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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NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon somehow doesn't think it's enough to "slow jam the news" with President Obama, or exercise with the First Lady in the East Room of the White House. As the Democratic convention closed, he performed a James Taylor impression, singing the hit "Fire and Rain" with the joke title "Romney and Bain." The Huffington Post boasted "It's also a pretty explicit endorsement of the Obama campaign, with the lyric, '"So I'll prob'ly vote Obama again,' right there in the refrain."
Not only that, but Fallon sings in 2016, he'll vote for "the Dream Team, Michelle and Hillary." (Video below)
The fashionistas in the “objective” press displayed their favoritism by boosting Michelle Obama’s convention speech dress and quoted flagrant Michelle-boosters like Kate Betts, who insisted whatever stylishness the Republican women had they owed to the pioneering Mrs. Obama.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press posted a story headlined, “Michelle Obama gets raves for Tracy Reese dress,” and out came the bare-arms worship:
Bill Press was the very model of a modern talk-show partisan on Friday. He loved the Democratic convention: "What a contrast with Tampa, right? This is a convention that told the truth and Tampa was the convention that just told nothing but lies, lies, lies, lies. There were no lies here. Joe Biden told the truth Barack Obama told the truth Bill Clinton told the truth."
Press also welcomed in black talk show host and political strategist Richard Fowler and adored his put-down of the Republicans in Tampa as "pale,male, and stale." Press apparently doesn't think he could be described with any of these disparaging words:
For Obama speech analysis, CBS This Morning on Friday brought on New Yorker editor David Remnick (who also worked for ten years as an "objective" reporter at The Washington Post). Remnick said the speech was not "number one in his hit parade," he disdained the idea of expecting it to be like the NBA slam-dunk contest.
Remnick insisted on trashing the Republicans, and said that overall, the Democrats accomplished that mission: " the convention highlighted and exposed what the Republican party has become, which is a radical conservative party that demographically and ideologically is increasingly out of touch." He also praised John Kerry's speech as "astonishingly good on foreign policy and on the vacuousness of what Republican orthodoxy has become." CBS anchor Charlie Rose just played along:
Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes made a big deal on Friday about how Bill Clinton’s extremely verbose Wednesday night convention speech (when you add up seven networks) apparently trumped the season premiere of NFL football (which aired just on NBC.)
Actually, football beat Clinton, until the Post made a special mathematical effort to include ratings estimates from Current TV and PBS (but apparently couldn’t grab the C-SPAN numbers):
“Will I. Am,” the rapper and Black Eyed Peas performer (born William Adams), was one of the staunchest celebrity Obama backers in 2008, and he’s clearly still starry-eyed. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he mysteriously claimed there’s too much division in America, and our only uniter is Obama. (Has he ever seen Obama’s negative ads?)
The musician confessed he didn’t vote until 2004, when he was 29 (and his band performed at the Democratic convention.) Why? “Bush. We had a wacko in the place that was tearing our country apart.” He also attacked Congress for “clogging” our national pipes:
The O’Reilly Factor began last night by broadcasting the convention speech of Caroline Kennedy, who came out and declared “As a Catholic woman,” she supports Obama because “Now isn’t the time to roll back the rights we were winning when my father was president.” As if Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1963?
O’Reilly was blunt. “I have to tell you, I am stunned. I am stunned right now at what she just said as a Catholic woman and then she went on to object to 40 states implementing restrictions on abortion like a 24-hour waiting period.” O’Reilly said it “made my head snap back” when she proclaimed:
On Thursday's Diane Rehm show on NPR stations, NPR political director Ron Elving was truly beside himself in praising the Bill Clinton speech on Wednesday night, going so far that he presumed Democrats said to themselves at every pause for the next gem of wisdom, "What'll that be, Daddy?"
Elving began by oozing "That was about as full-throated, robust and effective, to use your word, a defense of President Obama as I can imagine. I don't know very many people who were seeing it as inadequate last night... frankly, there are things Barack Obama can do as a speaker. We all know that. But he has not been particularly good at his own defense. This was hiring the right attorney at the right time in the right courtroom."
The left-wing hysteria over how well the Democratic Convention is going has completely overtaken the senses of bloggers scribbling at the Daily Kos. In his regular “Cheers and Jeers” blog, the gay activist and “booger of change” known as Bill in Portland, Maine can already see a massive polling bounce approaching:
CHEERS to Night 3 This is it, kids," he wrote. "The final night before Gallup announces the 20-point Democratic bounce. First, from the Scranton suburb of Delaware...weighing in at give-or-take 180 pounds: Joe ‘Scrappy Pappy Mad Dog Ham Bone Unleash Him and Turn Him Loose’ Biden! "
All the liberals (especially liberal Catholics) who complained the church was entering partisan politics when Cardinal Timothy Dolan agreed to give a blessing to the Republican National Convention -- before he accepted the same assignment for the Democrats -- apparently had no complaint about Catholics entering partisan politics when Sister Simone Campbell drew standing ovations on Wednesday night in a convention address attacking Paul Ryan as a terrible Catholic.
A peek at the transcript suggests something amusing: at the same time Democrats scrapped the word "God" from the platform, and then hastily returned it despite heavy booing, Sister Simone never used the word "God" in her anti-Ryan lecture. She began:
Bill Clinton just turned 66, so perhaps it might seem a bit dated to still find it amusing when feminist TV pundits stumble into sexual double entendres for the intern-exploiting president.
But that's what happened on Now With Alex Wagner on Wednesday. When Time columnist Joel Stein suggested the Democrats might not be able to offer better speeches than Tuesday's slate, Wagner replied if anyone can "sort of be the tentpole here," it's Slick Willie:
On Wednesday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank mocked all the free food and comforts being offered to the media in Charlotte. The utter lack of journalistic hardballs for Team Obama came through as he explained “My Tuesday began at the Politico Hub, where Mike Allen was interviewing President Obama’s confidant Valerie Jarrett.”
When Jarrett said how she was impressed at their first meeting about how Obama was a great listener to women, Allen inserted, “Some things don’t change.” Milbank added this sappy exchange:
Few national media outlets were interested in focusing on how John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, compared Republicans to Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels on Monday. Among those skipping the story were ABC, CBS, NPR, the PBS Newshour, MSNBC in prime time, USA Today, and The New York Times. The omission should be considered especially shameless for CBS – Burton made his remarks on KCBS radio in San Francisco.
AP and The Washington Post offered tiny items of less than 150 words. (The Post headline was "John Burton went there.") NBC’s Chuck Todd threw in 20 seconds on the story on Monday’s Nightly News:
The Washington Post's Marc Fisher wrote a brief history of the Democrat and Republican party platforms for the front page on both Wednesday mornings of the party conventions. But last Wednesday's piece on the GOP was headlined "Over the past half-century, a strong shift to to the right." And for the Democrats, a strong shift to the left since 1960? The headline today was "In search of a balance between ideals and realities."
The Democrats in 1960 didn’t favor abortion on demand “regardless of ability to pay,” gay marriage "equality," and bringing “undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.” But Fisher portrayed the Democrats as much less "linear" in their ideological progression. Somehow, they haven't moved to the left in any consistent or noticeable way:
On Sunday night’s All Things Considered newcast, NPR began with an 11-and-a-half-minute defense of Big Government. The headline online was “On Defense In Era Of Anti-Big Government Sentiment.” That certainly fits NPR, whose very existence demonstrates all-encompassing government. NPR anchor Guy Raz explained: “That's our cover story today: making the case for the government.”
The stars of Raz’s “cover story” were liberal professor Julian Zelizer and Current TV host (and former Democrat governor of Michigan) Jennifer Granholm. After Raz explained Bill Clinton changed the equation by proclaiming "The era of Big Government is over," Zelizer expressed concern that President Obama is "very skeptical of government" unlike, say, Ted Kennedy in the glorious past:
Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade reported the National Stonewall Democrats have identified 470 "openly LGBT delegates" out of 5,963 delegates expected in Charlotte today. That's almost eight percent of the total, but Stonewall Democrats executive director Jerame Davis said “We’re finally getting to the point where we get closer to appropriate measure of representation as compared to the population at large, although we’re not quite to that point." The pro-gay Williams Institute estimated this year that four percent of the adult population is "LGBT."
Later, the group updated its count to 486 delegates, or 8.15 percent of the total. The count is up from 277 delegates at the 2008 convention in Denver.
Elizabeth Harrington at CNSNews.com made the Drudge Report for passing along how Michelle Obama insisted to Parade magazine that the government needs to do more in a purported second Obama term to change what supermarkets are stocking.
Parade bowed as they asked: “Mrs. Obama, I want to turn to you and your accomplishments as first lady—supporting military families and your health initiatives aimed at America’s children. Many PARADE readers asked, what do you hope to accomplish in your second term?” As if Mrs. Obama is elected to a “term”? Or is a co-president?
The national Sunday newspaper supplement Parade Magazine brought in former ABC News reporter Lynn Sherr to interview both the Obamas and the Romneys over the last two weeks before each party convention. Unsurprisingly, Romney was hammered with questions about his wealth and how he banks outside America.
Both couples were asked about the same controversy: why John Sununu would imply Obama wasn’t American, that he had "foreign ideas." These media people are always supremely sensitive to Obama slights. Obama and his camp can suggest Romney's a "vampire" who lets wives die of cancer, but the focus is on Obama insults. Sherr asked Romney:
ABC reporter Arlette Saenz reported for The Note on Joe Biden’s speech Sunday in the Green Bay area, including this statement: "In Afghanistan, we have lost 1,980 fallen angels as of yesterday, and I’m precise because every single one of those lives deserves to be recognized. Wrong: The U.S. death toll in Afghanistan at the end of August was 2,101.
Biden somehow subtracted from the Defense Department count, ignoring three civilian casualties and 118 soldiers who died in other countries after medical evacuation. Did they not deserve to be recognized?
The Weekend Pass section of the Washington Post’s Express free tabloid on Thursday promoted a photography exhibit glorifying Occupy Wall Street. Over a full-page photo of Occupiers climbing the statue in McPherson Square was the headline “Picturing Protest: The Occupy movement’s early days come into focus with an exhibit of photos at American University.”
The Post’s Katie Auerbach explained the exhibit features photos blown up to near-life-size proportions for their “emotional impact.” The exhibit’s curator Allison Nordstrom insisted “We picked them for a level of drama and the way the pictures created a feeling. As you move through the exhibition, our hope is that you end up feeling like you’re a part of it.”