NPR talk show host Terry Gross interviewed American Sniper star Bradley Cooper for Monday afternoon’s Fresh Air, and the weirdest part came when she asked Cooper if he was spooked out of working with director Clint Eastwood after he “interviewed the chair” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012. Cooper laughed and dismissed her concern.
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).
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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.
Of all the things written about the Brian Williams affair, this trend is the most hilarious: The Washington Post opining about the validity of false memory. If this kind of article isn't seen as the most obvious example of journalists circling wagons around a lying colleague, what could be more obvious?
The headline was “The science behind Brian Williams’s mortifying memory flub.” Amy Ellis Nutt insisted Williams wasn’t unusual in lying to make himself look good:
Mike Huckabee, the once and future presidential candidate, is somehow controversial for attacking Beyonce and her gangsta-rap husband Jay-Z in his new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. Beyonce is one of the most popular singers in America, and Huckabee acknowledges that. But pollsters are distorting his book.
Conservative politicians aren’t really allowed to condemn the crudest excesses of popular culture. The Obamas can be best friends with Jay-Z and Beyonce and never face any scrutiny for their parenting, which is always presumed to be fantastic.
The New York Post reports that just like that, Rosie O’Donnell has jumped ship at “The View” again, after less than half a year. O’Donnell is splitting with second “wife” Michelle Rounds and wants to focus on her children.
Rosie’s representative Cindi Berger confirmed the breakup, as well O’Donnell’s departure from “The View,” in a statement Friday night: “I can confirm that Rosie and her wife Michelle split in November. Rosie has teens and an infant at home that need her attention.
The New York Times caught up to Thursday’s Washington Post and put the Brian Williams phony-RPG scandal on the front page on Friday. This surely explains how ABC and CBS were shamed into acknowledging this was real on TV on Friday morning.
“With Apology, Williams Digs Himself Deeper” was the Times headline, and the story continued onto page B-8, which was entirely dedicated to the Williams scandal. Inside the pull quote was “Some have called for Brian Williams to quit over his story of being fired on in Iraq.”
Making up for its tiny A-3 brief on the Brian Williams scandal on Thursday, USA Today’s splashy front-page headline on Friday was “Brian Williams loses credibility with ‘mistake.’" The story was actually Rem Rieder’s tough commentary that went online yesterday. The subheadline was “Hard to see how anchor will survive as face of NBC News.” It even jumped over to A-2 with the headline “Brian Williams’ plays with truth.”
Rieder's commentary also showed up on the front page of The New York Times, with the line "It's hard to see how Williams gets past this, and how he survives as the face of NBC News."
The New Orleans Advocate is finding the locals skeptical about Brian Williams catching dysentery from Katrina flood waters. “I saw a lot of people with cuts and bruises and such, but I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” former city health director Dr. Brobson Lutz said. "I don’t know anybody that’s tried that to see, but my dogs drank it, and they didn’t have any problems.”
The Washington Post made a front-page story Thursday out of the revelation that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams lied about being on a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. Media reporter Paul Farhi began: "NBC News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Wednesday that a story he had told about being under fire while covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was false."
The New York Times and USA Today each buried the Williams story.
In 2012, The Washington Post waited until Romney had defeated all his GOP rivals before releasing its enormous “scoop” that Romney may have given a prep-school classmate in involuntary haircut in 1965. In this cycle, The Boston Globe is rushing it. The Hill newspaper summarized in its February 1 headline: “Jeb Bush was a pot-smoking bully, say former classmates.”
It won’t be shocking to discover that Globe “investigative journalist” Michael Kranish can go long on Jeb’s "tumultous" but undistinguished Andover years, but couldn’t find anything negative years ago from Barack Obama’s high-school years, or John Kerry’s.
The New York Times demonstrated their ardor to take Chris Christie down a peg again in the Tuesday front page story headlined “In Christie’s Career, Fondness for Luxe Benefits.” Reporters Kate Zernike and Michael Barbaro did a “deep dive” into Christie’s fondness for private planes and luxury hotels.
So try a Nexis search over the last year for “Hillary Clinton” and “private planes” or “private jets.” No news story. “Hillary Clinton” and “luxury”? No news story. Zernike and Barbaro know they could do this kind of a news story, as they admit in their Christie story:
Emily Heil at The Washington Post’s “Reliable Sources” gossip column promoted liberal actress Ashley Judd discussing her latest flirtation with running for office. Maybe she should run for governor of Kentucky, since it's kind of a Third World state, and she has a "deep bench on that stuff." Problem: Post political reporter Reid Wilson pointed out the filing deadline for the governor's race passed last month.
The press has barely noticed that President Obama has offered a new federal budget. Even in its paucity was a slant to be found. Like an obedient servant, NBC morning anchor Natalie Morales relayed: “President Obama, unveiling a record $4 trillion budget on Monday aimed at helping the poor and middle class. President Obama says the budget is practical, not partisan.”
These people can't admit Obama sent a moldy packet of Old Fashioned Liberalism to Capitol Hill, or that he's our very worst deficit president.
Politico magazine wrote a nasty anti-Bush article by Michael Kruse, who used to be a political reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. The headline was “Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’: Michael Schiavo knows as well as anyone what Jeb Bush can do with executive power. He thinks you ought to know too.”
That's an odd spin for a man who fought for years to pull the feeding tube out of his own wife (and refused to grant custody of her to her parents) so he could get married to another woman. Kruse and Politico painted him as just an "average Joe" victimized by "hard-right" Catholic-convert governor.
The Washington Post's gay "manners" columnist has once again insisted that "anti-LGBT" businesses be blacklisted by all caring liberals -- in Tuesday's case, Chick-fil-A. A liberal woman in her 30s wrote in to say her liberal husband loves the food. "Is there any way he can enjoy this particular establishment without feeling guilty? For example, what if he donated an amount equal to what he spends there to a gay rights organization such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) every time he patronized this place? Would that be an appropriate offset?"
Steven Petrow says "No." Chick-fil-A is verboten.
Taraji P. Henson, one of the stars of the new Fox drama Empire, gave an interview for the February 9 edition of Time magazine. She plays Cookie, the “fiery matriarch” at a hip-hop record company. Time asked, “What are people upset about?” Henson said “Barack Obama.”
Time replied, “You mean the scene in which one of Cookie’s sons calls Obama a sellout during a drunken rant?” Henson explained: “It was to prove a point about how reckless young kids are nowadays. Some of them are out of control! They don’t understand hard work, what it took for that man to get in office. But people get so offended. It’s art, baby!"
On CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, host Brian Stelter touted the scary influence of Fox News: "Will those two guys, Fox News president Roger Ailes and his boss, Rupert Murdoch, be picking your next president? It may sound ridiculous, it may sound like some liberal conspiracy theory, but there's no disputing that they have real power in the GOP primaries."
Stelter brought on liberal Ailes-trashing biographer Gabriel Sherman to insist "without a question in the Republican primary, Roger Ailes controls the largest bloc of reliable Republican voters."
The New York Times quipped “Jim Parsons is God – and not just to fans of his character, Sheldon Cooper” on the CBS comedy hit The Big Bang Theory. Parsons will play the Almighty on Broadway beginning May 5 in the new comedy An Act of God by David Javerbaum, a former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
American liberals revere the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as if they were the gold standard for reliable international news coverage. They won’t acknowledge that the BBC has all the leftist impulses that American liberal media outlets do, and a few more.
For example, Adam Sherwin at the (U.K.) Independent reported on January 25 that Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, would not describe the Muslim attackers who shot up the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as “terrorists.”
Chris Matthews is doing it again -- comparing the MSNBC liberal laundry list of issues to the Founding Fathers. Instead of a silly "Lean Forward" ad, it's been published as an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post.
Matthews urged the Democrats to pick Philadelphia for its 2016 convention because it's surrounded by our early American history, and rambled about how great it was for him as a teen to wander around the Democrats' 1964 convention in Atlantic City.