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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For Republicans, today's House Democrat-led hearing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen looks like a Democratic public-relations campaign...right down to the Democrats reviewing the testimony at the "objective" networks. ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who took his own turns testifying for a lying president with personal financial scandals during his time in the Clinton White House, came running to Cohen's defense during the first break in the hearings on Wednesday. Cohen granting this Clinton pal access and interviews (through his fixer, Clinton pal Lanny Davis) is paying off.
CBS offered a socialist Muppet-music opening to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on February 20. Kermit the Frog sang a version of his trademark tune "It's Not Easy Being Green," but this time it was touting that "the Green Deal is a good idea" and mocked the idea that it was a "government takeover." Kermit sang between clips of President Trump and Fox News personalities.
Late in the afternoon on February 25, extremist Senate Democrats voted in favor of legalized infanticide. In the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s bizarre remarks in a radio interview extending the “right to choose” to after-birth abortion (or medical neglect), Sen. Ben Sasse authored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act...and then 44 Democrats voted against it. Network coverage? Zero.
If you want to know what a serious radical leftist sounds like at an awards show, MRC's Brent Baker reported that when Boots Riley accepted an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Feature,” he drew applause for this leftist rant: “The CIA is trying to have a coup in Venezuela...And we should all be putting our voices out to stop the U.S. from having regime change for oil in Venezuela.”
Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake ranked the 2020 Democratic presidential nominees on Saturday. He put Kamala Harris number one, with an "impressive" launch, "on-message and sharp." The Post is looking for an ultraliberal nominee, and somehow cannot see how that leaves a lot of room for voters to sniff extremism and vote to re-elect the president.
The only subject where Andrew McCabe drew tough questions on his puffball book tour over the last week came from the left -- complaints that he and Jim Comey ruined Hillary Clinton's campaign with announcements about her email probe. See NPR's Fresh Air on Tuesday, where Terry Gross complained "a lot of people" [translation: NPR's liberal base] were upset at the negative attention.
Liberal "fact checkers" are very sensitive about late-term abortion. On Wednesday, PolitiFact rated President Trump as "False" because he said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam "stated that he would even allow a newborn baby to come out into the world... then talk to the mother and talk to the father and then execute the baby." The sensitive word there is "execute." Northam didn't say "execute." Liberals use vaguer, gentler words for baby death, like perhaps a "terminated pregnancy."
A key embarrassment of the Jussie Smollett hoax was the Robin Roberts interview on Good Morning America, and now anonymous ABC staffers are defending the debacle to BuzzFeed News.“There’s not really a spirit of regret about the Jussie interview,” insisted one GMA source. “And no one feels that Robin got duped. Taken advantage of, yes, but not duped.”
Just like his boss and hero James Comey, McCabe has written a Trump-trashing book, and like Comey, he’s getting hours and hours of air time to sell laughable notions, like the idea that the FBI has been utterly nonpartisan. This man will say anything. Truth means nothing. He’s worse than Comey. It barely matters to his interviewers that McCabe was fired from the top of the FBI for…lying his face off to the FBI.
On Tuesday, the website The Blast reported that Jussie Smollett specifically requested that Robin Roberts handle the interview because the two knew each other from when she appeared on an episode of Empire that aired last year. So let's take a look. On the April 11, 2018 episode, Roberts was much tougher on fictional Jamal Lyon (played by Smollett) than she was on Smollett in real life!
Here we go again! Snopes.com is slamming an obvious Babylon Bee parody with the "False" label. They asked "Was ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Offered a Job at CNN?" Dan Evon of Snopes felt the urgent need to warn "This was not a genuine news story, although some readers mistook it for such."
PolitiFact doesn't always apply neutral headlines in its "fact checks," as in this whopper from Monday: "Scientists’ response to Rush Limbaugh’s climate denial: ‘utter nonsense’." Over the years, PolitiFact has flagged Limbaugh on the "False" side almost 85 percent of the time -- which is even worse than Donald Trump's 69 percent "Mostly False" or worse percentage in 2017-18.
One way the "independent fact-checkers" damage their own credibility is by admitting a statement is "true," but by applying loads of context, it's actually "false." PolitiFact declared a Catholic bishop in Vermont as "Mostly False," even as they admitted what he said about an abortion-on-demand bill was "true in a strict legal sense."
The left would expect mere mortals to understand that as opposed to them, it rises above the rumor-mongering and misinformation of the social media. As with so much else regarding the left, that's nonsense. They cut, paste, and amplify the unsubstantiated ardor of liberal Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at will -- if it advances the narrative. See the case of Jussie Smollett, actor/singer in the Fox hip-hop drama Empire.
NPR's Morning Edition on Monday split its Andrew McCabe interview into two segments. On the home page they were promoting Russiagate: "Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes 'Remarkable' Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts." On air, that segment never mentioned his lying under oath to the FBI. There was a second segment simply titled "Andrew McCabe Discusses His Firing." McCabe's answers were often refusals to answer, which Inskeep spun as "exceptionally careful." Kudos to NPR for trying to explore it, briefly.
CBS’s 60 Minutes devoted 28.5 minutes on Sunday night to former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the Justice Department for lying under oath to investigators about leaking to the newspapers. McCabe has penned the latest hot book for Trump-haters, called The Threat, and this interview looked like a long infomercial for St. Martin’s Press.
Did CBS’s Scott Pelley underline that McCabe was fired for lying? Pelley began with this illogical sentence in his introduction: “McCabe is a lifelong Republican who had a sterling 21-year career in the FBI.”
Friday night's pundit segment on the PBS NewsHour began in a predictable way, as both pseudoconservative David Brooks and liberal Mark Shields rained fire on President Trump declaring a national emergency to secure federal funding for a border wall. But after both pundits agreed that Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was "impressive," Brooks was gently asked if the Democrats were getting too progressive, and he dropped a bomb. They were "somewhere to the left of Che Guevara."
Twitter continues to provide unmissable examples of media adoration of Democrats. Female reporters from CBS, CNN, and NBC gushily tweeted on Saturday about picking out an "amazing" jacket for Kamala Harris on the campaign trail. Does anyone think this happened for Michelle Bachman in 2011? Carly Fiorina in 2015? The professional excuse was Harris was touring small businesses in South Carolina. But the fashionistas were purring over a "great," "awesome," "amazing" coat they were "forcing" on the candidate.
The Washington Post Fact Checker squad sent Rep. Liz Cheney a nasty valentine on February 14, throwing a Three Pinocchios flag for speculation that the Democrats want to outlaw plane travel and cars. Fact-checkers generally can't help but clumsily apply a liberal bias in deciding who gets "Pinocchios" and who is "Pants on Fire." On the same Green New Deal documents, the Post's fact police gave Cheney a ticket and gave Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a Get Out of Fact Jail Free card.
Liberals can lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain’t one of them. These are the same people that relentlessly scare-monger the American people about “climate change.” In a recent video to promote a World Government Summit, legendary Star Wars actor Harrison Ford offered the usual litany of doom. “What does living in a four-degrees-warmer world look like? Fresh water shortages. Higher greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented fires. Worldwide destruction. Is this the world we want?”