In Entertainment Weekly cover story that's basically a list of tributes to ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Ben Stein claimed the host is a "genius," and also a man of the people: "Jimmy is the only comedian who could be president. If he were president, I would trust him to do the right thing, even though he's a Democrat."
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.
Ben Smith of the Daily Signal tweeted out a shocking visual: the New York Times front page on Sunday cropped George W. and Laura Bush out of its photo of a Selma anniversary march. They cropped it just to include President Obama. (Notice the Bushes didn't try to crowd right next to the president to get into the frame.)
The Washington Post never tires of finding and identifying ultraconservatives. On the front of Sunday’s Arts & Style section was the headline “ENTER, STAGE (FAR) RIGHT: It isn’t at all unusual for Justice Antonin Scalia to be at the center of drama. But actor Edward Gero brings it to a new stage.”
The Post writes routinely of ultraliberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and barely detects an ideology, let alone someone on the "far left."
Kudos to our colleague Elizabeth Harrington at the Washington Free Beacon. She offers a familiar old slice of sleaze funded by the federal government. An “investigative theatre” company in New York called “The Civilians” has been granted almost $950,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and believe it or not, the National Science Foundation. Its latest creation is a musical about porn titled Pretty Filthy.
We’re barely into Lent, and Hollywood is already spitting on Jesus Christ on the crucifix. Netflix released the entire third season of the incredibly sleazy D.C. drama House of Cards on February 28, and in its fourth episode, as Kevin Spacey’s loathsome Frank Underwood character has schemed his way into the presidency, he wanders into a Catholic church.
“Love....that’s what you’re selling? Well, I don’t buy it!” Then the fictional president spits in the face of Christ.
The taxpayer-funded propaganda about libertine-left concepts like “gender fluidity” just keeps spewing at National Public Radio. On Thursday night’s All Things Considered, anchor Melissa Block promised a one-sided piece on children who rebel against their gender “assigned at birth.” Polls show a surprising number of young people are willing to ignore nagging scientific truth altogether on gender.
Nanette Thompson, a stringer for Youth Radio out of Oakland, proclaimed that kids are now "torchbearers of gender fluidity."
Just hours after suggesting on Morning Joe that Hillary Clinton’s private email server as Secretary of State was no big deal – probably just “wedding stuff” – Nicolle Wallace grew more offended by it on The View, although she predicted the Clintons will blame Republicans and the media and just “roll on.”
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick profiled Stephanie Schriock, the current president of Emily’s List, the PAC that supports only Democratic pro-abortion women.
Schriock replaced the group’s founder, Ellen Malcolm and Chozick strangely recycled a quote comparing Malcolm to....Moses.
On Inauguration Day, 2009, the White House website declared President Obama’s administration would become “the most open and transparent in history.” By the end of the next day, Obama had issued high-profile orders pledging “a new era” and “an unprecedented level of openness” across the massive federal bureaucracy.
This has become a cosmic joke.
Last August, NPR aired three segments on a horrific child-abuse scandal in Rotherham, England involving 1400 children. None of these stories mentioned the offenders were Muslims. The abusers were of “Pakistani descent” -- that's all they would say.
Rotherham didn’t come up on Monday night’s All Things Considered in a very sensitive ten-minute, 31-second segment with the online headline “Britain's Muslims Still Feel The Need To Explain Themselves.” Anchor Audie Cornish and correspondent Ari Shapiro channeled all the frustration of “tech-savvy” British Muslims, and exactly none of the “anti-Islam” counterpoint.
Indian-American actor Kal Penn – who spent two years on the White House staff under Obama – gave an interview to Time magazine about playing a detective on the new CBS show Battle Creek.
When they asked him what he learned from riding around with cops in Battle Creek, Michigan, he said “The most surprising thing was the way officers were treating their suspects with respect. With the national narrative that’s happening police-wise, that’s not often something you get to see.”
The Sunday Washington Post boosted NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a writer for Time magazine and a “new kind of public intellectual.” So what’s a little funny by the time you read through this puff piece is this: Where are the actual quotes from his political and religious commentary? There aren’t any.
Post reporter Geoff Edgers wrote under the headline “Showtime for a mover and a Laker.” One reason they're so positive? Abdul-Jabbar is arguing that you can't blame Islam for radical Islamist terrorism.
When the liberals go to the South to collide with the dominant culture, The New York Times finds it refreshing that it’s changing from being an “insular, ultraconservative bosom of the Confederacy.”
But when the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco collides with the dominant culture of San Francisco, that’s a dangerous development. Spread across the top of the National page of the Times on Friday was a protest. “Morals Clause in Catholic Schools Roils Bay Area,” read the headline. “Restrictions Aimed at Teachers Anger Many In a Home for Gay Rights.”
The front page of Friday’s Washington Post wasn’t at all objective about the FCC’s imposition of a “net neutrality” regime. The headline was “FCC makes Internet history: PROVIDERS DEEMED PUBLIC UTILITIES / New regulations aim to keep Web fair and open.”
The same thing happened on the cover of the Post’s Express tabloid, where liberal HBO host John Oliver was honored. “Net hero: The FCC’s ruling to protect Internet speeds might have gone the other way if comic John Oliver hadn’t helped spark mass outrage.”
As Joseph Rossell noted earlier, Dr. Rajenda Pachauri, the scientist leading the fight against “climate change” at the United Nations, resigned after some sexual-harassment allegations surfaced, and the networks completely ignored it.
So it’s also obvious that they also ignored the shocking admission in Dr. Pachauri’s resignation letter: fighting against global warming, he said, was “my religion.”
The media noticed that this year’s Oscars ceremony contained a lot of political tub-thumping, but they didn't notice that these speeches were predictable and obnoxious left-wing screeds.
They were just “passionate pleas for equality,” according to the Associated Press. Actress Patricia Arquette unleashed a tirade on wage inequality for women. Singer John Legend said more black men were trapped in prison than America had black men trapped in slavery in 1850. There’s apparently no difference between Kunta Kinte and Willie Horton.
While the liberal media insisted it was politically poisonous for Scott Walker to answer "I don't know" if President Obama is a Christian, it's never unacceptable to suggest Jeb and George W. Bush chose their brand of Christianity for political reasons. That's exactly what HBO star Bill Maher did in a blog post titled "Jeb Bush: Convenient Catholic?"
Recall that Maher donated $1 million to Barack Obama's re-election and no one in the press has located a reason why Obama should be asked to distance himself from anything Maher has said, so why start now? That would only make them look even-handed and principled.
New York Times nutrition writer Mark Bittman is making another display of his ultraliberal tendencies. In a piece on national nutrition guidelines that are at odds with the capitalist pigs of “Big Food,” Bittman offered this statist takeway:
"It tells you to drink all the coffee you want...But far more important is this statement: 'Strategies are needed to encourage the U.S. population to drink water when they are thirsty.'"
Elizabeth Jensen, hired by NPR as their new Ombudsman, picked up a question from NewsBusters on how NPR host Diane Rehm can do fundraisers for assisted-suicide lobbying group “Compassion & Choices.”
Jensen says she shouldn’t do this, that it’s a “step too far,” noting that NewsBusters picked up on the ethical issue.
No one looks to GQ for political analysis. It would be like looking to Rolling Stone for religion coverage. But they can still ape the rest of the liberal media and mock Fox News. As the Fox haters campaign to get Bill O’Reilly canned, GQ (not an abbreviation for Genius Quotient) has come up with a mocking list of “18 Things That Actually Would Get Bill O'Reilly Fired.”
It includes things like "Failing to attend Roger Ailes' annual oil baron retreat and virgin sacrifice."