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 new 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 2001 and 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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A Canadian website reports the Reuters wire service was forced to retract a false story on the Texas church shooter. The fake news was picked up by The New York Times and Canada's National Post. The incorrect Reuters article read: “The gunman who opened fire in a Texas church on Sunday, killing two before dying from gunshot wounds, owned a shooting range and had taught its parishioners how to shoot, the Texas Attorney General said on Monday.” In reality, the man who shot the church shooter is the owner of a shooting range.
Eddie Scarry at the Washington Examiner makes a great point about how The Washington Post blustered on Christmas Day about how Alexander Vindman was "falsely" brutalized by Trump. In the telling of Post reporters (and Russiagate enthusiasts) Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe, "An entire roster of public servants has been disparaged, bullied and in some cases banished for standing in Trump’s path as he sought to pressure Ukraine for political favors, or for testifying about his conduct afterward."
The secular media greet Christmas as a shopping season, and not as a special time for Christianity. They can devote hours of December "news" on which hot toys or gadgets would make great gifts, but not to segments on Christ and his birth. The same applies to the persecution of Christians. The apathy shown by the pro-"human rights" media here is appalling.
One reason the "independent" site PolitiFact leans strongly to the left is its audience. It relies on tips from its fans to select many of its fact checks, and so when PolitiFact tweeted today a reminder to look at its Readers Poll for the 2019 Lie of the Year, the readers overwhelmingly favored fact checks of President Trump and his team. Almost 88 percent of the votes went to three Trump claims (and one by trade official Peter Navarro):
Sunday's Washington Post Magazine offered a softball interview to Jane Fonda on her climate change activism, with this quote pulled out: "If necessary, we're going to have to shut the government down. And that's not radical. What is not radical is not doing anything."
Feminists demand that men must love feminist movies -- even movies based on classic literature with plucky women in period costumes. On Friday, The New York Times published an opinion piece with the headline: "Men Are Dismissing ‘Little Women.’ What a Surprise.The rejection of the latest screen adaptation of the beloved novel echoes a long-held sentiment toward women-centered narratives."
Chuck Todd ended 2019 with a special edition of Meet the Press on "Alternative Facts: Inside the Weaponization of Disinformation." It felt more like moving Reliable Sources to NBC. It had all the same pomposity about liberals possessing all the truth and conservatives being responsible for all the disinformation.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple has been a fierce critic of Fox News in the Trump era. So it’s notable that he’s done six pieces on the collapse of the Steele dossier, and no article drew more notice than this one: “Rachel Maddow rooted for the Steele dossier to be true. Then it fell apart.”
Liberals are breaking out in flop sweat that impeachment is going to backfire and that Donald Trump will be re-elected in November. So if you need someone to shake you out of your fears, there's always pseudo-conservative David Brooks of The New York Times. On the Friday "Week in Politics" segment on NPR's All Things Considered, he said Democrats are "crazy" to think Trump can win again.
Whenever a force on the cultural left flaps its wings, it is saluted. In the rare occasion that the entity advances the cultural right, it's slammed, or ignored. But that's not necessarily how America sees it, thanks to social media that has done an end run around the press and told the truth. The left still dominates in the cultural space, but it no longer enjoys a monopoly. Let's look at the cultural winners and losers of 2019
CNN host Kate Bolduan moderated a panel of CNN analysts on impeachment, and she cited an op-ed by a former press secretary for Rep. Jerrold Nadler boasting Democrats "should embrace the idea of having someone like Hunter Biden testify" at the Senate trial. But CNN analysts Josh Rogin and Samantha Vinograd strongly disagreed, insisting that calling Hunter Biden as a witness in a trial about Trump allegedly urging the Ukrainians to investigate Hunter Biden is somehow a "crazy" idea. He's not a "real witness" to anything.
On the day after Christmas, The Washington Post Style section published an article on "6 books whose writers seemed to predict our reality." Once again, the Post definition of "reality" seems to be chemically altered or emotionally overwrought, claiming that somehow the Sinclair Lewis novel It Can't Happen Here is our "reality," when the book tells of a totalitarian state with no Congress or Supreme Court, concentration camps, and state-run media.
On New Day on Christmas morning, CNN’s Chris Cillizza dragged out his “Naughty or Nice List," for 2019, with predictable "naughty" verdict for Rudy Giuliani, and a more surprising "naughty" verdict for Hillary Clinton. Cillizza insisted "It's hard to argue that getting in a fight with Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard if you're Hillary Clinton is beneficial to helping Democrats win in 2020, which is her stated goal."
CNN claims Fox News and its fans are dwelling on unproven conspiracy theories, like, say, the Horowitz Report on FISA abuse. But CNN is always trafficking in Russiagate conspiracy theories, enabling the unproven notion that Vladimir Putin has "something" on President Trump and that he's blackmailing him. Anchor Brianna Keilar helpfully allowed Rep. Norma Torres to spread the fiction that Trump's Russia policy is apparently all surrender, "playing the handmaid" to Putin.
The war on Christmas marches on. Secularists -- let's say it: atheists -- are leaving no stone unturned. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch said “Merry Christmas” in an interview on Fox & Friends. Leftists pounced, complaining this was a “talking point for the GOP.” Hollywood sees that old-time religion as a relentless nightmare of oppression. Christmas makes them want to tear the roof off of a Nativity set. So they vent through entertainment television.
It's not surprising that ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live would think it's high-larious to make fun of Nativity scenes. On December 10, Kimmel interviewed a very rude version of the baby Jesus. The show called it "A Very Baby Brady Christmas." Which category of Americans is Kimmel mocking harder....Christians, or people who live in Boston?
Christian radio host Eric Metaxas took on a big job when he agreed to try to explain to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday night why an evangelical Christian or a Catholic would vote for Donald Trump and not somehow be a terrible Christian. It was fun when Metaxas pointed out Cuomo's "Catholic" brother Andrew legalized third-trimester abortions in New York.
Liberals think Chuck Todd is the "gold standard" of pundits/interviewers. Tom Jones of the Poynter Institute honored Todd as the "media personality of the year." But on Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh accused Todd of attempting an ineffective coup, as impeachment makes no dent in President Trump's approval ratings....which are actually going up.
On the December 15 Reliable Sources, CNN's Brian Stelter insisted "There is a lack of courage from GOP leaders right now. I'm talking about Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy and others turning down almost every single TV request they receive." He added: "You know, McConnell went on Hannity this week to reassure to Trump, but he is not doing TV. Neither are most of the GOP leaders. There's a fear of going anywhere but Fox. It shows a lack of courage."
When the Washington Post infamously posted the motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness” on its masthead after Donald Trump was elected, it was implicit -- oh, sure, they'll deny it -- that Trump was the enemy of democracy, and of “light,” or transparency. So it was sadly poetic that after the House Democrats rammed through such an incredibly partisan impeachment vote – without a single Republican voting Aye – Washington Post reporters posted a photograph on Twitter celebrating with beers.