Following the lead of The New York Times, NPR on Saturday touted a new American trend – “climate change refugees,” people being subsidized by the federal government to move away from their lives on the coast.
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.
Freedom of speech often seems like an optional concept up north in Canada. CBC News reports that an upcoming awards gala on Radio-Canada canceled a comedy sketch about freedom of expression, since an insurance company hired by the event’s producers “repeatedly asked the comedians to alter the content of the sketch.”
Quebec comedian Guy Nantel wrote the sketch with Mike Ward, “who is known for his cutting and often vulgar jokes.”
On Wednesday morning, NPR’s Morning Edition bowed deeply to the late “hippie dippie” comedian George Carlin. The man who mocked everyone else in an increasingly sour, misanthropic way was revered as a figure of “eternal respect.”
The occasion was Carlin’s egotistically organized archives of his career being donated to a new National Comedy Center. NPR reporter Elizabeth Blair never found a note of controversy in his history, just an echo of reverence:
“Like the amputated limb felt long after it has been cut off, I miss Trayvon Martin,” the famous orator said. Who would utter such an elaborate expression of white guilt? Try star PBS filmmaker Ken Burns, gushing his way through a government-funded honor: the “Jefferson Lecture,” the “nation’s highest honor for intellectual achievement” awarded by Obama’s National Endowment for the Humanities.
One certainly hopes Mr. Burns will assuage his amputation-level grief by sending the entirety of the NEH’s $10,000 cash prize for this lecture to Trayvon’s mother.
Some in the liberal media seem upset that Bernie Sanders is not quitting the Democratic race for president. Across the bottom of the USA Today front page on Friday is the headline “‘Bernie Bro’ behavior offends across the board.”
“Offends across the board”? Because Hillary Clinton is a beloved American figure? Reporter Rick Hampson takes every pro-Sanders Internet commenter and makes them a great embarrassment to the Sanders campaign (as if Clintonistas never fight dirty).
Megyn Kelly may be keeping her options open about moving to a different network at some point in the future, but there is a point where obnoxious liberal questions still move her to defend the fort at Fox News. Time writer Phillip Elliott, a former Associated Press reporter, recently discovered that when he quoted Bill Maher to Kelly, suggesting she's the "sane one" when everyone else at Fox is “a zombie or a dwarf or sleeping with their sister.”
Elliott asked: "Last summer Bill Maher made a joke about you. 'We think Megyn Kelly is the sane one over there at Fox News. That's because she's surrounded by Hannity and O'Reilly. She's the blonde girl on Game of Thrones. Everyone else is a zombie or a dwarf or sleeping with their sister,' a paraphrase there, 'so she looks normal.' Do you ever get nervous when you look around your network?"
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal had some fun with President Obama earlier in the week, matching headlines: “Obama Makes Case Against Donald Trump, Saying Presidency ‘Is Not a Reality Show’ ”—headline, New York Times, May 7, vs. “Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston on the Roles of a Lifetime”—headline, New York Times, May 8.
In the national TV-news world, only Fox News reported that Obama national-security communications whiz Ben Rhodes told The New York Times he created an “echo chamber” with a compliant national media to promote the Iran arms deal, even misleading the public as to when those talks began. They actually began in July 2012, but the administration claimed it began after “moderate” Hassan Rouhani’s election in June 2013.
The same pattern happened after Fox diplomatic correspondent James Rosen reported that the State Department edited out an on-camera admission by Psaki in 2013 that it was necessary for the Obama administration to lie to reporters about negotating with Iran, since “diplomacy requires privacy to progress.”
It’s mid-May, which means it’s time for The Washington Post to unload the cheap-shot “investigative” stories on the Republican front-runner. On the front of the May 11 Washington Post is a story on Trump’s sex boasts….and sex life. The online headline is “From playboy to president? Trump’s past crude sex talk collides with his White House bid.“
Bill Clinton’s crude sex talk? Not front page news in the Post. Crude sex talk from JFK or LBJ? Not front page news in the Post. Remember the 2008 Post story on Obama's sex life?
Barack Obama’s political appointees are not only celebrated by the media as the best and brightest America has to offer. They are promoted as so bright they are allowed to boast about how they masterfully manipulate the press, like sculpting a smelly can of journalistic Play-Doh.
The New York Times Magazine wrote a long profile of Obama’s foreign-policy communications whiz Ben Rhodes, lauded as “the master shaper and retailer of Obama's foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press.”
One question that many Americans wonder is whether people helping Donald Trump dominate the presidential campaign have been given favors by the billionaire. On Monday night, Buzzfeed posted a story headlined “Trump Gave $150,000 To Charity That CNN Head's Wife Helped Lead.” Of course, the subhead below it underlines that the charity is an elite private school attended by Trump’s son Baron.
The Sunday Review section of The New York Times carried a surprise on the front page. It was a column by Nicholas Kristof titled “A Confession of Liberal Intolerance: We’re big on diversity, but not when it comes to conservatives in academia.”
Times deputy metro editor Michael Luo extended that thought on Twitter: “Newsrooms should grapple, too.”
In a sympathetic interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that aired on Friday night, socialist presidential contender Bernie Sanders insisted the American people are "a little bit tired of corporate media" and "we have got to think about ways that the Democratic Party, for a start, starts funding the equivalent of Fox television."
Even The Huffington Post thought that sounded a little funny: "Of course, MSNBC is a corporate media outlet that is widely seen as a Democratic version of Fox News because of the perceived sympathies of many of its political talk shows."
NPR announced on Saturday night that London elected “the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city.” His name is Sadiq Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, and he is now one of the most powerful members of the Labour Party.
On Wednesday night’s All Things Considered, NPR brought London Evening Standard city hall editor Pippa Crerar to gush all over the prospect of Khan’s election as a globally “huge message” and cooing over Khan as a “become...for freedom and tolerance.” Even as his opponents raised the issue of his connections to radical Islam.
New York Times correspondent Mark Landler has a new book out discussing the foreign-policy ideas of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton titled Alter Egos. On Monday, as part of the book tour, he appeared on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV. Landler argued that Mrs. Clinton will run as more centrist and hawkish than Obama....like she did in 2008.
But when Malzberg pressed Landler on her close adviser and friend Sidney Blumenthal, Landler ackonwledged he was “very important” in influencing Hillary into taking credit for the Libyan intervention that deposed Moammar Gadhafi, which devolved into chaos that included the September 11, 2012 terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
On Thursday’s PBS NewsHour, they devoted almost seven minutes to leftist porn-art icon Robert Mapplethorpe, about a month after the HBO documentary honoring him. The only difference? PBS censored all the most outrageous images, since it’s a broadcast network. (Not that they’d have to worry much about Obama’s FCC.)
PBS correspondent Jeffrey Brown explained “Mapplethorpe was best known for his homoerotic photographs and explicit sadomasochistic imagery, and the political and legal battles around them. Even now, we’ve chosen not to present his most controversial work.” But PBS didn’t just censor the art. They couldn’t even bring themselves to describe it.
The White House Correspondents Association throws an enormous annual dinner that’s a pillar of the Washington power-elite scene. This year they picked Stephen Colbert’s Comedy Central replacement, Larry Wilmore. He was seriously unfunny, and he knew it. But the media coverage made it clear that Wilmore suffered badly in comparison – not to Colbert, but to his opening act, “comedian-in-chief” Barack Obama.
Start with who was awarded the comedy soundbites. On the morning, evening, and Sunday shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC, we counted 35 Obama jokes replayed. Wilmore had two soundbites – and one of them wasn’t a joke...it was a tribute to Obama.
On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt anchored the newscast from Trump Tower, which seems kind of silly since it’s four minutes away from NBC’s studios at Rockefeller Center. No one should mistake this for some kind of scandalous act of deference. Holt whacked Trump with tough question after tough question. For scandalous deference, we take you back to Holt on January 29 with the other presumptive major-party nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. He “winced” when anyone dared to suggest she’s dishonest.
How left-wing is NPR? On Monday, it unspooled this opener: “It will be Indiana's turn tomorrow to vote in the presidential primaries, and that gives us the opportunity to remember one of the state's most famous politicians.”
Dan Quayle? Birch Bayh? President Benjamin Harrison? Nope. “Eugene V. Debs ran for president as a Socialist five times in the early 1900s, once in 1920 from prison.” The online headline was “Eugene V. Debs Museum Explores History Of American Socialism.”
On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, CNN commentator Carl Bernstein oddly proclaimed "Hillary Clinton has been around for 40 years and yet we don't really know about her as a person." He said this just seconds after anchor Don Lemon reminded the audience Bernstein wrote an entire book about allegedly unknown Hillary Clinton.