On Friday's PBS NewsHour, the 2014 election results were so hard to dismiss that even pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks admitted that he's been part of the chorus that the Republicans were too extreme and outdated, "even I have said some of that." But with these results, Republicans "are the dominant party in this country right now." Mark Shields said Democrats should be in a "golden left-wing moment."
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.
On Friday, Lloyd Grove at The Daily Beast made fun of the rather slow launch of the Sarah Palin pay-TV venue. The headline is “Stuck in the Lamestream: Sarah Palin TV Barely Registers on the Web.” This is instantly mockable since The Daily Beast is the Tina Brown-run outfit that drove the print edition of the formerly hallowed Newsweek straight into the hard cement.
While so much of “reality television” dwells on catty “Real Housewives” and Snooki-style party-hearty debauchery, it's interesting to note that a small fraction of this ever-expanding genre is celebrating evangelical Christianity and values like chastity.
This drives the libertines crazy. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever recently raged on the Internet against the Duggar family of TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting” and how they are no more worthy of attention than the Kardashians. Their children are denied “freedom of choice.”
On the eve of the midterms, Time’s Joe Klein listed “5 Things to Watch for in the Midterm Elections.” But the funniest one was number three. He titled it “Kansas Rejoins The Mainstream.”
Klein gleefully foresaw that in the defeat of Gov. Sam Brownback, “the myth of extreme supply-side economics might finally be put to rest.” But Brownback won, 50 to 46 percent. The grip of voodoo Reaganism continues:
Using a spin no one in the liberal chattering class would imagine, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat compared Wendy Davis to Delaware’s Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell. Both were ideologically mismatched with the states they were running in, but O’Donnell’s victory was a political shocker.
Douthat said the media's bias on culture-war issues can lead to "fond delusions" like Wendy Davis could win in a red state on a pro-abortion platform.
CBS Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer granted The Hollywood Reporter an interview to mark the 60th anniversary of that program. Asked about retiring, Schieffer said at 77, he doesn’t think about it: “My wife keeps an eye on me. She says, ‘When you start drooling, then it will be time to go.’”
But Schieffer has clearly forgotten the content of his program-length attack on conservative Oliver North 20 years ago, when he was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Virginia. He suggested North was not a “professional” in his taking umbrage at the barrage:
The squeaker of an election between Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie is not a result that was either foreseen or desired by the liberals at The Washington Post. On September 14, I noted Gillespie's entire campaign was consigned to the back pages of the Metro section.
The shamelessly partisan Post wants to publicize nothing that helps Gillespie. This story appeared on page B-4. So which Gillespie story has appeared on Page 1? It came on September 3 with this headline: “Va. underdog Gillespie may have his eye on next race.”
In honor of the late Noel Sheppard, we couldn't enjoy a Republican wave election without collecting some bitter celebrity tweets. It was fairly quiet on the celebrity-Twitter front. Some optimistic types -- John Legend, Russell Simmons, Kerry Washington -- celebrated the passage of California's Proposition 47, which will "reduce sentences in California for a handful of petty crimes — drug possession and some types of theft, such as shoplifting."
Bette Midler wins for the most sulky tweet, and the rest are amusing as well:
One might be able to excuse Democratic spin before the election returns came in. But former Newsweek reporter Andrew Romano offered a real beaut the morning after, titled “How Hillary Clinton won the 2014 midterms.”
Many of the candidates that the Clintons backed in this cycle went down to defeat. While Romano isn’t denying 2014 was a good year for Republicans, he could not wait to start shaking the pom-poms for how Hillary’s path is greased for the White House. This is the article that liberals will want to read after they put their handkerchiefs down.
On the Sunday before the election, CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer unloaded one of those pompously “progressive” end-of-show commentaries about how our democracy is being ruined by money.“The right to vote is our proudest possession, but the way it has become debased by money shames us all.”
He claimed “Congress hasn't done anything in years, yet these midterm elections will be the most expensive in history, just like the last one -- $4 billion this time around. That's billion with a B,” he lamented.
The cover of Tuesday’s edition of The Washington Post’s commuter tabloid Express reads “How Obama will need to lead differently if Republicans gain control of the Senate.”
Jena McGregor’s article inside carried the headline “Obama’s turn to change.” McGregor noticed an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed two-thirds of voters want Obama to change:
"Moron vote energized," reported Twitchy. President Obama once called her husband Kanye West a "jackass," but Kim Kardashian pictured herself (in an Archie-style cartoon) with Obama on Twitter, advising her fans to vote Democrat on Tuesday.
Former Newsweek and New York Times Magazine writer Matt Bai has a new book out making the wild claim that the 1987 adultery scandal around Sen. Gary Hart marked "the week politics went tabloid" and ruined everything in national politics by pushing the media into focusing incessantly on the "character issue."
In a review Sunday in The New York Times Book Review, Reuters media columnist Jack Shafer pointed out the press was so cozy with Hart that Nixon-ruining Bob Woodward offered to let Hart quietly bunk at his house during marital troubles:
Washington Post reporter Hunter Schwarz threw a major embarrassment at the liberal group Rock the Vote – just by checking the facts.
A pile of the celebrities who appeared in their “Turn Out For What” PSA did not vote in the 2010 midterm elections.
In the October 13 edition of Time, they asked radical-left black professor Cornel West if he voted for Obama in 2012, and he said he couldn’t vote for a “war criminal.” NPR promoted this radical leftist on Saturday morning’s Weekend Edition, but in six minutes and 22 seconds, never mentioned the president or the 2014 elections.
This syrupy interview promoting West’s book Black Prophetic Fire ended with anchor Scott Simon utterly failing to notice (again) that the leftist Ferguson narrative of Evil Cop Shoots Gentle Giant is facing a serious clash with facts.
The Charlotte Observer seems to be suffering from a vanishing-Kay-Hagan-scandal problem today. Republicans seized on a new story (cached here) on how Senator Hagan's husband benefited from the "stimulus" program. But the link went into "Page Not Found."
Local TV station WBTV was reporting that the Hagan family self-dealing is under "further legal review." That's not a great story for the weekend before the election. Is that why its link broke? It reported this:
The programmers at the cable channel TLC have often promoted the Duggar family as strangely, exotically Christian – just as much of a curiosity as the polygamous family of “Sister Wives.”
On Friday, The Washington Post published segments of an online chat with their TV critic Hank Stuever, where he brought out the verbal bat and suggested TLC treats Duggar-family fans as “learning disabled” – and perhaps that fits the Duggars, too:
The "No More" TV advertisement blitz against domestic violence by professional athletes is obnoxious and reeks of political correctness. Exactly why does the public need to be indoctrinated about this, as if the audience for "Monday Night Football" is to blame? It's another reason to stop watching this sport.
But there is another reason to be opposed to this clearly political pressure campaign. In the current atmosphere, where even accusations of abuse are toxic public relations, what happens when a pro is falsely accused?
Politico isn't holding back its tilt at the end of this campaign. Here's a headline: "The return of mean John McCain." Reporter Burgess Everett began: "Mean John McCain is back on the campaign trail."
Return to mean? Everett dug up AP bias from 2008: "He’s called fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa a 'f——- jerk' and former Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, also of the GOP, an 'ass——' — just two examples from a 2008 Associated Press story about 'Senator Hothead.'”
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air ably announced that liberal reporters and analysts are breaking out the latest spin – that victory will be terrible for Republicans. I’d call it the Mary Tillotson special: after the GOP took the house in 1994, CNN’s Tillotson suggested this 52-seat landslide was bad news for 1996.
Morrissey calls it “the media’s Sour Grapes Index, in which analysts posit that a big win is really a loss, or that a loss is really a big win.” Alexander Bolton at The Hill offers the classic take, “Civil war looms for the GOP":