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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There's something about interviewing Kellyanne Conway that makes the "objective" anchors a little crazy. Taking a look at the official Meet the Press transcript from Sunday suggests that Todd asked Conway a question -- or more likely, interjected/interrupted -- 56 times in a 15-minute interview. Later in the show, Todd conducted a very polite interview with Gov. Jay Inslee. He questioned Inslee just 12 times in eight minutes.
On Sunday, CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper offered some tough questioning of Democrat presidential candidate Eric Swalwell and his proposal to ban "assault weapons" and "criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it." Liberals freaked out last week at a Texas legislative proposal to jail women for having an abortion. Isn't killing an unborn baby a little more serious than keeping a gun you bought?
Sunday's Washington Post pushed the new liberal sensation on Broadway: a play called What The Constitution Means to Me, written by Heidi Schreck. Here's your spoiler on the plot: the Constitution has never been great. In March, NPR's Fresh Air promoted Scheck under the headline "How Women Have Been 'Profoundly' Left Out Of The U.S. Constitution." Post drama critic Peter Marks marked the play's success by channeling the thrills Harvard professor Laurence Tribe got up his leg over the whole thing.
CNN loves "progressive" Christians like openly gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his insistence that he's a "devout Christian," while Vice President Mike Pence is all wrong. On CNN Friday, Brooke Baldwin brought on two guests to repeat all the "progressive" talking points. Sadly, one of them was a Catholic priest, CNN commentator Fr. Edward Beck.
One of strangest developments in today’s internet culture is how website dictionaries, which one might presume to be objective, have dabbled in “woke” leftist politics as a way of drawing clicks. USA Today reporter Jessica Guynn, who explains her job is to explore how the digital world can “amplify bias and widen disparities,” delighted in reporting how the term “white fragility” has been added to dictionaries to describe whites having a "defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism."
On the PBS NewsHour, New York Times columnist David Brooks is somehow expected to be identified as the conservative (or at least center-right) pundit, and he keeps sounding like a leftist instead. On Friday, he came out for reparations because "we're in a make-or-break moment on race" due to "the election of Trump," and "aggressive gestures" are needed to show "we're all part of the same country."
The liberal media are forever vigilant about racism and anti-Semitism among the "white nationalists," but go very soft when hateful anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam surfaces at public events. On Thursday, Farrakhan was invited to speak at a memorial service for the rapper Nipsey Hussle, and "mainstream" media outlets either skipped right over it, or noted it without criticism. CNN included Farrakhan in articles titled "The stars align for Nipsey Hussle."
The Washington Post "Fact Checker" completely avoided any Pinocchios for a fact-mangling Democrat again. That's because the liberals at the Post were upset at the conservative outrage that Rep. Ilhan Omar said "some people did something" on 9/11. The "fact" squad actually defended Omar by comparing her to President George W. Bush's speeches in the days after 9/11. In a speech at a CAIR fundraiser, Omar incorrectly claimed it was "founded after 9/11."
CNN's town hall with Democrat presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was crushed in the ratings by Fox News Channel on Tuesday night. Joe Concha at The Hill reported The Ingraham Angle drew 2.38 million viewers to win the hour, while CNN only had 491,000. That's almost five to one. It was a four-to-one shellacking in the coveted 25-54 demographic as well.
The Washington Post -- through its hot-shot lawyers at Williams & Connolly -- has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by Nicholas Sandmann over the paper's overwrought and thoroughly biased coverage of the so-called "mob" of Covington Catholic high school students. However the judge rules on the merits, the Post's argument is humorous on its face in its overbroad self-defense: "Politics has nothing to do with this case."
The Hollywood Reporter performed a poll on the news media, and the finding is still unexpected and shocking to some. The headline was “Americans Think All Network News Channels Lean Liberal, Poll Finds.” Common sense has won. Can we dispose with the ridiculous fiction that the network news product is objective, strictly balanced, and nonpartisan?
The Washington Post has a bad habit of avoiding inconvenient facts on immigration. In the years after illegal alien Darwin Martinez Torres raped and murdered 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in northern Virginia, the Post published 11 news stories in the print edition in 2017 and another four news stories in 2018 that blatantly avoided the fact that Torres was an illegal alien. They did it again on March 28, when Torres was sentenced to life in prison.
Amna Nawaz, the primary substitute anchor on the PBS NewsHour, appeared on Monday's Morning Joe to discuss the growing field of Democrat presidential contenders. Mika Brzezinski warned the debate stage is "gonna have to be 500 yards long," but Nawaz gushed about how the "incredibly diverse" field of Democrats" is raising exciting new issues -- racial reparations, "Medicare for all," the Electoral College, and "voter suppression."
The New York Times hosted one of its "Times Talks" on April 2, promising "a wide-ranging and candid discussion on press freedom in an age of alternative facts" with executive editor Dean Baquet and David E. McCraw, the paper’s top newsroom lawyer. The most embarrassing part was a discussion of why, oh why Donald Trump's rhetoric about the press "resonates" with people. McCraw touted Peter Arnett was a "great war correspondent."
We have noted many times how the media cannot manage to bring the word "socialism" into the dialogue as Venezuela crumbles into ruin. On NPR's Fresh Air on Tuesday, substitute host Dave Davies chatted for 37 minutes with Nicholas Casey, the "Andes bureau chief" of the New York Times. They talked about about 3,800 words of transcript before the S-word came out, and then it was just informational: "Maduro took over when the previous socialist leader, Hugo Chavez, died in 2013."
Timothy Meads at Townhall pointed out that liberal journalists shouldn't be falling for old hoaxes.....like the claim that Donald Trump called all immigrants "animals." But there was Dan Rather, and Joy Reid, and Glenn Thrush, and Ana Navarro spreading a badly distorted quote.
Feminist Jill Filipovic usually draws notice by fervently promoting abortion. So it was strange that she came out hard against the death penalty in a CNN.com op-ed on Wednesday. The headline was "This Supreme Court ruling is exceptionally cruel." Convicted murderer Russell Bucklew is being executed by lethal injection in Missouri, which would be quite painful and drawn-out. (Many would ask the leftists if a firing squad would fit. Bucklew's lawyers suggested it.)
Top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett is plugging a new memoir, and in 12 minutes and two interview segments on All Things Considered, NPR had just one challenging question for her: what about this touchy-Biden issue? When they turned to the wider stage of Campaign 2020, it sounded like a Democrat precinct chat, and NPR anchor Audie Cornish seemed to worry that none of the contenders would match the wondrous appeal of Obama, who was... "an idea," not just a person:
The conversion of Abby Johnson – from one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in America to pro-life leader – sounds like the kind story line that would never make its way into the movie theater. But it has. Unplanned debuted on March 29 in 1,059 theaters and grossed $6.1 million on its opening weekend, double the commercial expectations. It received an “A+” CinemaScore from audiences.
Chris Pandolfo at Conservative Review reports that radio host Mark Levin lit into the media on Wednesday night's show for its very fair-weather approach to freedom of the press. None of them are offended that Rep. Elijah Cummings is sniffing around, investigating the news-making process at Fox News before the 2016 election. "The media do not believe in freedom of the press,” Levin concluded. “The media believe in freedom of certain people to report news. The media, the Democrat Party, are out to destroy Fox News."