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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The New York Times posts ads on the Internet boasting of their journalistic courage, like this one: “Holding the powerful to account takes fearlessness. Tenacity. And you.” That was not on display in their sugar-puff Saturday feature on that "undiscovered artist" in the Hollywood hills named Hunter Biden.
On the C-SPAN Book TV interview show In Depth, White House correspondent April Ryan speaks emotionally about asking President Trump three times (without an answer) if he was a racist. She smiled in recalling "the great Dan Rather" said it was a "good question," but he knew she's get heat for it.
Put a check mark on the PBS NewsHour for politicizing the coronavirus. On Friday’s Week in Politics segment, anchor Judy Woodruff pointed to (liberal) "sniping" about the president putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the government’s task force. New York Times columnist David Brooks said it's doesn't exactly inspire confidence. At segment's end, Brooks insisted that politically, there was no "upside" for President Trump, and "a lot of upside for Democrats."
For days now, the CNN Media Unit has been flailing away at the bizarre notion that the liberal media is NOT trying to use the coronavirus problem to damage President Trump’s standing in an election year….even as CNN and other media outlets are trying to do exactly that. On Sunday, CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter opened with a lecture about how coronavirus is a “nonpartisan illness,” by golly.
Longtime CNN analyst Roland Martin, a fervent supporter of the Obamas, showed up on MSNBC on Saturday morning touting a sweater he found in Ghana and trashing all white conservative Christians as "frauds" -- and racists, too. MSNBC host Ali Velshi brought Roland on to discuss the South Carolina primary.
The liberal cable-news experts decry Trump and his supporters for "unproven conspiracy theories," but they never seem to attack Bill Maher's unproven conspiracy theories. Maher has repeatedly suggested -- and did again Friday night -- that Trump won't leave the White House voluntarily if he loses in November. But he added a new twist, as the coronavirus outbreak builds panic in the populace. Maher predicted "he's going to declare martial law."
On MSNBC Live on Friday morning, anchor Hallie Jackson teed up a harsh and hyperbolic quote from Donald Trump Jr. to Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who suggested he would have a "serious altercation" with the president's son if he said that in his presence.
Adam Schiff is the congressman of Hollywood, and in Hollywood he can do no wrong as he wages war on President Trump. For proof, look no further than the slobbering interview granted by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on February 24. Kimmel made the point several times that Schiff was “our local congressman,” and had an office “right down the street” on Hollywood Boulevard.
In the last half-hour of Thursday's Rush Limbaugh show, America's leading talk-show host ripped into the press for its partisanship. On Wednesday, CNN's "Reliable Sources" newsletter reported Limbaugh "floated a wild coronavirus conspiracy theory" that the virus "is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump." Then CNN and the others promptly weaponized the virus, trashing Trump for being unable to respond (or being too much of a liar to be trusted).
With a significant chunk of their money – not two percent – coming from taxpayers, why must PBS and NPR pay for their own polling? They can hardly argue this is something the commercial networks don’t do. Then, on top of that, they have manipulated the polls for a liberal political agenda. When Trump started to go "above water" in his approval rating among Latinos, they shifted to the categories of "White" and "Non-White."
The "fact checkers" at the Associated Press almost religiously stick to checking the claims of Donald Trump. But they drew widespread attention on Thursday for checking Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg on the coronavirus.Trump has not engaged in "reckless cuts" to the Centers for Disease Control.
This week, the "fact checkers" at both The Washington Post and Snopes.com have thrown the penalty flag at Joe Biden for his repeated claim that he was imprisoned in South Africa in the 1970s while trying to visit Nelson Mandela at the Robben Island prison. Sadly, the networks didn't seem to notice this historical gaffe before the South Carolina debate.
The “news” media routinely exhibit a badly disguised loathing for the social media. Journalists calling themselves the “mainstream” expect the social media to bend their platforms to their liberal talking points. Any rogue information that doesn’t match the liberal narrative must be flagged and demonized as “misinformation.”
Yahoo News is spreading around one of the silliest British tabloid stories you can find. It's headlined "Trump and his entourage fail to eat anything from special vegetarian menu prepared for them on India trip." Tim Wyatt's story for the Independent (U.K.) started out waffling: "Donald Trump and his entourage reportedly failed to eat a single item of a special vegetarian feast prepared for him during his trip to India."
Isn't it the job of the press to vet the presidential candidates? On Sunday's This Week on ABC, former Bush political director Sara Fagen said Bernie Sanders "really hasn't been vetted yet." But wait -- he ran for president in 2016, and wasn't vetted? Chris Christie just put it out there: The press doesn't want to do the vetting on Bernie. So much for our brave guardians of democracy.
On Thursday, Mike Bloomberg's campaign tweeted out a humorous video trying to make more out of the two seconds of silence when he asked his fellow Democrat candidates ever started a business. (They haven't.) He showed brief clips of the other candidates with blank looks -- from other moments in the debate -- and included the sound of crickets. The "fact checkers" went crazy. Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler gave it Four Pinocchios. PolitiFact gave it a "Mostly False." Washington Examiner reporter Becket Adams said they're "maybe taking themselves a bit too seriously."
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, fill-in host John Avlon showed a clip of President Trump at a rally in Colorado mocking the awarding of Best Picture to the South Korean film Parasite. He uncorked a smug little 45-second commentary mocking Trump for touting Gone With the Wind, which is "profoundly racist by today's standards." Avlon also suggested the president is somehow like a "washed-up movie star who loses touch with reality."
On Friday's PBS NewsHour, liberal commentator Mark Shields made a very odd historical comparison -- the 2020 Democrat presidential contenders were like American revolutionaries of 1776, fighting a president who is somehow like King George III, the tyrannical English monarch.
People magazine dramatically downsized its political coverage as Donald Trump rose to power. But in this week's issue, the Historic Moment of a gay man winning a Democrat presidential caucus was just too dramatic for them to avoid. The puffery was epic for "The Mayor Making History."
Washington journalists are rejoicing that celebrity glitz and glamour are returning to their self-celebrating soiree, the so-called “White House Correspondents Dinner.” They announced longtime “Saturday Night Live” player Kenan Thompson will host the April event, and Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj will perform the Republican-bashing “comedy” routine. The biggest joke of this dinner is the media pretending it's a "nonpartisan event."