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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Liberals claim to hate "Fake News," but that's not true when they're making movies "based on real events" or "based on a true story." Tucked away inside Friday's Life section of USA Today, on page 4D, Patrick Ryan did a little "Fact Check" and noted some places where the new movie on Ruth Bader Ginsburg On The Basis of Sex is playing fast and loose with facts. The screenwriter is Justice Ginsburg's nephew, and she approved the script -- including fake parts.
In an interview with National Review, Chuck Todd began with his usual patter about liberal bias being the cultural divide between large urban areas and broad rural expanses, whether it's patriotism or religion or guns. But then...it got weird. He tried to say the cultural gap has been closed....by the press? And that bias is much less than it was in the Fifties and Sixties!
National Public Radio hailed science-fiction author N.K. Jemisin, who has now won the Hugo Award for three straight years from the World Science Fiction Convention. NPR anchor Ari Shapiro explained her "Broken Earth" books "take place in a world where natural disasters are more common and more destructive. And the people with powers to mitigate those disasters are feared and oppressed."
But it turns out this is science fiction "ripped from the headlines" -- and somehow, in Jemisin's mind, the Ferguson riots of 2014 were an "unarmed, peaceful protest."
The scribes at Yahoo News discovered something far more pressing and their scoop showed up on cellphones from coast to coast on December 26. A fashion writer named Kerry Justich uncovered a national outrage, apparently. Her headline: “Melania Trump gets mocked for wearing Timberland boots while visiting the troops.”
On Thursday morning on America's Newsroom, Fox News Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz ripped into The New York Times for a sketchy front page story by reporter Steve Eder on Wednesday claiming a foot doctor named Dr. Larry Braunstein "may" have faked a bone-spurs diagnosis for young Donald Trump to avoid the draft as a favor for the president's father Fred Trump, who owned the doctor's building. The doubt was there in the headline "A Foot Doctor's 'Favor' May Have Helped Trump Avoid Vietnam."
AP's latest "Fact Check" only underlines how much "context" is brought to the "fact" table, and how that "context" is loaded up to the service of a liberal narrative. Omri Ceren shamed an AP “Fact Check” on Christmas: “AP publishes fact-check saying Trump is ‘recycling familiar fictions’ by tweeting money was quid pro quo for hostages.” But wait: Ceren noted that in an August 18, 2016 briefing at the State Department, AP reporter Bradley Klapper forced Obama spokesman John Kirby “to admit on camera that $1.7 billion they gave Iran was quid pro quo for hostages.”
To their credit, ABC's Good Morning America marked Christmas morning by having in three Christian pastors to discuss the life of Christ and the Christmas message. The guests were Episcopal bishop Michael Curry (he appeared all over television), Rev. Heidi Neumark of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City. ABC host George Stephanopoulos threw immigration into the discussion, and a "global crisis of refugees." Rev. Neumark, who learned she had Jewish ancestry after years as a Lutheran pastor, didn't mention President Trump by name, but compared immigrants at our border to Jesus and his family.
On Wednesday's Good Morning America, ABC reporter Tara Palmieri picked on the president for "griping" and "fuming" about the border wall, and then sneered "As the government remains partially closed for the fifth day, the president claiming without any proof that 400,000 federal employees working without pay over the holidays support his position." But that's not what he actually said: Trump clearly implied "many" workers he's spoken with support the wall, that "these" employees back him. He didn't say "400,000 federal workers support me."
President Trump has been in office for almost two years, which should mean that by now, all the crazy talk in the media about his impending dictatorship ought to be abandoned. Democracy is still vibrant, as we saw with record voter turnout in November. But the wild conspiracy theories about Trump never stop. Some of them qualify as the worst media quotes of the year.
There are rare moments that The New York Times allows some air out of its balloon of arrogance. For Christmas, Scott Tobias revisited some of the most popular Christmas-themed classics, and found the Times film critics didn't always match the popular consensus. "The holidays have given us an occasion to dig through the archives to see if New York Times critics were on the right side of history when they first reviewed these films, or if they missed an annual tradition in the making."
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has proclaimed he thinks NBC and MSNBC are very centered on Facts, unlike Fox News. But his opening to his show on Sunday sounded like a dramatic editorial, underlining all of Trump’s problems with Republican leaders and conservative radio and TV hosts, throwing together the shutdown, the resignation of the defense secretary, and the stock market decline into one grand opinionated summary: "What if the president is the crisis?"
It was only a matter of time. On Sunday, The Washington Post ran a story asking "Should children sit on Santa's lap?" We're told "Some parents are questioning the tradition amid the #MeToo movement and a national conversation over teaching children about consent."
The Washington Post paints itself as Holding Government Accountable, but it still publishes the most embarrassing laudatory dreck supporting its favorite socialist elites. Freelancer Jeff Weiss -- who notoriously polished Bill Maher's "ideology-free" apple for the Post in 2014 -- penned a tribute with the online headline "Adam McKay went from Ron Burgundy to Dick Cheney, and it actually makes perfect sense."
Our friend and former CNS News colleague Penny Starr at Breitbart wrote "A reporter with the left-wing Washington Post disapproves of a triple-amputee veteran’s Go Fund Me campaign to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that has raised more than $13 million." So he set out to cancel it. The rationale? Go Fund Me doesn't allow fundraising for ‘"intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin" and so on. To the media, a border wall, is loaded with racism and intolerance. And "Is that, like, allowed"?
The New York Times runs entire print and TV and Web ads with the slogan "The truth is more important than ever." But that's not the rule in their Sunday Book World section. The Times upset Jewish groups and Jewish writers in a "By the Book" interview with radical-left writer Alice Walker last Sunday. Walker was asked the usual question about what books are on her nightstand. She cited British anti-Semite David Icke's And the Truth Shall Set You Free.
Facts weren't First when CNN's "Reliable Sources" media newsletter accused the "right-wing universe" of "sliming" CNN. How dare the conservatives accuse CNN of backing a Journalist of the Year who shouldn't have been rewarded! That...was a fact, not an accusation.
The far left is having trouble fighting wars on two fronts. With President Trump in office, it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been much of a “War on Christmas” this year, since the War on Trump is never-ending. There were a few stories about cowardly school officials insisting no choir can sing “Jesus songs” at the annual “winter concert.” But this year we were introduced to a new wrinkle: Christmas vs. #MeToo. And #MeToo is upset at the 1940s Frank Loesser standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
Why can't a romantic comedy just be a romantic comedy? In Friday's New York Times, Amanda Hess had to make it about being haunted by late-stage capitalism. You've Got Mail is now twenty years old, and Hess is still lamenting how Meg Ryan "submits romantically to her capitalist subjugator."
One easily demonstrable way that secular media outlets underline their secularism is on issues like euthanasia, or as they like to call it, the "right to die." Reuters reporter Sabela Ojea issued a very one-sided dispatch from Spain with a hope-and-change headline: "As Spain readies euthanasia law, dying sclerosis victim senses hope." Nowhere in the Reuters dispatch is there an opposing view, just the note that the country's traditional Catholic influence has been on the wane for 40 years.
NBC/MSNBC host Chuck Todd granted an interview to Jamie Weinstein of National Review, where he continued his attack on anyone who would question the "mainstream" media's tilt. When Weinstein asked Todd to compare MSNBC to Fox News, Todd brought out the swagger: "Well, the first way MSNBC would say they’re different from Fox is that they operate always in a fact-based environment, and they don’t delve into conspiracy theories".