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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It's been fascinating to watch the media-bias deniers of the "mainstream" media dismiss socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders crying Centrist Bias with all the same contempt they show conservatives. On Monday, Sanders fan Keith Spencer at Salon.com obsessed over a Twitter account under the name "HoarseWhisperer," an anonymous account which for some mysterious reason was singled out by disgraced MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on his show The 11th Hour, as he nudged two reporters to denounce Sanders for having "no evidence" of bias.
In the midst of the daily tarring and feathering of President Trump by our “objective” press, we are treated to some precious moments where these badly disguised political operatives write something unintentionally hilarious. Take, for example, the New York Times story on August 26 headlined “Trump’s Allies Scour Internet to Punish Press.” They were outraged that someone would dare expose old tweets by journalists...they dish it out, but can't take it.
On Monday, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders issued an op-ed on his "plan for journalism" at the liberal Columbia Journalism Review. Since he's a socialist, the obvious problem in media is large corporations that shouldn't be allowed to merge, and the obvious answer is more socialism -- taxing advertising to fund "public media." As if NPR and PBS stations don't sound the same notes as most large corporate media outlets?
Liberal journalists were furious with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist when he diagnosed Terri Schiavo's mental state from the Senate floor in 2005. But over the weekend, MSNBC morning hosts David Gura and Joy Reid were bringing on guests to diagnose President Trump's mental state -- much like Brian Stelter did on CNN.
David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon underlined on Friday just how dramatically the liberal media is shifting the goal posts on what statements are "incendiary." To say there are two genders is now apparently outrageous, beyond the pale, at least according to MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing.
The liberal media's reliable "rock star" metaphors are breaking out for the 2020 campaign. In Sunday's Washington Post, theatre critic Peter Marks witnessed Elizabeth Warren speaking in Tempe, Arizona and professed to be "moved," declaring Warren the "Springsteen of campaign 2020."
Saturday's New York Times included a surprising story on the front page about an evangelical pregnancy center in Newport, Tennessee. Reporter Elisabeth Dias spent time with Wendy Ramsey, who runs Options Pregnancy Help Center in the basement of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church for expectant mothers. The article respectfully explored how Dawson is trying to make a difference in the lives of pregnant women -- and yes, tries to evangelize about Jesus.
On Thursday's edition of the NPR morning talk show 1A, host Joshua Johnson devoted the first hour to promoting the "1619 Project" at The New York Times, which seeks to "reframe" American history as dominated to this very day by slavery. In a town hall meeting transcript that leaked, Times executive editor Dean Baquet explicitly announced that the project was meant to help the public understand why we narrowly elected Donald Trump in 2016. When Johnson made time for an opposing view, he quoted a note from "Charlie," and the assembled Times team burst out laughing at the idea that this was a partisan narrative.
The New York Times loves a story about unfounded fears about Immigrants of Color. See Melissa Eddy's report from Germany, headlined "A Summer of Angst in One of the World’s Safest Countries." They buried the most interesting crime statistic in paragraph 23.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a press event with the gangsta-rapper/mogul Jay-Z, and announced his company Roc Nation will take the lead in selecting the league’s live entertainment programming and advise on its “social justice” initiatives. Jay-Z once backed Kaepernick’s crusade, but now proclaimed the whole kneeling thing was yesterday’s news. “I think we’re past kneeling,” he said. It wasn’t hard to predict that the nation’s enlightened sports writers were going to erupt volcanically over this deal.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has again underlined they are a liberal lobbying group by dumping Fox News Channel as a sponsor of their September journalism conference, and sending Fox back $16,666 in sponsorship funding. In an open letter, NAHJ president Hugo Balta claims this is about putting too much opinion in the news product.
First, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took a turn smearing Trump judicial pick Steven Menashi as some kind of white nationalist. Now CNN's Andrew "KFILE" Kaczynski and Em Steck are digging into Menashi's college-newspaper articles at Dartmouth to denounce him as -- gasp! -- a conservative!
CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter reported the big lead story in his "Reliable Sources" newsletter late on Wednesday night, headlined "Spicer Fury at ABC News." Sources inside ABC were "up in arms" about Spicer being named to the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars and were talking to Stelter and his liberal colleague Oliver Darcy.
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson appeared on the Fox News program America's Newsroom on Wednesday morning to defend the Times after angry staffers leaked a transcript of an internal "town hall" meeting that executive editor Dean Baquet had with employees. Abramson was effusive over how Baquet's position was perfect, that he spoke out for independent journalism that holds people accountable. But she wouldn't accept the way Fox hosts framed the transcript.
On her weekly Sinclair TV show Full Measure on August 18, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson interviewed pollster Scott Rasmussen about journalists’ standing in the public square. They’re about as trusted as Wikipedia, the website considered so unreliable that school teachers often tell students they can’t cite them as a source for their research papers. Only 38 percent said national political coverage is accurate and reliable, while 42 percent said it was not.
On Tuesday morning, syndicated talk-radio host Chris Plante mocked "National Panhandler Radio" for having some seriously high salaries for a taxpayer-subsidized network that begs for listener donations in pledge drives. Plante cited tweets by Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi from the latest IRS 990 form for nonprofits revealing the high salaries of NPR stars. Plante marveled first at Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, who is a one-day-a-week anchor and yet made $479,578 -- a 16 percent pay hike.
On Monday night, national radio host Mark Levin read from a frightening article by Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media headlined "AOC-Aligned Climate Group Demands Media Silence 'Climate Deniers'." A group called The Climate Mobilization which advocates for a dramatic "World War II-scale" takeover of the economy to fight global warming, condemned the media for pursuing "objectivity" by giving air time to "climate deniers."
One of the ways that "objective" reporters betray a liberal bias is in the use of ideological labels. Journalists warn people about "conservative" groups, while the liberal groups they favor aren't described as liberal, but with ameliorative PR terms like "civil rights groups," "environmental advocates," and "women's groups." David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon offered new evidence by studying a New York Times blog called "The Interpreter," authored by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, both formerly at the liberal blog Vox.
Byron York at the Washington Examiner reports The New York Times is embarking on a very ambitious crusade to define slavery as the dominant narrative of America, even to this day .The project was launched with an entire edition of The New York Times Magazine loaded with left-wing essays on slavery's everlasting effects.
On the front of Sunday's Washington Post, transgender movement orthodoxy overcame common-sense pronouns again. The story was headlined "Non-binary, pregnant and taking on motherhood: They are not a woman, but they are about to assume the most gendered role of all." Online, the headline was "A mother, but not a woman." Mmm, so which gender does the uterus represent? It was an enormous story, with nine photographs, and taking up two entire inside pages (no advertisements).