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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Mark Levin's book Unfreedom of the Press drew another hostile book review, this time from the leftist British newspaper The Guardian. The headline on Lloyd Green's review was "Mark Levin's Trumpist take on the first amendment...The passionate pro-Trump convert’s attack on the mainstream media occasionally sounds like ‘fake news’ itself." And yet in his very next book review, Mr. Green was fulsomely praising an actual fake-news purveyor, Michael Wolff.
The latest research on the Big Three evening newscasts by Rich Noyes at the Media Research Center proves irrational behavior. The nightly-news obsession over nonexistent Trump-Russia collusion isn't abating. It's actually growing! They cannot be shamed. That cannot be shaken by inconvenient facts. There's no collusion, no obstruction, no high crime that's impeachable. But they're tripling down on impeachment talk.
Today, June 4, is the 30th anniversary of the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in China. At the time, there was somber coverage of mass murder and unforgettable footage of one man standing in front of a line of tanks. And yet....there were some appalling examples of inane comparisons and attempts at moral equivalence between the communists and the United States. CBS reporter Eric Engberg compared the mass murder to the National Guard killing four student protesters at Kent State in the Vietnam War era:
The Washington Post is delighted someone is naming an elementary school after a former Post reporter turned "celebrity." In Monday's paper, education columnist Jay Mathews reports that liberal Mountain View, California is naming a new school for a gay illegal alien journalist/activist:
The so-called "mainstream media" generally avoid talking about Mark Levin's best-selling books, and you would think the ducking would be more dramatic for his new work Unfreedom of the Press. But on Thursday, the Washington Post website posted a Levin-citing article on "What conservative critics get right -- and wrong -- about the media: Journalists have played into their critics’ hands by clinging to objectivity."
Human Events reports that CNN and others leaped at the chance to exaggerate comments by President Trump about Meghan Markle, the former American actress who married Prince Harry and is now known as the Duchess of Sussex. Trump granted an interview before his trip to London with "the pro-establishment, anti-Trump reporter Tom Newton Dunn" of The Sun.
Micaiah Bilger at LifeNews.com noted The New York Times is bringing its usual political "science" to the new debate over "so-called fetal heartbeat bills." Weasel words emerged like "embryonic pulsing" and "pulsing of what becomes the fetus's heart."
A new survey of college students by the liberal-leaning Knight Foundation shows the future of the First Amendment doesn't look so bright in America. It found 41 percent said "hate speech" should not be protected by the Constitution. Only 58 percent thought it should. In fact, a 2017 survey out of UCLA found that out of 1,500 college students who were asked whether "hate speech" is protected by the First Amendment, only 39 percent correctly said yes. The Thought Police are gaining ground.
Vanity Fair media writer Joe Pompeo -- whose recent oeuvre includes an embarrassing puff piece/cover story on Beto O'Rourke -- is kvetching at The New York Times for getting nervous about its reporters making appearances on The Rachel Maddow Show. They worried about "liberal media war"!
CNN spent hours on Thursday morning with a screen graphic reading "TRUMP UNLEASHES FLURRY OF LIES AFTER MUELLER STATEMENT." At the top of the 11 AM hour, standing in front of large letters that said "TRUMP ERUPTS," anchor Kate Boludan proclaimed "The president spoke and said a lot. And in doing so, he denied reality. and I don't say this flippantly. He lied."
Two videos mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were hot topics heading into Memorial Day weekend. One distorted and slowed down a Pelosi speech at the Center for American Progress to create the impression she was drunk. The other one was an edited package of Pelosi’s very real verbal blunders and stammers that aired on Fox Business.
The liberal media have gone from boosterism to bust on Beto O'Rourke. The national hero running against Ted Cruz is getting dismissed as yesterday's news, at least by some. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever let Beto have it in a review of the admiring new HBO documentary Running With Beto. He began: "Quick, before his presidential ambitions vaporize completely, let’s rewind to a happier point in the ascension story of Beto O’Rourke."
CNN White House shouter Jim Acosta has a new book coming out on June 11, and The Guardian took an early peek. The headline was blunt: "'The president's insane’: book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press." The book's title is also blunt: The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America. The book summary tells us "Acosta is tenacious and unyielding in his public battle to preserve the First Amendment and #RealNews."
It's no secret that liberals despise that Fox News exists. But what's especially humorous is when liberals pretend that they don't have a "partisan front group" network like Fox. MSNBC is somehow nonpartisan. So is CNN. The Washington Post can decry democracy dying in darkness under Trump, and they're still nonpartisan. The liberal site Vox made a viral video claiming that there is a "hack gap" in the media, which explains why "conservative nonsense dominates American politics." We could live in an ideal world, but "We live in Hell, and in Hell there's Fox News."
The National Public Radio talk show 1A did an hour on new "restrictive" laws on abortion on Tuesday, but it was not a debate, it was a pro-abortion show. Substitute host Sasha-Ann Simons announced "we want today's conversation to focus on the impact and likely consequences of these laws. Our guests are here to answer your questions, not to debate the topic." The guests were two liberal journalists and an abortionist, who described she can "remove all the pregnancy tissue."
Kira Davis at RedState reports that the "woke" CNN documentary series United Shades of America wasted the time of two pro-life activists as the host, comedian W. (Walter) Kamau Bell, decided to air an almost entirely one-sided lecture about "reproductive justice." There are no "united shades" on this show. It's divisive agitprop from the get-go.
Sunday's Washington Post Magazine carried a sugary article by freelancer Christina Binkley headlined "She may not acknowledge it, but Nancy Pelosi is a fashion icon." Just a few pages later, the very same Sunday Post Magazine carried a column by Helena Andrews-Dyer attacking the First Lady. It was titled "Melania Trump's miscalculations continue."
National Public Radio has rotated some other pundits to sit in the "conservative" chair of David Brooks on their Week in Politics review on Fridays, often leading to a better, stronger representation of the conservative viewpoint. Sadly, on Friday, Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review was very Brooks-ish, throwing scorn on the declassification of intelligence that might explain the Russian collusion narrative. It's like he doesn't read Andrew McCarthy at NRO, who argues "Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation."
On CNN's New Day on Friday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman worried out loud that Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe might lead to selective leaks from intelligence agencies that carry a partisan narrative to hurt Trump's political opponents. The lack of introspection in this oration is stunning. On the radio Friday morning, Chris Plante laughed that the reporters were acting like this was "the Pentagon Papers, in reverse." Suddenly, the Forces of Transparency wanted to stop the disclosures!
Wade Heath of Mediaite got an exclusive blast of anger from a set of former pro-Trump contributors at CNN. They have been the "fig leaf" of balance on an overwhelmingly anti-Trump lineup of anchors, correspondents, and pundits. These men say the same thing conservatives viewers do: CNN thinks the only good Republicans is a Never Trumper.