Boston Globe White House reporter Matt Viser created a popular tweet among Democrat partisans over the weekend on the Donald Trump gaffe alleging Sen. John McCain wasn't a war hero because he was captured. Viser noted Kerry came to McCain's defense, and worked in the Swift Boat veterans controversy. Kerry, "who knows something about having a war record impugned," stood up for McCain.
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.
The radical-left spectacle that is the “Netroots Nation” conference made page A-10 of Sunday’s Washington Post. Democratic candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, running to the left of Hillary Clinton, merely by showing up to pander to these radicals, were silenced and pressed to agree wholeheartedly with “Black lives matter” activists who hijacked their appearances.
Washington Post reporter John Wagner (who covered O’Malley’s term as governor in Annapolis) spotlighted leftists who were unhappy they said anything upsetting to the nutroots. O’Malley messed up apparently by saying “All lives matter.”
While comedienne Amy Schumer is bringing her crass female persona to the cineplex in the movie Trainwreck, liberal movie critics are upset she doesn't stay in a glorious rut of one-night stands and cynical bitterness. They dislike Judd Apatow's "too conservative" tendency for happy, loving endings. They start with edgy trappings and end in (shudders) "moral decency."
Ayn Rand fans – both the dedicated Objectivists and the Tea Party libertarians – will not be surprised to see Rand slimed in Time magazine. In her early, unpublished work, Rand biographer Anne Heller asserts in Rand’s characters she is “glimpsing Charleston gunman Dylann Roof and his lethal ilk.”
Heller told Time readers "Rand hated ordinary people with a vengeance."
Once again, a courageous group of pro-life activists has produced a damning sting video of Planned Parenthood, and this one has exposed the most outrageous behavior yet. This isn’t the abortion conglomerate protecting pimps or statutory rapists as they seek abortions. This is the selling of the organs of babies after they’ve been killed.
The video will chill you to the bone. It cannot be described as anything but what it is: evil.
There had to be someone in the liberal media who looked at the Planned Parenthood sting video and decided it meant nothing. That it was all the Big Lie. Meet Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak.
Her Friday column in the paper was headlined “Planned Parenthood deserves to be supported, not attacked.” She dismissed the whole video as just another distasteful pro-life protest poster.
The Hollywood Reporter pored over Hillary Clinton’s financial statements to determine just how enthusiastic the Hollywood left is for the apparent Democratic nominee-in-waiting.
Plenty of well-known liberal celebrities are on the list: Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere, Rob Reiner, Barbra Streisand, Tobey Maguire, Kate Hudson, Magic Johnson, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Gere, Meredith Baxter, Glee alum Chris Colfer, and Chloe Grace Moretz.
On Wednesday, CNN.com posted a report from Steve Almasy and Eliott C. McLaughlin on the sting video on Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies. A new angle emerged within the story when CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talked to liberal medical ethicist Arthur Caplan.
He suggested from watching the videotape that Planned Parenthood was unethically putting its plans for harvesting intact organs ahead of the health of the women seeking abortions. That’s “a big no-no.” So it’s not surprising that Caplan didn’t make the cut for CNN on air in the two stories Cohen appeared in on Wednesday and Thursday.
Not all pseudo-Republican women are out of a pundit’s job this week. Shortly after it reported Nicolle Wallace was being cut by The View, Variety reported Fox News Channel is picking up Meghan McCain as a contributor. That certainly doesn’t add a conservative voice to the allegedly unanimous channel...and it doesn't add intellectual heft to the often-dissed Fox blondes.
Brian Steinberg said young McCain “has identified” as a Republican before, when it was about the family’s business:
The Hollywood trade paper Variety reported that ABC axed Nicolle Wallace from “The View” when this season is over. Reporter Ramin Setoodeh called her a “conservative personality,” which is not how she came across on ABC at all.
But Variety also suggested “The former communications chief for George W. Bush was selected as the resident Republican on the show in September, but underwhelmed ABC bosses by not offering enough dissent about political issues and continually voicing her lack of knowledge about celebrities.”
The “Civilities” column written by gay “Mr. Manners” Steven Petrow in The Washington Post carried another uncivil attack in Tuesday’s paper. Petrow devoted his “advice” column to celebrating the Supreme Court gay-marriage mandate and how the opponents aren’t reacting well: “many of these folks are afraid of what they don’t fully understand. We — LGBT individuals and our allies — are the ambassadors for acceptance.”
But then Petrow and the Post promoted the idea that “some nut will walk into an LGBT center with a gun and mow people down just because.” That’s funny: in real life, it was Floyd Corkins the LGBT center volunteer who walked into the Family Research Council in 2012 with a gun to mow down conservative Christians and rub their dead faces with Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
On the day Scott Walker would announce in Wisconsin that he was running for president, The New York Times offered a typical takedown on the front page. “Admiring voters” found him to be authentic and approachable, but there were two words these fans apparently did not use: “Smart” and “sophisticated.”
That might be because liberal snobs at the Times think that those words are defined by how liberal you are. Those are qualities you get from reading the Times. Their own ads have touted them for giving the customer “depth” and “breadth” and “insights.” Conservatives are dumb...but they have hope if they put enough of The New York Times into their brain every day.
The ink isn’t dry on any Iran deal, and the Congress hasn’t seen the terms, but USA Today is already off to the spit-and-polish stand for Obama. The headline was “First take: Obama's winning streak continues with Iran deal.”
Reporter Ray Locker gushed:
"Derided as a lame duck after his Democratic Party suffered losses in last November's midterm elections, President Obama has carved out a series of accomplishments that show he remains consequential despite the fervent desires of his adversaries."
On the morning Gov. Scott Walker announced on social media he would run for president, The New York Times was comparing him to Sarah Palin as not the deepest, most intelligent contender.
Somehow, “admiring voters” are deployed against Walker as not thinking of the word “smart” or "sophisticated" first in describing him. Those words are apparently adjectives for "liberal."
On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks offered disbelief that Donald Trump’s anti-amnesty position on immigration would win the day with Republicans. They’re not “complete idiots,” he suggested. Brooks insisted the “talk radio part” of the Republican party is “waning, frankly,” and that the platform of Dole, McCain, and George W. Bush would return.
The PBS anchor was having trouble believing the Republicans weren’t doomed already.
CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar talked tough about Hillary on Sunday’s State of the Union after going soft in her Tuesday interview. Keilar suggested much of what Hillary said on e-mails wouldn’t pass a fact check.
She directly replied to former Obama communications director Dan Pfieffer, who when asked if Hillary “stepped in it” on the e-mail questions, replied “Well, I think she was technically correct but probably overly precise.” There was no laugh track.
National Public Radio is being hailed for its commitment to diversity in its latest promotion of anchors and producers. With NPR evening anchor Melissa Block departing, they promoted Kelly McEvers and Ari Shapiro to work alongside Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on the nightly newscast All Things Considered. Michel Martin will take over hosting the show on weekends.
Cornish and Martin are black, and Shapiro is gay. “That leaves Siegel as the only straight white dude delivering the news on ATC,” explained Andrew Beaujon at Washingtonian magazine.
Friday’s Washington Post hyped a new trend in fashion on the front of the Style section. The headline was “His. Hers. Theirs. Whoever’s. In an increasingly genderless fashion industry, if the blouse fits, wear it.”
Fashion writer Robin Givhan championed designers who are asking “Why are clothes assigned a gender at all?” She claimed "The end of gender is near."
Jeff Guo of The Washington Post began his article correctly: “Stop. This will be the most horrifying and pointless thing you read today.” One hot trend on Google now is called “DeepDream,” to enhance and visualize all the strange associations that artificial-intelligence programs are making.
MRC’s Dan Gainor pointed out that the Post proved it’s a Democratic rag by taking this strange “stoner” imaging tool and applied it to all the Republican presidential candidates and posted it – and not a single Democrat was included for balance in silliness. So Bobby Jindal looks like a dog – and so does Chris Christie’s 18-year-old daughter Sarah.
Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw is treated with great deference inside the Peacock Network, as if he were the Cronkite of his generation. So when he was seen as the King of the Old Guard that felt Brian Williams was ruining the brand with his egotistical inventions of dangerous exploits, he was seen as the secret iron fist that felled the new star.
In an interview with Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast, who oozes about how he first knew Brokaw when he was a rising star anchoring the weekend news and Grove was a summer assistant at 30 Rock, Brokaw sees no need to say a new word: