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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Edwin Mora of CNSNews.com reports that feminist celebrity Sandra Fluke spoke at a Georgetown event moderated by liberal professor Judith Feder -- who ran for Congress twice as a Democrat in Virginia against Congressman Frank Wolf. The event was closed to "outside press" and the public.
Mora asked the Archdiocese of Washington and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to comment on this feminist hootenanny at a Catholic college as the debate rages about contraceptives and religious liberty and Obamacare, and both declined to comment. Mora began:
At Texas Monthly, liberal writer Joe Hagan dives again into the allegations about George W. Bush shirking duty in the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s. It's not news that Hagan again finds disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather yammering about how he still feels the fake documents are genuine. (Even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones calls Rather "delusional.")
It's more interesting that Rather source Ben Barnes was courted for weeks and months both by CBS and NBC in 2000, and that he only consented to CBS in 2004 because John Kerry leaned on him to help his fellow Democrat out:
In The New York Times, director Joss Whedon insisted he had to cut a scene from the forthcoming superhero movie The Avengers that would featured Captain America lamenting the “loss of health care and welfare” in America, but he decided to cut the scene because it interrupted the movie's narrative flow.
Conservative comic-book lovers would have surely blanched at Captain America mouthing the socialist talking points, just as they weren't happy with pre-release publicity on the first Captain America movie when "Avenger" director Joe Johnston declared that Steve Rogers, man behind the mask, would not be "this sort of jingoistic flag-waver."
Liberal radio hosts were furious with the Catholic League for mocking Hillary Rosen after she attacked Ann Romney for not working. Their tweet said “Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.” This was seen by liberals as signaling Rosen’s children adopted with former partner Elizabeth Birch were “less valid, less worthy of respect” and homophobic.
On Friday, Bill Press confused the Catholic League with the nation’s bishops (they are not connected), but on Thursday, rabid atheist Mike Malloy was nudged into erupting about "child-raping" Catholics and their scummy "Nazi pope":
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace clearly frustrated Obama spokesman David Axelrod on Sunday. (He’s probably used to puffballs from David Gregory on NBC.) But what clearly irked him most was when Wallace asked if the president feels so strongly about the Buffett rule, and his tax rate is less than his own secretary’s, will he send a check to the Treasury? Axelrod thought that was a gimmick, unlike the Buffett rule.
“Listen, well, that's not the way we operate our tax system, okay? We don't run bake sales,” Axelrod complained. “It's not about volunteerism. We all kick in according to the system.” Apparently, there are free rhetorical gimmicks, and there are costly wallet gimmicks. Here’s the larger exchange:
In Sunday’s Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday laid out a red carpet for a lecture on “climate change” courtesy of Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, a string of islands southwest of India. The piggish Western world is out to murder the people of the Maldives, apparently.
“We’re just so small,” Nasheed said in Toronto, Hornaday touting his voice rising to a “mouselike” squeal. “You can’t bully. It’s not right to bully. And we’re not angry. Whatever happens, even if we all die, we should not be angry with the people who murdered us. We can’t run climate change campaigns fueled by anger. I can’t tell the people [of the Maldives] that there are other countries trying to murder you. They’re trying to do good by their people according to their understanding. We just have to try to find an amicable position and keep talking.”
Bill Cosby appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday with Candy Crowley, who asked him about President Obama disappointing minorities, including blacks and gays. Cosby acknowledged Obama hadn't done everything minorities wanted, but blamed conservatives for an unprecedented blockage of his agenda. He also claimed Obama would get it right in his (obviously victorious) second term.
"The people who are supposed to be working -- even for another party -- didn't care about the American people. They wanted to get him," Cosby complained. "When people make statements like, 'I hope he fails,' you can't color that any other way except the way it's said."
You can't call this unexpected. When Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended five games by his team for proclaiming his love and admiration for Fidel Castro in a town full of Cuban exiles, the ardent radicals at the Daily Kos would object.
In an article titled "Ozzie Got Screwed," The writer going by the handle "Agnostic" of "The Church of Ineffable Stupidity" threw his "WTF" hat into the air:
Liberal radio host Thom Hartmann came unglued over Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, blaming his death on...the Koch brothers.
"A young man died," he declared. "A young man died a violent and unnecessary death because the Koch brothers and other right-wingers and large corporations in America decided that it would be a really cool idea if they got together and wrote laws that they would then give to mostly Republican legislators in state legislatures all across the country at meetings twice a year of the so-called American Legislative Exchange Council." He also blamed the NRA and Wal-Mart:
The Radio Equalizer blog says Hollywood's war on Mitt is already under way. On Wednesday's Stephanie Miller show, they interviewed actor/director Rob Reiner and "how are you enjoying the Insane Clown Posse that is the Republican primary?".
Reiner said "you'd have to be brain-dead to vote for Romney." He discussed how Romney's aide said the campaign was like an Etch-a-Sketch and you could wipe the slate clean for the general election. Reiner pounced:
On Wednesday night's edition of the poorly-performing prime-time show Rock Center, Brian Williams tried to rub some stardust on his ratings and strike a blow for feminism at the same time. He honored actress Ashley Judd for writing an outraged feminist essay about "patriarchy" on The Daily Beast because someone criticized her puffy face.
Williams supportively explained, "This week the 43-year-old actress wrote a bold, and at times angry essay on the Web, calling out our whole culture, the haters, the cheap shots, how easy it's become for everyone to pick apart someone else." He noted she accused the media of having a quote "nasty and misogynistic conversation at her expense about the way she looks," but he left out the rest of the feminist jargon.
In Thursday's Washington Post, reporter Michael Leahy talks to friends of disgraced senator John Edwards, who's morally dense enough to complain that he's being isolated as the Democrats still honor other notorious adulterers like Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. Treatment of him is so "unflinchingly horrible" -- and yes, Bill Clinton is still drawing Democratic hosannas and liberal-media shoe-polish interviews.
Earth to Edwards: First, there's the never-made-it-to-president thing. But Edwards can't seem to absorb the cheating-on-wife-dying-of-cancer thing as the gold medal of self-absorption:
The folks at the PBS NewsHour promoted the latest video from MoveOn.org. They're promoting a "99 Percent Spring" project with spokespeople from....the Hollywood One Percent. The ad stars Olivia Wilde of "House," Penn Badgley of "Gossip Girl," and Zoe Kravitz, an actress with a celebrity mom and dad (rocker Lenny Kravitz and former Cosby Show kid Lisa Bonet).
These are all prep-school rich kids and loaded actors speaking out for the 99 Percent. But notice they dress down like they hit the K Mart before filming.
How can you tell The Hollywood Reporter isn’t serious about drawing up a "35 Most Powerful People in Media” list ? When it leaves out Rush Limbaugh. (Perhaps they composed this when they thought Sandra Fluke and her censorious enablers would ruin his radio show?)
Then check out who did make this list, and therefore is more powerful than Rush: Howard Stern? Kelly Ripa? Jimmy Fallon? Wendy Williams? Not to mention CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC stars like Rachel Maddow and Joe & Mika...
It's a little surprising that The Washington Post's "She the People" blogger/columnist Melinda Henneberger would suggest a former New York Times colleague (Frank Bruni) may have bought an implausibly formulaic story from an abortion doctor friend about a rabid pro-lifer getting an abortion in the same clinic she protested. She noted even the lefty gossip site Gawker is failing Bruni on this story, mercilessly noting how many times this urban legend has been regurgitated. (Conservative bloggers, including our Clay Waters, were also on this.)
It's more shocking that Henneberger called out the entire liberal media establishment for being closed-minded and propagandistic: "Speaking of preconceived notions, however, my beef is that those who oppose abortion are routinely depicted as some combo of unhinged and hypocritical, and abortion providers as virtuous and brave. Doesn’t this neat delineation ever strike writers who on other topics gravitate to texture and complexity as quite the coincidence? " This is a must-read:
On Monday night’s PBS Newshour, anchor Gwen Ifill mangled the Trayvon Martin story by describing the shooter, George Zimmerman, as simply “white,” when he has a white father and a Latino mother. By that one-white-parent standard, you could call President Obama “white.”
Ifill announced "Martin, who was black, was on his way to a convenience store in a mostly white gated community when George Zimmerman, who is white, shot and killed him after a disputed altercation." Martin was painted as “carrying only candy and a soft drink" and "was discovered by police lying face down in the grass.”
On Monday night's All Things Considered newscast, National Public Radio promoted the latest Mr. Gay World pageant, which was apparently made newsworthy since it was based this year in Africa (with black African contestants). Judges were looking for someone who could be a positive LGBT advocate and display their well-dressed and groomed "innate charm and sparkle." As is often the case on NPR, there was zero room for social conservatives.
Jo Ann Downs, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, objected to this pageant being held on Easter Sunday, but NPR didn't find that worth noting. The pro-gay Daily Maverick site reported on Downs:
During the Holy Week before Easter in 2011, Brent Bozell noticed an "Easter bonnet of mud" timed to be thrown at Christians. One of those mudballs was thrown in Italy, a comedy movie called "Habemus Papam" (Latin for "we have a pope.") Franco Zeffirelli, the director of the TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” agreed Nanni Moretti's film was an insult to the Pope and the Catholic faithful. "It's a horrible cheap shot," Zeffirelli said. "I feel especially sorry for this pontiff, who may not be a crowd-pleaser, but who is very civilized and reasonable."
So it should not be surprising that National Public Radio would applaud its American release, timed once again on Good Friday. Openly gay movie critic Bob Mondello implausibly declared "There's nothing in 'We Have a Pope' that's likely to offend, much that will amuse and also quite a bit of effective design work."
On Tuesday, The Washington Post highlighted a new poll showing Obama leading Romney among registered voters 51 to 44 percent. But before we break that down, alongside the poll story is this odd-sounding advice from the Post's Chris Cillizza. He seems to believe Romney should sit down with the national media because that's where Republicans go for a "positive first introduction."
"Romney needs a big megaphone to make sure general election voters who don’t know anything about him get a positive first introduction." What? "And only the national media can provide that megaphone and serve as a sort of validator for him." Predictably, he also counsels "find somewhere to break with conservatives."
Of all the people to blame for the Trayvon Martin shooting, Dirty Harry? On Sunday, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday had an article splashed across the front of the Outlook section. Next to a Dirty Harry photo were the words “America loves a vigilante. Until we meet one.” George Zimmerman has “undercut the mythology of the lone avenger.”
Hornaday began her dismissal of America like this: “Of the countless stories we tell ourselves, the American myth of the solitary enforcer of justice may be the most tenacious, beloved and — as the story of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin has so grievously demonstrated — distorting.”