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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The gender deconstructionists on the Left are now using PBS to push only their viewpoint. On June 19, the documentary-film series Independent Lens aired a one-hour film called Real Boy. The star, naturally, was a girl named Rachael who wants to be a boy named Bennett, and her goal in this film was “top surgery,” known in less euphemistic terms as breast amputation. The “balance” in this film was Rachael’s mother Suzy, who the gay activists at the “NBC Out” website described as “frustratingly apprehensive.”
Pulitzer-Prize winning American novelist Michael Chabon rather desperately hates Donald Trump, In an interview on an Israeli radio show in Tel Aviv, he discussed how he woke up every day hoping Trump will suffer a “massive stroke” and be “carted out of the White House on a gurney.”
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan used to write for CBS News, including the radio commentaries of Dan Rather, so she can speculate from an insider perspective. Her latest column insists “Dislike of Mr. Trump within the mainstream media is unalterable. It permeates every network, from intern to executive producer and CEO.” Like many on the right, Noonan has not been a big Trump fan, but she can see how dramatically the media is arrayed against the president. She has a unique theory -- the liberal media think their bias isn't only striking a blow for justice, but a smart business strategy.
Two new polls demonstrate an ongoing, deepening distrust of the so-called “objective” news media, especially among Republicans. A new Rasmussen Reports poll published on Thursday found 76 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of voters not affiliated with either major political party believe most reporters are biased against President Trump. YouGov.com found 70 percent agreed news organizations tilt to just one side of the story based on who pays the bills.
On Thursday, Washington Post gossip Emily Heil grew downright catty in attacking Louise Linton, the fiancee of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "Maybe we are blinded by all the multi-carated bling, but are we reading this right? The soon-to-be wife of a humble public servant offers 1-percenter quotes that would ordinarily make a pol's PR machine wince."
Rob Eno at Conservative Review caught Eleanor Clift in a major Twitter boo-boo, claiming that Congresswoman-Elect Karen Handel was an executive at Planned Parenthood. "Will Karen Handel vote to defund Planned Parenthood, where she was top exec and supported PP goals before getting booted out." Wrong, wrong, wrong. Handel was an executive at the breast-cancer charity Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, and was booted out because of Planned Parenthood (and liberal media) pressure in 2012.
America was stunned when Jared Loughner pulled out a gun at a Tucson supermarket parking lot in 2011 and shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head at point-blank range and killed six others. No one recalls any TV pundit wondering whether the people should root for Giffords to survive -- or anyone with the gall to imply her head wound was “self-inflicted.”
That was not the case with the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others last week.
The liberal Washington Post underlined its reputation as a liberal rag on Tuesday by burying the immigration status of a man who killed a Muslim teenager in suburban northern Virginia. They wear "Democracy Dies in Darkness" T-shirts and then put anything in the "darkness" that's inconvenient to their liberal agenda. You had to read all the way to paragraph 23 of a front-page story before they included an indirect allusion to deportation proceedings.
Is there anything richer than the toxically biased liberal media lecturing the rest of the country about the need for comity and bipartisanship? We're two years into an epic crusade of Trump-trashing, and they're telling the rest of America to calm down and not lurch into hyperbole. Cue Time magazine, with its infamous melty-face covers of Trump -- the wishful-thinking meltdown covers didn't get Hillary elected, although they get an A for Aggression.
Time magazine put Uber, and not Steve Scalise, on the cover of its June 26 edition. Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer penned a brief article headlined "A shooting and the risks of political outrage." This came six pages into their section "The Brief." Then they blurred the Scalise shooting with....Greg Gianforte pushing a reporter down.
It might seem bad enough that NPR would bury the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other Repub licans to the bottom of the "Week in Politics" on Friday's All Things Considered. But that NPR "news" program also aired a fraudulent "Fact Check" asking the self-evident question "Is Left-Wing Violence Rising?" They found a left-wing expert to insult everyone's intelligence by proclaiming: "The far left is very active in the United States, but it hasn't been particularly violent for some time."
Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti on Friday called out The Washington Post for confirming there is a D.C. swamp. Jamie Gorelick, who was deputy attorney general for President Clinton, apparently made a "very bad boo-boo" by deciding to represent the president's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Now her liberal friends have cast Gorelick out and created a "no Jamies Club."
Here's why people hate the liberal tilt of public broadcasting. Both PBS and NPR buried the Scalise shooting in their "week in review" segments. When the PBS NewsHour arrived there, anchor Judy Woodruff couldn't even mention the shooter was a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, couldn't mention his favorite TV shows, and couldn't ponder if anyone on the Left could have provoked him with their outrageous statements. Instead, liberal analyst Mark Shields blamed it on Newt Gingrich, and his "clone" Donald Trump:
Here was a small item on the Washington Post’s blindness to the humanity of the unborn child. Last Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine carried an interview for their “Just Asking” feature with Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society. Rachel Manteuffel didn’t go easy, pressing Pacelle about meeting with quarterback Michael Vick after he served time for abusing dogs in fatal dogfights. But she also asked him about compassion for….insects. Not unborn babies. Insects.
The radical leftist fanaticism of the Steve Scalise shooter has been an integral part of the news coverage, as it should be. James Hodgkinson’s ties to the Bernie Sanders campaign have been reported (if sometimes buried) by most news outlets, and the pundits are virtually universal in their belief that the socialist senator should not be held responsible.
These journalists were about a quarter of a century late to the dance. Theirs has been a decades-long exercise in hypocrisy. If an act of violence could be blamed on a Republican, or even better on a conservative, the press would do it, even if they needed to play a Kevin Bacon six-degrees-of-separation game.
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a profile of CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota that was posted Thursday, but the first eye-catching thing is she has a new novel coming this summer about a morning cable-news anchor working for a CNN-like network with the letters FAIR! CNN boss Jeff Zucker proclaimed without giggling that other networks have "partisans," while CNN only has "personalities."
Reading the Rolling Stone cover story and interview of Rachel Maddow – at the same time that it’s reported the magazine is settling for $1.6 million with a fraternity it smeared with an utterly phony rape story from the University of Virginia – is jaw-dropping. Janet Reitman of Rolling Stone shamelessly asks Maddow questions including “Do you marvel at the degree to which the administration just blatantly lies?” And: “Have you found the whole fake-news and ‘alternative facts’ stuff to be a distraction?” For her part, Maddow proclaims she is a “cheerleader for the American media."
The Huffington Post -- home of some notably hateful rants, like the ex-Washington Post writer who said unlike George W. Bush, "You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well" -- has a line contributors can cross. On Sunday night, it was the notion of executing President Trump for treason...and a cast of accessories including Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, the Vice President, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Speaker of the House! The unhinged HuffPost contributor was Jason Fuller.
Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate Moment, a first impeachment hearing to be broadcast live on every “news” channel on television. Liberals in Washington took the day off and went to bars to celebrate the Beginning of the End. The media celebrated the celebrations.
NBC/MSNBC journalist Katy Tur is having trouble with her transgender father again. Brian Flood of The Wrap tweeted: "Hanna Zoey Tur ripped daughter, NBC's Katy Tur, as 'transphobic'" in Facebook message: 'My daughter does not support the LGBT community.'"
This is quite a surprise, given the negotiated peace between father and daughter as projected in Sunday's New York Times puff piece. Ironically, although the Times headline was "You Can't Rattle Her," asking Tur about her father obviously rattled her
The New York Times mocks the conservative media for their “misinformational bubbles” (that’s media columnist Jim Rutenberg on Monday), but the Times bubble looked doubly reinforced for a Sunday Styles front-page puff piece on NBC reporter Katy Tur. The headline was "‘You Can’t Rattle Her’: Katy Tur’s rise at NBC mirrors that of the presidential hopeful who baited her at his rallies."