Liberal actor Morgan Freeman is so tired of the riot stories he’s telling Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast “F— the media.” This came at the end of a rant in which he suggested Baltimore media coverage is less one-sided than Ferguson...and he’s suggesting Ferguson wasn’t sympathetic at all to the black activists.
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 last year or so could be described as The Year of Transgender Propaganda. The Hollywood and news-media push on the latest frontier of “gender fluidity” demonstrates the libertine left’s absolute arrogance that the LGBT revolution is an unstoppable juggernaut.
Time placed Laverne Cox on a “Transgender Tipping Point” cover last June, and the aggressive culture-tipping took off. Amazon created a series around a retiree deciding he was a woman in “Transparent,” and won Golden Globes. Fox’s “Glee” had their female football coach grow a beard and be celebrated by a “historic” 200-member transgender choir. The cherry on this vomit is Bruce Jenner.
On Monday night, NPR’s newscast All Things Considered did a fact-check on the Clinton family’s claims about their own foundation’s transparency. Money-and-politics correspondent Peter Overby found both Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton weren’t entirely factual, exaggerating how transparent their foundation was. But NPR quoted watchdogs that this could just be an “innocent mistake.”
Overby strangely concluded this was like other Clinton controversies, “not terribly clear, shaped by exaggerations on both sides.” Both sides? Overby failed to list any anti-Clinton exaggerations
In his Friday column, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman launches into the press for failing to honor Hillary Clinton as a learner for flip-flopping on the drawbacks of trade agreements.
"The press, I’m sorry to say, tends to punish open-mindedness, because gotcha journalism is easier and safer than policy analysis. Hillary Clinton supported trade agreements in the 1990s, but now she’s critical. It’s a flip-flop! Or, possibly, a case of learning from experience, which is something we should praise, not deride."
When they're not fawning over President Obama at their annual dinner, the White House Correspondents Association has protested the White House trying to limit any independent photography of its events. But even outside the White House, reporters cave when Obama demands they stop filming him.
Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit noted the quick media surrender happened at the trendy restaurant Teaism near the White House. Obama surprised the reporters by walking in with Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples after a Rose Garden ceremony.
It may be the “fourth quarter” of the Obama presidency, but the flower-petal patrol around First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t slowing down. Wednesday’s USA Today carried a flashy photo montage titled “SPRING FORWARD WITH MICHELLE.”
“On the heels of a stunning turn by the first lady at the celeb-laden White House Correspondents’ Dinner, USA Today’s Andrea Mandell takes a look at the effortlessly chic spring style of Michelle Obama.”
This year’s Pulitzer Prizes didn’t seem to be rewarding an obvious liberal tilt, but Baptist Press is taking exception to how the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier won for a series on domestic violence, and alluded heavily to Bible-thumpers being wife-thumpers:
Liberals still glow when they talk about comedian Stephen Colbert ripping into President Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006. He told Bush they were alike. “We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol,” Colbert announced. “I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the ‘No Fact Zone.’”
Nothing like that has happened to Obama at these dinners. At this late date in Obama’s tenure, the process seems entrenched: they giddily await his performance and when it’s over, salivate over it. It’s rather embarrassing, actually.
The liberal movement in the United States – including its “mainstream” media – would very much like to curtail conservative freedom of speech. But it wants to create a “safe space” for rioting advocacy for the “oppressed.”
See the latest offering as Salon.com. The headline is "Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy. It's crucial to see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy. If it fails to win people over it's a futile tactic.”
While The New York Times routinely ignores best-selling books by conservative authors like Mark Levin, the fake conservative the Times selected for their own editorial page received a rave review for his latest book in Sunday’s Book Review.
Former Time writer Pico Iyer oozed "Brooks’s solemn, often troubled, sometimes infuriating work reminds us is that there are few newspaper columnists who are more fun — and fruitful — to argue with."
Leftist journalist Rania Khalek tweeted to fellow leftist Max Blumenthal: "Did you ever consider that maybe Israel is heading to Nepal to learn from the earthquake how to kill better?"
Former White House press secretary Dana Perino appeared on The Kelly File on Friday night to lament that she shared a touching story about President Bush visiting wounded soldiers in Washington with National Public Radio, but they edited out a family who was overjoyed to see the president, choosing to focus just on an angry mother who was mad at Bush. "Why are your children okay, but my son is here?"
Religion bloggers in America this week noticed that three Australian churches were badly burned in Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter Sunday. There was no media coverage in the United States – nothing on television (no ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, or Fox) no National Public Radio, and no print (no Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, or USA Today.) Imagine if three mosques in Australia were torched.
When the third went aflame, Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, best known for Six Feet Under and Brothers and Sisters, expressed.....happiness.
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd granted an interview to their affiliate station WWQC in Davenport, Iowa. He unloaded the conventional wisdom on anchor Marcia Lense when she asked if the newest uranium scandal with the Clintons would change the game with voters, or this would fade away.
Todd picked (b). Journalists think scandals never end up hurting the Clintons. They’re just “circumstantial scandals” that the Clintons always survive – in part because the liberal journalists very much want them to survive.
A revolt is happening against one of Washington's biggest parties. Luke Mullins at Washingtonian magazine found the idea this White House Correspondents Association dinner is all about scholarships for young journalists is a bad joke.
Patrick Gavin, a media reporter at Politico, left his job to make a documentary on what they call Nerd Prom. Here's a video (that didn't make the film) with White House correspondents explaining that the hunt for celebrity guests at their tables gets quite ridiculous, and is ultimately meaningless:
The North Korean e-mail hack of Sony continues to haunt Hollywood. The leftist group WikiLeaks recently posted a searchable set of the documents and the London Daily Mail found a new scandal subject: Ben Affleck....and PBS.
Featured on the show Finding Your Roots, Affleck demanded (and got) the censorship of a slave-holder in his family tree, creating a scandal for the public-broadcasting network. The show that aired in November only honored his mother for her Freedom Rider activism during the black civil rights movement in the Sixties.
This week’s edition of People magazine is a double issue on the “Most Beautiful” people. To hit their progressive quota, People was merely the latest magazine to honor transgender actor (Charles) Laverne Cox as a “most beautiful” woman. He was “The Trailblazer.”
There were also several nods toward same-sex marriage.
Alex Griswold of the Daily Caller reports that on Thursday, “Press secretary Josh Earnest dodged no less [sic] than ten consecutive questions in a span of five minutes. Nine of the 10 questions came from ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the 10th from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Karl demanded transparency – a very belated request – for the 2009 memorandum that somehow made the Clintons responsive to the administration on Foundation activities:
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi reported on Friday that employees in the Washington bureau of NBC News strongly pushed against the return of Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams in a February meeting with NBC executive Deborah Turness.
They expressed angry embarrassment that “Williams’s embellished statements about his reporting exploits had damaged NBC’s credibility and that he should not be permitted to return to the anchor chair.” One person who attended the meeting described the overall tone as a “bloodbath” for Williams.
It’s become quite common to note that leftists see no intellectual clash between ardent activism against “animal cruelty” and passionate “pro-choice” activism advocating “fetus cruelty.” See Shirley Manson, the lead singer of the rock band Garbage.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish in the small Wisconsin town of Stephensville (near Appleton and Green Bay) has ended its long tradition of pig wrestling after “more than 81,000 people signed an online petition expressing concerns for the animals' well-being.” Manson called this "abusive," but dearly loves the right to abortion.