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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On August 12, The New York Times published what The New York Times does best: a smear of conservatives, attaching them to a national travesty. This time it was “How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars.” Online, it was illustrated by screen captures including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Boris Epshteyn of the Sinclair TV stations.
We wouldn't normally evaluate a "fact check" when it lines up with all the available facts. But it can be noteworthy when Democrats are tagged as "Four Pinocchios" False. Both the Washington Post Fact Checker and FactCheck.org flagged Senators and presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren for incorrectly claiming Michael Brown was "murdered" in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson.
The “gender reveal” has become a growing phenomenon in the world of social media. When expectant parents discover the gender of their unborn baby, they make a big announcement revealing the baby’s sex, with cakes and balloons and even pyrotechnics. It’s a celebration of life, a desire to share the joyous news of the little boy or girl. Ah, but there’s the rub. A boy or a girl. In today’s perverted culture this is wrong… very wrong.
The first question on everyone’s lips was: Why? Why did that El Paso monster murder 20 and injure another 26? What could explain this evil? It didn’t take long to discover that the shooter had a four-page “manifesto” proclaiming “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” And just like that it was Trump’s fault. The Democrats and their leftist friends in the press are blaming Trump personally. They have declared as fact that his rhetoric about immigrants had directly to violence… and death.
Many Americans think of Sunday at the day for church, but The New York Times encourages its subscribers to see Sunday in a much more sybaritic way. This seemed really obvious on August 4 in Sunday Business, Sunday Styles, and Sunday Review.
On August 1, PolitiFact took meticulous exception to a new Trump ad that shows NBC debate moderator Savannah Guthrie asking ten Democrat presidential candidates in June "Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants." The announcer said "These Democrats support giving illegal immigrants free health care at our expense." PolitiFact proclaimed this was "MOSTLY FALSE," because they didn't say "free health care" by raising their hand!
CNN likes to portray itself as the Holding Government Accountable network, but when it comes to socialists running for president, it looks more like the Publicity Tool network. For some reason, CNN Politics reporters Ryan Nobles and Michelle Lou -- it took two people for this? -- promoted a new ice cream flavor promoting Bernie Sanders for President. It began: "Ever wondered what wealth inequality tastes like?" Bitter tears?
CNN analyst Brian Karem, the "senior [read: only] White House reporter" for the porn magazine Playboy, announced on Twitter Friday that the White House suspended his "hard pass" effective Monday for 30 days. The letter from press secretary Stephanie Grisham cited his behavior at Trump's social media summit on July 11, where he verbally attacked Trump's conservative guests: "This is a group of people that are eager for demonic possession."
If there's one amazingly bad take on the Democrats in 2019, it's the idea that they're somehow not secular, and appeal to a strong base of secularists. Mark Shields used old examples to argue "I think there is a strong spiritual, almost religious chord to the Democratic story."
FoxNews.com featured two entirely different takes the morning after the second CNN presidential debate. Two highly respected pundits, one Democrat and one Republican, came away with amazingly differing conclusions, based not on the party lines but on professional debate analysis. Reporters can also come to opposing conclusions. Everyone in politics has a bias.
People magazine gave Kathy Griffin the most sympathetic profile you might possibly imagine intheir August 12 issue as the comedian continues to dig out of the hole she created when she took a picture with a likeness of the bloody, severed head of President Trump.Next to a picture of Griffin surrounded by roses came the headline "Kathy Griffin Is Still Standing."
After complaining that Democrats somehow didn't attack President Trump enough in their debates, Colbert turned to Trump's rally in Cincinnati in a segment called "Chopper Talk," where they made Trump bald for comedic effect. Colbert enjoyed how reporters kept pressing (and failing) to make Trump promise to stop any "Send Her Back" chants about Ilhan Omar, who the Democrats deeply adore, despite the special pleading for ISIS recruits and the anti-Semitism.
The NPR Politics Facebook page promoted their favorite Not-Actually-News story of the day on Thursday: "The Federal Elections Commission has proposed new rules that would further restrict foreign contributions to U.S. election campaigns — including the kind of "dirt" Russians offered the Trump campaign on Hillary Clinton." Reporter Philip Ewing admitted deep in the article "it probably won't advance." But anything liberals propose is news, apparently.
After the first night of the Democrat debates, NBC Late Night host Seth Meyers clearly took sides with the socialists over the "moderates." He compared Elizabeth Warren to Ronald Reagan as global visionaries, and then compared Warren and Bernie Sanders to the basketball superstars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The "moderates" were compared to the Washington Generals, the team that always loses to the Harlem Globetrotters.
There is clearly a method in Donald Trump’s Twitter madness. He attacked Rev. Al Sharpton as a "con man" who "hates whites and cops." This caused leading Democrats to rush to Twitter to defend Sharpton as a lifelong leader in "civil rights" and whitewashed his hateful, hoaxster past. That's just the way his NBC bosses describe him. Who, precisely, is enabling racial hatred?
CNN president Jeff Zucker was laughably understated in discussing his network's terrible ratings, telling The Washington Post "I think Trump has hurt our perception among Republicans to some degree." And CNN's own rampant bias had nothing to do with it?
Editors like Martin Baron at The Washington Post love to insist that the publisher or the owner doesn't really tell them what to do. But when they do, it gets disclosed in paragraph 33 on page A-10. This is what happened Saturday, in a syrupy Jessica Contrera splashy front-pager on "Dreamers" who decided to leave for Canada. The sympathetic illegal immigrant of the story, Sadhana Singh, went to college with a scholarship offered by Donald Graham, former publisher of the Post, "who would later bring Sadhana's story to the attention of Post reporters."
Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart notes the funny part of all the media outrage over President Trump's tweets about "rat-infested" Baltimore: the PBS series Independent Lens picked up a documentary in 2018 called Rat Film all about Baltimore's rats. But this wasn't about Democrats letting the city go to the pests. This was PBS, so it's about white racism. It's right there in the trailer, as a black man declares: "It ain't never been a rat problem in Baltimore. It's always been a people problem."
On ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, political analyst Matthew Dowd lamented that the media judged the Robert Mueller hearings on their optics or entertainment value...and forget that the Democrats told us this would be the "movie" that would bring the Mueller Report to vivid life.
Longtime NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross is completely In The Tank for Al Franken. Back in the Dubya years, we contrasted her giggly, tickly Franken interview with a very hostile Bill O'Reilly interview, where he actually stormed out of the studio. Gross is also a big fan of New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, so it's completely predictable that she awarded 43 and a half minutes of national taxpayer-funded radio time to Jane Mayer, who is now insisting Al Franken never should have left the Senate for apparently harmless sexual harassment.