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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Sunday's Washington Post Outlook section carried a preposterous article by Sam Tanenhaus, the former editor of The New York Times Book Review. It tried to suggest Bernie Sanders was a lot like Ronald Reagan, a "Reagan of the left." Why pick this man to try this lame thesis? This is the same Tanenhaus who wrote a book predicting The Death of Conservatism in 2009.
In the wake of Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the presidential race on Thursday night, NPR’s All Things Considered only the considered “opinion writers” who were feminist Democrats. The question from anchor Audie Cornish was “what did this primary season teach us about the state of things for women seeking the highest office?” Not considered: Shouldn't angry feminists actually endorse a woman for president before they complain about everyone else?
On Friday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy gained 273,000 jobs in February, well above economist predictions, and the unemployment rate fell from 3.6 percent to 3.5 percent. Wage growth ticked up slightly to 3 percent for the year. But Friday night's newscasts either skipped this news (NBC) or downplayed it as stocks continued to decline (ABC, CBS, PBS).
Nobody should be surprised that The View on ABC broke out on Friday into a denunciation of "patriarchy" and "misogyny" after Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race. After a few clips of Warren playing the Sexism card, Meghan McCain blamed the media. Can anyone cite a specific example of vicious anti-Warren news coverage?
CNN's Abby Phillip appeared Friday night on the PBS journalist-roundup Washington Week, and was offered the floor to condemn all the sexism in the Democratic Party now that Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race. In January, Phillip mangled facts in a debate by repeating Warren's claim that Bernie Sanders told her in 2018 a woman couldn't win. He denied saying it twice, and she plowed ahead and asked Warren how she felt about what he "said."
Sam Donaldson has put his money where his considerable mouth is, donating to Democrat candidates in the Trump era. He dramatically endorsed Mike Bloomberg for president, and showed he had no influence -- even on Democrat voters. In the last cycle, Sam donated to nine Democrats running for the Senate. Six of them lost.
Washington Free Beacon writer Alex Griswold reported American news consumers have been "inundated by interviews" with former congresswoman Katie Hill, who was pressed to resign last year in the midst of scandal over having sex with a female subordinate. Griswold noted that overall, "the media frequently and uncritically parroted Hill's talking points that she was the victim of 'revenge porn'" from her ex-husband.
President Trump never called the coronavirus a "hoax." He said trying to turn the coronavirus into the latest version of That Thing That Ruins Trump was a "hoax," like Russian collusion or Ukrainian election interference. But for some reason, Snopes.com admitted he never said the virus was a hoax, but rated his comments a "Mixture" of true and false. That's just sloppy.
On the Monday before “Super Tuesday,” longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews came on the air and promptly, tartly announced he was retiring, that “this will be my last Hardball.” His language and tone strongly implied he was being pushed out. Politically, it felt like MSNBC was shedding a host that had become a liability with the Sanders socialists who are a decent chunk of their audience.
The New York Times posts ads on the Internet boasting of their journalistic courage, like this one: “Holding the powerful to account takes fearlessness. Tenacity. And you.” That was not on display in their sugar-puff Saturday feature on that "undiscovered artist" in the Hollywood hills named Hunter Biden.
On the C-SPAN Book TV interview show In Depth, White House correspondent April Ryan speaks emotionally about asking President Trump three times (without an answer) if he was a racist. She smiled in recalling "the great Dan Rather" said it was a "good question," but he knew she's get heat for it.
Put a check mark on the PBS NewsHour for politicizing the coronavirus. On Friday’s Week in Politics segment, anchor Judy Woodruff pointed to (liberal) "sniping" about the president putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the government’s task force. New York Times columnist David Brooks said it's doesn't exactly inspire confidence. At segment's end, Brooks insisted that politically, there was no "upside" for President Trump, and "a lot of upside for Democrats."
For days now, the CNN Media Unit has been flailing away at the bizarre notion that the liberal media is NOT trying to use the coronavirus problem to damage President Trump’s standing in an election year….even as CNN and other media outlets are trying to do exactly that. On Sunday, CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter opened with a lecture about how coronavirus is a “nonpartisan illness,” by golly.
Longtime CNN analyst Roland Martin, a fervent supporter of the Obamas, showed up on MSNBC on Saturday morning touting a sweater he found in Ghana and trashing all white conservative Christians as "frauds" -- and racists, too. MSNBC host Ali Velshi brought Roland on to discuss the South Carolina primary.
The liberal cable-news experts decry Trump and his supporters for "unproven conspiracy theories," but they never seem to attack Bill Maher's unproven conspiracy theories. Maher has repeatedly suggested -- and did again Friday night -- that Trump won't leave the White House voluntarily if he loses in November. But he added a new twist, as the coronavirus outbreak builds panic in the populace. Maher predicted "he's going to declare martial law."
On MSNBC Live on Friday morning, anchor Hallie Jackson teed up a harsh and hyperbolic quote from Donald Trump Jr. to Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who suggested he would have a "serious altercation" with the president's son if he said that in his presence.
Adam Schiff is the congressman of Hollywood, and in Hollywood he can do no wrong as he wages war on President Trump. For proof, look no further than the slobbering interview granted by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on February 24. Kimmel made the point several times that Schiff was “our local congressman,” and had an office “right down the street” on Hollywood Boulevard.
In the last half-hour of Thursday's Rush Limbaugh show, America's leading talk-show host ripped into the press for its partisanship. On Wednesday, CNN's "Reliable Sources" newsletter reported Limbaugh "floated a wild coronavirus conspiracy theory" that the virus "is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump." Then CNN and the others promptly weaponized the virus, trashing Trump for being unable to respond (or being too much of a liar to be trusted).
With a significant chunk of their money – not two percent – coming from taxpayers, why must PBS and NPR pay for their own polling? They can hardly argue this is something the commercial networks don’t do. Then, on top of that, they have manipulated the polls for a liberal political agenda. When Trump started to go "above water" in his approval rating among Latinos, they shifted to the categories of "White" and "Non-White."
The "fact checkers" at the Associated Press almost religiously stick to checking the claims of Donald Trump. But they drew widespread attention on Thursday for checking Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg on the coronavirus.Trump has not engaged in "reckless cuts" to the Centers for Disease Control.