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 forthcoming 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 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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Just like its star, the showboating anti-Trumper Jorge Ramos, Univision cannot simply act like a “news” network. It’s a left-wing lobbying operation badly disguised as a “news” outlet. It’s one thing to slant the news. It’s another to enter the policy arena and fight for the left-wing agenda – in the courts, no less.
On Friday, CNN International (and by simulcast, PBS) host Christiane Amanpour interviewed Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister of Italy, whom she found repulsively Trump-like. For trying to limit immigration -- and even imply that it was preferable to admit more Christian migrants than Muslims -- he was apparently casting "the dark shadow of fascism" on Italy.
Something fascinating happened in The New York Times Book Review on Sunday. They offered five separate reviews of books by "conservatives," even as they continued to ignore the number-one nonfiction book at the top of their own Best Sellers list: Unfreedom of the Press by Mark Levin.
Democratic candidates generally don't have much to fear from interviews on National Public Radio, but Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep raised our eyebrows by pushing Beto O'Rourke a bit on Friday on what people will be forced to give up under liberal climate-change policies. The liberal media often focus on the Impending Crisis, and then go light on how liberals would crack down on "bad" behaviors.
Comedy Central has a long-running trend of hate speech against the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, Daily Show host Trevor Noah delighted in four crass jokes about clergy sexual abuse on behalf of Gay Pride Month. What did Catholics do? The Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education issued a report on how the church should respond to gender theory, and described the leftist promotion of "dimensions of sexuality that are extremely fluid, flexible, and as it were, nomadic."
On the June 9 Last Week Tonight on HBO, host John Oliver uncorked one of his long faux-comedic crusades for a left-wing cause, in this case the utopian dream of an "Equal Rights Amendment." He mocked its biggest opponent, the late Phyllis Schlafly, as an undesirable wife. I'm not sure how big a sacrifice it was for [her husband] Fred to spend a few hours not hanging out with Phyllis Schlafly. If I had to guess, Fred was absolutely okay with Phyllis getting out of the house for the day. The night, even."
The programmers at HBO pride themselves as setting the tone for the rest of television, especially when it comes to the absence of taste. Every time HBO hits the bottom of the gutter, it finds a way to go deeper still. This time they are really headed into the gutter, and they know it. They have a new series starting June 16 about teenagers and sex and drugs called Euphoria, starring 22-year-old Zendaya, another former Disney Channel star trying to "grow up" in the eyes of Hollywood.
Former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham appeared with his co-author/country musician Tim McGraw on CBS's Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night to discuss their book on how popular songs influenced American history, from the founding to the present day. Meacham thrilled the reliably anti-Trump audience by insisting that "we don't build monuments to people who build walls and shut doors."
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Thursday, and under questioning from the right, strangely claimed he's all about bringing Americans together and that he wrote his book Enemy of the People....for Republicans?
On the June 12 edition of Hannity, media reporter Joe Concha of The Hill insisted the liberal networks are pushing impeachment because it would be good for their anemic ratings, and expressed amazement NBC is using Rachel Maddow as a debate moderator when four years ago, she hugged Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton after the debate ended. "Picture Shannon Bream or Martha MacCallum doing that to a Republican candidate, the apocalypse would look like nothing compared what the reaction would be."
The first Democratic presidential debates are scheduled for NBC and MSNBC on June 26 and 27. The Comcast-owned networks have just announced a team of five moderators for the 20 candidates who are allowed to participate, or one moderator for each four contenders. Let’s review this tilted team of liberal journalists/activists.
Publishers Weekly magazine has a new interview with CNN's Jim Acosta under the headline "Speaking Truth to Power: PW talks to Jim Acosta." Will Boisvert was a tougher interviewer than Acosta's colleague Brian Stelter, but that's not saying much. The last question and answer was a hoot. Asked about media bias, Acosta claimed "I have never witnessed a concerted effort by any news organization to take a stand one way or the other on a political issue, to damage one particular party or help another."
GQ magazine is often embarrassingly liberal, and their site is approaching Father's Day with "The Feminist Dad Checklist," complete with instructions like "it's infantilizing to call her a “girl,” even if she is a literal infant. Call her Womyn-to-Be.Then again, she might not grow up to identify as a woman, so don’t put that label on her either."
In addition to his interview on his own network's Reliable Sources, CNN reporter Jim Acosta drew a pretty supportive profile on CBS's Sunday Morning.
The New York state legislature just passed a bill that would make their state the first in the nation to outlaw the declawing of cats. In January, the same legislature moved to make abortion legal up until birth. Townhall columnist Michael Brown summarized: "New York: Dismember The Late-Term Babies But Do Not Declaw The Cats." But in its reporting, The New York Times failed to see any irony in that contrast.
Liberals right now are incredibly angry that the American people aren't all buying copies of the Mueller Report and lining up to impeach and remove President Trump, so it's only natural that PolitiFact would pander to its liberal base by starting a Mueller Report Book Club.
When I appeared on Fox on Friday morning, we talked about how the "news" is too often wild speculation about Trump's doom. This was my example: on Thursday afternoon on CNN's Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, the host asked legal analyst Renato Mariotti to explain an article he wrote for Politico magazine about how Donald Trump should totally be indicted for crimes if he loses in 2020.
Miley Cyrus, so far removed from her teenaged Disney Channel days, not to mention taste, was pictured licking a round white cake with the sides covered with rainbow sprinkles that read “ABORTION IS HEALTH CARE.” George Orwell, call your bakery. Perhaps there should have been a disclosure that no bakers were harmed in the creation of this cake.
The Washington Post is not shy about branding itself as a crusading leftist paper. I received an e-mail this morning titled "Special Offer: Join The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership at AFI Docs Film Festival June 19-23." Their "press freedom partnership" was founded last year. But the Post is promoting one particular documentary at the film festival. It's titled Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, a tribute film to the late radical-left columnist for the Dallas Times-Herald best known as one of the nation's most fervent Bush/Quayle bashers.
PolitiFact has gone many months in between making judgments on Barack Obama comments. It must have made their liberal bones ache to give him a "Mostly False" for shamelssly un-factual comments he made about America in Brazil, like this: "Anybody can buy any weapon, any time without much, if any, regulation. They buy it over the internet. They can buy machine guns."