MSNBC passionately kept pushing the line on Thursday that moving to defund Planned Parenthood would be a debacle for Republicans On Andrea Mitchell Live, Mitchell toed that line not once, but twice. Krystal Ball touched that line on Live with Thomas Roberts, and then Rachel Maddow brought the same argument into prime time.
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.
Roger Cohen is a columnist for the international edition of The New York Times, and he wrote an eye-opening column for Friday headlined “Obama’s Syrian Nightmare.” American readers can find it online, but will its harsh verdict on Obama’s Syria policy make an impact on the overall media tendency to paint Obama’s legacy in happy rainbow colors?
“Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions,” Cohen began.
On Wednesday night’s All In, MSNBC host Chris Hayes attacked the House hearing into Planned Parenthood with the strangest attack you can imagine from the Lean Forward Network: Hayes complained it wasn’t fair and balanced. As if MSNBC is fair and balanced?
He cited an article by ex-Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff at Vox that Planned Parenthood wasn’t given the “opportunity” to speak. Does anyone believe the Democrats wouldn’t invite the abortion giant if they wanted to testify?
Actress Meryl Streep whined at the Telluride (Colorado) Film Festival that almost no one in Congress replied to her urging that they revisit passing the “Equal Rights Amendment,” that old feminist proposal from the 1970s.
"I sent them each a book called Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth. It's about the revival of the attempt to get an ERA that would codify in law that you can't discriminate against women," she said. "I got five answers."
Illegal aliens coming into America are almost always treated as sympathetic hard workers longing to “come out of the shadows.” There is no cynicism about their arrival.
But on September 4, AP reporter Kirsten Gieshaber reported from Berlin that Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Germany might be cynically faking conversion from Islam to Christianity to plead for asylum now that they’re likely to persecuted back in their home countries.
“There will be new efforts to bring spontaneity to a candidacy that sometimes seems wooden and overly cautious,” New York Times Hillary-beat veteran Amy Chozick reports. James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal quipped: “So Mrs. Clinton’s team is embarking on a campaign of effortful spontaneity and carefully choreographed unscriptedness.”
The press-release headline was "Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say." Taranto noticed the Times keeps repeating itself. Mrs. Clinton “desperately wants to present an everywoman’s approachability,” Chozick wrote back in April.
The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On August 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
But on August 21, after a court sentenced former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, for sexually abusing a 15-year old boy merely a year ago, the Post ignored it completely. Apparently there was no room. That boy’s family had no media advocate there.
In the Los Angeles Times, Dexter Thomas warmly recalled hip-hop artist Kanye West dropping a rhetorical bomb on President George W. Bush ten years ago in a supposedly unifying fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims on NBC. It was headlined “When Kanye West told George Bush that Black Lives Matter.”
"I hate the way they portray us in the media,” West said, quavering. “If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. If you see a white family, it says they’re searching for food.” The paranoia grew. He declared “Those are my people down there … they’ve given [the military] permission to go down and shoot us.” Then he said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
The Washington Post is celebrating the gender-blurring agenda again. Friday’s positive transgender freakout came on the front of the Style section, simply titled “BARF BABES.” Music writer Chris Richards profiled Barf Troop, an “outsider ‘gender-fluid’ hop-hop group that formed on Tumblr” and its leader, “Babeo Baggins.”
Richards oozed that their music can be "exponentially affirming" when people like it.
Emily Smith of the New York Post’s Page Six reports that MSNBC scaled back its coverage of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina because Brian Williams “misremembered” that he saw a dead body float past his hotel while he was there.
Since MSNBC ended up with Williams as a breaking news anchor with no assigned program as a fall-back after his wild exaggerations cost him his Nightly News anchor job, decided not to send any key anchors to New Orleans, enabling them to avoid awkward references to the Williams scandal
After eight videos exposing Planned Parenthood from the pro-lifers at the Center for Medical Progress, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show devoted an hour Thursday morning to.....”New Tactics In the Anti-Abortion Movement.” Not the tactics of Planned Parenthood, those aren’t going to be the subject.
The guest panel was stacked with two “objective” journalists both questioning these tactics, along with Terry O’Neill of NOW and Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee. Then the show is further tilted by....the callers. Diane Rehm’s producers couldn’t find one pro-life caller in the entire hour.
Thursday’s Morning Edition on National Public Radio thrummed with political correctness, carefully distilled for grade-schoolers. Scholastic Books is rolling out a new book promoting transgenderism for grades three to seven, and lesbian NPR reporter Neda Ulaby promoted its author in the most positive tones only. There is no dissent on this taxpayer-funded propaganda outlet.
The book is called George but the title character, a ten-year-old fourth grader, really thinks he is “Melissa.” Author Alex Gino, a transgender activist who identifies as male, is lionized for making the grade schools safe for gender-blurring activism:
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported President Obama spoke at a Nevada State Democratic Party fundraiser for Catherine Cortez Masto, who is running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat in 2016. “The event was held at the Henderson home of Las Vegas Sun editor and publisher Brian Greenspun. Contributions at the event hit a high of $33,400. The event, which drew more than 100 people, raised more than $300,000.”
What kind of newspaper is the Las Vegas Sun that its editor and publisher hosts Democratic Party fundraisers with the president? A routinely partisan one.
USA Today published this lede from White House reporter Gregory Korte without the slightest bit of irony about carbon footprints:
"WASHINGTON — President Obama will log more than 14,000 miles on Air Force One over the next 11 days in a climate change tour that will take him from the desert West to the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Circle."
While the liberal media love to frame Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch as a raging conservative, he certainly likes crossing that image on Twitter. On Sunday, Murdoch proclaimed Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun, anti-Big Gulp liberal, should be the billionaire candidate running for president.
He tweeted: "With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it's time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring. Greatest mayor."
The fascination of the news media with Donald Trump is ironic, to say the least. For people who have long lamented the domination of Big Money in politics, these reporters are presenting Mr. Big Money himself with a ticker tape parade of free media.
It could be considered hypocritical, too. Big Money is a bad thing – unless they’re the ones making it. Fox’s 24 million viewers for their debate proved Trump’s market value; ever since that debate, it’s been all media, all the time for him.
From inside the bubble of Team Maddow at MSNBC.com, blogger Steve Benen offered a piece of audacious spin headlined “Planned Parenthood faring far better than its critics.” Some state investigations aren’t turning up wrongdoing, like in Pennsylvania – not the strongest state at policing abortion clinics (Gosnell ahem) – but Benen declared “At this point, the group keeps facing investigations, and its critics keep turning up nothing.”
At the bottom of the blog post, Benen admitted a financial tie in all this spin: His wife Eve works for Planned Parenthood.
After a long stretch of writing humor columns on non-political topics, Washington Post humorist Gene Weingarten returned to liberal flatulence in Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine. He was upset that conservatives in state legislatures were attaching restrictions to what food-stamp debit cards can buy. He joked this was conservatives running a “nanny state” regime: “Welcome to benign socialism, guys.”
The Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post was dominated by a proposal for a “5/3 compromise.” Theodore R. Johnson, a doctoral candidate in law at Northeastern University, proposed that since 94 percent of whites oppose financial reparations for blacks, there should be a political solution for the never-ending oppression of blacks: giving them five-thirds of a vote to make up for the three-fifths compromise in the Constitution.
On his MSNBC program Thursday night, the Rev. Al Sharpton shamelessly promoted Michelle Obama’s school-lunch programming and taunted conservatives with a new poll that apparently shows the First Lady’s efforts are popular. The New York Times promoted this result, too, from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Neither MSNBC nor the Times stepped outside the Obama orbit to realize the Kellogg Foundation is an official partner in Mrs. Obama’s lunch campaign – so the poll might be a little less than independent.