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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Washington Post nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada underlined how well he matches his paper's red-hot hatred of the current president in his list of the "most memorable books I read in 2018." Cable-news personalities made the list, both good (CNN's Amanda Carpenter) and bad (Fox host Jeanine Pirro).
The Right Scoop professed surprise that CNN morning anchor Christine Romans reported on the latest unemployment figures without the usual agony over the Trump administration.The jobs number was "weaker than expected," they said. But Romans suggested the expectations were too high at this "very low" unemployment rate:
NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro reported results of a new poll with a typically stacked question: "Which of the following statements comes closer to your opinion about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible wrongdoing and Russian interference in the 2016 election? 'It's a fair investigation' or 'It's a witch hunt'?" Still, seven in ten Republicans picked "witch hunt," but independents wouldn't go that far.
Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller made the Drudge Report on Thursday underlining how Snopes.com, "a left-leaning fact-checking website given preferential treatment by Facebook and Google, botched its fact-check of a viral meme that was mocked within political circles for spreading false information." Politico reporter Jake Sherman called the meme "insane fake news."
I was looking at a man who was innocent, to the point of ignorance, about this damaged element in the American cultural soul. The man who could laugh at himself so publicly couldn't understand why anyone would find such viciousness to be amusing. This was the former leader of the free world and himself a warrior. He was also a husband and also a father seemingly crushed by such incivility.
The Washington Post loves to present President Trump as boisterously snide...and quite obviously, they can't imagine anyone would apply that description to them. On Wednesday night, the Post website was boasting at least three articles ripping into Trump's behavior at the funeral, or his bad optics. This isn't a "newspaper." It's an Insult Aggregator.
The Daily Beast website posted a curious piece titled "Fox News Loves Trump. Dems Want to Complicate That Marriage." Gideon Resnick and Max Tani suggested Democrats are discussing doing more outreach to conservative media outlets as the 2020 campaign gets under way. Eric Swalwell favors more Fox News engagement. Former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer opposed it as going on an "RNC livestream" and "racist Pravda territory."
The death of former president George Herbert Walker Bush created a calm oasis of civil discourse, if only for a couple of minutes. It was appropriate to salute this man’s kindness and statesmanship, even when you disagreed with him passionately, as many conservatives did. And yet, it’s a bit odd that pundits suddenly remember the kinder, gentler noblesse oblige of Bush’s presidency. This from the same industry that mocked him when he was in office.
In the era of Donald Trump, where the media cannot restrain themselves from denouncing the president with the most emotional contempt, it’s absolutely puzzling that a national news network would think that taking this position was a “No Spin” stance. But there, at the end of Sunday’s “This Week – you know, the show “With George Stephanopoulos” – was an ad touting ABC as the place for “give it to me straight” news!
Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist hammered National Public Radio for a false online report claiming that Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 conflicted with an account given by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Five hours later, NPR posted an editor's note that they had "mischaracterized" the answers from the president's son.
The Washington Post Magazine was unintentionally funny on Sunday, with a cover story raging against the idea that defenders of the Confederacy can't see history. The cover says: "The Confederacy was built on slavery. How can so many Southern whites still believe otherwise?" And yet, the magazine's weekly "Date Lab" article finds its lead character just precious. The headline is "She's a communist. He avoided politics." The Post wasn't going to mess this up by asking Kim Leimkuhl if communism is a philosophy built on dictatorship...."slavery," in a word.
Liberals have long honored the power of "satire" to bring the mighty down to size -- when they're conservatives. Liberals are honored and adored. Take The Daily Show on Comedy Central. At least since the days when Jon Stewart brought his "God, I admire you" routine to Democratic candidate John Kerry in 2004, they've been a pliant platform for Democrats. On Wednesday, Daily Show host Trevor Noah offered that to Al Gore, only interrrupting his routine with "right, right" and agreeing with everything. Gore insisted "the vast majority" back him, and not President Trump, on "climate denial."
Hollywood has been a bit inconsistent when the topic is the press. They were righteous guardians of the truth against the Catholic Church in Spotlight and against Richard Nixon in The Post. But now, in the new movie The Front Runner, they are painted as the villains – when their target was Gary Hart.
When former president Barack Obama starts bragging about his record as president, sounding remarkably egotistical, the networks seem to ignore it. ''That whole suddenly America's the biggest oil producer -- that was me, people,'' Obama boasted. ''Have you checked where your stocks were when I came to office'' and where they were when he left? ''What are you complaining about? Just say thank you, please.''
"Michelle Mania" is the headline on the Books section of Entertainment Weekly magazine's November 30 issue. Their book review hails the new memoir: "Becoming reads like a glass bottle of decency, preserved from a nationwide garbage fire."
The well-publicized “caravan” of illegal immigrants has arrived in large numbers at our border near Tijuana, Mexico, despite MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough insisting it was like tales of Martians: “They’re not coming.” They are climbing over and through walls, which CNN’s Jim Acosta lectured the president would never happen. TV networks, overreliant on emotional images and under-reliant on facts, are presenting this, as they present everything else, as an outrage caused by ... President Trump.
Young liberal congressman Eric Swalwell of California is an cable TV regular and has been hailed for his social-media prowess. He's even touted by some as 2020 presidential timber. That image took a hit on November 16, when Swalwell responded to gun-rights activists on Twitter saying you will never take my guns with "It will be a short war, my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them, but they're legit." The networks skipped that gaffe, of course. And the "independent fact checkers" at Snopes.com lamely tried to come to Swalwell's defense.
Michelle Obama has a new memoir out called Becoming. Add two words: “Very Wealthy.” The Obamas struck a reported $65 million book deal for his-and-hers memoirs, and put that next to their $50 million production deal with Netflix. They are set to cash in to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. One outlet has called them a "Billion Dollar Brand." None of their media sycophants media find this the tiniest bit controversial. They are the royal family. They cannot possibly be compensated enough.
The Washington Post displayed its typical tilt in a snide gossip feature on Thanksgiving Day on which celebrity "turkeys" deserve a pardon, like the president pardons turkeys each year. Post "Reliable Source" gossips Emily Heil and Helena Andrews-Dyer made a very predictable list: liberals and anti-Trumpers, pardoned. Trumpers and Fox Newsers, not pardoned. They even put Melania Trump on the Not Pardoned list.
For a healthy dose of how liberals write unintentional humor, see this Columbia Journalism Review article: "How did Republicans learn to hate the news media?" Larry Light claims Republicans have a "prejudice" against the news media, as if there is no evidence....like you've never, ever spent a day on NewsBusters.