The Drudge Report tipped readers Thursday night to the Washington Post’s fluffy Friday story on Hillary Clinton -- she "won't back down or go away" -- which turns out to be just another tired rehash of friends who find her so admirably dedicated to public service. What really rankled in Kent Babb’s story was how she was admired for surviving her Benghazi testimony – unlike the men who didn’t survive:
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.
Eighties pop star Morrissey -- lead singer of the Smiths, a major indie sensation -- has been a wildly erratic pundit in his advanced age. Last year, he declared “I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder.”
Now he’s declared that “Obama seems to be white inside.” He never supports the “innocent black people who are murdered by white police officers.”
Stating an anti-transgender opinion is close to forbidden in today’s “news” pages and “news” rooms, especially after the Bruce Jenner fawning frenzy. Exhibit A? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Jennifer Graham (no relation to me) wrote a column truthfully titled “Caitlyn Jenner is still a mister.”
JimRomenesko.com notes Jay Brown of the so-called Human Rights Campaign demanded she be fired for “hate speech, plain and simple." The Post-Gazette "news" room erupted with demands for a byline strike until Graham was fired.
There’s no doubt The New York Times is showing an aggression in covering Marco Rubio that they did not show for Obama eight years ago. After the alleged “scoop” of Rubio’s four parking tickets over 18 years last Friday (and in Saturday’s paper), the Times on Tuesday ran a big piece on how Rubio is supposedly a disaster when it comes to his own personal finances: “a series of decisions over the past 15 years that experts called imprudent,” the Times wrote.
The Washington Free Beacon reported quickly that Harold Evensky, the key financial advisor quoted in the Times story as saying Rubio’s debt accumulation was “staggering” and he was “living financially dangerously” — is an Obama donor.
Politico keeps posting ridiculous columns by both Democrats and Republicans who charge that the Clinton scandals are either (1) nonexistent or (2) all politically harmless.
It’s better to focus on the second kind, a Republican who thinks the Clintons are much smarter than idiotic conservatives who hold their scandals against them.
While network correspondents like ABC’s Terry Moran singled out “an amazing admission from President Obama” that there is still no "complete strategy" to defeat or degrade ISIS, USA Today’s front page on Tuesday carried an upbeat headline in all caps: “OBAMA VOWS TO BOLSTER IRAQIS.”
The brief ten-paragraph front-pager by Kim Hjelmgaard and Jim Michaels never included a quote from Obama saying there still wasn’t a strategy. It only referred to pledges to improve training:
The Associated Press probably didn’t mean this as an insult, but it suggested a new Western-style radio channel from ISIS sounds like...NPR.
On Saturday, the NPR game show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! made fun of the comparison of "evil organizations."
Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reported that Bill and Hillary Clinton's Family Foundation (CFF) gave $100,000 to a New York Times charitable fund in 2008, the same year that the paper resisted the Obama-mania and endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.
It's a bit confusing: "The Clinton Family Foundation is a separate entity from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been the family’s vehicle for personal charitable giving since 2001."
It's been a long process for NBC News, trying to dig out of the embarrassment from the inventive Mitty-like mind of Brian Williams, but the New York Post is working the anonymous sources and claims "Sources tell Page Six that Williams will likely lose his anchor chair following the lengthy internal investigation into his alleged tall tales."
"Alleged tall tales"? There's more than "alleged" inventions here, which is why they had to dig deeper.
Hillary Clinton’s failure to engage in any press interviews may have led to a near-blackout on her speech at Texas Southern University on Thursday accusing the Republicans of voter suppression. ABC, CBS, and NBC all ignored the story until Sunday – when CBS took it up on Face the Nation.
The PBS NewsHour gave it one sentence on Thursday night, and on Friday they set up Mark Shields to accuse Republicans of a “great fraud” by claiming there’s any voter fraud.
The group Prolife Across America has posted billboards in black areas of Atlanta featuring a smiling black baby and the words “Dad’s princess” emblazoned in yellow letters. Naturally, the Left hated it.
The liberal Raw Story blog reports from local station WXIA that they accused the pro-lifers of “intruding on their community and imposing their own beliefs, disregarding the needs of women in distress.” Oh, and they’re somehow racist:
This is too good not to share. MRC’s Dan Gainor wrote for Foxnews.com on the liberal tendency to describe the Republicans with the term “clown car.”
He found that since January 1, MSNBC hosts and their guests have dragged out the phrase 38 times. Hardball host Chris Matthews by far the worst repeat offender, with 29 mentions since the beginning of the year.
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal assembled another example in the "Two Columnists in One!" on Friday, this one on a complete partisan double-standard by New York Times columnist Gail Collins, who spent six years (2001-2007) in charge of the Times editorial page, the first woman to have the gig.
It seems that experience and advanced age are good qualities this year...but not in 2008, when Barack Obama was the inexperienced youth in the race.
Brent Scher at the Washington Free Beacon added an intriguing spin on Friday’s New York Times “scoop” on the traffic citations of Sen and Mrs. Marco Rubio. The Times report appeared very shortly after all these citations were pulled by American Bridge PAC, a very pro-Hillary super PAC that’s gettting fingerprints on several media hit pieces on Republican presidential candidates.
Dylan Byers at Politico reported that Carolyn Ryan, the paper’s Washington bureau chief, denied that their records were just a handover from the Democratic opposition researchers. But notice that the time frames are the same, and the reported citations neatly correspond.
The story of Bruce Jenner declaring against human reality that he’s a woman was already a tired old story, exhausted last month in a one-hour prime time ABC “news” special. But that's not how the grand poohbahs of our news and entertainment media see it. They can't get enough.
We know -- everyone knows -- Vanity Fair magazine rolled out a new cover of Bruce Jenner gaudily underdressed as a woman with the headline “Call Me Caitlyn.” Not a cover story, mind you, just a cover image. The media went bananas. ABC, CBS, and NBC offered more than 48 minutes of coverage in two days, as if Jenner was now the Queen of America.
Now that all the power and swagger of the news magazines Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report have passed away -- even as the brands continue -- the death rattle of Time magazine is becoming obvious...when you run articles "written" by Muppets.
On Time's "Ideas" blog on Thursday, they posted an article headlined "Miss Piggy: Why I Am a Feminist Pig." Apparently, the Muppet star never burned her bra, but feels like as an accomplished "Porcine American," she can be included in the pantheon of great feminists.
GOP consultant Rick Wilson tweeted a critique of The New York Times on Friday morning: “So we've already reached the bottom of the oppo barrel, have we?” On their First Draft blog, reporters Alan Rappaport and Steve Eder have reported that Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife Jeannette have 17 traffic citations between them over the last 18 years.
Mrs. Rubio was tagged for 13 out of the 17. Is this supposed to punish the Rubios when Hillary Clinton hasn’t driven a car during this entire 18-year period?
The New York Times can show a liberal bias even when it writes on Internet trolls. How do we illustrate the problem?
"Today an ISIS supporter might adopt a pseudonym to harass a critical journalist on Twitter, or a right-wing agitator in the United States might smear demonstrations against police brutality by posing as a thieving, violent protester."
Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey isn’t just a correspondent. She’s an activist. To the delight of other journalists, Dewey revealed online on Tuesday that she created a hectoring “Twitter-bot” to shame anyone who referred to Bruce Jenner as a “he” on Twitter during the gushy "God, I admire you" wave of Vanity Fair coverage.
Dewey's tweeting automaton lectured anyone who referred to Bruce Jenner as a "he" -- even when Jenner insisted he was a "he" -- as in the first 65 years of his life, up until the ABC "News" special. Somehow it's "misgendering" to describe Jenner as he wanted in that time frame?
Journalists are supposed to be the most informed members of society. Nothing is supposed to get past the iron traps in their brains. So which one of these concepts sounds more like a brain cramp? Hillary is so fantastic at defending herself she shouldn't be hiding from the press; or the Obama administration is remarkably scandal-free?
These are actual concepts forwarded on television in the last few days.