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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On her way out of office, Rep. Katie Hill was honored by the media elites for giving a podium-pounding farewell address claiming she was victimized by a sexist double standard. This was downright bizarre, when anyone with some experience in Washington can cite careers ended by sex scandals -- Republicans like Sen. Larry Craig, or Rep. Mark Foley, or Rep. Christopher Lee, and most recently, Democrat Sen. Al Franken. Hill was the pioneering female in this parade. It proved there wasn’t a double standard.
Our friend Gary Hall scans the Los Angeles Times for silliness,and he sent along this silly headline from Twitter: "Stocks stumble to more records on conflicting trade reports."
On the November 7 edition of The Situation Room, CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang what he's hearing about impeachment on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. Yang hears a yawn. He said he gets "very, very few" questions about it. That has to be difficult to hear on a network devoted to being Impeachment Central.
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter led off his "Reliable Sources" newsletter for Thursday with a new "Protect Press Freedom" campaign from two journalist groups, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Naturally, this is an effort to combat media criticism from President Trump. But leading with the words "People's Right to Know" is fascinating, since they're all complaining about Donald Trump Jr. sharing the name of the alleged whistleblower. Don't we have a right to know?
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that Twitter will no longer accept political advertising on his platform. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” he tweeted. Let’s stipulate from the outset that Twitter should have that right. Let’s also stipulate that Twitter’s hundreds of millions of users can and should erupt against this policy.
The front page of Tuesday's Wall Street Journal offered a big story: "Dow Hits a Record As U.S. Outpaces World." Reporter Amrith Ramkumar noted the market hit 27,462, a gain of 0.4 percent for the day. "The rally brought its 2019 advance to 18% in what has been a banner year on Wall Street."ABC, CBS, and NBC on Monday night? Nothing. NPR had no evening segment. There was also no sign of this good news on the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning "news" programs.
Ashe Schow at the Daily Wire points out that PolitiFact tagged former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley as "Mostly False" for claiming in an e-mail for her new group Stand For America that candidates who are supporting the Green New Deal are "promoting abortion in third world countries to control the population!"
Democrat presidential front-runner Joe Biden granted an interview to PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff for Friday night's program. The Trump campaign sent around an e-mail decrying "Two Big Lies" in the interview, one on the allegedly "stagnant" economy and the other on his ignorance of Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine.
David Krayden at Daily Caller noted The New York Times is once again describing the national anthem as a wildly divisive song. Media liberals also think "God Bless America" is controversial, when they weren't quoting radicals saying that song was "a whitewash of everything wrong in America." Times reporter Julia Jacobs reported on Wednesday on the "divisive" trend of TV stations returning to broadcasting a national-anthem video in the wee hours of the night.
On Friday, there was another positive report on unemployment in America. While the unemployment rate rose a tick to 3.6 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans nudged down to a record low 5.4 percent. Also, the total employment level jumped to 158.5 million, also a new high. So the network "newscasts" ...skipped it entirely. ABC, CBS, and NBC offered nothing. The networks keep insisting unemployment data isn't "real news." It's somehow fake. PBS gave it 28 seconds.
Before it completely vanishes from public consciousness, we'd like to add one take to Brian Stelter's interview with his boss Jeff Zucker at the Citizen by CNN conference. David Marcus at The Federalist had a strong opinion: "By the end of the half hour, I can honestly say I had experienced the smarmiest, most self-congratulatory, dishonest, and squirm-inducing discussion I have ever had the displeasure of witnessing in person. It was like watching Bill Clinton and Stormy Daniels discuss their unyielding dedication to chastity."
One of the strangest things about liberals is how they think getting arrested is some kind of achievement. Take Jane Fonda, who at the tender age of 81 is still ranting against capitalist America ruining the world. Only this time, the issue is “climate change” instead of the Cold War. “Hanoi Jane” infamously sat behind a communist anti-aircraft gun in Vietnam in 1972, and today, one could imagine her aiming her big gun at commercial aircraft ruining the planet with their notorious carbon emissions.
Our friend Sister Toldjah at RedState noted that CBS legal correspondent Jan Crawford tweeted some criticism of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, and ended up getting into a Twitter fight with Jennifer Rubin, whose Twitter profile still hilariously claims she's a "Conservative blogger at the Washington Post." At least the Post was shamed out of a label, only saying on her blog page "Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion for The Washington Post."
It's always interesting when people who tout the "people's right to know" decide to sit on information that they don't want the people to know. Jack Crowe and Tobias Hoonhout at National Review discovered a reporter who now works for The New York Times sat on public records which he obtained in April that cut against Elizabeth Warren's continuous claim that she was dismissed from a teaching job for being visibly pregnant:
On Monday, the first weeknight after U.S. special forces terminated ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the network late-night shows didn't tone down their anti-Trump aggression one iota. On CBS, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert began with footage of D.C. baseball fans booing President Trump at the World Series, and Team Colbert imagined the crowd began singing a witless ditty changing the lyrics of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to "Take Him Out of the Office."
The successful U.S. military campaign to bring swift justice to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is clearly a big, big victory for America. Rather than surrender, the world’s most wanted terrorist tugged on a suicide vest and blew himself to pieces. He made sure the blast killed his three children, too. The media coverage could be easily predicted. Straight news has disappeared. Absolutely everything needs to be put through a political filter.
Joe Biden has finally granted a TV interview -- to Norah O'Donnell on 60 Minutes. But O'Donnell granted a fairly typical CBS interview offering typical anti-Trump softballs that didn't clarify President Trump's charges against Biden and his son Hunter, but confused them further.
Twitter blew up for a minute today over The Washington Post using this headline for an obituary of the founder of ISIS: "Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48." It inspired a satirical hashtag called #WaPoDeathNotices, including this 9/11 gibe by NB editor Curtis Houck: "Mohamed Atta, skilled aviator and leader of men, dies at 33. "
Now this is an Epic Satire Fail. Saturday Night Live went on the air at 11:30 pm Eastern time with an opening skit where Alec Baldwin's Very Fake Trump was thanked by Pete Davidson's Very Fake ISIS Member for "bringing jobs back...for ISIS." Six minutes before, Jennifer Griffin of Fox News was tweeting that ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed by U.S. forces. John Santucci of ABC reported it via Twitter at 11:53. Somehow, NBC had no live break-in during SNL.
On Friday, PolitiFact ruled President Trump uncorked a "Pants on Fire" lie when he described the impeachment attempt as a "coup," despite the obvious point that impeachment is designed to remove a president from his office. Since impeachment is constitutional, Trump can't say it.