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?"
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.
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.
Women’s magazines have been fertile propaganda ground for liberals and feminists for years. That’s even true for magazines for teenaged girls. The May issue of Seventeen is a “Get Inspired!” issue, and the cover promises inspiration from “Michelle Obama on Reaching Higher” and “Lena Dunham on Standing Out.” Transgender activist/actor Charles “Laverne” Cox offers the most propaganda-per-inch for the teens.
They also carried a six-page spread pushing the cause of 17-year-old "Dreamer" Rixa Rivera in Idaho, complete with recommendations on how to do hashtag activism for the Left.
Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast is prone to wild overstatement. For example, after the last elections, he counseled the Democrats to just avoid the Southern states after Sen. Mary Landrieu lost. It was "just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment....Forget about the whole fetid place. Write it off.”
That same wild overstatement came in this new Daily Beast headline: “The Clintons Still Aren’t Corrupt.” The website pulled out this wisecrack for a text box: “I know the fact that she walks freely among us suggests to many people that she and Bill are so brilliantly devious that they always knew exactly how to get away with it.”
Just like his Washington Post colleague Chris Cillizza, media blogger Erik Wemple just can’t stand the notion that someone would assert the press favors Hillary Clinton for president. We noted the other day that Fox News boss Roger Ailes said the press will vote for Hillary no matter what she does. Wemple claimed that “makes no sense” and blustered about how tough the media’s acting.
While Hillary Clinton hates doing Sunday shows – as we remember from the weekend after Benghazi – she did allow her close friend Gov. Terry McAuliffe to appear on Meet the Press on April 19. Jaws dropped when NBC host Chuck Todd threw him a real Russert-like hardball, quoting from his 2007 memoir What A Party!
"This is Hillary Clinton," said Todd. "This is you quoting her in your book. ‘They had bankrupted us totally. We owned nothing. We didn't own a car. We didn't own a house. Here we were, 50 years old and we owned nothing. No-thing! All the money we had, which we had brought into the White House, was gone. I hadn't made any money for eight years, so it was really horrible.'"
In an interview with Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News boss Roger Ailes played his cards close to the vest on whether Fox will give oxygen to “fringe candidates” on the Republican side who could “torment” Jeb Bush. But he did crack wise that “Hillary is going to do whatever she wants, and the press is going to vote for her.”
Washington Post music critic Chris Richards wrote up Saturday’s Earth Day festivities on the national Mall on the front of Monday’s Style section. The headline was “At Earth Day rally, it was the message that needed saving.”
Richards liked the music, but didn’t like the talking. For example: “The event’s hosts, newscaster Soledad O’Brien and Black Eyed Peas bandleader Will.I.Am, appeared to have a rough time of it. O’Brien, either frustrated by glitchy teleprompters or perhaps not clear on how a concert works, actually shushed the crowd at one point.”
The Hollywood Reporter publicized that CNN boasts it hired 40 new political reporters to beef up for the 2016 campaign. What was less factual was the argument that CNN is the “neutral” or fact-based channel in cable news. They reported CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist “hopes the network's comparatively neutral status on the political spectrum will work to its advantage in a race with no incumbent.”
Most Americans can see there is a vast difference between a time in America where racist mobs lynched innocent black men, and today. But NPR is full of liberals who like to engage in the slur that nothing has changed in American race relations. Now, apparently, the racist mobs are the police.
On Friday’s Morning Edition, NPR did a story on the revival of anti-lynching plays in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Walter Scott.
Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza recently lectured Rand Paul not to play media critic. Now he’s decided conservative media critics as a whole have no argument in an article provocatively headlined “No, the media isn’t biased in favor of Hillary Clinton.” There is no evidence for that charge, he wrote, even as he acknowledged the embarrassing video of journalists chasing after the Scooby van.
Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force Gay Acceptance on Christians -- making not only their position but their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry – the cake-makers, the caterers, and the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are head-hunting Christians who will refuse their business on moral grounds so as to slap them with lawsuits or “human rights” complaints.
The April 27 issue of People magazine includes two goopy mentions of Hillary Clinton. On the “Passages” page, the headline is “Hillary Clinton: It’s On!” The caption under Hillary’s picture read: “Clinton, 67, would be America’s first woman president.”
They quoted the first tweet: “Everyday Americans need a chamipon, and I want to be that champion. –H”. They quoted superfans: “’I didn’t know in my lifetime a woman president would be so possible,’ marveled Carol Conklin-Spillane, 56, a high school principal with a cameo in Clinton’s video.”