Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote that Pamela Geller and her “hateful ilk” displayed the “freedom to do something stupid.” But Knight wrote a passage that is surprisingly ignorant of what’s in the newspapers:
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.
Even The Washington Post is picking up juicy gossip from The Daily Caller. A long-running lawsuit against Ed Schultz from NBC producer Michael Queen revealed e-mails from Schultz “in which he’s less than complimentary about his now-MSNBC brother, Chris Matthews.”
Liberals claim to be the world's boldest defenders of freedom of expression, which is, of course, nonsense. Here's another canard: Liberals also claim to be the most offended against anyone "blaming the victim." What liberals possess is an ideological system which identifies favored groups as victims, and supports squelching the free speech of anyone challenging them.
One of those favored groups are Muslims. Over the weekend, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) held the Muhammad cartoon contest in Dallas, obviously a provocative event. But it wasn't meant to result in two Islamic extremists showing up with assault rifles, and shot to death by police after they opened fire.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest held a “gaggle” for reporters on Air Force One on Monday around noon. The questioning on the Islamist shooting outside Dallas came up, with a reporter asking for Obama's reaction, but Earnest’s answer – no act of expression deserves violence – failed to satisfy.
Since the “gaggle” is an untelevised briefing and the White House transcripts traditionally avoid the identity of the reporter, we can only guess which “objective” journalist really, really wanted the cartoon contest denounced by the president:
Katie Pavlich at Townhall demonstrated the liberal media's distaste for conservative critics of Islam. New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi tweeted: "Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a 'Muhammad drawing contest'?"
As Ben Carson prepares to announce a run for president, it’s quite clear the media don’t like black Republicans running for the White House. On the front of Sunday’s Washington Post, reporter Robert Samuels theorized Carson can’t be a black hero now, as he bashes Barack Obama.
Their headline was “As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade.” The Post won’t write “As Baltimore burns, many blacks see Obama’s legacy fade.” But Carson’s in danger of becoming – horrors – Herman Cain:
Liberals are incapable of thinking that Democrats becoming more leftist is a political problem. On the week-in-politics roundup on Friday night's All Things Considered, National Public Radio anchor Robert Siegel suggested to Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne that Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president is a "perfect sparring partner" for Hillary Clinton. Dionne agreed, and said Bernie's socialist focus on economics will help Democrats in 2016:
For the second time in five weeks, People magazine put Bruce Jenner on the cover, and since announcing “I am a woman” on national television -- a "bombshell interview" -- the cover said he’s “Living as a woman every day – and feeling ‘elated’.”
Inside, People gushed about Jenner’s “long journey to self-acceptance.” A photo caption recalled how Jenner told Diane Sawyer “Maybe this is my cause in life...this is why God put me on this earth – to deal with this issue.”
Liberal actor Morgan Freeman is so tired of the riot stories he’s telling Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast “F— the media.” This came at the end of a rant in which he suggested Baltimore media coverage is less one-sided than Ferguson...and he’s suggesting Ferguson wasn’t sympathetic at all to the black activists.
The last year or so could be described as The Year of Transgender Propaganda. The Hollywood and news-media push on the latest frontier of “gender fluidity” demonstrates the libertine left’s absolute arrogance that the LGBT revolution is an unstoppable juggernaut.
Time placed Laverne Cox on a “Transgender Tipping Point” cover last June, and the aggressive culture-tipping took off. Amazon created a series around a retiree deciding he was a woman in “Transparent,” and won Golden Globes. Fox’s “Glee” had their female football coach grow a beard and be celebrated by a “historic” 200-member transgender choir. The cherry on this vomit is Bruce Jenner.
On Monday night, NPR’s newscast All Things Considered did a fact-check on the Clinton family’s claims about their own foundation’s transparency. Money-and-politics correspondent Peter Overby found both Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton weren’t entirely factual, exaggerating how transparent their foundation was. But NPR quoted watchdogs that this could just be an “innocent mistake.”
Overby strangely concluded this was like other Clinton controversies, “not terribly clear, shaped by exaggerations on both sides.” Both sides? Overby failed to list any anti-Clinton exaggerations
In his Friday column, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman launches into the press for failing to honor Hillary Clinton as a learner for flip-flopping on the drawbacks of trade agreements.
"The press, I’m sorry to say, tends to punish open-mindedness, because gotcha journalism is easier and safer than policy analysis. Hillary Clinton supported trade agreements in the 1990s, but now she’s critical. It’s a flip-flop! Or, possibly, a case of learning from experience, which is something we should praise, not deride."
When they're not fawning over President Obama at their annual dinner, the White House Correspondents Association has protested the White House trying to limit any independent photography of its events. But even outside the White House, reporters cave when Obama demands they stop filming him.
Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit noted the quick media surrender happened at the trendy restaurant Teaism near the White House. Obama surprised the reporters by walking in with Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples after a Rose Garden ceremony.
It may be the “fourth quarter” of the Obama presidency, but the flower-petal patrol around First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t slowing down. Wednesday’s USA Today carried a flashy photo montage titled “SPRING FORWARD WITH MICHELLE.”
“On the heels of a stunning turn by the first lady at the celeb-laden White House Correspondents’ Dinner, USA Today’s Andrea Mandell takes a look at the effortlessly chic spring style of Michelle Obama.”
This year’s Pulitzer Prizes didn’t seem to be rewarding an obvious liberal tilt, but Baptist Press is taking exception to how the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier won for a series on domestic violence, and alluded heavily to Bible-thumpers being wife-thumpers:
Liberals still glow when they talk about comedian Stephen Colbert ripping into President Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006. He told Bush they were alike. “We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol,” Colbert announced. “I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the ‘No Fact Zone.’”
Nothing like that has happened to Obama at these dinners. At this late date in Obama’s tenure, the process seems entrenched: they giddily await his performance and when it’s over, salivate over it. It’s rather embarrassing, actually.
The liberal movement in the United States – including its “mainstream” media – would very much like to curtail conservative freedom of speech. But it wants to create a “safe space” for rioting advocacy for the “oppressed.”
See the latest offering as Salon.com. The headline is "Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy. It's crucial to see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy. If it fails to win people over it's a futile tactic.”
While The New York Times routinely ignores best-selling books by conservative authors like Mark Levin, the fake conservative the Times selected for their own editorial page received a rave review for his latest book in Sunday’s Book Review.
Former Time writer Pico Iyer oozed "Brooks’s solemn, often troubled, sometimes infuriating work reminds us is that there are few newspaper columnists who are more fun — and fruitful — to argue with."
Leftist journalist Rania Khalek tweeted to fellow leftist Max Blumenthal: "Did you ever consider that maybe Israel is heading to Nepal to learn from the earthquake how to kill better?"
Former White House press secretary Dana Perino appeared on The Kelly File on Friday night to lament that she shared a touching story about President Bush visiting wounded soldiers in Washington with National Public Radio, but they edited out a family who was overjoyed to see the president, choosing to focus just on an angry mother who was mad at Bush. "Why are your children okay, but my son is here?"