Tim Graham from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:13:49 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Tim Graham from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/tim-graham-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham fa4ce9bf451c5c9f8f06e9136eb12f23 Biden's Historic 'Luck' With a Pusillanimous Press for 10/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/10/20/bidens-historic-luck-with-a-pusillanimous-press Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The political-insider website Axios published a story Wednesday headlined "Joe Biden is the luckiest, least scrutinized frontrunner." Mike Allen and Hans Nichols declared: "Eight months ago, Joe Biden was in danger of losing the Democratic nomination. Now he's a prohibitive favorite for president &#8212; who got there with lots of luck and shockingly little scrutiny."</p> <p>Or, to put it another way, Biden is blessed with loads of "luck" due to a press corps that has energetically avoided all its own sloganeering about holding public officials accountable.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 16, 2020</p> 0a913a753f0d2def431572a252ea2447 Time Magazine Hates the Illogical Masses for 10/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/10/20/time-magazine-hates-the-illogical-masses Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Time magazine is a pale shadow of its former self, which might explain why it seems to hate the masses. After all, it spent most of 2016 packaging its ugly anti-Trump rants in between nasty anti-Trump covers. Remember the cover where Donald Trump's orange face melted into a puddle &#8212; because he was going to lose the election? Hence the ongoing rage.</p> <p>In the Oct. 19 edition &#8212; with a quaint cover image of a menacing cloud of coronavirus being pumped out of some kind of smokestacks on the White House roof &#8212; Time promoted an article headlined "Age of Unlogic: The disorienting experience of interviewing voters who can choose their own reality."<p>Updated: Wed Oct 14, 2020</p> 50f676b09c55001f58567da01a8893c4 The Moderator Who Built Kamala's Cocoon for 10/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/10/20/the-moderator-who-built-kamalas-cocoon Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the last few months, the Trump-Pence team has held a plethora of press conferences and "pool sprays" during which they've taken hostile liberal questions, while Joe Biden's campaign has called a "lid" on the press many days and has "lidded" Kamala Harris from the national press since she was picked in August.</p> <p>So <span class="column--highlighted-text">it's a little perverse that when Harris finally showed up for big-league questioning at the vice presidential debate, moderator Susan Page of USA Today gave her little-league questioning.</span> Allow me to list the most frustrating and/or feckless Page inquiries in order:<p>Updated: Fri Oct 09, 2020</p> 008333e5cfce4c3715f98437f1be34c2 Enough With Fraudulent Biden 'Town Halls' for 10/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/10/20/enough-with-fraudulent-biden-town-halls Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beware the carefully scripted puffball "town halls" that have been organized by CNN and NBC to help Joe Biden's campaign. As Biden makes a virtue out of having tiny, underpopulated "campaign events" for the TV cameras, these provide the fraudulent illusion of Biden engaging with undecided voters. The questions are toothless and designed to promote answers that impress the audience as being thoughtful and measured.</p> <p>The first words out of NBC anchorman Lester Holt's mouth on Oct. 5 were the following: "Good evening, everyone. Welcome to tonight's town hall, where we are surrounded by dozens of undecided voters." Listening to the questions asked disqualifies that claim.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 07, 2020</p> ee465bef6ffebeb672c563658c55beb7 Biden and Barrett and 'Complicated' Catholics for 10/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/10/20/biden-and-barrett-and-complicated-catholics Fri, 02 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sympathetic Washington Post writer Matt Viser reports Joe Biden is pushing his religion in "a seven-figure ad buy that will air on religious TV stations and Christian radio networks in nine battleground states."</p> <p>In one ad, "Morning," the narrator cites Biden's faith as what got him through "dark times," when he lost his wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972 and his son Beau Biden to cancer in 2015. Faith in God should get us through hard times. But you don't have to belong to a church to have faith.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 02, 2020</p> 29096dbb7d839bd82d4149326b44b9ef PBS: Propaganda for Biden Service for 09/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/pbs-propaganda-for-biden-service Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's Exhibit A for how shameless PBS looks during the fall presidential election campaign. On Sept. 22, PBS "Frontline" aired a two-hour documentary on the presidential election called "The Choice," as it does every four years.</p> <p>The quick review: Donald Trump is a vicious "killer" and bully. Joe Biden is "Obama's trusted partner."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 30, 2020</p> 63d8287ab84882773354d5036b6848eb Biden Keeps a Lid on Liberal Media for 09/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/biden-keeps-a-lid-on-liberal-media Fri, 25 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why is Joe Biden always putting a "lid" on his campaign? If you're not familiar with the press lingo, a "lid" is a note to your press pool that you plan no further public events on your schedule. Biden tends to put a "lid" on it at 9 or 10 in the morning, saying his press corps has nothing to cover.</p> <p>On Sept. 23, they called a "lid" at 9:30 a.m. &#8212; the ninth time they've done it this month. Is it due to never-ending debate prep? Biden denied that, saying he's just getting ready to prepare.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 25, 2020</p> e6df392eb5af73bcb1d083b44254a37c Our Desperate, Conspiracy-Prone Press for 09/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/our-desperate-conspiracy-prone-press Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The term "conspiracy theory" is often associated with kooks and panic peddlers who see nefarious secret forces leading us all to our doom. It's linked to people pushing transparently silly-sounding tropes &#8212; like the QAnon clan, who claims Hillary Clinton is running a satanic global sex trafficking ring out of pizza parlors.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It's sad that anyone falls for feverish gunk like this.</span><p>Updated: Wed Sep 23, 2020</p> 6d95fe9da3e94f1288d3acf2f4d722d5 Brian Stelter Flunks at Defending CNN for 09/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/brian-stelter-flunks-at-defending-cnn Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CNN host Brian Stelter has a slimy new book out called "Hoax" in which he attacks Fox News and President Donald Trump with a lot of anonymously sourced hit quotes. My favorite stop on his book tour has to be an appearance during the closing minutes of ABC's "The View" on Sept. 16.</p> <p>Stelter's obsequious inquirers such as NPR's Terry Gross and PBS' Judy Woodruff never pressed him on whether CNN manipulated politicians behind the scenes and lied about it. What made his appearance on "The View" great was how several co-hosts turned the microscope back on CNN.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 18, 2020</p> 9dcc7bec9241f9a3efe2bdb6889d9a51 The Hit-Job Parade of Anti-Trump Authors for 09/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/the-hit-job-parade-of-anti-trump-authors Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It must be fall campaign season, because our incredibly tilted Democratic media are rotating through a series of authors ripping into President Donald Trump. Start with the most overpraised journalist in Washington, Bob Woodward, who is the same age as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden but is still trotted out with great fanfare as the conquering hero of Watergate.</p> <p>Everywhere he goes, it seems Woodward is asked to declare that Trump's term in office has been "worse than Watergate." Tony Dokoupil on CBS insisted that "no one died in Watergate," while Trump is somehow responsible for the vast majority of deaths from the coronavirus. On "60 Minutes" this week, Woodward colorfully described the president as a lethal pile of dynamite.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 16, 2020</p> e13768052b117d8d094d58840deee377 Would President Hillary Be Blamed for Coronavirus Deaths? for 09/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/would-president-hillary-be-blamed-for-coronavirus-deaths Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Trump lied. People died." This was the hot smear from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after the first snippets of tape were leaked by Washington Post bigfoot Bob Woodward from his new anti-Trump book, "Rage." The president told Woodward back in March that he wanted to downplay the coronavirus so people wouldn't panic, even though he said he'd been told it was an airborne threat.</p> <p>Predictably echoing Schumer, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough dug into the mud bucket: "Donald Trump says he didn't want Americans to panic. No, he just wanted to sit by and watch them die." Insert the MSNBC pandemic slogan: "This is who we are. We are in this together."<p>Updated: Fri Sep 11, 2020</p> a7a027a1cc30178ac4426a785955dae4 The Hyperbolic, Hyperpartisan Atlantic Magazine for 09/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/the-hyperbolic-hyperpartisan-atlantic-magazine Wed, 09 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Atlantic launched a fall-campaign fusillade with anonymous sources claiming President Donald Trump callously trashed America's war dead as "losers" and "suckers," and it is being celebrated by the pro-Biden news media. The Atlantic is "respected" and "venerable" and "at the zenith of its influence."</p> <p>Editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg lauded his magazine bosses as "excellent owners who value editorial independence and integrity." That's ridiculous. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 09, 2020</p> 1b683fc2ce4b036cac0112e4c361731a PolitiFact's Pants-on-Fire Claims of Neutrality for 09/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/politifacts-pants-on-fire-claims-of-neutrality Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Apparently, the proper role of the "independent fact-checker" during today's presidential campaign is to present the consistent opinion that Joe Biden is a force for truth and light, and President Donald Trump is a rampaging liar who never says anything true.</p> <p>No one should suggest that these "fact-checker" groups need to parcel their rulings out in a completely even fashion so everyone gets a participation trophy for being half-right. But the dramatic tilt in these "fact-checkers" betrays an obvious partisan bias.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 04, 2020</p> 69a92b80cf8840501422d791835ca1be When Reporters Babble 'Without Evidence' for 09/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/09/20/when-reporters-babble-without-evidence Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the common tropes we see in everyday news coverage is the claim that something said by President Donald Trump or his supporters is "without evidence." This is a stark factual claim. Sometimes, it's starkly wrong.</p> <p>The hashtag #DefundNPR started trending on Sept. 1 after NPR tweeted this to 8.3 million followers: "President Trump declined to condemn the actions of the suspected 17-year-old shooter of 3 protesters against police brutality in Kenosha &#8212; claiming, without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 02, 2020</p> 7f5b72b24a2cb1f62e3ad8692548a748 Jake Tapper's Revolting Post-Game Analysis for 08/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/jake-tappers-revolting-post-game-analysis Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There may be no more blatant violation of the concept of truth in advertising than CNN's boastful claiming of the slogan "Facts First." If facts were water and opinions were whiskey, CNN would concoct a very potent cocktail. </p> <p>It's easy to compare CNN's very hostile coverage in the minutes after Vice President Mike Pence finished a Republican convention speech in front of a small crowd at Fort McHenry to CNN's reaction to Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris' speech the week before. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 28, 2020</p> 78e49b1c2e64a31384a3914d7c9801c7 The Convention Tone Police for 08/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/the-convention-tone-police Wed, 26 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The political party conventions keep slowly receding from their place in the national spotlight, especially with these genuine-imitation virtual conventions. The audiences (and air times) seem to shrink every four years, and most people who tune in are the most committed partisans, not the most independent and persuadable voters. But one longstanding trend in media bias persistently remains: the description of tone.</p> <p>Democratic nominee Joe Biden's team came out of the Democratic convention insisting the tone was very dark and divisive. Biden blatantly associated President Donald Trump with the darkness and allied himself with "the light," almost implying that Trump is Satan climbing the stairway to Heaven.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 26, 2020</p> ae4add3ba2ff5e2b6ba2e42f5a4ed6cd Phony Lines From Barack Obama's Speech for 08/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/phony-lines-from-barack-obamas-speech Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ryan Lizza, chief Washington correspondent of Politico, is the kind of character assassin who likes to go to the White House briefing and throw beanball questions about how many coronavirus deaths President Donald Trump thinks are acceptable.</p> <p>If that sounds darkly partisan, you could also see the sunny side of Lizza on Twitter, who almost levitated over former President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. "Barack Obama just delivered the finest convention speech in modern history (again)," he tweeted. "Spell-binding, chilling, optimistic, beautifully written, and expertly delivered. Incredible moment."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 21, 2020</p> 91d448ff441521f0cb33a7b4c1d6eba3 Michelle Obama, America's Most Pampered Princess for 08/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/michelle-obama-americas-most-pampered-princess Wed, 19 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Michelle Obama's prerecorded speech for the first night of the Democratic convention was praised effusively and automatically by the "news" media. Because the media see it as their job to praise everything Michelle Obama does with overwhelming enthusiasm.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Please try this imaginative exercise: When has a "news" professional ever asked Michelle Obama a challenging question?</span> When has she ever been portrayed as anything less than Barack Obama's "not-so-secret weapon"? If you want to smell a whiff of authoritarianism in America, it feels almost illegal to speak one discouraging word about the first black first lady.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 19, 2020</p> 3132cb1e47bf5251526d007598da968c Joe and Kamala's Fact-Mangling Debut for 08/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/joe-and-kamalas-fact-mangling-debut Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The new Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Democratic ticket debuted in Delaware on Aug. 12, followed by the typically frantic partisan sugar-sculpting competition on cable "news." But MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell took the saccharine prize by claiming that there was not a single false utterance in 35 minutes.</span><br></p> <p>The energetic promoters of "independent fact-checkers" &#8212; who want "real-time" fact-checking of President Donald Trump &#8212; couldn't muster any effort to evaluate this thunderclap of leftist rhetoric echoing in a nearly empty high school gym. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's list a few fact-mangling whoppers. </span>Start with Biden.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 14, 2020</p> dfbdbb0f8c53aaf9c05a09af0c89795f Assemble an Apology Parade for Palin for 08/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/assemble-an-apology-parade-for-palin Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>An august group of feminists &#8212; including America's most audacious abortion advocates &#8212; joined Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, to form the "We Have Her Back" coalition and lobby the media for "anti-sexist" coverage of the Democratic vice presidential selection. The establishment media received a list of don'ts: Don't question her attractiveness, her ambition, her experience, her likability, her electability or her qualifications.</p> <p>Kamala Harris can say thank you. But do Democrats really need to lobby fellow Democrats?<p>Updated: Wed Aug 12, 2020</p>