Former Newsweek and New York Times writer Matt Bai has a column at Yahoo spinning furiously against anyone suggesting the Clintons are too wealthy to be in touch with those “everyday Americans.” His headline was frank: “Hillary Clinton’s not like the rest of us? Good!”
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.
Dan Joseph at our MRCTV website reports that Mother Jones dropped a little bomb on the Bernie Sanders campaign: an essay that Sanders wrote in 1972 about the “typical” rape fantasies of men and women.
Joseph made the point that if “Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum wrote something along these lines -- even 40 years ago -- the media wouldn't stop talking about it for weeks.” The proof of that assumption is the Todd Akin "legitimate rape" hullaballoo of 2012.
AP reported that CEOs in the media industry earn more because the celebrities in the media industry earn more, and our Tom Blumer noted from a conservative perspective that there may valid business reasons for pay hikes.
But let’s turn it around and look at it from the Left for a minute and explore the angle of media hypocrisy. Did anyone at the networks pick up the story if liberals felt CEO pay was excessive, the media itself was Exhibit A? Nope, not at ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN.
Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey’s beat is the Internet. But her big piece on the front page of Wednesday’s Style section is about something broader: “Forsaking monogamy: The evolution of relationships has made affairs less clandestine and less combustive. And of course there are Web sites to help match tryst-seekers.”
This being the Post, there is no space for critics of the "evolution" of online adultery Web sites or their users. Dewey promoted the “non-monogamous dating site Open Minded,” where her married female subject, Jessie, advertised, “I’m into building deep and loving relationships that add to the joy and aliveness of being human.” She talked her husband into “ethical non-monogamy.”
The latest scorecard from the American Conservative Union is out, and the voters of Virginia might want to file a complaint about truth in advertising with the press corps. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have routinely been portrayed in news reports as “moderates” and “centrists.” But after two years in the Senate, Tim Kaine has a perfect zero on the conservative scale. Mark Warner has a lifetime score of 10.33 percent conservative, but his last two annual scores have been a 4 and an 8. They could be mistaken for Barbara Mikulski (lifetime rating of 5.1).
NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham sent an open letter to The Washington Post on Tuesday over Post humorist/blogger Alexandra Petri mocking the Duggar family's "dangerous cult of purity" on camera and off in a Friday article on her blog "ComPost."
Politico has just discovered something we at MRC have been noticing since 1996: women's magazines are a "liberal pipeline to soccer moms." Media reporter Hadas Gold announced “a Politico review of several of the magazines’ past few months of coverage suggests that readers will be getting a heavy dose of liberal cheerleading this campaign season along with their skincare, makeup and fashion tips.”
The headline was "Where the media loves Hillary Clinton." As if other establishment media outlets are anti-Hillary?
Even when they revisit the Chandra Levy murder case, The Washington Post keeps scrubbing out the fact that the convicted murderer, Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran, is an illegal immigrant (and in some stories, a gang member with the vicious Salvardoran gang MS-13).
It happened again in a front-page story on Saturday on a new trial for Guandique, with 1,080 words but no usage of “illegal immigrant” anywhere:
The dramatic victory for “gay marriage” in Ireland has the “No” folks in part pointing fingers at foreign money. American foreign money. The "cultural imperialism" is coming from the Left.
A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding.”
In a competition for Dumbest Headline Ever, we might consider the Daily Beast asking, “Can We Please Get God Out of Religion?” The subheadline was “We all need a spiritual side. But not because of some make-believe afterlife. Because it makes us better in this life.”
Barrett Holmes Pitner wrote this as one of those godless “millennials” now showing up in Pew Research polls about America becoming less Christian.
Dana Loesch at TheBlaze TV interviewed Irish filmmaker Ann McElhinney, who’s working on a movie and a book about abortionist Curtis Gosnell, now in prison for killing babies after birth in his dirty Philadelphia clinic. She met Dr. Gosnell in person.
“He has an answer for everything. He lives in his own little world. Every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie. He lies so easily,” she said.
Washington Post political correspondent Chris Cillizza spent way too much time claiming the personal political views of David Letterman were some kind of mystery. The headline was "Is David Letterman liberal? It's surprisingly hard to say." No. It's not. Cillizza does this despite mentioning the Geoffrey Dickens Top Ten list of liberal outbursts posted at NewsBusters. Cillizza does this despite noting he donated more than $12,000 to electing Democrat Al Franken to the U.S. Senate.
“Today, there’s nothing new under the sun,” intoned Ken Burns as he lamented the persistence of racial inequality in the United States in a commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. So reported USA Today College.
Burns went on a post-Ferguson rant about racism. "The shame continues: prison populations exploding with young black men, young black men killed almost weekly by policemen, whole communities of color burdened by corrupt municipalities that resemble more the predatory company store of a supposedly bygone era than a responsible local government."
There’s no classroom experience the libertine left supports more mightily than “sex education.” They have struggled to banish even a whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and “science-based” ideology is allowed.
The Daily Beast website recently celebrated a San Francisco ruling: “Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal.” They have also discovered a brave new model of sex education for America. It’s found in Norway. “All Hail Scandinavia,” they proclaimed. A female doctor named Line Jansrud demonstrates sex for Norwegian children aged 8 to 12.
Via Instapundit, we learned CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has a piece in The New Yorker called “Obama’s Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court.” He imagines who will suffer if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama Administration in the Obamacare subsidy case, King v. Burwell. If individuals in more conservative states without state health exchanges lose their subsidies, Toobin says the political blame is landing on Obama:
Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon – the original reporter that found the Stephanopoulos donations to the Clinton Foundation – has a new story Thursday on Richard Bates, the top lobbyist in Washngton for the Disney-ABC folks. Unsurprisingly, before joining the Mouse, Bates was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “under the chairmanship of Rep. Beryl Anthony (D., Ark.), a political ally of then-Governor Bill Clinton.”
This is not atypical. Top CBS lobbyist Martin Franks aided the network for 25 years before retiring in 2013, but was also executive director of the DCCC from 1981-86, after serving as issues director for the unsuccessful 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign.
For anyone who suggests conservatives are wild obsessives who still want answers about Benghazi, let’s turn to liberals who still obsess over....the Willie Horton ads of 1988. Twenty-seven years later, Politico chief political columnist Roger Simon is demanding that Jeb Bush apologize or somehow explain his father’s alleged use of race-baiting against Michael Dukakis:
It was outrageous for ABC News to promote Bill Clinton’s spokesman George Stephanopoulos to the top of the political-anchorman heap. It was shameless to keep him there even as Hillary Clinton keeps running for president. Conservatives never felt he was an appropriate choice, and never felt he sincerely attempted fairness and balance in his “journalism.”
This feeling should belong to every American now that it’s out that Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation – run by Bill and Hillary – over the last three years. Given his background in the innermost circle of Team Clinton in the 1990s, these donations are either remarkably stupid or remarkably shameless. Stephanopoulos is not stupid.
Cable-news networks today are replaying the opening skit on Saturday Night Live mocking Hillary Clinton trying to talk to voters who are on summer vacation. But NBC “balanced” that skit with a mean-spirited hit on how ISIS was created by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and was a “Halliburton production.”
The fake newscast Weekend Update lamely ran Seventies-style TV credits that said “ISIS: Created by George Bush and Dick Cheney. Executive Producer Donald Rumsfeld.”
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi dragged out a series of tiresome Stephanopoulos defenses on Monday. First, he weirdly claimed no new developments in the scandal (not true). Then he found liberal experts to say that this isn't a scandal because it doesn't change the ABC anchor's "persona," which is already identified with the Clintons. They even suggested Good Morning America isn't really a news show, so it's not as serious as the Brian Williams scandal.