The liberals at NPR weren't sugar-coating their view of how conservative Republicans will lead their party into a "disastrous" end if they do well in Iowa. On Monday's Morning Edition, NPR analyst Cokie Roberts insisted Iowa Republicans seem to favor social conservatives who push the GOP too far to the right in a general election. They oppose gay marriage and "turn off young voters in droves" and oppose amnesty for immigrants, which has made Rep. Steve King's name "toxic" among Hispanics.
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.
irst on Twitter and then in The New York Times, black columnist Charles Blow raged against a policeman at Yale questioning at gunpoint his son Tahj – who attends Yale. But Blow never mentioned in all this fuss that the cop was also a black man. Wouldn’t that fact matter as you tell this tale as some sort of racist horror story?
Eddie Scarry at The Washington Examiner reports “Blow did not return a request for comment on why he omitted the race of the officer in his column or whether the race of the officer matters.”
Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to “March for Life," protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. Every year the "news" outlets report next to nothing, even when their reporters are there documenting the event while their cameras film it.
This year the turnout was among the strongest ever, with estimates as high as half a million people. The visual of wave after wave marching to the Capitol to demand action, with banners, flyers, and flags; with an ocean of those supposedly disinterested millennials cheering and praying; with babies everywhere. It was a breathtaking sight.
As the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General, The Washington Post spread goo across page one on Tuesday. The headline was “In Justice nominee, a touch of ‘steel’ and ‘velvet.’”
Justice Department correspondent Sari Horwitz began and ended with her daddy, and quoted former Obama associate attorney general Tony West: “Loretta is steel wrapped in velvet, incredibly tough with a diplomatic touch.” Used cars are sold with less aggression.
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports “A new Ipsos/Reuters poll throws cold water on the racially-charged #OscarsSoWhite trend and other campaigns suggesting that the overly liberal Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was biased this year against blacks and other minorities in picking Oscar nominees.”
Clint Eastwood's movie “American Sniper” dominated the box office race on the long Martin Luther King weekend with a gross of $103.5 million. That's more than twice as high as the previous January opening weekend record. It received a rare "A+" CinemaScore from people who saw it, suggesting word-of-mouth will be wildly positive.
This movie wasn’t very controversial – until, that is, the film earned six Oscar nominations and had that amazing weekend at the box office. That's when the hostility erupted from leftist Hollywood types on Twitter, hell-bent on pushing back against the wave.
Sunday’s New York Times Magazine includes a generally favorable story on "The Megyn Kelly Moment" by Times reporter Jim Rutenberg (once a media-beat specialist).
Rutenberg acknowledged how throroughly Kelly dominates her time slot and is battling with Bill O’Reilly for the top of the cable-news mountain. Liberals are complaining about Kelly's positive press.
On December 28 and 29, The Washington Post highlighted a tiny rally of leftists opposing the name of the Washington Redskins – on the front page of the Metro section twice – both before and after the march, which turned out only about 100 activists.
On Friday, after the March for Life brought tens of thousands of pro-life activists to Capitol Hill, the Post buried it on A-6. The headline skipped the “life” part. It was “Abortion opponents sense attitude shift: Speakers at Mall rally say nation’s views are aligning with theirs.” The story had a small color photo with equal numbers of pro-lifers and abortion advocates facing off in front of the Supreme Court.
Like any women’s magazine selling pro-abortion feminism alongside cover girls wearing $1,800 earrings and $675 pumps, the February issue of Elle is bowing deeply to HBO star Lena Dunham as a "full-on cultural icon."
One lowlight came as she discussed pro-life protesters at an Austin, Texas Planned Parenthood center. “I think we’ve all learned it’s hard to change the minds of people who aren’t open and willing to grow and don’t have a certain level of decency.” This, in the same article where they hail her often-naked "rack" as a fifth girl on her show.
There wasn’t a lot of fact-checking of Obama’s State of the Union address, but NPR promised they would be eyeing the factual claims. In a ten-minute segment on Wednesday's Morning Edition, they investigated claims they insisted what Obama said was “true,” if a matter of political dispute.
But in "fact-checking" Sen. Joni Ernst's GOP response, NPR's Scott Horsley played a slippery game with the estimates of jobs created by the Keystone pipeline proposal.
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch was widely attacked by the left when he tweeted after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris that “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.” Days later, he walked that back, saying he didn’t mean to suggest all Muslims were responsible for that shooting.
CNN host Fareed Zakaria trash-talked about Murdoch and Fox's "crazy, radical...quasi-fascist" hosts during a Huffington Post video interview at the swanky Davos conference in Switzerland.
The State of the Union coverage on PBS last night had a slightly bizarre analysis as the speech ended. PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill jumped in over the applause and said Obama “talked about this being a breakthrough year for America and he seems to be taking on a victory lap.”
Later, David Brooks said it was a "very liberal speech" and professed amazement that Obama pretended he hadn't been crushed in the midterms.
As President George W. Bush prepared to give his State of the Union address eight years ago, the news media wanted it underlined that he was a lame duck. NBC asked repeatedly if "the country stopped listening to the President." After all, Democrats had captured both houses of Congress, so this presidency was basically over.
Not so, apparently, with liberal Democrats. Today, the same media outlets are announcing that Barack Obama has a spring in his step and a “breeze at his back” as he flagrantly goes around Congress, single-handedly legalizing illegal aliens and opening up diplomatic relations with Castro’s Cuba. They touted his rising approval ratings in the network polls. NBC has him up to 46 percent approval, as if that’s a heady achievement.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, HBO host Bryant Gumbel was asked about the National Rifle Association and a segment he did on his Real Sports show about the "Eat what you kill" movement.
Gumbel said "There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they're pigs. I think they don't care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record."
Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner reported that potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee finds the media “laughable” and sometimes playing the “idiot” role when covering America and his probable campaign. The media are out of touch with "Bubbaville." His new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy comes out on Tuesday. He recalled charged conversations on guns with an AP reporter and with Katie Couric on NBC.
New York Times columnist David Brooks shows up every Friday on NPR and PBS to sound very moderate in the microphones, which usually means taking an immoderate swipe at conservatives. On both All Things Considered and the NewsHour on Friday, he slammed House conservatives by associating them with Fox News and their fans.
On PBS, Brooks compared to the House vote to block funding for Obama’s executive actions on immigratino to Pickett’s disastrous charge into Union guns at Gettysburg:
If the notion of an “MSNBC Catholic” sounds like a complete non sequitur, you could be thinking of Mike Barnicle. In a foam-flecked Daily Beast attack on conservative Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke -- "Catholicism’s Most Offensive Mansplainer" -- Barnicle and the Beasties highlighted how his “mother the nun” would call Burke an “a**hole” in Gaelic.
Barnicle also uncorked a completely crackpot line: “The cost of his gilded, ornate vestments could feed a family of four across a decade.”
Five years after his 15 minutes of fame, The Washington Post put Florida minister Terry Jones -- described as an "infamous burner of Korans" -- on Page One. His "notoriety" as "America's most brazen offender of Islam" was helping him sell french fries at a mall.
The Washington Post has never used a word like "infamous" or "notorious" or "brazen" to describe late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, who's been eliminating babies in the Washington suburb of Germantown, Maryland over the last four years.
Is there anything less newsworthy than the mostly American “womenpriest” movement protesting the Roman Catholic Church? Is there anything that’s more of a stale rerun?
On Sunday's Today, feminist NBC correspondent celebrated 80-year-old "dynamo" doing "something radical" and "sticking a well-manicured finger in the eye of the established Catholic Church."
While the national media relentlessly focus on all the problems in politics belonging to the Republican Party, even after the 2014 midterms – after which they projected all the same problems with minorities and the “far right” Tea Party faction in 2016 that they’d spent the last two years predicting.
What most journalists fail to do – at least in public – is diagnose anything wrong with the Democrats. For that, political junkies could turn to The Economist magazine, a popular Washington read for a British viewpoint. Their “Lexington” column lamented the Democrats right now are “An Army Without Generals.”