New York Times political writer Mark Leibovich employed the Full Sneer in a story for this weekend's New York Times Magazine entitled "The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections.” Leibovich began with Iowa Republican candidate Joni Ernst talking about castrating hogs, but he soon turned to the announcement that the “apotheosis” of bumpkin-hood was Sarah Palin, the mama grizzly with the brawling children.
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.
Last week, former Washington Post features writer Martha Sherill oozed after “legendary” executive editor Ben Bradlee’s death that he was so handsome, he put Cary Grant to shame.
So it’s a bit shocking to find another former Postie, Time editor at large David Von Drehle, outdoing Sherrill in the ooze department, throwing out the word “orgasm” to describe Bradlee’s charisma.
Jaime Fuller at The Washington Post mocked the Charlotte Observer’s surprisingly weak endorsement of Sen. Kay Hagan. The Post called it Hagan’s “worst endorsement.” That seems right.
“Here is a sample of the glowing things they had to say about her,” Fuller cracked:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo popped up on national TV Friday in coverage of the Ebola case in New York city, including a cozy CNN morning interview (this time, not with his anchorman brother Chris). But the networks weren’t about to report that the potential 2016 presidential contender is bombing on the book shelves.
Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard passed along that New York Times political reporter Amy Chozick (assigned normally to the all-but-official Hillary Clinton campaign) tweeted out that the governor’s new book was basically dead on arrival:
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple reported that fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson feels “liberated” to say that the media’s failing to offer “big coverage” of how Obamacare is now working. "And now the computers are working and lots of people are signing up, and where’s all the big coverage of that story?” asked Abramson.
Deadline Hollywood reports ABC Studios has picked up a new sitcom project called “Totally Illegal” from “Two And A Half Men” co-creator Lee Aronsohn. The illegal alien is Canadian, while the longtime citizens are Mexican-American.
Count NPR as one of those national media outlets that just can’t really grasp the notion that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Washington Post have ruined the narrative that “gentle giant” Michael Brown never wrestled police officer Darren Wilson for his gun. The finding of burns on the thumb “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” But NPR blurred over the inconvienent news.
Under Barack Obama, the Federal Communications Commission has walked away from any sense of enforcing traditional broadcast decency, a dramatic change from the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” drama of 2004. Two years ago, the courts consented to the broadcast networks’ demands that indecency is an outdated notion. (Liberals want to redefine broadcast obscenity as words like "Redskins.") But FCC fines are breaking out in a brand new area.
The left-leaning viral-video website Upworthy preached that Canadian media were much better than American media in covering the shooting in the Parliament in Ottawa. Apparently, American media were wrong to use the word “terror” and spurred fears with graphics like CNN’s “Shooter was convert to Islam.”
Canadian coverage was apparently superior because it says “rumors start” after a violent event and “We try to keep them out of our coverage.”
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is hardly a site for hundreds of angry protesters. But they have erupted over their current selection, an opera called “The Death of Klinghoffer.” Leon Klinghoffer was the 69-year-old paralyzed New Yorker who in 1985 was aboard the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro, then executed by Islamic terrorists because he was a Jew. The terrorists forced the ship's barber and a waiter to throw his body and his wheelchair overboard off the coast of Egypt.
Klinghoffer’s daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, have objected to this opera for decades.
The “Monkey Cage” blog at The Washington Post asked an unusual question on Friday: “Could non-citizens decide the November election?”
Jesse Richman and David Earnest, associate professors at Old Dominion University suggest the answer could certainly be yes.
Thursday’s Washington Post was riddled with contradictions. On the front page, the Post reported “more than a half-dozen black witnesses” supported police officer Darren Wilson’s account of a fight before he shot Michael Brown.
But on the front page of the Style section, the Post championed how the leftist “human rights” group Amnesty International was citing the United States as a human-rights violator based on its police brutality. That’s unfortunate timing.
Friday’s Washington Post unleashed a weird attack against Kenneth Starr after all these years. The front-page headline was “Surprise support for Lewinsky’s complaint: Report on 1998 interview says prosecutors mistreated intern during Clinton inquiry.”
Why would the Post dig up a 2000 report by Ken Starr's successor as independent counsel? At the end of Rosalind Helderman’s story, she said “The Post sought the report after being contacted by Jim Lichtman, a writer and lecturer on ethics...” Who? Jim Lichtman also wrote an E-book attacking Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Ann Coulter titled “Shameless: The Ethical Case Against Three Out-of-Control Critics and the Need for Civility Now, More than Ever.”
Middle-aged people remember the hilarious Gilda Radner skit on "Saturday Night Live" where she played with the “Looking For Mr. Goodbar Sleepytime Play Set,” with dolls based on the 1975 movie where a young schoolteacher goes to seedy bars looking for casual sex partners (and ends up murdered).
That’s how silly it sounds that there would be “Breaking Bad” action figures and that they would be sold at Toys R Us. When they were inevitably pulled off the shelves, “Breaking Bad” stars complained on social media that they were less damaging than Barbie dolls.
People magazine dragged out its goo bucket again to praise ultraliberal Senator Elizabeth Warren in the latest (November 3) issue. The headline is “The YouTube Senator: As she fought the big banks, she never expected that Senate hearings would go as viral as cat videos – and make her a political star.”
Reporter Sandra Sobieraj Westfall began: “As she is not a dyspeptic pop star or a starlet dumping ice water on her head for charity, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is an unlikely Internet sensation.”
The Hollywood Reporter announced that despite a splashy premiere, the new crew on "The View" isn't stopping the bleeding, ratings-wise.
They may seek out a fifth, younger co-host, an idea which sources say Rosie O'Donnell hates.
The Washington Post is reporting Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s airing a factually challenged ad that claims his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie lobbied for a “dictator.” Buried on page B-4, reporter Rachel Weiner’s article doesn’t sound like a fact-check from the headline: “Attack ad from Warner links Gillespie’s former firm to ‘dictator’.”
In the ad, a female narrator claims “His firm even lobbied for five foreign governments, including a dictator now awaiting trial for war crimes.” The firm, Quinn Gillespie, was co-founded by former Al Gore chief of staff Jack Quinn. The Post "Fact Checker" also cried foul, giving the ad three Pinocchios.
Knowing the way our political press works, it’s easy to predict that Barack Obama’s presidency is just about over. Journalists will soon treat him as the lamest of lame ducks, and suggest nothing consequential will happen in the last two years of his presidency. Instead, they’ll obsess over who will come next.
So the timing is perfect for Rolling Stone magazine to reassert itself as Obama’s most shameless house organ. They’ve published a 4,000-word tribute by liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman insisting that “Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.”
Political reporter Aaron Blake at The Washington Post puts an aggressive spin on the latest numbers from the Pew Research Center on the media consumed by conservatives and liberals. It’s stilted to suggest conservatives get all their “news” from talk-radio hosts, while liberals prefer “mainstream tastes” like NPR and the Big Three networks.
Blake claimed Pew found “when you compare the left to the right, it's clear which side is more interested in consuming news from sources with which it agrees politically.” The flaw here is thinking that liberals aren’t consuming liberal news at ABC, CBS, NBC, and NPR.
In the ultimate in Occupy Wall Street hypocrisy, the hardcore lefties at The Nation magazine are hosting a fundraising Caribbean cruise again in December, and using The New York Times to do it. A promotional e-mail carries the quote “The love boat for policy wonks – The New York Times.” That’s a headline...from 2008.
We had to snort a little that this “love boat” will be talking about taking all the shame out of the more extreme forms of birth control: “Katha Pollitt reframing the national discussion around abortion.” It also features the “lead food columnist” of The New York Times, Mark Bittman.