On page 2 of Sunday’s Washington Post came the headline “Hillary Clinton picks up another big endorsement.” Really? Who could that be? Jesse Jackson. And does it matter, this late in the contest?
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.
By creating an "NBC OUT" initiative, NBC News is getting even bolder in just presenting one-sided LGBT propaganda from groups like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). On Thursday, they posted an article from Variety headlined “Transgender Representation on TV Hitting New Highs.” But as usual, they found a terrible shortage of transgender characters on our television screens.
Right by the NBC peacock came this definitive conclusion: "The hope is that those larger roles will transcend magazine covers and television screens, and weave acceptance into the fabric of our hearts and minds."
The new movie Me Before You looks to be an inspirational love story. A lower-class woman in England is hired to take care of a young man who recently became a quadroplegic after being hit by a car. He inspires her to live a fuller life; she inspires him to find the joys he can still realize from his wheelchair.
That’s the commercial, but that’s not the actual plot. Spoiler alert: this isn’t a love story, it’s a story of a man’s self-love leading to assisted suicide.
Political journalists have often suggested that presidential candidates announcing their endorsements isn’t very newsworthy, but that news judgment apparently never applies to Barack Obama. As the media gushes with hyperbole that it’s somehow “breaking news” that Obama’s endorsing Hillary Clinton, let’s ask the obvious question: Did this happen when President Bush endorsed John McCain on March 5, 2008? Not even close.
For example, The Washington Post placed Obama’s endorsement of Hillary as the most prominent story on Friday's front page, with the headline “President announces his pick: Clinton.” The suspense must have been killing them. But on March 6, 2008, the Post put Bush endorsing McCain on....page A-9.
Harper Neidig at The Hill reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff issued a fake press release from Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday with the headline “Media Advisory: Speaker Ryan to Hide from Reporters Today.”
Deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill wisecracked Ryan wouldn't take questions "about his surrender to Donald Trump," especially on why "the House GOP wants to hand the nuclear codes to a person who engages in textbook racism."
The TV networks are heavily promoting the word “historic” in Hillary Clinton’s presumptive-nominee status – and “historic” is correct. This surely is a first. “Historic” can be a factual adjective, but in the hands of the networks, it often carries a highly positive ring, often attached to liberal victories. By contrast, consider the historic nature of Mitt Romney’s nomination in 2012. On May 29 of that year, Washington Post reporters Sandhya Somashekar and Jason Horowitz reported Romney was the first Mormon major-party nominee.
How did the networks cover that? Most didn't. ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, and Fox didn't report it. CNN was the TV exception.
Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson shredded the notion that he writes a column with exceptional “equanimity” by suggesting that charter-school backers in Detroit should be sewed into a burlap sack with rabid animals and thrown into a river to drown – if they aren’t eaten first.
The most obvious sign of liberal media favoritism is that liberal candidates can avoid press conferences for months at a time and they don’t complain. On CNN, David Gregory argued Hillary Clinton would just "take the hit" for avoiding them, and avoiding tough questions about her private email server and the Clinton Foundation.
But when Hillary briefly met the press on Monday, it was eight softballs, nothing on scandals, nothing on policy, just horse-race questions and gush about her "historic" race.
Time.com posted a eulogy to Muhammad Ali from Comedy Central Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore. It’s titled “Muhammad Ali Embodied Unapologetic Blackness.” Somehow, Wilmore repeatedly implied converting to Islam equals blackness. So then, Christianity is...the white man’s religion? Someone never told Martin Luther King.
Seth Lipsky of the New York Post found a dramatic contrast on swimming pools and religious orthodoxy on June 2 (and additionally mocked Monday by James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal). Call it Islamic privilege. The Times can't stand Orthodox Jewish women having sex-segregated swimming hours in a public space....but lauded it for Muslim women in February.
Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported the latest on the San Bernardino shooter: he obtained two life insurance policies through his employer for more than $250,000 listing his mother as a beneficiary. Now the government is trying to stop Syed Farook’s family from cashing in.
Media coverage? Not much. NPR noticed, and the New York Daily News. The Washington Post put it late in a related story on Thursday (we saw it Thursday in a brief in the Post commuter tabloid Express). A Nexis search of network and cable news found only two anchor briefs on CNN’s Early Start (between 4 and 5 am).
Conservative blogs like ours tend to introduce Dan Rather as a "disgraced news fabricator." Leftist sites call Rather "legendary," utterly ignoring his fraudulent 2004 story on inauthentic Air National Guard memos. The leftist site Raw Story carried this headline: "Respected news icon Dan Rather just annihilated Donald Trump on Facebook."
Delusional Dan, who still imagines himself as the Ed Murrow of the late 20th century, had the opposite of a thrill up his leg over Trump, a "shudder down my spine."
The liberal New York Daily News wallowed in anti-Trump comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Ryan Harris, who won a Super Bowl ring in February with the Denver Broncos. Harris, a convert to Islam, put on his freedom swagger and said Trump’s comments on Islam have been “un-American.” No one asks about the serious tensions between Islam and freedom of religion.
On Friday, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler paid a subtle compliment to NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck and to the blog in general by noticing how quickly Curtis challenged PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill for asking Elkhart, Indiana "So what gives?" -- why they hadn’t voted for Barack Obama despite the improving economy?
He noted the question was "a little glib" and "sure to be vulnerable to criticism by some viewers as partisan. I thought it was fair for NewsBusters to call attention to it." But he also praised the outburst as a "smart and gutsy way to set the stage."
Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash was trashed by the Left again for suggesting transgender activists should “go to the bushes” at bathroom time if they can’t decide which gender they are. In an interview on Thursday with Entertainment Tonight to promote her new book There Goes My Social Life, Dash insisted “Hollywood pushes a liberal agenda to the rest of the country. Whether we like it or not, Hollywood dictates the culture of the country.”
When ET’s Nischelle Turner asked about “Caitlyn Jenner,” Dash implied that gender was a “choice,” which violates the code of LGBT political correctness.
Coming out of Donald Trump’s contentious press conference on Tuesday, Politico chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush went on MSNBC and suggested Trump was such a unique liar – a liar for the ages, the biggest political liar “of our lifetimes” – that he needs a live fact-check on the TV screen. Like many reporters, Thrush is utterly blind to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s routine and relentless falsehoods.
Thrush proclaimed: “And I tell you something. What I would like to see is real-time fact-checking of Trump. I think this is the first candidate in our lifetimes that we need a chyron at the bottom of the screen where we have live fact-checking.”
The NFL has a serious PR problem with concussions. NFL star Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012 to underline the issue. Count on flower children at NPR to go over the edge with this issue. The problem isn't the size and strength, and therefore power of professional football players. No, it's -- ready? -- the evil game of football itself.
This is your taxpayer-funded broadcasting in action: Planned Parenthood selling dead baby parts is just a "women's health" group aiding "medical research," but the NFL is organized savagery.
Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer is usually a fairly sensible media critic, but not this week. He wrote a snarky article on Wednesday headlined "Donald Trump Is a 2-Year-Old. It’s Time for the Press to Treat Him Like One."
Shafer announced that Trump's angry Tuesday press conference demonstrated he's just like a big baby, or an irritable two-year-old.
To counter vicious leftist anti-Trump protests on Thursday night, CNN’s Don Lemon brought on liberals who made excuses for it or blamed Trump. Democrat pundit Bob Beckel blamed Trump: “It reflects badly on people who are against Trump but you'll get that kind of thing when you get inflammatory statements like Trump makes and you're going to find people in any group of protesters, you're going to have a percentage of people who are just very angry and out of control.”
Trump backer Kayleigh McEnany was on hand to disagree, but CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin protested “Let’s not get carried away” in denouncing the protests, so what if one guy got his hat knocked off? “One person getting hurt is unacceptable, but it's one person.”
MSNBC’s Morning Joe brought its infamous racial huckster/weekend host Al Sharpton to the set on Thursday to discuss a piece the “Rev”wrote for The Huffington Post pleading for Democrats to unify for the general election to preserve the great legacy of Obama....as if differentiating MSNBC from a DNC breakfast wasn’t hard enough.
Willie Geist pressed Sharpton about a comment he made to The New York Times that Hillary Clinton is going into a "street fight with a guy with a razor and a broken Coca-Cola bottle." He said "Rev, you had such an interesting line we were just talking about."