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, 13 Aug 2020 12:11:43 -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 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> c29ec10bbf16c77b471993d9aab80700 PBS Adores Democratic Wives and Hates GOP Wives for 08/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/pbs-adores-democratic-wives-and-hates-gop-wives Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fifty years after the Public Broadcasting Service launched, we're still seeing our taxpayer subsidies transform into Democratic donations during election years. On Aug. 4, "PBS NewsHour" hatched a love-in with Dr. Jill Biden.</p> <p>Anchor Judy Woodruff hit every Joe Biden campaign talking point with partisan perfection. She began by reminding viewers of the Biden family losses, saying: "He had lost his first wife and another child. You were coming out of your own marriage. You describe how daunting it was. How did you do it?"<p>Updated: Fri Aug 07, 2020</p> 9fb439cc1be69f5feb394383045cd480 Biden Backers Terrified of Debates for 08/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/08/20/biden-backers-terrified-of-debates Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CNN's media unit emails out a nightly newsletter titled "Reliable Sources." The newsletter is not always reliable, since it has a slippery grasp on what its own network is putting on television and online.</p> <p>On Aug. 3, Oliver Darcy led the newsletter discussing what he described as an "imaginary controversy": the notion that Joe Biden might skip the presidential debates. Darcy quoted Biden national press secretary T.J. Ducklo's spin. "Donald Trump and his allies at Fox News have decided an imaginary controversy about debates will be their latest attempt to distract Americans," Ducklo told Darcy. Under the header "Where it originated from," Darcy added, "Yes, there have been some NYT opinion pieces and brief chatter about why Biden should skip the debates. Personally, I've never taken the suggestions too seriously."<p>Updated: Wed Aug 05, 2020</p> 336e25a2469bf6d2f59625b2fa7a68a4 Will Democracy Seem Lost in the Mail? for 07/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/will-democracy-seem-lost-in-the-mail Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The 2020 campaign has been so contorted by the coronavirus that the Democrats and Republicans are still figuring out how on Earth they'll hold virtual conventions. Now imagine how it could make a mess out of November.</p> <p>As President Donald Trump bizarrely tweeted about delaying the election, the media are starting to admit that mail-in voting might not turn out very well. People inherently know from experience that trusting the U.S. Postal Service with their vote sounds sketchy. Almost everyone has lost something they sent in the mail.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 31, 2020</p> 848f3cd49bc94d248de51f3d8a7687ed Big-City Rioting Is No Tea Party Protest for 07/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/big-city-rioting-is-no-tea-party-protest Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Few subjects more easily betray aggressive media bias than protests. If you're a conservative protester, you're most likely to be ignored. The networks mostly ignored this year's prayerful March for Life in January, even though President Donald Trump came in person, a historic first.</p> <p>ABC anchor David Muir offered 15 seconds, saying: "The president taking the stage at the anti-abortion rights rally. His administration today threatening to withhold federal funds from California for requiring private insurers to cover abortions. California's governor dismissing the threat."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 29, 2020</p> 2c0d5f66a49f7f4bb873d2e2b2bf1259 The Real Collusion Scandal of the 2016 Campaign for 07/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/the-real-collusion-scandal-of-the-2016-campaign Fri, 24 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Four years ago this week, the leftists at WikiLeaks tried to ruin the Democratic convention by posting a trove of emails exposing how the Democratic National Committee blatantly favored Hillary Clinton and tilted against Bernie Sanders. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">even then, the media downplayed the juiciest tidbits for conservatives: emails in Clinton aide John Podesta's account that demonstrated how shamelessly reporters and Democrats work hand in hand to shape the "news."</span> Some might even say it sounds fake. For example:</p> <p>1. ABC's George Stephanopoulos harshly interviewed "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer on his Sunday show on April 26, 2015. In an email, Clinton campaign staffer Jesse Ferguson boasted that Stephanopoulos "refuted" Schweizer and wrote: "Great work everyone. This interview is perfect. He lands nothing and everything is refuted (mostly based on our work)."<p>Updated: Fri Jul 24, 2020</p> 722bc8fafa9ccd65dfe24a32a089cf58 The Journalistic Malpractice of Touting 'Devout' Biden for 07/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/the-journalistic-malpractice-of-touting-devout-biden Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Naivete can be defined as the notion that Joe Biden is going to be covered objectively by the press, "without fear or favor." After all this rampaging media activism against President Donald Trump, who is now described as lagging by 15 points in the polls, surely, the front-runner in the presidential race will face some tough investigative journalism?</p> <p>Instead, get a load of a badly disguised press release from the Associated Press headlined "Biden's bid touts faith, courts even religious conservatives." Former President Barack Obama was a great Christian. Hillary Clinton was a great Christian. And now it's whitewash time for Biden.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 22, 2020</p> b1607a9097e707f33773d4165366833a Leftist Protests More Sacred Than Church Services for 07/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/leftist-protests-more-sacred-than-church-services Fri, 17 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For many Americans, the most painful consequence of the coronavirus lockdowns is the closing of church services. The grace and peace of Sunday makes it easier to make it through the week. But our media and political elites are indifferent to that pain, or openly hostile. </p> <p>The New York Times recently proclaimed in a headline, "Churches Emerge as Major Source of Coronavirus Cases." A three-reporter team announced the newspaper constructed a database to count church-spawned infections as the "virus rages" and blamed 650 infections across America on church activities. How is this a "major source" of cases? <p>Updated: Fri Jul 17, 2020</p> dcbd028e4fbc8b92e6dde219455a6ad5 Your Opinion Is Not Reality for 07/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/your-opinion-is-not-reality Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson has a Republican pedigree and an evangelical Christian background. He wrote profound speeches for former President George W. Bush, who was mocked as a mangler of the English language. Today, he sounds like a speechwriter for the gaseous opening of the Brian Stelter show on CNN.</p> <p>The headline of a recent Gerson column was "Trump has taken up residence in an alternate political reality." Gerson writes the most urgent national challenge is how "the president inhabits a different country from the rest of us."</p> <p>One of the most consistent (and consistently annoying) tropes of Stelter's CNN is how the network claims its opinionated hot takes are "reality," that it deals in Facts. When the president disagrees with its opinionated hot takes, he's living in an "alternate reality." We all remember how, in their "reality," President Donald Trump wouldn't last a year; the walls were always closing in; and special counsel Robert Mueller would get him removed from office. Did that end up becoming reality? <p>Updated: Wed Jul 15, 2020</p> 35742cc19fe46a39225fa224007b8bc0 The Press Secretary Puts Down Bombastic Reporters for 07/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/the-press-secretary-puts-down-bombastic-reporters Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The July 6 Washington Post carried a typically colorful headline on top of the Style section. "A binder full of bombast: Kayleigh McEnany plays her boss and his base with derisive news briefing walk-offs."</p> <p>Media reporter Paul Farhi wrote McEnany's "would-be smackdowns seemed so orchestrated" they only lacked some kind of musical flourish, like the opening witticisms that lead into the theme song on the crime drama "CSI: Miami."<p>Updated: Fri Jul 10, 2020</p> 58efbe95196d41cda6386f5d54b85d40 Zeroing out Trump for the 'Truth' for 07/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/zeroing-out-trump-for-the-truth Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Grand Canyon is a fitting metaphor for the difference between the uncensored version of President Donald Trump's Independence Day speech gleaned from live television and the feverishly distorted versions of his speech shown by the "reality-based press," as the leftist journo-braggarts call themselves.</p> <p>Any American watching the live speeches would see positive and patriotic remarks, with some defiant words thrown in against the vandals who rip down statues and seek to "erase our history." But the "reporters" from our most pseudo-prestigious outlets, both print and broadcast, were churning out aggressive "news analysis," presenting two "dark and divisive" speeches by showing tiny little snippets that drain every carbonated ounce of Fourth of July feeling out of the event.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 08, 2020</p> 159e11927eab144e1d24e3255978f111 Lincoln Statues Must Go. Margaret Sanger Stays? for 07/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/07/20/lincoln-statues-must-go-margaret-sanger-stays Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Levar Stoney, the black Democratic mayor of Richmond, Virginia, made the executive decision to remove a statue of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on Monument Avenue to "expedite the healing process for the city." This demonstrated how cities with liberal majorities can take down statues in an orderly fashion without vandalizing them or pulling them down. Or it demonstrates how Democratic mayors respond to pressure from the self-appointed statue-removal squad.</p> <p>The left is interested in taking down all kinds of statues, which raises an obvious question: What about the statues the left has put up? No one's ripping those down.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> 8be1e5711ea8598e7ca92c1092b010da Biden's Puffballs From the Press for 07/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/bidens-puffballs-from-the-press Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Everything about the June 30 press conference with Joe Biden underlines how <span class="column--highlighted-text">the snarling, vicious watchdogs of the Trump administration will transform into cuddly little lapdogs if Biden is elected president.</span></p> <p>Biden began with a 20-minute speech, and CNN and MSNBC ran the whole speech live. These networks often refuse to air White House press briefings and try not to give free air time to President Donald Trump ... just as CNN and MSNBC refused to air 96% of Trump's Tulsa rally.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 01, 2020</p> e3ffec72b95dea28f2e44dd5150db257 Abolish the Cops. Abolish the Prisons. What Next? for 06/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/abolish-the-cops-abolish-the-prisons-what-next Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Radicalism in America's largest cities seems impervious to reason. Consider this headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Despite a wave of violence, Minneapolis 'defund police' effort continues: An influential bloc of City Council members is pressing ahead with plans to dismantle the department as a monthlong eruption of gunfire sent tremors through neighborhoods."</p> <p>Reporter Liz Navratil explained that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council and like-minded community activists have used terms such as "defund," "dismantle" and "abolish" in different ways. There's some semantic tap-dancing. But they're serious. They're working to rewrite the city charter and dismantle a "minimum size requirement" for the police department. They talk about a police-free future.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> ed3daa418d9f6d290088130449f79462 CNN'S Joke-Shaming Double Standard for 06/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/cnns-joke-shaming-double-standard Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On May 20, CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" aired one of those jokey interviews between CNN host Chris Cuomo and his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor had submitted himself to a coronavirus test on camera. Chris decided to mock the size of his brother's nostrils by unveiling a series of ever-larger Q-Tips (or test swabs) and cracked his brother up.</p> <p>CNN happily posted the fun on YouTube under the headline "Chris Cuomo teases brother Andrew with giant test swab," now at more than 693,000 views.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 24, 2020</p> 777c9dfd162722692d8ec0fd95fc2686 The Anti-Statue Mobs Undermine Democratic Norms for 06/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/the-anti-statue-mobs-undermine-democratic-norms Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the cultural shocks following the death of George Floyd under a policeman's knee is the vandalism and destruction of statues across America. Usually, these statues are posted on public land by public officials with public assent ... even if that came many years ago.</p> <p>It's not undemocratic to advocate for statues of men now considered unworthy to be removed from public spaces. You may argue there are "too many dead white men" in parks. But it's blatantly undemocratic to vandalize them, behead them or pull them down. These are provocative acts with great potential for mounting revenge, disorder and countervandalism.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 19, 2020</p> d6d2ac65daf20878a9bec73c6b3ad900 Trashing Trump in Prime Time for 06/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/trashing-trump-in-prime-time Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On June 15, former national security adviser John Bolton sat down for an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz to promote his new "tell-all" book and was expected to rip the bark off the Trump White House. ABC is airing it Sunday during prime time ... just like it aired a prime-time interview with former FBI Director James Comey in 2018 to promote his anti-Trump "tell-all" book.</p> <p>In 2007, Bolton wrote a book about his experience in government. No major network came calling for a prime-time special. He wasn't useful to them back then.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 17, 2020</p> 88a501d22e3fe293c7e6408cd435ffe3 The Media's Broadcast Brutality Against Trump for 06/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/the-medias-broadcast-brutality-against-trump Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Liberals are beginning to swagger around as if the 2020 election is already over. Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post exclaimed that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is "beginning to look like the Titanic." Joe Biden should be preparing his inauguration remarks.</p> <p>One reason for this arrogance is the absolutely punishing media coverage of Trump. The coronavirus pandemic did what some might have thought was impossible: made Trump coverage even more negative. Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center found that from March 4 (when Joe Biden had basically wrapped up the Democratic nomination) through May 31, Trump coverage on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts was 94% negative. In May, it was 99.5% negative, an all-time low.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 12, 2020</p> 27885060fe068e5fc308ffa950124b30 The 'Fact-Checkers' and the Big Lie for 06/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/the-fact-checkers-and-the-big-lie Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In August 2016, The Washington Post promoted a new book by its reporters titled "Trump Revealed" that sounded an alarm. A book blurb from USA Today announced, "Any voter who is not already devoted to Trump's cause will find plenty of reason to think long and hard about whether to support him after reading this book."</p> <p>The Post wrote no book in 2016 titled "Hillary Clinton Revealed." No one needed a warning about her.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 10, 2020</p> db16baaa6ff297df4d306c2410ab70be When Russiagate Conveniently Vanishes for 06/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/06/20/when-russiagate-conveniently-vanishes Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was at the red-hot center of the Robert Mueller probe into the phantom menace of Donald Trump's collusion with the Russians. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3.</p> <p>You may not know that happened. ABC, CBS and NBC ignored it that night. PBS gave the story 55 seconds. NPR gave it 4 minutes, but those minutes sounded bizarre.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 05, 2020</p>