The pop music sensation simply known as Beyoncé is the toast of the cultural Left for a new video titled “Formation.” Several scenes are racially charged, including the pop diva sinking into the water on top of a New Orleans police cruiser, a nod to Hurricane Katrina propaganda. In another, a young black boy in a hooded sweatshirt dances in front of a line of white police until they go “Hands up” to his dancing talent.
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.
James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal posted a definitive takedown of obsequious, corrupt pro-Hillary press behavior in his Wednesday "Best of the Web" column. J.K. Trotter of the website Gawker obtained a treasure trove of e-mails from Hillary's longtime flack Phillippe Raines, and his newest article is headlined "This is How Hillary Gets the Coverage She Wants."
The Hollywood Reporter provided Bill Maher with a platform for an op-ed hoping for a little clickbait, complete with a headline promising "Bill Maher Pens Blistering Essay." That's not quite accurate, since at the bottom it says "As told to Seth Abramovitch."
On Bernie Sanders, Maher claimed "We haven't seen a true leftist since FDR, so many millions are coming out of the woodwork to vote for Bernie Sanders; he is the Occupy movement now come to life in the political arena."
Time ran a mostly gushy cover story on Hillary Clinton this week, quoting her as saying “I know what it’s like to be knocked down.” By whom? (How about “I know what it’s like to be gulping for air in disbelief of my husband’s behavior”?)
Someone just paging through the magazine at say, a dentist’s office – if any one of those still subscribes to Time – would catch the Hillary article with the silly headline “Do You See Her Now? After more than four decades in the spotlight, Hillary Clinton is finally coming into view.”
One might think the New York Times Book Review would never “stoop” to allowing a Bush cabinet secretary like Tom Ridge to review a book on the Bush record on terrorism. But on Sunday, they selected former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to review a new book titled United States of Jihad by CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.
The beyond-weird headline – over courtroom drawings of Nidal Hasan, Faisal Shahzad, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – was “All-American Terrorists.” Deep in the middle, J-Nap started sticking up Obama as a tough guy in fighting "man-caused disasters," er, terrorism:
At the start of the Democratic presidential race, the media viewed the contest as a cakewalk. The compassionate and gloriously wonky Hillary Clinton faced no one who could be viewed as her equal. Game over. When Sen. Bernie Sanders made noises about running against her, nobody thought he could be the actual Democratic nominee. He was old, he was cranky, and he wasn’t even a Democrat.
Now Sanders is succeeding by running a campaign based on the concept of American exceptionalism in reverse. America is exceptional only in her pathetic failure to enact every socialist “reform” that Scandinavian countries have ever implemented.
Senior citizens remember the Associated Press as a pithy, objective wire service, not a shop that sounds like a Starbucks circle of liberal editorial writers. On Sunday, AP ran a story headlined “Cruz embraces supporters on fringe of GOP.” Even as socialist Bernie Sanders wanders the hustings polarizing our politics by saying Wall Street is “based on fraud,” AP reporters Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples devoted an entire dispatch to Cruz’s kooky backers:
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was a regular scold of the Clintons during the Year of Our Intern (1998) and actually won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. The Pulitzer juries almost never gave out an award for exposing Clinton scandals, but maybe something about Monicagate pushed them over the edge.
Dowd is still causing fist-shaking at Clinton headquarters with a Sunday column that impolitely accused Hillary of “sucking the teat” of Wall Street. The Times headline was “Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet.”
Washington Post political reporter/pundit Chris Cillizza resolutely (and unpersuasively) denied last April that the media had a pro-Hillary bias. But he certainly exemplified it in his “Monday Fix” column in the newspaper. The topic was Hillary refusing to release transcripts of her six-figure speeches. He correctly noted that her “I’ll look into it” answer to Chuck Todd in Thursday night’s MSNBC debate is code for “not gonna happen.”
But he clearly didn’t read his own newspaper before claiming that Hillary was far too savvy, and political, and politically savvy, to leave anything damaging in those speech transcripts beyond harmless "standard small talk" to donors:
While The Washington Post would only go to Kenya looking for gushing over Barack Obama, they turn to Canada to make fun of Ted Cruz. The front-page story on Saturday was headlined “Calgary's stand on Cruz: 'The States can keep him'.”
Brit Hume tweeted: "The whole story is one long cheap shot. Who cares what they think? Ted Cruz left Canada when he was 4."
People magazine interviewed Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton in the latest issue for a "Campaign Trail Scrapbook" and reporter Sandra Sobieraj Westfall brought the usual syrup. On the table of contents, over a picture of Chelsea resting her head on Hillary's shoulder, they aid "As voting begins, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton reveal the personal side to this year's raucous race to the White House."
Over a two-page photo of the two women, People's headline for the story was "On The Road: In an unexpectedly tough race, the former Secretary of State has her daughter and "blissful" playdates with granddaughter Charlotte to keep her going strong."
When The Washington Post took up publicizing a priest coming out of the closet as gay – in Chicago – it strangely put it on the front of the Metro section on Monday. You can be sure someone wanted that on the front of the whole paper.
The headline was a quote: “I’m gay and I’m a priest, period.” The subhead was “Catholic clergy grapple with whether to come out in the Pope Francis era. The Post viewpoint was clearer from the headline on B-6, the back of the Metro section: “The Catholic priesthood one of the last remaining closets.”
The Washington Post is dragging out one of the oldest and phoniest arguments against the charge of liberal bias, an argument that has all the freshness of four-month-old milk. To sum up in a headline: “The media’s biggest bias isn’t partisan — it’s for a juicy story.”
If this claim hadn’t been completely obliterated by every juicy thing Bill Clinton did with women he hadn’t married, we can apply it to nearly every Obama scandal – especially when journalists try to claim Obama has been “scandal-free.”
In April of 2004, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller stood up at a press conference with President Bush and uncorked this question: “Two and a half years later, do you feel any sense of personal responsibility for September 11th?”
Oh, the irony: Now that Bumiller is running the Washington bureau of the Times, she won't take any responsibility for the paper shamelessly low-balling this year's March for Life into the "hundreds" when other newspapers at least said "thousands."
Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song “White Privilege II.”
He raps: “White supremacy isn't just a white dude in Idaho. White supremacy protects the privilege I hold. White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home. White supremacy is our country's lineage, designed for us to be indifferent.”
Fox Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz wrote MSNBC was wrong to use opinionated Rachel Maddow as a moderator at their Thursday night debate.
"Rachel Maddow did a pretty good job in questioning Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at MSNBC's Democratic debate last night. But she shouldn't have been on that stage as a moderator, sitting next to Chuck Todd," Kurtz wrote. "Imagine the reaction on the left if the Fox News moderators at a debate were Bret Baier and Sean Hannity, an unabashed conservative. The criticism of Fox for fielding such a team would have been intense."
On Sunday night, pro-life activist Jill Stanek returned to her home in the Chicago suburbs to find a Target bag with a cinder block had been thrown through her windown. Taped to the cinder block was a note saying "STOP YOUR PRO-LIFE B---S---."
In an interview with NewsBusters (she used to blog for NB), Stanek agreed "we see growing intolerance on the Left for any socially conservative views. What they see and hear from us is condemnation, blame, 'slut-shaming,' et cetera." If an abortion advocate's home was vandalized, "not only would local press be all over it, so would national press."
One of the perks of having a weekend show on CNN is the ability to recycle your lamest talking points on CNN.com – look no further than Michael Smerconish. Back in 2010, he complained mightily that moderates couldn’t find a spot in the national conversation, that politics is based on the political extremes of talk radio.
Now in 2016, he's repeating his point, and insisting that conservative hosts really would like to see Hillary Clinton elected, since that would be great grist for their radio shows.
MSNBC weekend host and Wake Forest professor Melissa Harris-Perry had a scary confrontation with a hostile man in Des Moines. He wanted to know why MSNBC would pick her for a show. (Many people might ask this question.) She wrote a blog on how this somehow caused her to think of being raped as a child and maybe this man had come to murder her. Without more of a recreation of the unpleasant conversation -- with just swatches of Nazi references and anger -- it's impossible to know how unglued this accuser was.
The "safe space" was violated. Her piece began: "I don't know if he was there to kill me."
Brian Sternberg of Variety penned a gushing tribute to Rachel Maddow, cooking the piece exactly to her favorite flavors. She’s wonky, her office is “like a library,” her job is to take the cable-news audience “to graduate school.” She is the “linchpin” of MSNBC’s primetime, which means she has the only show that isn’t the subject of cancellation rumors. She is the “Steph Curry” of cable news?