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 forthcoming 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 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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Imagine taking your family to Easter Sunday services to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, when – bam! – a psychopathic suicide bomber blows the church to pieces. But the Democrats didn't mourn Christians. They called them "Easter worshippers." If a conservative called a Muslim a "Ramadan worshipper," he'd be denounced as uneducated.
Washington Post gossip Emily Heil has an obituary of sorts on the front of Friday's Style section on "How the White House Correspondents' Association lost its sense of humor." We're supposed to mourn the era when comedians would "roast" the president, and completely forget the tremendous imbalance of "roasting." In the Obama years, comedians hailed Obama and ripped into conservatives.
The White House held a kind of Fake News briefing on Thursday for the children of White House correspondents and White House employees on Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. That sounds cool for the kids, but Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple used the occasion to trash Sarah Sanders & Co., and their failure to host press briefings in 2019.
The Trump Collusion Pushers at CNN are remarkably unwilling to acknowledge that the Other Campaign was digging for oppo-research dirt on Trump using Russian contacts. One might argue they are either (a) dumb or (b) playing dumb about the Clinton Games in Russia. In the second hour of his radio show on Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh replayed CNN Inside Politics anchor John King completely ignoring the Clinton Games. Limbaugh attacked King as "disingenuous" and said "You're better than this."
Politico's "Morning Media" newsletter on Wednesday touted a "big comeback" for MSNBC host Brian Williams. Based on what? Reporters Daniel Lippman and Paul Volpe begin simply by noting he anchored live Mueller Report coverage with Nicolle Wallace and beat CNN (as if that's much of an achievement), but not Fox. The disgraced NBC anchor wins his 11 pm time slot, but that might be in part because Fox News viewers have retired for the evening.
The Mueller Report is out, and Donald Trump’s summary got it right: “no collusion, no obstruction.” Mueller could also have labeled him the next iteration of St. Teresa but it still wouldn’t have made a lick of difference. The left wants him impeached -- period.
Two Catholic churches were bombed in Sri Lanka on Easter, leading to hundreds of deaths. But Comedy Central host Trevor Noah thinks this a great time to mock the Catholic Church for making huge sex-abuse settlements...years ago. Noah showed NBC News footage, with morning host Sheinelle Jones reporting that while a billion dollars has been pledged for the rebuilding of Notre Dame cathedral, protesters are complaining "the needs of the poor are going unmet." Noah suggested the Catholic Church, a billion dolllars is "nothing to them....like three child abuse settlements."
New York Times television critic James Poniewozik is a big fan of the anti-Trump content of the CBS All Access drama The Good Fight.On Monday morning, he tweeted that the show's snarky Schoolhouse Rock-style cartoons are "the best minute of television in any given week." He linked to a YouTube video of a nasty Melania cartoon that appeared in the April 18 episode.
The Washington Post "Fact Checker" squad has one article featured every Sunday in the A-section. On Easter Sunday, Glenn Kessler established that Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg should not claim Vice President Mike Pence spoke in favor of "conversion therapy" to press homosexuals to drop their same-sex attraction. "We can find no evidence that Pence ever expressed support for conversion therapy." And yet....where are the Pinocchios?
On Tuesday, CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour did an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Ireland. (It also aired rerun-style later on the PBS show Amanpour & Co.) It drew some attention because Amanpour asked about anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party, and Pelosi insisted there was no "taint" of it. Perhaps it's not a surprise that ABC, CBS, NBC, and the PBS NewsHour skipped over this interview all week.
Mark Hemingway in the New York Post reported The New York Times is not in touch with Catholic lingo -- which became very obvious in a story on the Notre Dame fire. They reported a chaplain for the Paris Fire Department rushed to save a "statue of Jesus," but there was no statue. The priest was referring to the consecrated Body of Christ in the Eucharist. Ooopsy. They posted a correction.
It was bad enough when liberals like Thomas Friedman reacted to Hillary Clinton losing the election by calling it a "moral 9/11," which in no way represented anything like a set of terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 and wounded more than 6,000. But on Friday night, PBS NewsHour analyst Mark Shields returned to the scene of that rhetorical excess in reaction to the Mueller report. The investigations into Russiagate must never end. We need a "new 9/11 Commission."
Shortly after the tragic sight of Notre Dame Cathedral going up in flames in Paris, as crowds watched and sang “Ave Maria,” historian Victor Davis Hanson put our modern times in perspective. “It’s going to be very hard in our society to ever build a cathedral again, much less to repair them, because we don't believe in what they represented. And it's ironic, because we don't like the past. We are at war with the past. We tear down monuments. We don't build cathedrals. We erase names.”
Two weeks ago, Brent Bozell and I noted The Washington Post failed to offer a review of the pro-life movie Unplanned -- except for a "Common Sense Media" review for parents. It was pointed out to me that last Friday, Post chief movie critic Ann Hornaday reported that Pure Flix, the movie's producers, did not provide a review copy and did not invite the Post to an advance screening in New York. There's an obvious rejoinder: the Post critics could buy a ticket and review it! But they have failed to do so.
CNN really is the Comedy News Network when it tries to proclaim that it's "Facts First" -- and they're running their "apple" ads again right now -- and that it's somehow NOT partisan. See the "Reliable Sources" newsletter that was issued early Friday morning. It's a pompous potpourri of poppycock.
President Trump happily greeted the Mueller report release by saying "No collusion, no obstruction." The nation's Trump-loathing newspapers weren't going to paint this "historic day" as good for Trump. The Washington Post front-page headline under the top photo said it all: "Frame it however you like, but it's a damning portrait of Trump's presidency."
It's that time of year for TIME magazine to issue its 100 "Most Influential" issue. The strangest selection may be Christine Blasey Ford, who made unproven allegations of teenage sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. If she's one of the world's "most influential" figures, how was Kavanaugh confirmed for the Supreme Court? Apparently, this is the annual Wishful Thinking issue.
Snopes.com claims to be a fact-checking website, but its recent rash of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defense items suggests it's a liberal clickbait site. There's five items just in the first 15 days of April. None of them evaluate if AOC mangled facts. They're all on defense.
The Pulitzer Prizes are just another way the anti-Trump media congratulate themselves as doing the Lord’s work (if only they believed in Him). Just look at the list of judges, most from top brands: the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, ProPublica, and of course, the Columbia Journalism School, which runs the whole racket. All are squarely on the left.
Unlike Washington Post "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler, PolitiFact cited Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as "False" on Monday for claiming the Council for Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) was "founded after 9/11"....at a fundraiser for CAIR-Los Angeles. They also properly tagged Omar as "False" in a "Share the Facts" item for online distribution, unlike the Post.