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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We noted that last Wednesday, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith weirdly insisted to Tucker Carlson "people don't get into the business of reporting, I never did, because we are political activists. This is not the first, second or third things on our minds." Wrong. The Daily Caller found a private chat showing intense hatred of Trump when he was a candidate. "Maybe someone will assassinate him" quipped BuzzFeed's director of social media.
He added:"I just don't think, that's not the newsroom conversation, I don't think in any of these newsrooms, or not most of them." The Daily Caller reported on Thursday that "Screenshots from BuzzFeed’s private chat site show the website’s staff members joking about a potential assassination of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump."
The Hollywood Reporter relayed that Sony Pictures Television's TriStar has optioned Shattered, the book by liberal journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes about Hillary Clinton's unexpected and embarrassing loss to Donald Trump.
The New York Times knew exactly who was the perfect reviewer for the new Ivanka Trump book on Women Who Work. It was a radical feminist writer named Jessa Crispin, whose Twitter account is “The Book Slut.” What are the chances we’re going to get a thumbs-down? 100 percent. But would this review treat the author with any respect? No, she sounds like “the scrambled Tumblr feed of a demented 12-year-old.”
Within hours of the Obamacare replacement bill passing the House on Thursday, liberal sites were spreading terrible-sounding contents of the bill. Several women were quick to point out the panic was not well-informed, including on CNN on Friday afternoon.
TV comedy cannot be too harsh when directed at Donald Trump. There are no limits, and CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert has proven it. Under the rubric of corporate loyalty after the president cut an interview short with CBS host John Dickerson, mocking his show as “Deface the Nation,” Colbert called president a “prick-tator” and then suggested the only thing the president’s mouth was good for was as a “holster” for the sexual organ of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
It's becoming a tiresome rerun at the New York Times, assigning one liberal staffer or another to undergo the "torture" of watching hours of Fox News Channel to relate to the liberal Times audience just how horrendous it is. On Thursday, Times TV critic James Poniewozik surveyed the new prime-time lineup, now that the Times achieved its objective of getting Bill O'Reilly removed from FNC.
After the House narrowly passed an Obamacare-repeal measure on Thursday, the leftist media memes launched some unreal "news." Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller caught Alexandra Jaffe at "Vice News" (previously with The Hill and NBC News) tweeting out this fact-challenged message yesterday: "The Republicans are repealing Obamacare because they want everybody to die, and now they’re celebrating with some crappy Bud Light!"
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter offered a mysterious utterance in a segment on Colbert's crude penis-holster joke against the president on Thursday's New Day, proclaiming his public agreement with Sean Hannity. He insisted: "I've never said those words before." But he came out against boycotts of Colbert's advertisers.
Are you kidding? This comes just days after CNN's Media Unit pestered Bill O'Reilly's advertisers for days to withdraw their money from Fox News.
In Wednesday's Washington Post, media columnist Margaret Sullivan read between the lines of a Rupert Murdoch memo to Fox News employees about the resignation of co-president Bill Shine. All Sullivan could read was happy talk and denial in a tainted culture of sexual abuse. This is very different than Sullivan last October, when Donald Trump assembled the accusers of Bill Clinton. That, wrote Sullivan, was a "truth-averse" display, a "twisted version of 'The Last Supper.'
Politico reports CNN refused to accept an ad from the Trump for President campaign unless they remove a “fake news” graphic over the faces of liberal media stars.
After listing several accomplishments, from Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to approving the Keystone pipeline, the ad’s narrator charges “You wouldn’t know it from watching the news,” with the words FAKE NEWS over images of Andrea Mitchell, Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, George Stephanopoulos and Scott Pelley:
Situational ethics define the liberal media. There is no pursuit of truth. There is only a double standard.
When Barack Obama bowed to dictators in Cuba and Iran, it was “historic” diplomacy. When Donald Trump talks up meeting with autocrats, that’s another dangerous and disgusting sign of his lack of respect for human rights.
The New York Times war on Bill O’Reilly continues even after Fox News pulled his show. This was a rich angle in the op-ed section on Tuesday: “The Mistake Christians Made in Defending Bill O’Reilly.” In the paper, the headline was “Christians Who Shield O’Reilly.” The pull quote was “Evangelical leaders tend to resist taking sexual assault claims seriously.”
More than a decade ago, actress Allison Janney played White House press secretary C.J. Cregg on the NBC drama The West Wing. So it's not shocking that Samantha Bee borrowed that character for the opening skit of her "Not the Correspondents' Dinner" special on TBS on Saturday night. In this skit, Janney ripped into a cartoonish right-wing media full of urine-drinkers, teenage Breitbart staffers, and redneck uncle bloggers.
The May 1 issue of The Weekly Standard led its “Scrapbook” section with a nice dig at Politico for a story last September touting the strategic genius who mined data for the er, President Hillary campaign. The headline was "Clinton's Towering Fiasco."
Elan Kriegel’s “erasable marker scribblings reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind that amount to some of the earliest drafts of the computer algorithms that underlie nearly all of the Clinton campaign’s most important strategic decisions.”
Both The Washington Post and Twitchy drew attention to the jokey disagreement between White House Correspondents Association president Jeff Mason of Reuters and his hired Trump-ripper of the night, Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show. "I was explicitly told not to go after the administration," Minhaj said. "You were not told that," Mason said. Clearly, you don't set a no-Trump-bashing standard and hire a leftist hack with a Muslim background from Comedy Central.
In the minutes leading up to their live coverage of the White House Correspondents Dinner, CNN turned to media reporter Brian Stelter, who caused unintentional laughter when he claimed that the journalists inside the dinner had no political interests in their Trump coverage. They're "just trying to do their best work." He slammed the president's speech Saturday night as "insidious" and "poisonous," even as he admitted it was nothing new. He's perpetually outraged.
Faith Salie, a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a comedic panelist on the snarky NPR game show WaitI Wait! Don't Tell Me!, penned a piece for the fiercely feminist website Jezebel . The headline was "Bill O'Reilly Didn't Harass Me, But His Viewers Did."
The liberal site Slate was delighted with a new video message about the "war on drugs" produced by Green Point Creative. It’s not the same classic anti-drug message she famously delivered back in the ’90s, though she’s still got her frying pan and some eggs. But now it's about how the brown eggs get smashed by drug laws, not the white eggs. Get it?
It's something most conservatives a year ago would not have imagined: the opening act of Donald Trump’s agenda in the White House contains a real whiff of Ronald Reagan. To be sure, there's plenty the Reaganites won't like -- talk of trillion-dollar federal building campaigns, taxing business at the border, etc. -- but there's plenty to applaud as well. Historian Craig Shirley has written another book on Reagan's political career, and he might have some thoughts on what Trump can do to succeed.
NPR's new morning talk show -- out of D.C. station WAMU-FM -- is called 1A, for the First Amendment. So it would be embarrassing if the show came out against freedom of speech. On Wednesday, the show devoted an hour to Ann Coulter's canceled speech at the University of California in Berkeley. Host Joshua Johnson defended free speech, but the guests and social-media messages tilted toward the Left.
Johnson asked leftist professor Angus Johnston of the City University of New York: "But isn’t teaching students how to debate the Ann Coulters of the world part of the function of a university, I mean, it’s kind of like, you know, ‘You have to take Defense Against the Dark Arts to graduate’?"''