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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CBS News ran a poll on global warming in December that it did not broadcast. PollingReport.com displayed a December 9-13 survey question: "Do you think global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, or do you think the impact of global warming won't happen until sometime in the future, or do you think global warming won't have a serious impact at all?"
CBS did attempt to panic the audience in a Saturday morning segment with Time's Jeffrey Kluger, who declared this issue is "not subject to politics."
Populism took the elites by surprise in 2016, so a review of this year’s cultural winners and losers must begin with a very long list of arrogant entertainers who thought it was completely impossible for the American people to descend into a pit of despair and ignorance and elect President Trump. No one believed for an instant the rich and famous losers who promised to move their arrogance to Canada or elsewhere if the Hillary Clinton juggernaut tanked.
The first winner is the reality-TV star himself, Donald Trump.
Fox News analyst Juan Williams offered a grand political post-mortem in The Hill newspaper this week: “Let’s agree on one fact: Donald Trump upended the political world with his win. But that incredible upset left an incredible hangover. The facts of political life are now subject to partisan interpretation.” So before 2016, the media had never offered facts with a “partisan interpretation”?
Every nonprofit group is ending the year with a pitch for last-minute tax-exempt contributions, and that includes National Public Radio. NPR fans received an e-mail with the subject line "Bold, unbiased journalism." That's pretty funny coming from a network that puts a loving touch on Barack Obama in interviews and never secured an interview with Donald Trump.
Bob Dole in 1996 and Mitt Romney in 2012 also skipped an NPR interview. So every GOP challenger in the last 20 years except George W. Bush skipped public radio. Doesn't that speak volumes?
In his "Morning Jolt" e-mail newsletter on Wednesday, National Review’s Jim Geraghty tore into an article comparing Harry Reid to Yoda. Jason Zengerle, a writer for Politico's magazine, wrote a gushy profile of Reid for New York magazine that included this passage: "Reid is as stern and blunt as ever, and the combined effect of his mental and physical condition has given him a Yoda-ish quality."
When Congress returns in January, the Democrats will be gunning for several Trump Cabinet nominees. The Left has already launched negative narratives on several, especially Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump’s pick for Attorney General. Not only are the left-wing news media giving oxygen to these vitriolic attacks, in some cases, they are the very authors.
On their front pages on Christmas Day, both the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post published “profile” stories on Sessions obsessing over racial matters.
The United Nations voting again to punish Israel -- with the assent of the Obama White House -- put Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer is a sour mood. On Monday night’s Special Report, substitute host Doug McKelway pointed out that Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted the U.S. government shouldn’t fund the UN until this vote is reversed.
On Sunday's Face the Nation, host John Dickerson reviewed the year 2016 with CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert. The comedian admitted they planned their live election-night Showtime special but "prepared nothing...on purpose" for an obvious Trump victory, since Team Colbert thought that was highly unlikely, and "if it happens, we're going to be doing a show for a group of people who have been hauled into a Chilean soccer stadium to watch people executed. "
Nobody expects objectivity from The Huffington Post – not after a presidential campaign in which every Trump story carried a nasty “disclaimer” that Trump “regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther.” But now they’re warning Trump not to touch federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.
“Senior politics reporter” Laura Bassett acts as the abortion conglomerate’s publicist in a story headlined “Some Trump Voters Will Be ‘Pissed Off As Hell’ If He Defunds Planned Parenthood.”
Here’s another little piece of evidence that the Murdoch family buying the National Geographic Channel isn’t turning it into a right-wing property. A forthcoming special Sea of Hope – debuting January 15 – includes footage of President Obama visiting a Hawaiian island to meet with “legendary scientist” Sylvia Earle as she shows him a new tropical fish species named after him.
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi dug into the Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group to warn of conservative pro-Trump bias. The headline at the top of the Style section front page was “How a giant TV company helped Donald Trump's campaign.” It’s nothing like giant TV companies like, say, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or (“not for profit’’) PBS. But pro-Trump bias is offensive inside the Post headquarters. The major networks demonstrating a pro-Hillary bias is just favoring compassion, intelligence, and diversity.
On Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fox News host Tucker Carlson decried CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter for insisting on his October 30 show that you should "triple check before you share" and then spreading on Twitter a YouTube hoax where prankster Adam Saleh claimed he was being thrown off a Delta Airlines flight merely for speaking Arabic. The airline and other passengers strongly disagreed with that attempted spin.
Carlson and Joe Concha, media reporter for The Hill, suggested Stelter was a left-wing advocate and Trump-basher and should just admit his biases and change the name of his show.
The Washington Post easily proves it's a secular liberal newspaper at Christmas time. On Friday, the Post promoted a "dragapella" quartet mocking Christmas (and the incoming administration) in two different sections of the paper, in the Style section and in the Weekend tabloid. In Style, theatre critic Celia Wren hailed the Kinsey Sicks and their show "Oy Vey in a Manger!" at the D.C. Jewish Community Center.
Wren listed their satirical song set, including “God Bless Ye Femmy Lesbians,” “I Had a Little Facial” and “Lusty the Snowman,” and promised "No sacred cow is too delicate for this foursome to rope into a rodeo of spoofery. Most major religions come in for at least one dig." Sure, they do.
2016 hasn’t been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical “war on Christmas” in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned out the secular hostility in our culture. We've gone from banning Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke to banning Christmas to banning Santa Claus and now to banning even the thought of a holiday since for others it might not be.
But the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin gives the phrase “war on Christmas” much more gravity and serves as the latest reminder that the secular media in what used to be called “Western civilization” has shown far too little concern for violent attacks on Christianity, the faith that created Western civilization.
CNN recently gave its 2016 Diversity Ovation Award to its producer Jen Christensen, who also serves as president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, a left-wing lobbying group of reporters and editors who work to skew news to the left, or as they put it, "ensure more fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people." This usually means pressuring editors to drop any "bigoted" conservative opposition out of news stories, and covering their "community" only with positive propaganda.
Wednesday night’s All Things Considered on NPR carried a very soft, supportive six-minute interview of outgoing ultraliberal Sen. Barbara Boxer by co-host Kelly McEvers on the “path forward for Democrats.” Boxer wouldn’t admit there were any real problems with the appeal of Democrats, certainly nothing unappealing about their leftist ideology. She also complained about people who said they "can't vote" for Hillary over the e-mail scandal.
Poynter’s James Warren (a former Chicago Tribune managing editor) has turned to the next press horror under President Trump: “What will the White House correspondents’ dinner look like under President Trump?” Warren admitted “It seems way off — April 29, 2017 — but the election of Donald Trump is already raising questions and some fears among [White House Correspondents] association members.”
"This is unchartered territory," said a former WHCA board member who's discussed the matter with board members.
Two months ago, the liberal media erupted in horror after the third presidential debate when Fox’s Chris Wallace challenged Donald Trump to accept the election results, and Trump said he would “wait and see.” NBC described a “flood of condemnation” and cited President Obama accusing Trump of “undermining our democracy.’ Today co-host Savannah Guthrie called it an “earthquake.” Guthrie turned to retired anchorman Tom Brokaw to denounce Trump. “This is not a banana republic,” he said.
At the bottom of page A-11 in Tuesday’s Washington Post, reporters Anthony Faiola and Stephanie Kirchner reported on what should be part of the story of the suspected terrorist truck driven through a Christmas market. A German-taxpayer-subsidized Muslim-majority academy in Istanbul put the kibosh on Christian celebrations. The Post reporters called it a "four-alarm fire in the 24-hour news cycle," but this Germany report was seven pages away from the continuation of the Berlin truck rampage story (which the Post put on A-18, the back of the front section).
The Washington Post is in the tank for Samantha Bee, the unfunny feminist battle-ax on TBS. On the front of Monday's Express tabloid was the tease "Ladies first: Samantha Bee is one reason it was the year of the woman on TV." Inside, Post writer Marc Silver gushed that Bee was funnier than all the late-night male hosts combined. That's some fake news.