense, that unlike the president, he's not "mendacious" or "irresponsible" with the facts.
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens is doubling down on his fury at being described as a "bedbug" on Twitter by college professor David Karpf. He's still comparing this little Twitter insult to Hitler. His latest Times column was headlined "World War II and the Ingredients of Slaughter: The spirit of certitude that dominated the politics of the 1930s is not so distant from us today."
Twitchy editor Greg Pollowitz noted on Saturday that PolitiFact is so senstive about Joe Biden that it gave a "Mostly False" rating to a Facebook post showing a photo of Biden holding hands with former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd: "PolitiFact has done it again, this time ruling that a 100% real photo of Joe Biden with former KKK leader Robert Byrd is mostly false because the caption referred to Byrd as a Grand Wizard and not his correct title of Exalted Cyclops."
On MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 25, Taylor Swift won the Video of the Year award for her latest song “You Need to Calm Down.” It’s a song that trashes anyone still dissenting from the LGBTQ agenda, begging them to “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate / 'Cause shade never made anybody less gay.” The network news shows gushed over her leftist activism and the “Taylor Effect” they expect it to provide.
The leftist video site Raw Story attacked Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday with a story headlined "Pence hypes false conspiracy theory that Obama ordered Christianity out of VA hospitals." Fact check: Pence didn't say "Obama ordered" a crackdown on Christian materials. But in the Obama years, Bibles were removed from VA centers and religious Christmas carols were banned at an Augusta, Georgia hospital.
Chris Pandolfo at Conservative Review reports that Mark Levin booked an anti-Trump guest on his show, which doesn't happen often. Dr. Bandy X. Lee, half of a panel of lefty psychiatrists on last Sunday's Reliable Sources, consented to an interview, but her answers were very strange.