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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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported its new ABC News-Washington Post poll on mass shootings on the front page. They asked: “Do you think that mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, or inadequate gun control laws?" By more than two to one (57 to 28 percent), people picked the mental health issues. Actually, that poll finding was nowhere to be found in the Post story...and ABC's Jonathan Karl briefly mentioned it on Tuesday morning.
Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Oprah Winfrey on her show to discuss how President Trump mocked her on Twitter for asking voters about his mental fitness and potential sexual abuse on 60 Minutes. But first, Ellen had to play her usual game about how she's all about unity and Trump's "job" as president is to bring the unity to America. She said you can't mess with Oprah, because "when you mess with Oprah, you mess with me." And Oprah is "the mother of our country."
The liberal media's current infatuation with teenage activists ripping into the National Rifle Association extends to letting them smear gun-rights activists with no correction. This presents a serious issue for tonight's CNN "Students Demand Action" town hall meeting. Are the teenagers going to be able to say anything without a check on their facts or their civility? On Monday morning, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota took no exception to activist David Hogg insisting the NRA were "child murderers."
New York magazine has assembled “The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas.” The author is the longtime anti-Thomas journalist Jill Abramson. For more than 4,000 words, Abramson labors to re-litigate Anita Hill’s dramatic loss in the court of public opinion. In the polls, 58 percent believed Thomas; only 24 percent believed Hill. Again the argument falls on its face.
The cover story in Sunday's Washington Post Magazine underlined a typical day in a Democrat newspaper. They promoted "The little-known group that trains women to run for office -- and win." It turns out the group trains Democratic women to win. Inside the headline was "A POLITICIAN IS BORN: Trump's victory enraged Kate Ranta. So she took a class in running for office." Freelancer Joanna Walters shamelessly let Ranta compare a wife-beating "sociopath" to the president.
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is going on another Nineties Revisionism Tour of the Hill-Thomas debates in New York magazine, calling for Clarence Thomas to be impeached over unproven sexual harassment allegations. Here's how you may quickly evaluate whether Abramson is in any way qualified to judge the character of public officials, as opposed to just carrying water for the Left: A Nexis search of The New York Times over the last 20 years for "Jill Abramson" and "Juanita Broaddrick" turned up ZERO entries.
Everyone knows when the liberal comedians are joking, they're just making up Fake News, right? Or does the audience suspect there's a lot of truth behind the humor? Fans of the weekend NPR news quiz Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me! heard the notion that President Trump's new budget "slashed" spending on everything, including Medicare and Medicaid.
John Sexton at Hot Air pinpointed an obnoxious Washington Post article on President Trump visiting the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Post reporter Josh Dawsey openly editorialized that Trump doesn't care about victims as much as he wants to praise cops and first responders, and suggested that maybe Trump didn't meet with victims (despite Trump posting hospital pictures on Twitter).
Kelly Lawler at USA Today previewed a new Netflix standup comedy special by Chris Rock called Tamborine, [sic] in which he openly discusses his "very public 2014 divorce from his wife of 18 years." But first, the special offered a "joke" about how the police need to "occasionally shoot a white kid" after they looked at their "dead [N-word] calendar." As if the police have a scheduled plan to murder blacks?
The same outlets who couldn’t muster more than one question regarding Bill Clinton’s alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick seem to ask 27 questions a day about Rob Porter. So we wondered: How much would reporters like it if Sanders questioned them as aggressively as they question her? We know the Trump-haters erupted when Sanders merely asked reporters to share what they were thankful for alongside their questions as Thanksgiving approached.
Earlier this week, CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter oddly denied in a Clintonian way that he had ever spoken of Trump as “mentally ill.” Conservative Twitter responded by lining up many examples of Stelter questioning the president’s “mental fitness.” In a largely sympathetic interview with Andrew Chang on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted on February 5, they discussed Stelter proclaiming Trump’s “madness.” So why deny it on Twitter?
Washington Post art critic Philip Kennicott ripped into the Age of Reagan in reviewing a new exhibit at Washington's Hirshhorn Museum that “explores the evaporation of the line between art and commodity in the 1980s.” Attacking Reagan apparently required a dollop of the never-ending Fake News of the Reagan administration’s “purposeful neglect” of homosexuals dying from AIDS.
On Tuesday's Fresh Air on NPR, host Terry Gross and her guest, liberal author Joshua Green, discussed how Trump and Trump-affiliated Republicans somehow created an "epidemic" of sexual assault. Green wrote a book on Trump adviser Steve Bannon unsubtly titled Devil's Bargain. Gross briefly mentioned NPR has its own sexual harassment problem ("epidemic"?).
On Tuesday's Fox & Friends, the hosts and CBN correspondent David Brody discussed how the Associated Press took dramatically different takes on Twitter on the budget proposals of Obama and Trump. Trump's spending plan "features soaring deficits," while Obama's spending plans were "pledging help for the middle class" and fighting "terror threats, global warming."
Every two years, Americans unite around the television to root for U.S. athletes and their dreams of gold medals come true. Unless you’re a journalist. Then the Olympics are a time to root against your country and her president on the world stage. At the opening ceremonies in South Korea, organizers strangely seated Vice President Mike Pence just a few feet from Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s communist dictator. To American reporters who hate Trump, a star was born. Just the summaries on Twitter were enough to make you throw your phone across the room.
President Trump's new budget proposal once again zeroes out funding for public broadcasting, which will probably be ignored. But CNN's Brian Stelter reported the new budget in the same one-sided way that the public broadcasters do. The headline was "PBS denounces Trump's proposed funding cuts (again)." Nowhere in this bubbly little publicity favor was anything new and controversial about PBS, like....sexual assault allegations causing the abrupt end of the long-running Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley shows.
On Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, host Joy Reid played clips of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway saying she won't be lectured by Clintonistas on violence against women, which Reid says "works with the Fox News crowd." Then she brought on MSNBC analyst Anand Giridharadas, who proclaimed "This is a rape culture presidency, and Donald Trump has become the commander in chief of American rape culture."
While traditionalists surely looked quizzically at the contemporary portraits that Barack and Michelle Obama commissioned for display in the National Portrait Gallery, one could count on The Washington Post and The New York Times to explain how wonderfully revolutionary the Obamas were to promote African-American painters to overturn the "bland propriety" of white traditions.
On Thursday, the Democratic Party newspaper known as The New York Times published a story out of Chicago headlined "He’s a Nazi, Republicans Warn, but He’s Their Likely Nominee for Congress." Somehow, the Times missed all the Daily Caller stories this week about black Democrats embracing anti-Semitic hate group leader Louis Farrakhan, including Chicago-based Rep. Danny Davis.
On Friday's weekly roundup on the PBS Newshour, after analyst David Brooks said the Trump White House has a "perpetual unraveling" of staff, liberal analyst Mark Shields compared it to people trying to escape the Berlin Wall, where escapees were often killed by communist guards. "This White House is resembling nothing as much as East Berlin, in that there's more people trying to get out than there are trying to get in."