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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Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, burning up the best-seller charts right now with her anti-Trump book A Very Stable Genius, touted an interview with disease expert Laurie Garrett on the NPR talk show Here and Now. Garrett trashed President Trump's response and suggested if people still don't get social distancing, "we're all gonna drop dead." Garrett is a regular Democrat donor and is retweeting Biden on the virus response.
NPR demonstrates its liberal tilt in deciding what anniversaries are momentous. On Wednesday’s Morning Edition, host Rachel Martin turned to an Obama speech: “Twelve years ago today, a Democratic presidential candidate gave what some have called one of the best political speeches of all time. It was by Barack Obama. It was all about race, a speech called 'A More Perfect Union.'" Some called it "Obama's Gettysburg Address."
In a review of Sunday night's Democrat debate on CNN, PolitiFact tagged Joe Biden as "Mostly False" when he claimed the Trump administration refused to accept coronavirus testing kits from the World Health Organization. Oddly, CNN's own "fact checkers" ruled that "Biden is correct." They missed the crucial context that WHO never made an offer.
The New York Times spent $2 million on an advertisement during the Oscars broadcast in February promoting their "1619 Project." But on March 11, the Times felt pressed to publish an “update,” a “clarification” on this grand, brand-building project. It was based on the idea that slavery was “one primary reason the colonists fought the American Revolution.” It seems their point was not true. To imply that all of the American colonists were passionate advocates of slavery would be a jarring smear.
Last week, PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor argued with President Trump in a Rose Garden press conference that he disbanded a National Security Council office on pandemics, and that the government “lost valuable time” on the coronavirus battle because of it. On Monday, The Washington Post published an op-ed from former National Security Council official Tim Morrison titled “No, the White House didn’t ‘dissolve’ its pandemic response office. I was there.”
On Saturday, President Trump declared Sunday, March 15, a "National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts." How did the press cover it? Barely, accept for Fox News. MSNBC's Joy Reid made fun of it.
On Sunday's Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox, Mark Levin interviewed Michael Pillsbury, an expert on China strategy at the Hudson Institute. They discussed the rise of the coronavirus, and how China is intimidating American media outlets, using their loathing of President Trump to now insist that talk of a "Wuhan virus" or a "Chinese virus" is racist. American media outlets want access to China, but China won't allow critical reporters to enter China, or stay if they grow critical. "So China has these victories in the propaganda campaign," Levin said.
Sunday's Washington Post Magazine has a one-page "Just Asking" interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. On the opposing page is an arty photo of Maddow in blue light (for the blue states)? She slashed Trump: "I can’t imagine anything that Trump wouldn’t do. It doesn’t seem to me like there’s a line that he wouldn’t cross. And so, yeah, I think it’s just going to get worse and worse."
In his latest newsletter, CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter echoed Trump-bashing Los Angeles Times reporter Chris Megerian in being upset at Surgeon General Jerome Adams for daring to call out partisan bickering from reporters. He also tweeted "He needs to spend his time educating the public about how to protect each other, not lecturing the press about what's newsworthy."
For a bunch of people who still act outraged that anyone mocked Barack Obama wearing a tan suit in the briefing room, the liberals sure take offense every time they think President Trump has cheapened an occasion with a Trump hat. The president appeared with a navy blue cap that says "USA" at the open of Saturday's coronavirus briefing. The president spoke for about 15 minutes before handing it over to Vice President Pence.
The media are completely incapable of approaching the coronavirus fight as apolitical or nonpartisan. They just stay in Hate Trump mode, incessantly trashing the president, and then they attack him as a narcissist -- or even a sociopath -- for thinking this is about him. Well, they certainly imply it's all about him, and how he'll be the death of us. That was the tone of Friday night's PBS NewsHour, where David Brooks played psychiatrist and angrily diagnosed the president as a "sociopath."
In the growing squabble between the presidential candiates (and the social media giants) about manipulated video, The Washington Post “Fact Checker” squad deserves credit for throwing flags at both sides. We won’t expect them to keep a running count of Biden’s “false or misleading statements,” but this is something.
Take a look at this Politico story about Biden's coronavirus speech on Thursday -- but pretend you're reading it as a release on Biden for President letterhead. This is written by Adam Cancryn, a professional reporter for a respected, national media outlet. But it's not a story, it is a press release. Suggestion: Get some Biden for President letterhead -- put this on it, make the reporter the contact with his email, and then ask: Is this a Biden 2020 news release? Or a "news story"?
A big part of all of this pressure to knock candidates out of the race comes from the press. If the pack of pundits guesses you have no chance to get the nomination, they proclaim you a “zombie.” In the current design, the media elites still have more power than the voters to decide who wins. For people who claim to defend “democracy” from dying, journalists have no reservations about rushing past the voters to anoint a winner quickly. The game is declared over before halftime.
Matt Wilstein at The Daily Beast was thrilled with a new Trump-mocking fake movie trailer from the liberals at The Daily Show titled Pandumbic for their "increasingly influential social media platforms." So will Twitter and the others crack down on the "manipulated video"? For comic effect, Trevor Noah's team mangled the time line, putting Trump quotes from February 26 right next to CNN reports from March 10.
The independence of the “independent fact checkers” is looking very questionable again, leaping into the fray to protest that a tweet featuring a brief video clip of Joe Biden is somehow “Mostly False” (as PolitiFact ruled). Earth to PolitiFact: the network "news" people omit the full context of quotes on a regular basis, but they aren't tagged as "deceptive" editors.
Most conservatives who lived through the Clinton years would not want to stomach all 253 minutes of the new Hillary documentary streaming on Hulu, now owned and controlled by Disney. Newt Gingrich was asked if he would do an interview for it, and the filmmakers said they were told he would “rather stick needles in [his] eye than do this interview." I sat through all of it. It’s like a 28-year-old microwaved Hot Pocket. No one needs to consume that.
Just as CNN's Brian Stelter lurched from attacking President Trump's "mental fitness" to defending Joe Biden's, Yahoo News politics editor David Knowles located three Trump-bashing psychologists to demonstrate the same partisan reflexes. The story was headlined "Trump's mental state — not Biden's — is the real concern, mental health professionals say."
Washington Post "humorist" Gene Weingarten made fun of his own paranoid confusion in Sunday's Washington Post Magazine. CBS News wanted to work with him for a 48 Hours segment. Then he heard one of the producers there was named Peter Schweizer...which somehow set off the smell of Satan. Which is odd, considering Weingarten is an atheist. It turns out it was Peter Schweitzer, with a T. But how is Schweizer both Satan and Dr. Mengele?
Two of Brian Stelter’s routine arguments against Donald Trump crumbled yesterday on his show Reliable Sources. "Mental fitness" for office is only a serious issue when it's used against Trump, apparently, and saying "don't believe the media" isn't a horrendous attack on reporters -- and begging for anti-media violence -- when Bernie Sanders says it.