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 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:05 -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 9108835b072021a369fe3262f70989d8 Networks Selectively Cover Select Committees for 07/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/networks-selectively-cover-select-committees Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On July 27, four Capitol Police officers testified before the new House "Select Committee on the January 6th Insurrection" and told heartbreaking tales of the riotous mob that tore into the Capitol on Jan. 6. The emotion was palpable, both from the policemen and from the members of Congress that shared their fear during the riot. Empathy was almost demanded by this frightening recounting.</p> <p>This didn't feel political. This was just a horrible human experience. But that's not how the media is going to mediate it. This is a political story. You can pretend it's not political, but even that pretense is political.</p> <p>The Republicans and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wanted to focus on other policemen who feared dying in riots and were injured in 2020 &#8212; in Portland, Oregon; in New York City; in Minneapolis; and even Secret Service agents outside the White House, who did not get their moment of live coverage on national TV. The Republicans wanted to round out the riot picture &#8212; and the Democrats refused. That was "whataboutism" &#8212; a term liberals use to defend their tunnel vision as the only vision.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 28, 2021</p> 476f136ee188e18db2772703f9e59a79 CNN'S Lemon of a Town Hall Meeting for 07/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/cnns-lemon-of-a-town-hall-meeting Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CNN became apoplectic whenever former President Donald Trump called them "fake news," but on July 21, they offered President Joe Biden a nationally televised boost that can accurately be described as a "fake town hall."</p> <p>A real town hall would sell tickets in a city like Cincinnati and let the locals mix it up with the president and ask him whatever was on their minds. That's not what CNN did. It was an "invitation only" audience, which means nobody boos or laughs at inappropriate times. CNN was talking over the video, but when Biden waved goodbye at the limited crowd, they gave him a standing ovation.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 23, 2021</p> ce4b9cc09ad0607abb4312ff6e391e70 Biden's Wild Murder and Jim Crow Accusations for 07/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/bidens-wild-murder-and-jim-crow-accusations Wed, 21 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Liberals boasted that the election of Joe Biden meant a return to sober, restrained presidential rhetoric and an end to unhinged mean tweets. Biden wouldn't be a divider; he'd be a uniter to get things done. That's nothing like current reality. But when Biden uncorks crazy hot talk, the media are supportive repeaters.</p> <p>On July 16, NBC reporter Peter Alexander tossed a softball: "On COVID misinformation, what's your message to platforms like Facebook?" Biden gave a wild-eyed answer: "They're killing people." He said it twice. NBC, as well as CBS and PBS, just passed it along &#8212; with some Facebook denial that they were murderers &#8212; and no fact-checking or Republican rebuttal emerged. ABC's "World News Tonight" skipped it, like it was embarrassing.</p> <p>After the weekend, Biden bizarrely walked it back. "My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally that somehow I'm saying 'Facebook is killing people,' that they would do something about the misinformation," Biden said. That's literally what he said &#8212; and journalists didn't seem to find it was even impolite to Facebook.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 21, 2021</p> ad7d7a562b31892081a6274273539069 Mark Levin's Call to Rebut 'American Marxism' for 07/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/mark-levins-call-to-rebut-american-marxism Fri, 16 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We're six months into the Biden administration, and the liberal media is still obsessing over new books full of titillating tales from anonymous sources about President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Mark Levin's newest bestseller &#8212; provocatively titled "American Marxism" &#8212; is too counterrevolutionary for these journalists to take seriously.</p> <p>CNN's Brian Stelter touted two new anti-Trump books that were No. 3 and No. 4 on Amazon. But "in a display of our fractured state of the union, two Fox hosts" were beating them. "Mark Levin is at #1 and Jesse Watters is at #2. The difference, of course, is that Levin and Watters don't do any reporting. They just b&#8212;&#8212; and moan about others' reporting."</p> <p>Does anyone believe Stelter has actually read these books?<p>Updated: Fri Jul 16, 2021</p> 4ea84d67c4e414f5ccbd7593a40f04d3 Republicans Did Not Defund the Police for 07/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/republicans-did-not-defund-the-police Wed, 14 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Here's an easy test to see whether fact-checking websites can make any claim to be "independent" and nonpartisan in tone. Biden staffers claimed Republicans "defunded the police." That's a bald-faced lie.</p> <p>On the June 27 "Fox News Sunday," White House aide Cedric Richmond claimed that because Republicans uniformly voted against President Joe Biden's massive American Rescue Plan for coronavirus relief, they somehow defunded the police. "Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police. But the truth is, they defunded the police. We funded crime intervention and a whole bunch of other things."</p> <p>CBS and CNN also interviewed Richmond on their Sunday morning shows on June 27, but he didn't repeat the lie about police defunding, and they ran clips of their own interviews instead.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 14, 2021</p> e5af0353e870695980064fb6d00d2141 The Critical Conservative Race 'Panic' for 07/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/the-critical-conservative-race-panic Fri, 09 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Critical race theory" has become the latest "Republicans pounce" story. Liberal media outlets are upset that this is being debated before school boards. On July 7, CNN reporter Elle Reeve complained "relentless propaganda from some conservatives created a panic that white people, and especially white children, are under attack."</p> <p>Perish the thought.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 09, 2021</p> eb3a6d75b847a56cc8e60ebfe785e7a5 The News Media Versus the Flag-waving Weirdos? for 07/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/the-news-media-versus-the-flag-waving-weirdos Wed, 07 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Independence Day is supposed to be a day of national unity. President Joe Biden proclaimed: "The Fourth of July is a sacred day in our country &#8212; a day of history, of hope, remembrance and resolve, of promise and possibilities." Liberal Biden voters in the media did not concur.</p> <p>These are the people who refuse to wear flag pins or say the Pledge of Allegiance at news events they cover. They love their own freedom, but they use it to be professionally unpatriotic. Oh, they would claim that people who love their country can be the most passionate critics, fighting for the still unfulfilled promise of liberty and justice for all. But that's not what they do.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">They besmirch America as a systemically racist nightmare, and anyone who disagrees is a bad person. Take issue with their hot takes, and you are the "divisive" one starting a "culture war."</span><p>Updated: Wed Jul 07, 2021</p> 8c3f1c07dce513023cce38c048beeefd The Media's Collapsing Trust for 07/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/21/the-medias-collapsing-trust Fri, 02 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If someone inside the American media elite were tapped to deliver a State of the Media address in front of a distinguished audience, they would not be able to claim that their position is strong, stronger than ever.</p> <p>Sadly, a new survey by the Reuters Institute found the United States ranks last in media trust &#8212; at 29% &#8212; among 92,000 news consumers surveyed in 46 countries.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 02, 2021</p> 4ab9334808e2dc23ba4d5ce24a8e4f35 Jill Biden, 'Every Inch a Goddess' for 06/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/jill-biden-every-inch-a-goddess Wed, 30 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>So much of what people call "news" isn't hard facts. There's a less favorable word for it: publicity. When Democrats rule, news meets a dam, and publicity overflows.</p> <p>On June 29, ABC's "Good Morning America" aired several minutes of this, swooning over Jill Biden and promoting a preposterously positive cover story in the August issue of Vogue magazine. Nobody reads Vogue for hard facts about politics. The fashion magazine, run by longtime Democrat Anna Wintour, is a willing participant in glossy propaganda.</p> <p>ABC reporter Janai Norman happily repeated that Jill Biden told Vogue: "I want the White House to feel comfortable. It's like my beach house where you feel like you can just come in and your bathing suit is sandy, but it's OK to sit down on the chair." It's not the People's House. It's a beach house.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 30, 2021</p> f0c221b80043ea5947ff365266967934 Tortilla-Tossing Teens: Bigger News Than Murder? for 06/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/tortilla-tossing-teens-bigger-news-than-murder Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Under their African American anchor Lester Holt, the "NBC Nightly News" takes special care to report on incidents of racism and racial insensitivity ... typically by white people. On June 22, Holt touted at the beginning of his show "a shocking racist incident on the basketball court. Tortillas hurled at a team from a majority-Latino high school. The growing outrage."</p> <p>A few minutes later, this ridiculous prank received a national airing. "After a crushing championship loss for the predominantly Hispanic Orange Glen High School basketball team from the outskirts of San Diego, insult added to injury when several players were pelted by tortillas," reported NBC's Guad Venegas. "They say fans and players from the opposing team, Coronado High, a predominantly white school in an affluent area, were throwing them."</p> <p>This is not only stupid but also bound to result in disorder and even violence. The coach reported some Coronado community member brought the tortillas, so you can't just blame the teenagers. The Coronado school board denounced this post-game ugliness: "We fully condemn the racism, classism, and colorism which fueled the actions of the perpetrators." The NBC reporter added, "Members of the Orange Glen's team say the sting of defeat pales against the wounds of racism."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 25, 2021</p> 95ab9bed0ce9e7282c405dbe5afad474 Ban Jeff Bezos From Earth? for 06/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/ban-jeff-bezos-from-earth Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>One of the most curious things about America is how many of our most celebrated billionaires sound like socialists. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett love talking about how more and more of their wealth should be taxed. Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post, enabling it to wage relentless war on the Republicans.</p> <p>That's why it seemed a little funny for the socialists at National Public Radio to report some public hatred of Bezos as news. The headline was "Tens Of Thousands Sign Petition To Stop Jeff Bezos From Returning To Earth." On July 20, Amazon's founder and his brother Mark will enter the New Shepard suborbital rocket system as part of the first crew aboard the reusable rocket for its 11-minute voyage to space.</p> <p>Eleven minutes isn't enough for the billionaire-haters. NPR's Dustin Jones reported "Since Bezos made the announcement about his journey to space this month, tens of thousands of people have come together to petition against his return to the planet."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 23, 2021</p> 5592fa8690bf4c1ce463ac670a34aa80 NPR'S Ritual Shaming of Tom Hanks for 06/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/nprs-ritual-shaming-of-tom-hanks Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Few movie stars have been more exalted than Tom Hanks. You'd never expect a guy with his nice-guy branding to get a strong slap in the face in the political arena. But Hanks penned a "guest essay" for The New York Times lecturing on racism, which opened him up for a shaming from the left.</p> <p>On June 4, Hanks boasted about how he bores people at parties with his historical knowledge but lamented growing up in the schools of Oakland and never hearing a word about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. It was "systematically ignored, perhaps because it was regarded as too honest, too painful a lesson for our young white ears."</p> <p>He admitted they were taught about slavery and Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Ku Klux Klan. It wasn't a "whitewash."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 18, 2021</p> c7704ebab310d4aa0ca8e201ecaaae04 Exposing Media Bias Is a 'Bad Faith' Argument? for 06/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/exposing-media-bias-is-a-bad-faith-argument Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The arrogance of the liberal media can be measured by their dismissal of all conservative criticism as "bad faith" attacks on the press. Assuming that conservative critics are dishonest and disreputable cynics is a common trope of CNN's Brian Stelter when liberal journalists become mired in scandal.</p> <p>In a June 15 "Academic Minute" podcast, Marist College professor Kevin Lerner explicitly defined the entire conservative movement as bad-faith media critics.</p> <p>"These bad-faith attacks on the press began to rise most recently in the 1960s and '70s, led by a concerted effort among conservative journalists and critics," Lerner argued. "Along with efforts to create a conservative counterbalance to the mainstream press, they engaged in attempts to delegitimize legacy news organizations by painting them as irredeemably biased. This strain of bad-faith criticism is alive and well today."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 16, 2021</p> 0d9b35809f42833ad511b1d950661b76 The Racial 'Crisis' in Wisconsin for 06/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/the-racial-crisis-in-wisconsin Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The accusation that America is deeply, irredeemably stained by systemic racism is not up for debate. No white person can be innocent. Your individual conscience is irrelevant. Each one of us is a white supremacist benefitting from a white supremacist structure. We must confess our "white privilege."</p> <p>So, if we're so overwhelmingly dominant, why can't we disagree?</p> <p>The news media, which imagines itself as the essence of flowering democracy, is in reality a force for suppressing all dissent from the "racial justice" or "Black Lives Matter" narrative. Debating the left is a sign of "white fragility," that one cannot accept how deeply racist each white person is by default. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 11, 2021</p> afa03e579ebd093471741dae688c6dd4 PolitiFact Isn't Partisan? Pants On Fire for 06/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/politifact-isnt-partisan-pants-on-fire Wed, 09 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>At their recent "United Facts of America Festival," PolitiFact interviewed Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Their executive director Aaron Sharockman began with some light humor, telling Warner he was one of the more accurate members of Congress. Sharockman complimented Warner for having zero "Pants on Fire" rated claims.</p> <p>Warner joked: "That feels like it should be a low bar. Unfortunately, I don't think it is."</p> <p>It's not exactly a tough bar. In fact, my review of all PolitiFact pages for current U.S. Senate Democrats finds that almost <i>every</i> Democratic senator has zero "Pants on Fire" ratings.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 09, 2021</p> ce712afcc5cb401619e990a5f964149e The Media Proclaim Themselves 'Infrastructure' for 06/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/the-media-proclaim-themselves-infrastructure Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Long before the pandemic, the local news business had been in a tailspin. Newspapers across the country lost classified advertising revenue thanks to internet sites like Craigslist. Terrestrial radio stations lost their audience to iTunes &#8212; and then Spotify. Most commercial radio stations don't offer news anymore. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Most Americans under 35 think of newspapers and radio news as odd products their parents consume, like Spam and Velveeta.</span></p> <p>As a college kid in Viroqua, Wisconsin, I covered local news in the summers for our local radio station and called in freelance articles on the city council or school board decisions to the LaCrosse Tribune. The matters discussed were probably uninteresting to most. I learned what a "property easement" was, and reported on the debate over how to dispose of old railroad ties. I didn't find it scintillating.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 04, 2021</p> 1b81724aae98baf5ef7da556c94a2e4a The Hunter Biden Omission Continues for 06/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/21/the-hunter-biden-omission-continues Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Right now we're getting a feeling that echoes the feeling from last fall, a sense that every new piece of investigative journalism on Hunter Biden's alleged laptop will be ignored by the "mainstream media." To be fair, when they didn't ignore the story back then, they constantly implied it was a Russian disinformation plot.</p> <p>On May 28, the New York Post returned to the corrupt scene. "A photo shows Joe Biden with a pair of his troubled son's business associates from Kazakhstan in what appears to be the same Washington, DC, power-dining spot" &#8212; Cafe Milano &#8212; "where Hunter Biden introduced the future president to his overseas cronies," the Post wrote. The photo "shows the Bidens smiling while flanked by Kazakhstani oligarch Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov, a former prime minister of Kazakhstan." The Post reported that on April 16, 2015, while Biden was vice president, he "met with Ukranian, Russian and Kazakhstani business associates in Cafe Milano's 'Garden Room.'"<p>Updated: Wed Jun 02, 2021</p> e78d3d237123a8bbcbd6b22023fe64eb The Media's Embarrassing Incuriosity About Wuhan for 05/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/21/the-medias-embarrassing-incuriosity-about-wuhan Fri, 28 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Pardon the whiplash! It feels like the media suddenly decided the theory saying the deadly coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan is now considered plausible, when, in 2020, they aggressively dismissed it as a "fringe theory."</p> <p>It's not a mystery why this happened. The Democrats thought the coronavirus was going to be that silver bullet that would remove former President Trump from office. Their arrogant belief that Trump was an ignoramus led them to shame anyone or any theory that Trump endorsed the year's biggest story. They were willing to embrace the supposed authority of communist China, the China-enabling World Health Organization and the "prevailing opinion" of the science journals and magazines that endorsed Joe Biden for president.<p>Updated: Fri May 28, 2021</p> 95049a0e89a464ab090ae4600ab6a8c7 Victory for the Santorum Squashers for 05/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/21/victory-for-the-santorum-squashers Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rick Santorum's gig as a CNN contributor came to an abrupt halt on May 22. Leftists on Twitter finally found a pretext for their crusade to rid CNN of this turbulent conservative. The former senator suggested in an April 23 speech that America's founding documents didn't draw on Native American culture. </p> <p>The final straw was a designated apology tour of sorts on Chris Cuomo's show on May 3. Santorum explained that he didn't mean to disparage the Native Americans, but nothing was going to stop the steamroller.<p>Updated: Wed May 26, 2021</p> e5ab6ecaad39fecefb13286c6d4fc611 Manchin Is Not the Media's McCain for 05/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/21/manchin-is-not-the-medias-mccain Fri, 21 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The bad news for liberals arrived on the front page of the May 18 Washington Post under the mild-mannered headline "Hopes dim for Democrats' bills on election oversight." That's a nicer headline than "It's Toast."</p> <p>Mike DeBonis began by reporting that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has approached the For the People Act that would federalize elections with the motto "Failure is not an option." DeBonis wasn't as dainty as the headline writer: "But failure is very much an option &#8212; it is, in fact, the most likely one."<p>Updated: Fri May 21, 2021</p>