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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On Thursday night's All In on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes went to our southern border and interviewed former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who lost a Senate race to Ted Cruz, but is still being painted as a "rising star" in the Democratic sky. In a surprise, Hayes asked a question from the right to O'Rourke -- literally. He borrowed from a tweet from freshman GOP congressman Dan Crenshaw, about the wall. Would Beto take it down? He said "Yes, absolutely."
CNN claimed after the president's press conference on Friday that their "hearts go out" to "Angel moms," who lost children due to illegal immigrants. But they couldn't stick to empathy. In fact, the words "Angel mom" only emerged on CNN on ten occasions so far in the Trump era. All ten were uttered by the president, his press secretary, or pro-Trump CNN analysts.
On Thursday morning came a surprise in the Covington Kids controversy: the front page of The Washington Post carried a story headlined “Report finds ‘no evidence’ of racist talk by students.” Reporters Frances Stead Sellers and Kevin Williams calmly recounted how Covington Catholic High School students rode a bus from Kentucky to attend the March for Life and were faced with “widespread condemnation online” for allegedly saying racist things or appearing racist to Indian activist Nathan Phillips. An independent report now insists there were no racist incidents among these students.
Washington Post "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler let a Democrat presidential candidate have it, the full "Four Pinocchios" rating -- for Sen. Kamala Harris claiming Trump's tax cut was actually a "middle-class tax hike." Now will she be asked about it by other reporters?
The Drudge Report is highlighting a piece by Politico's Marc Caputo headlined "Michael Bloomberg’s $500 million anti-Trump moonshot: The sum represents a floor, not a ceiling, on the billionaire’s potential spending to defeat the president in 2020." Question for media critics: How do the journalists across the "Bloomberg News' empire not have a massive conflict of interest in covering anything related to Trump?
The network news anchors couldn't be bothered by the unveiling of the "Green New Deal" on February 7. They weren't alarmed at the environmental radicalism on display. That's the exact opposite of how they panicked over the new Republican majority in Congress in 1995, which they claimed threatened "safe air" and "safe water" in the "most frontal assault on the environment in 25 years."
The Washington Post "Fact Checker" has thrown a penalty flag at freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.), but not about her scandalous chatter about Israel. It's about wages paid at McDonald's. She mangled her numbers badly -- by as much as 300 percent -- but chief "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler only rated this as "2 Pinocchios," or "half true." Half?
The Washington Post Fact Checker page has a habit of “hiding the Pinocchios” for Democrats when liberal staffers aggressively engage them. This happened again early Monday with the much-mocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talking points for the “Green New Deal.” Post “fact checker” Salvador Rizzo admitted the new congresswoman and her supporters misled the public, but they were “walked back,” so "we won't be awarding any Pinocchios in this kerfuffle."
Beth Baumann at Townhall reports Netflix was thrilled to win a bidding war over a documentary called Knock Down the House starring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Netflix paid a record-breaking amount for the documentary -- a whopping $10 million -- over other major players, iincluding Hulu and Amazon.
Many conservatives and Republicans have stopped watching Saturday Night Live because the NBC gang have no desire to make fun of Democrats. Instead, they openly gush over their Awesomeness. It happened again this week, with a pseudo-TV promo that sounded a little bit like Charlie's Angels. Christian Toto summed it up on Twitter: "Remember how embarrassing the #SNL Hallelujah sketch was? The To Sir With Love sketch? This ...is worse."
There are times that women complain about sexism in politics where they just sound ridiculous. Take the Friday night "Week in Politics" roundup on National Public Radio. Host Mary Louise Kelly was outraged by a Huffington Post story on Sen. Amy Klobuchar, expected to announce a presidential run. See if you can believe this complaint. Kelly claimed "I don't remember a lot of Are Men Nice Enough stories" in the 2016 campaign!
NBC Late Night host Seth Meyers devoted one of his "A Closer Look" sermons to touting "Medicare For All" and mocking President Trump and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for opposing socialism. Meyers warned "Scare mongering about socialism might have worked a few years ago, but it's lost its punch now that Republicans have used it over, and over, and over again."
The liberal desire to rebut President Trump is so overwhelming that they’re now “fact-checking” him live or the moment his last sentence is completed. The State of the Union has an Official Democrat Politician Rebuttal, but why bother? One could easily consider the late-night talk shows to be the Democrat rebuttal.
Hollywood Reporter film critic Leslie Felperin had great fun touting a documentary at the Sundance Film Festival titled Hail Satan? Penny Lane's documentary explains and promotes The Satanic Temple (TST), and the magazine's brief "Bottom Line" review was "Jesus would want you to see this film." Felperin concluded: "Sign me up and send me two Baphomet t-shirts for the kids."
Since President Trump's State of the Union is a "Super Bowl for fact checkers" (says Brian Stelter), PolitiFact has re-posted this unintentionally funny article on their homepage: "PolitiFact is not biased -- here's why." In fact, in 2017 and 2018, Donald Trump was fact-checked 297 times -- almost 25 times as often as Nancy Pelosi (12 times).
Washington Post "gender and society" columnist Monica Hesse wasn't a bit shy about being a Democrat cheerleader after the president's big speech. Her column was headlined "The exquisite shade of Nancy Pelosi’s applause at the State of the Union." The Post also used the term "exquisite rudeness" in social media.
Liberal journalists like Brian Stelter touted a Trump State of the Union speech as a "Super Bowl for fact checkers." This didn't used to be the case when Obama was president.But several "fact checks" flopped badly.
Why are liberals so staunch in a shutdown? They’re emboldened because they know they can count on the media to give them the air cover they need.This isn’t rocket science. The media have always covered shutdowns in the same exact way. It is always the fault of conservatives hell-bent on national chaos, affording the elites to expand their wealth and power at the expense of the poor and downtrodden. Etc., etc., etc.
Caleb Howe at Mediaite smacked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday for obscuring the breaking bad news for liberals: Donald Trump Jr. did not call his father, but business associates, about his meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. When the facts broke on Thursday, Chris Hayes reported it...and then Maddow would only say "I don't want to try to be any more specific" than ABC or CNN. They were far more specific than she was.
When people who grew up in communist dictatorships have any nostalgia for the "good old days," American media outlets play it up. MSN's news page recirculated a Christian Science Monitor article headlined "Russians embrace Soviet ideals – by not paying their gas bills." Were "Soviet ideals" ever a reality? Was there ever perfect communism?