MRC’s Graham on Trump-Russia Coverage: ‘The News Media Cannot Accept That Hillary Lost’

The Media Research Center’s Tim Graham made his latest appearance early Thursday evening on the Fox Business Network’s Risk and Reward, blasting the liberal media’s “arrogance on parade” in their double standards obsessing over the alleged Trump-Russia connections but not those pertaining to the Clintons. 

Graham started by citing a Wednesday MRC study by Rich Noyes that found the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC have spent 1,000 minutes of Russia coverage on President Trump between January 20 and October 20. 

 

 

As for coverage of the uranium deal involving the Hillary Clinton State Department and Uranium One, the number was only 20 seconds.

Graham used this to argue that, once, again, “what you have here is a news media that's really, really devoted to ruining Trump”:

You can hear they thought what this was going to lead to was impeachment and removal, and that's been their agenda, everything they've reported is organized around that — that campaign. They all sound like Tom Steyer's crazy ads where he said you have to impeach him now because that's what we need to do, and again, you have a news media that is so heavily wrapped around a Democratic Party agenda, that then when you have a story that comes out and says wait, by the way, seems like the Democrats were paying a British intelligence official with Russian connections to get dirt on Donald Trump. Well, what — if it was somehow treason for Donald Jr. to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, what on Earth is this? It just shows you something. 

This double standard proved, according to Graham, that “[t]he news media cannot accept that Hillary lost for a reason, and the reason was people rejected the Democrats and their agenda.”

Host Liz MacDonald took note of Graham’s observation to ask him about the media’s rush to promote the unsubstantiated Trump dossier and their self-righteous streak when it comes to the First Amendment.

“The media screams when the President talks about fake news, but, you know, people in the media hit the send button on the anti-Trump file with those salacious accusations without verifying it. I mean, we didn't touch it. We reported it existed, but you don't hit the send button and show the world, you know, something that’s unverified, right,” she added.

This teed Graham up to blast “the media's arrogance on parade and that is the idea they embody the First Amendment and somehow the conservatives in this country, the Trump voters of this country do not somehow have freedom or speech or that when speak against them.”

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Graham continued: 

[T]hat's not freedom of speech? Freedom of speech means we are allowed to get up and exercise our First Amendment rights and say you are not journalists, you are Democratic stooges, that's what you sound like to us. 

MacDonald steered matters back to the revelation that the Clinton campaign and the DNC financed the infamous Trump dossier with it being “packaged like it was government intelligence documents.”

On that subject, MacDonald invoked infamous MSNBC faux Republican Nicolle Wallace:

[S]o you know, you got to say to yourself, how many people in the media saw it as government intelligence documents or reported it as such, and, you know, others who said it's unverified? I mean, we had Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC, Tim, say it doesn't matter who pays for it. What matters is what's in it. No. What matters is in it is what’s true, right, Tim?

Graham was more than happy to discuss Wallace and her fellow liberal Republican stooge Steve Schmidt, blasting them as two people who are “sitting around on MSNBC saying why do we care Democrats whether the Democrats are to blame?”

“These two are people who couldn't organize a parade to beat Barack Obama in 2008. They've gone from losers of 08 to defending the losers of 2016, and, of course, a journalist wants to know why, not only if the Democrats paid, which they did, and then they want to ask why and what they were trying do here,” Graham concluded.

Here’s the transcript of the segment from FBN’s Risk and Reward on October 20

FBN’s Risk and Reward
October 27, 2017
5:37 p.m. Eastern

LIZ MACDONALD: Now, remember when the media jumped all over Donald Trump, jr.'s meeting with the Russian attorney prior to the election to obtain opposition research about Hillary Clinton? Roll tape. 

DEMOCRATIC SENATOR TIM KAINE (Va.) [on 07/11/17]: We're now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what's being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements, and even potentially treason. 

BAKARI SELLERS [on CNN’s State of the Union, 07/16/17]: Donald Trump, Jr., what he did was a threat to democracy and borderline treason. 

JAKE TAPPER [on CNN’s At This Hour with Kate Bolduan, 07/11/17]: This is evidence of willingness to commit collusion. 

STEPHEN COLBERT [on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 07/11/17]: Donald Trump, Jr. gave us the dots, all we have do is connect them to see where this is going. [LAUGHTER AND CHEERS] Oh yeah, he's going to jail. 

MACDONALD: With me now is Tim graham with the Media Research Center. Good to see you, Tim. 

TIM GRAHAM:  Thank you. 

MACDONALD: You heard all the people talking in the media today acting like the accusations were tantamount to a conviction, and now have the Democrats funding that anti-Trump research file. What do you think? 

GRAHAM: We have just come out with a new study that shows that in this — from January 20 to October 20, we have 1,000 minutes of network evening news on Trump and Russia. 1,000 minutes. Here's where we are so far on Hillary and Russia — 20 seconds and that’s just —

MACDONALD: 20 seconds? 

GRAHAM: — 20 seconds is what we have so far and so what you have here is a news media that's really, really devoted to ruining Trump. You can hear they thought what this was going to lead to was impeachment and removal, and that's been their agenda, everything they've reported is organized around that — that campaign. They all sound like Tom Steyer's crazy ads where he said you have to impeach him now because that's what we need to do, and again, you have a news media that is so heavily wrapped around a Democratic Party agenda, that then when you have a story that comes out and says wait, by the way, seems like the Democrats were paying a British intelligence official with Russian connections to get dirt on Donald Trump. Well, what — if it was somehow treason for Donald Jr. to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, what on Earth is this? It just shows you something. The news media cannot accept that Hillary lost for a reason, and the reason was people rejected the Democrats and their agenda. 

MACDONALD: You know, here's the thing, and the media has been criticized acting like they embody the First Amendment, but it required journalistic practices to fact-check what was in that file. The media screams when the President talks about fake news, but, you know, people in the media hit the send button on the anti-Trump file with those salacious accusations without verifying it. I mean, we didn't touch it. We reported it existed, but you don't hit the send button and show the world, you know, something that’s unverified, right? 

GRAHAM: This is — this is really the media's arrogance on parade and that is the idea they embody the First Amendment and somehow the conservatives in this country, the Trump voters of this country do not somehow have freedom or speech or that when speak against them, that's not freedom of speech? Freedom of speech means we are allowed to get up and exercise our First Amendment rights and say you are not journalists, you are Democratic stooges, that's what you sound like to us. 

MACDONALD: And I tell you something, let me back up. That file, that anti-Trump file from Fusion, it was packaged like it was government intelligence documents, and so you know, you got to say to yourself, how many people in the media saw it as government intelligence documents or reported it as such, and, you know, others who said it's unverified? I mean, we had Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC, Tim, say it doesn't matter who pays for it. What matters is what's in it. No. What matters is in it is what’s true, right, Tim?

GRAHAM: It is true and I think what's important here is that you have somebody like Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt sitting around on MSNBC saying why do we care Democrats whether the Democrats are to blame? These two are people who couldn't organize a parade to beat Barack Obama in 2008. They've gone from losers of 08 to defending the losers of 2016, and, of course, a journalist wants to know why, not only if the Democrats paid, which they did, and then they want to ask why and what they were trying do here? 

MACDONALD: Tim Graham, good to see you, come back soon, we love having you on. 

GRAHAM: Thanks. 


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