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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In a touch of transgender utopia (or linguistic insansity), the Idaho Statesman in Boise -- a McClatchy newspaper -- is letting the transgender/nonbinary Left set the terms, so Kori Doty can demand to be called "themself," not "himself" or "herself" -- there's no clue in the article if Doty is the baby's mother or father. Reporter Teresa Welsh leaves the impression the baby is being raised by a couple....and the baby sounds like twins.
If the media writ large caves into this arbitary regime, it will become almost impossible for the reader to deduce who precisely is the subject or subjects of the story.
Our friend Howard Portnoy at Liberty Unyielding found The New York Times on Monday offered the kind of story we saw in The Washington Post: A heart-breaking tale of Donald Trump “winning” by discouraging illegal immigration. The front-page article poured out for 1,698 words under the headline “Fearful Migrants Stop Short of U.S.”
As much as liberals say they despise “fake news,” some of the most powerful and notorious sources of fake news in America are the leftists in Hollywood. Their “based on a real story” manglings and stranglings of history are legendary, from Oliver Stone on down.
The latest example is a new TV series that debuted July 5 on the FX cable channel called “Snowfall,” supposedly a look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the Reagan years. This “history” is based on the loony conspiracy theory that the crack epidemic devouring black communities was a CIA plot to fund the Nicaraguan contra fighters. How many times must bunk be debunked?
Project Veritas released another video on Wednesday of CNN New Day producer Jimmy Carr doubling down on his previous comments about voters being "stupid as s--t," but stepping into dangerous territory by suggesting his New Day anchor Chris Cuomo needs to go, and he and other staffers want him to "shut up" when they have to listen to him on CNN in the morning.
National Public Radio is living up to its brand as a taxpayer-funded sandbox for leftists with a new online feature on the NPREd blog headlined “Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid.”
Kayla Lattimore began by celebrating children’s author Innosanto Nagara, who wanted a "woke" two-year-old and NPR can hook you up with "social change" radicals:
Your taxpayer-funded radio at work: arts reporter Willis Ryder Arnold of St. Louis Public Radio just promoted a gallery showing for progressive artist/former Clinton arts bureaucrat Bunny Burson. But this is the precious part: Burson has used the confetti that never fell from the Hillary Clinton “victory party” at New York’s Javits Center on Election Night to create inspirational art for the depressed feminists of America.
The title of the installation is “And Still I Rise,” named after a book of poetry by Maya Angelou.
The liberal media should be embarrassed -- but they won't be. A new survey by The New York Times carries the headline "It’s Not Just Mike Pence. Americans Are Wary of Being Alone With the Opposite Sex." Pence and his wife Karen were mocked as Christian weirdos all around the Internet in March when the Washington Post found some 2002 comments where Pence said he doesn't eat alone with a woman other than his wife, or drink in public without her. It turns out they were in the mainstream -- and the media mockers were not.
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner underlined how the media turned out to be wrong again -- projecting that chief of staff Reince Priebus would be bounced from the White House. Bedard cited a June Politico report headlined "Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House," noting "That story was picked up by dozens of media outlets."
Both The New York Times and The Washington Post carried the same political narrative out of the Fourth of July: Republicans on the defensive, laying low. It’s one of their favorites.
The Times headline as “With Voters Riled, GOP Senators Lie Low.” Four reporters were needed to issue this narrative. The Post only used three reporters to declare “At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care.”
American exceptionalism is on trial, and one man is pleading for her to regain her senses. Mark Levin’s new runaway bestseller Rediscovering Americanism somberly argues that the American experiment is over if the “tyranny of progressivism” is not defeated. The surveys showing such a dramatic decline in patriotism, especially among the young, indicate the progressives are succeeding.
NBC News demonstrated again this morning that it's wildly anti-Trump. Check out this headline: "To Welcome Trump, Poland Taps Old Communist Party Playbook." So not only does NBC and MSNBC compare Trump to communist (and fascist) dictators, now foreign leaders who might make him look good are like communists.
The Washington Post is trying a new tactic to mock President Trump's tweets: they assembled a "Washington Post Kids Chorus" of grade-school kids to sing (or rap) actual Trump tweets.
They posted the video on Friday, and Jonathan Easley at The Hill tweeted: "WaPo getting kids to mockingly sing Trump's tweets seems needlessly antagonistic and a dumb move right now."
Joe Battenfeld at the Boston Herald reports that PBS superstation WGBH is acting like it's very high on the hog, paying lavish salaries and bonuses to executives (at least for taxpayer-subsidized TV) as the Trump administration has proposed zeroing out federal funding.
The station's CEO Jonathan Abbott was given an $85,000 bonus in 2016, bringing his annual compensation package up to $624,930.
MRC's Dan Gainor noticed a fascinating story on America's historically low birth rate that utterly avoided one obvious factor in population decline: Abortion. Ariana Eunjung Cha's report was titlted "The U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out."
Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers. The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible) and gender, where biology is completely negotiable, while incorrect or bizarre pronouns are non-negotiable. The new orthodoxy was installed when Seventeen magazine posted a video on June 26 headlined “Trans Students Explain Why Pronouns Are Important.”
Project Veritas has released another undercover video of a CNN producer saying embarrassing things underlining the network’s liberal, anti-Trump atmosphere. Jimmy Carr, a producer for CNN’s morning show New Day, with co-anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo. Carr said the American voters are as "stupid as s--t," that everyone "on the inside" recognizes Donald Trump is a "hilariously unqualified....clown" who's "just f---ing crazy." His adviser Kellyanne Conway "looks like she got hit with a shovel."
The Washington Post offered a strangely bifurcated approach in covering the scandals at CNN. On Wednesday, media reporter Paul Farhi reported an entire story on the firestorm over an unsubstantiated story causing three (voluntary) resignations in the Investigative Unit, but offered no reporting on the Project Veritas expose. On Thursday, Farhi wrote a piece on PV that sounded more like an opposition-research report.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival, liberal journalists maintained their high level of panic over President Trump’s “war on the press.” Jeffrey Goldberg is editor of The Atlantic magazine, a man who made sure his magazine abandoned its traditions to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Now that his candidate failed, he claimed Trump’s criticisms of the press are going to lead to violence against journalists “in a large way.”
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter tore into critics of the liberal media in his email newsletter that came just after midnight on Wednesday. In response to a terrible week for CNN’s public relations, he claimed CNN’s critics were “anti-journalism.” This makes about as much sense as saying that when CNN is critical of Trump, they are opposed to the presidency.
When Donald Trump makes an accusation of “fake news,” we could add a number of definitions of the term. Liberal journalists hear “you write stories you know are fake.” But there are news stories that journalists earnestly put forward as “real news” that are based on a lot of suspicious methods – like quoting anonymous government officials indicting Trump in a malicious international plot to deny the “real winner” of the 2016 presidential election her prize.
This is why the media elites will ignore the latest Project Veritas sting video where CNN producer John Bonifield admits the Trump-colluded-with-Russia scandal is “mostly [BS] right now,” but CNN keeps hoping it will turn out to be an enormously damaging scandal.