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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Twitchy asks an obvious question: Why does Snopes.com "keep doing fact-checking articles nobody thinks are real, especially one with easy-to-find disclaimers?" The latest example of Snopes feeling the need to do a "satire check" is a doozy: “Did a Brave Millennial Sell His Testicles to Raise Money for Bernie’s 2020 Campaign?” If you wonder if this could be true, you should probably not be voting. Let's guess that the answer to Twitchy's question is "clickbait."
CNN boss Jeff Zucker "unloaded" on Fox News in an interview at the trendy leftist South by Southwest Festival in Austin with Vanity Fair media writer Joe Pompeo. The latest topic was the Democrats refusing to let Fox News host a presidential debate. Everyone at Fox is guilty of being part of "state-run TV," he insisted. "The fact is they work at a place that has done tremendous damage to this country.”
CNN Business managing editor Alex Koppelman -- Brian Stelter's supervisor and formerly a denizen of the leftist swamp known as Salon.com -- went on the war path against Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, who retweeted a man named Frank Bodziak, who tweeted on May 5 that congressmen opposing Trump should be prosecuted for "treason." Does this CNN executive really think CNN doesn't recklessly throw around the T-word like a platoon of Twitter hotheads?
Washington Post "fact checker" (and former State Department reporter) Glenn Kessler tweeted it was "an embarrassment and an outrage." The Trump administration rescinded a "Woman of Courage" award at the State Department for Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro, and two reporters at Foreign Policy magazine found the usual Anonymous Source claiming it was because someone on Team Trump read her Twitter feed and had second thoughts.
The worst problem that liberal journalists have is that mental tic that journalism equals liberalism. Conservative journalism is by definition “disinformation.” Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan perfectly exemplified this tic on Friday calling Fox News a disease – an “American plague.”
Those who wish for the collapse of our culture are now celebrating children deciding they’re not the gender they were “assigned at birth.” A few years ago, The Washington Post front page celebrated a child as “TRANSGENDER AT FIVE.” Increasingly we're finding troubled parents whose children decide – with no prior signals – to suddenly declare themselves as transgender at 20, 17, 13, or ... 5? They have discovered they have no power to resist a politically correct course of biological incorrectness unless they are prepared to become social outcasts. Or worse, much worse.
Politico's senior media writer Jack Shafer mocked the Democrats and their left-wing base for denying any role for Fox News in their presidential debate season. It was headlined "If You're Afraid of Shep Smith, You Probably Shouldn't Be President."
On Tuesday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper pushed a new poll from Quinnipiac University that asked respondents if they believed President Donald Trump had committed crimes before he became president, and if he had committed crimes after he became president.
CNN and MSNBC were all aglow after Jane Mayer wrote a snide article in The New Yorker magazine titled “The Making of the Fox News White House.” The thesis was that Fox News and President Trump are very tightly aligned, starting with the fact that Fox News executive Bill Shine revolved from Fox into running the White House communications operation. That’s a fair subject for analysis. What quickly turns into hilarity is the notion that it’s unprecedented.
The liberal media warn us of creeping authoritarianism, and democracy dying in darkness. But what about when radical leftists sue the government demanding an end to fossil fuels? Demanding that Congress and the White House be overruled by judges when then block the radical left? On Sunday night's 60 Minutes on CBS, Obama-loving Steve Kroft put together 13 minutes of one-sided propaganda in favor of "saving the planet."
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle hosted an hourlong documentary mourning the "foiled" the Equal Rights Amendment on Sunday night, and also wrote an op-ed for the Cosmopolitan website to promote her show titled "How Women Were Tricked Into Being Afraid of the Equal Rights Amendment." Apparently, women are the weaker sex, so easily tricked by the right-wingers.
Former Obama chief strategist and White House adviser David Axelrod usually interviews his Democrat friends for his CNN show/podcast The Axe Files. But it wasn't cozy in Saturday night's installment, at least not about 35 minutes into the hour, when Axelrod asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren why she decided to call herself an "American Indian" on professional applications, including a law license. She bumbled through her answers.
From the Dumb Questions Department, there was this headline in the Los Angeles Times: "In Kamala Harris, a sequel to Ronald Reagan?" Obviously, a sequel suggests more of the same, not the exact opposite. It's like asking if Green Book is a sequel to Star Wars.
When conservatives hear President Trump talk about conservatives "reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage," they hear a reference to the Founders and to the founding documents. When CNN hears it, they hear Hitler and Putin. On Saturday afternoon, CNN anchor Ana Cabrera encouraged CNN analyst Samantha Vinograd -- a former Obama aide and current Biden Institute senior adviser -- to slime Trump with a Holocaust brush:
The “fact checkers” keep sounding like they’re merely doing aggressive spin for the Democrats. On February 25, PolitiFact flagged Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) as “False” for writing in an Orlando Sentinel op-ed that the Green New Deal has a goal of “ending air travel.”
On Tuesday, liberal actress/Project Runway host Alyssa Milano shared her outrage over a TIME dispatch headlined "Honduran Woman Delivers Stillborn Baby In ICE Custody." I had a popular tweet by simply adding the comment "When delivering babies alive matters to Hollywood." Milano is a staunch abortion advocate.
It’s amazing that ABC broadcast an overlong Academy Awards show where no one mocked Donald Trump by name. There were just a few snarky remarks about walls, but that's pretty much it. But it’s equally bizarre that the Oscar for Best Picture went to Green Book – about overcoming segregation in the south – and the leftists came away angry! What makes this amusing as well as amazing is Hollywood votes on these.
Jim Acosta was infuriated when Fox News host Laura Ingraham made fun of him in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. Acosta just flat-out lied when he wasn't called on at a Trump press conference in Hanoi, claiming "the President steered clear largely during this news conference of the White House press corps and was instead selecting journalists at random from the other side of the room where there were foreign journalists seated.”
Via the New York Post, we learned socialists were upset with CNN for failing to disclose the Democratic Party and lobbyist ties of its town hall questioners at the Bernie Sanders town hall on Monday night in prime time.CNN likes portraying the questioners as average Joes, and that's not always true. They especially freaked out over a question about Sanders tolerating sexual harassment from aides during the 2016 campaign.
CBS bowed out of live coverage of the Cohen hearing on Wednesday with hot talk. Anchor Norah O'Donnell summarized the "extraordinary" hearing this way: it "might be the most damaging testimony for a president since former White House counsel John Dean testified against President Nixon during the Watergate hearings." The words "criminal conspiracy" kept being repeated for emphasis.