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 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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National Public Radio touts itself as an oasis of civility. But the calm tones of its announcers belie a dramatic liberal tilt. On Thursday's Morning Edition, longtime Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg touted the "quiet rage" and even "bad-assery" of Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 0.73 percent). She said to people who call her liberal, "F--- them."
This little boy was bursting with life. He learned to spell, read, do basic math. He could even sign, a talent he employed, along with his beaming smile, to shower affection on the world. For eight years, against all odds, he persevered.
But then one night, Paulie fell ill and within 24 hours, he was suddenly gone. When the news came out, an entire community was shattered
Washington Post “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler has concentrated most of his firepower on Donald Trump. A June 1 blog post touted “President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days." So Kessler offered a tiny nod toward balance on Monday by picking apart two claims Bill Clinton made when he had a "meltdown" with NBC’s Craig Melvin.
On Friday's edition of The View, Sunny Hostin unleashed an angry tirade about people criticizing Samantha Bee instead of Roseanne Barr and Donald Trump. She reprised the full Kanye West attack on George W. Bush during a Hurricane Katrina telethon: "He doesn't care about African-Americans in this country!"
The New York Times has run advertisement underlining how "the truth is more important now more than ever." But they are still publishing accusations without evidence. Take media reporter Michael Grynbaum's story on left-wing media hero Seymour Hersh's life of "Making the Mighty Sweat." It just lays out unsupported allegations that Nixon beat his wife, Lyndon Johnson pooped on the ground to protest a journalist, and that he smoked pot with California Gov. Jerry Brown.
New York Times "gender editor" Jessica Bennett assembled a group of female Times writers to analyze Samantha Bee's feckless stunt against Ivanka Trump. Culture critic-at-large Amanda Hess suggested Bee was calling out Ivanka's "pink-washing" her father's aims with vague feminism. Opinion writer Bari Weiss replied Bee's C-word "really backfired," and she ended up "looking like a bully."
Matt Wilstein at the Daily Beast reports that Jon Stewart dismissed the scandal over Samantha Bee's vulgarity against the president's daughter as phony. In a Q&A session at the Clusterfest comedy festival in San Francisco, “They don’t give a shit about the word ‘cunt,’” he said of Donald Trump (and his voters). “That is probably—he says that instead of ‘please,’ I’m guessing.” He asserted that conservatives are playing a "game" by being offended.
Cameron Cawthorne at the Washington Free Beacon found the latest example of Bill Press trashing conservative Christians. He said Joy Behar was "right" to suggest Vice President Mike Pence had a "mental illness" in thinking Jesus was talking to him, giving him guidance.
On his 11th Hour show on MSNBC on Thursday night, disgraced former NBC anchor Brian Williams suggested Donald Trump's pardons had a "mob movie" feel. Imagine Brian saying that about Bill Clinton's pardons, or Barack Obama's.
On Thursday's edition of The View, they discussed a tweet from President Trump complaining that Disney CEO Bob Iger never called to apologize to him for all the negative coverage ABC has given him, even though Iger called former top Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett to apologize that she was called an "ape" by ABC star Roseanne Barr.
On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the ABC host reveled in Ted Cruz's Twitter reaction to his routine mocking Cruz's face as looking like a blobfish at the NBA playoffs in Houston. Cruz (quote-tweeting our NewsBusters article) challenged Kimmel to a one-on-one basketball game for charity. Kimmel accepted, and repeated his joke about Cruz as a blobfish, and as Herman Munster.
On Thursday's MTP Daily, MSNBC host Chuck Todd said "there's no defending Samantha Bee," but then insisted President Trump is responsible for what Bee said about his daughter. Todd made it about him being called "Sleepy-Eyed Chuck Todd. "You can't help and say it starts at the top. He regularly berates and mocks the looks of any of us." He also seemed angry Trump is unpunished for his uncivil remarks.
Fox & Friends brought on former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday to discuss how former top Obama national security aide Ben Rhodes said in a new book that Obama called Trump a “cartoon” after he was elected. Then they showed Spicer an ad where a Democrat compared Trump to Osama bin Laden. The Democrat is running in the suburbs of northern Virginia, meaning D.C. journalists can see this ad in their homes.
Who knew we would look back at Roseanne Barr's crotch-grabbing massacre of the national anthem in 1990 and see a mere flesh wound on her career? She embarrassed herself, mocking America in front of America, but her hit show rolled along.But one egregiously racist tweet destroyed the Roseanne reboot of 2018 in a Hollywood minute.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper is demonstrating an affinity for Washington Post columnists bashing the Trump-Pence ticket. On May 10, Tapper helped promote George Will ripping Vice President Pence as “horrifying.” The screen said “CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: PENCE HAS CHOSEN TO BE ‘HORRIFYING.’”
On Wednesday, he wanted everyone to see Dana Milbank’s column insisting the president of the United States is a “madman.” This allowed CNN to put a graphic on screen for all its airport customers, reading “WASH POST COLUMNIST: TRUMP’S NO LIAR, HE’S A ‘MADMAN’.”
Hours after ABC cancelled Roseanne Barr’s show over a profoundly racist tweet, severe personal mockery of conservatives was still welcomed. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the ABC host suggested the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in the NBA’s Western Conference finals because the Rockets had a bad-luck charm: Ted Cruz. Kimmel mocked his looks, suggesting fans thought it was “Grandpa Munster Bobblehead Night.” Then he said “he looks like a blobfish" -- a species ranked number one on the Ugliest Animals list.
On the Memorial Day weekend, NBC’s Chuck Todd opened his show Meet the Press by angrily lecturing his viewers about a so-called Trump “tactical playbook” on how to spin the Mueller probe and the FBI sending an “informant” into his presidential campaign. Trump was "branding" his "crisis." Wait, calling it a "crisis" is branding....
Ultraliberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared for an easy interview Tuesday on The View. Whoopi Goldberg began by asking Warren to "school" President Trump on immigration policy. Joy Behar complained "Trump is pedaling this 'Spygate,' as he calls it...although nothing has been shown to be true about any of that. He's just making it up as he goes along."
Try to follow the internal logic of the Left on patriotism. On Tuesday, ABC’s The View devoted the first 15 minutes to denouncing tweets by President Trump and Ivanka Trump on Memorial Day weekend as “tone deaf” to the sacrifices of the war dead and their families. This came just days after the panel's liberal majority denounced the NFL for a new policy penalizing any kneeling during the national anthem...because it’s tone-deaf to the war dead and their families.
New York Times "fact checker" Linda Qiu is the latest example of knee-jerk defense of the Democrats masquerading as a truth-cop ticket on a Trump tweet. "Democrats have neither cheered on Mr. Trump's withdrawal from a summit with the North Korean leader...nor defended the violent gang MS-13."