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 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 04:28:03 -0800 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 7397fc61b1389e8dea483a4ad9bf1026 CNN Lies About Trump's Vaccine Plans for 01/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/01/21/cnn-lies-about-trumps-vaccine-plans Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In her first White House press briefing, soon after the sun set on Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, was mostly pressed by the assembled journalists about ... the enumerated deficiencies of former President Donald Trump. NBC's Peter Alexander put Team Biden on the side of Truth boldly facing off against Lies. </p> <p>"The battle for truth may be as tough a fight right now as is the battle against coronavirus," Alexander proclaimed. "How do you and President Biden plan to combat disinformation that, in many ways, led to that assault we witnessed two weeks ago today on the Capitol?"<p>Updated: Fri Jan 22, 2021</p> 4679d2878eb5762fd7c7f1bb86e29d32 Beware Those Hysterical Historians for 01/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/01/21/beware-those-hysterical-historians Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Liberals love to insist they're on the "right side of history," and their confidence crests in the liberal dominance among historians. Just as the liberal media dominate our evaluation of day-to-day developments, liberals count on their historians to dominate our evaluation of the decades behind us.</p> <p>It's not just historians but our taxpayer-funded storytellers, like the insufferable PBS documentarian Ken Burns. On the day before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, NPR's "Morning Edition" presented him as an American treasure with no partisan bias. So, skip over the propaganda film on Ted Kennedy he made for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which portrayed Kennedy, according to Politico, as "the modern Ulysses bringing his party home to port."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 20, 2021</p> ec098564f5e47455f56a3e4e56858ece Media Boost Biden as 'Above the Fray' for 01/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/01/21/media-boost-biden-as-above-the-fray Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Pardon me if I laugh when reporters tout that some politician they like is posing as being "above the fray." This fray is something reporters usually force politicians to confront. If politicians are effortlessly floating above it, reporters are allowing it.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 15, 2021</p> 561046e6c40ddf7796e6a434ab1e235d Hollywood Elites and Violent Thoughts for 01/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/01/21/hollywood-elites-and-violent-thoughts Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Big Tech's rush to take down and ban social media accounts or de-platform entire websites that they believe in some way caused the horrible rioting at the Capitol is based on fear &#8212; that Joe Biden's inauguration will devolve into another riot. Or that there will be riots at state capitols.</p> <p>Social media platforms such as Twitter are only focused on President Donald Trump and his millions of devoted fans. They don't seem to focus on violent thoughts on the left, most prominently the Hollywood left. Apparently, their violent thoughts are never plausibly dangerous; no one could ever be incited by them. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 13, 2021</p> cb97cb1ef8c375ebfccbf76b5ae09adf The Road to Ruin in Riots for 01/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/01/21/the-road-to-ruin-in-riots Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Critics of liberal-media bias are often accused of whataboutism. We're accused of diverting everyone's attention from some conservative or Republican scandal or offense by changing the subject to the media's performance.</p> <p>After a pro-Trump crowd breached the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee, my friend and former colleague Dan Isett tweeted: "Yeah, the media covered for left-wing riots last year. So what? We aren't children and we don't use misbehavior by those we disagree with to excuse the misbehaviors of those we do. Personal responsibility is a hallmark of our philosophy."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 08, 2021</p> 78bfb20e319c136c83b03029cff45eb1 Kamala's Unchallenged Life Stories for 01/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/01/21/kamalas-unchallenged-life-stories Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Kamala Harris is seen by many as an inspirational figure. In the latest People magazine, actress Mayim Bialik confessed that the last time she cried was on election night. "Kamala Harris is such a trailblazer; this election represents so many firsts."</p> <p>When liberals swoon over their "trailblazers," they often love retelling their life stories ... just as these politicians tell them. In a cover story with women's magazine Elle, Harris recounted how "she remembers being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller with no straps with her parents and her uncle." At some point, she fell from the stroller and none of the adults noticed. When they returned, little Kamala was upset. "My mother tells the story about how I'm fussing," Harris says, "and she's like, 'Baby, what do you want? What do you need?' And I just looked at her and I said, 'Fweedom.'"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 06, 2021</p> 6addeeef2ffc2fa413c58a793eb4f371 The Year in Favoritism Toward Liberal Bias for 01/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/the-year-in-favoritism-toward-liberal-bias Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Poynter Institute is a Florida-based journalism organization that runs PolitiFact. On Poynter.org, a daily media report runs by Tom Jones, who sounds like Brian Stelter's identically thinking twin. Poynter says it supports "responsible news and fact-based information," but its incessant party line of liberal-media cheerleading and conservative-media loathing really came through when Jones made a list of the "best and worst of news media in 2020."</p> <p>Best national news: "ABC's David Muir, with his steady presence behind the desk, is leading what has become the best network evening newscast." But he loves CBS and NBC, too! "All, however, are good, and that includes the 'PBS NewsHour' with outstanding anchor Judy Woodruff," he said.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 01, 2021</p> b9964adc832401797fa336d3a261651c When the Media's Resistance Isn't Rewarded for 12/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/when-the-medias-resistance-isnt-rewarded Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the Trump era draws to a close and not a single journalist has been jailed or probed in leak investigations, like Team Obama probed reporters and its leakers, some journalists can admit that furiously opposing President Donald Trump has been a pretty rewarding gig.</p> <p>McKay Coppins of The Atlantic &#8212; a very partisan magazine &#8212; penned an article headlined "The Resistance's Breakup With the Media Is At Hand." In a Twitter post about the article, he admitted, "In the Trump era, many Washington reporters became resistance heroes, showered with book deals, TV contacts, and Twitter followers." Journalists couldn't be distinguished from protesters, and the fame and fortune were irresistible.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 30, 2020</p> 92798764ec888d46c7c4822f9c9878a0 COVID Curtails the Comfort and Joy of Christmas Music for 12/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/covid-curtails-the-comfort-and-joy-of-christmas-music Fri, 25 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Way back on Nov. 13, Washington D.C., radio station WASH-FM flipped the switch to its annual 24/7 Christmas music rotation. That's about two weeks before the rest of America. After the severely limited year of 2020, it's understandable more people would haul out the holly and get in the spirit early, but many on social media cried, "No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving!"</p> <p>I love Christmas music, both secular and religious. I have boxes of compact discs, too many to play in one day. So much of the WASH playlist is composed of rock-era standards that celebrate the bells and the trees and the sleigh pulled by reindeer. "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" seem like they're scheduled hourly, followed by "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."<p>Updated: Fri Dec 25, 2020</p> 291ec1a005563088928c4e607f6aaa0d Fraudulent Sounds of 'Centrism' in Biden Cabinet for 12/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/fraudulent-sounds-of-centrism-in-biden-cabinet Wed, 23 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What, in today's political culture, is a "centrist"? Old-fashioned political nerds define it by support for legislation and policy proposals. If you love really big tax cuts and favor abolishing several Cabinet departments, you're not a centrist. If you want to "defund the police" and "end fossil fuels," you're also not a centrist.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This is one of those matters of political categorization that our most prestigious newspapers mangle on a regular basis. </span>Liberal editors and reporters have an annoying tendency to define the center as the precise location where they stand on the ideological spectrum.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 23, 2020</p> 32c8e2130f667f17cff141a52ec6d5f7 Ivanka, Hunter and Vanity Unfair for 12/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/ivanka-hunter-and-vanity-unfair Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>No media analyst believes Vanity Fair is a "news" magazine. It's a glossy liberal rag. But on Dec. 16, it displayed some amazing partisan gymnastics on the offspring of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.</p> <p>This headline by writer Bess Levin was certainly clickbait for the haters: "Ivanka Trump Faces Off With Father to See How Many People They Can Kill With COVID-19." We can guess no "independent fact-checkers" will get involved to insist that, in reality, the Trumps aren't plotting to kill hundreds of thousands of people.</p> <p>Just a month ago, Vanity Fair ran a story by a purported ex-best friend of Ivanka Trump's in which she claimed that Trump once asked, "Why would you tell me to read a book about f&#8212;-ing poor people?" <p>Updated: Fri Dec 18, 2020</p> 0677dc72d26401d7d29c41cd759a11ea Media Make Mountain of 'Dr. Jill' Molehill for 12/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/media-make-mountain-of-dr-jill-molehill Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The pro-Biden media is obsessing over the tiniest kerfuffle imaginable. Jill Biden likes to be addressed as "Dr. Jill," based on the doctorate in education she got in 2007. We've known about her insistence on this appellation since at least 2009, because servile journalists often indulge it. It's harmless to call her Dr. Jill.</p> <p>But the elites exploded in fury when The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Joseph Epstein, who professed that this honorific "sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic." It was certainly comical when Whoopi Goldberg insisted on "The View" in March, "I'm hoping Dr. Jill becomes the surgeon general. ... (S)he's a hell of a doctor. She's an amazing doctor." <p>Updated: Wed Dec 16, 2020</p> 482d9617013de7117929596e50718505 'Peddling Dirt' on Hunter Biden for 12/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/peddling-dirt-on-hunter-biden Fri, 11 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Hunter Biden scandal has reemerged the only way our Joe Biden-voting media will allow: through anodyne statements from Hunter Biden and President-elect Joe Biden's transition team. Biden's wayward son announced his "tax affairs" are being investigated by the U.S. attorney in Delaware.</p> <p>The transition team said the president-elect is "deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger."<p>Updated: Fri Dec 11, 2020</p> 356a388cc1890c40c756b43239441f35 Biden's Picks Aren't 'Fierce' Dismantlers for 12/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/bidens-picks-arent-fierce-dismantlers Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Joe Biden's transition team is announcing his picks for the Cabinet, and the<span class="column--highlighted-text"> once-vigilant press corps has adopted a tone as bland as dollar-store instant oatmeal</span>.</p> <p>Take the Department of Health and Human Services. Four years ago, when then-President-elect Donald Trump's transition team signaled it would pick then-Rep. Tom Price as HHS secretary, The New York Times' front page on Nov. 29, 2016, carried the headline "Fierce Critic of Health Care Law Said to Be Pick for Health Dept."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 09, 2020</p> b210b5eabb7bf95dbdd3f3d76bfd7dfd COVID Damage Control, Not 'Fact-Checking' for 12/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/covid-damage-control-not-fact-checking Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>USA Today has a "fact-checking" team that is run and weaponized by Facebook to limit or censor social media posts. But amazingly, the standard employed isn't whether something is factual or nonfactual. It seems to be whether someone is a Democrat or not.</p> <p>"Fact-checker" Abby Patkin penned a Dec. 2 article revolving around the claim that "Several Democratic politicians are urging social distancing and issuing stay-at-home advisories while hosting or attending gatherings themselves." Patkin threw a penalty flag at the conservative Facebook page "Occupy Democrats Logic," which included a Nov. 13 tweet from former One America News host Liz Wheeler about Democratic hypocrisy.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 04, 2020</p> 21d0d309b54e81ced5ce2dfa533c3bd7 The Democrats Praise Their 'Big Tent' for 12/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/12/20/the-democrats-praise-their-big-tent Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Democrats were tremendously disappointed with the election results. President Donald Trump is losing by almost exactly the 51% to 47% margin that Mitt Romney lost to then-President Barack Obama in 2012. The Senate is poised to stay in GOP hands, and the Republicans look to slice the Democratic House majority to about 10 seats.</p> <p>Instead of licking wounds, some are asserting that somehow, Democrats are still the stronger party with all the historical momentum. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. wrote, "Democrats are a big-tent party, while Republicans are a closed circle."<p>Updated: Wed Dec 02, 2020</p> 3cceaab7161a26b9dafc0dc68ffee3f7 Biden: Not Quite as Adored as Obama for 11/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/11/20/biden-not-quite-as-adored-as-obama Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President-elect Joe Biden came out with his first Cabinet picks before Thanksgiving, and the media were falling all over themselves with compliments. Oh, they are all so thoroughly professional, deeply experienced and manifestly competent. The media even tried to suggest with a straight face that this warmed-over pile of Obama administration appointees is "not going to be political."</p> <p>How ridiculous. Elected people &#8212; and their appointees &#8212; have to be political.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 27, 2020</p> 60029e508617efff64f951216e556584 The News That Biden Voters Didn't Know for 11/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/11/20/the-news-that-biden-voters-didnt-know Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Journalists have strongly slanted the "news" during the Trump era in order to destroy Donald Trump's presidency, and to destroy it early if possible. Their actions betray that they feel they have important and influential platforms from which they can and should run America in between elections. The voters can have a say for about two weeks every two years.</p> <p>Recall 2004, when Newsweek's Evan Thomas admitted the press would go all in for Democratic presidential and vice presidential nominees John Kerry and John Edwards, and that the effort would "be worth maybe 15 points." That wasn't enough in 2004. But what about in elections decided by 3 or 4 points? The media felt robbed in 2016 because they had tried so hard. And then they never let up. The president's being infected with coronavirus didn't even cause them to stop beating their war drums for a moment.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 25, 2020</p> f8292bd22a9321c12692324cbafcd24e Going Soft on Georgia's Rev. Wright Acolyte for 11/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/11/20/going-soft-on-georgias-rev-wright-acolyte Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Secular liberals have a serious problem with any commingling of church and state ... at least when the church in question opposes their most precious and permissive causes, like the right to abort unborn babies, the right to subsidized contraceptives, and the right to invent your own genders and pronouns.</p> <p>But when a church gives off a whiff of "progressive" ideology or theology, well, that's a different matter entirely. Religion then becomes a qualification, not a disqualification.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 20, 2020</p> 93b497ea34bb0fc3d25f8590c148ae66 The Aerobic Adoration of Obama for 11/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/11/20/the-aerobic-adoration-of-obama Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Someone might survey the current media landscape and lecture us conservative media watchdogs that our game is over. Is anyone in America so remarkably naive to believe that the news media are "objective" and nonpartisan, fair and balanced? This old claim seems to have been obliterated under President Donald Trump, but it was also deeply eroded in the media's incessant and aerobic adoration of former President Barack Obama.</p> <p>Obviously, conservatives believe that the job of holding the news media accountable is ineluctably connected to the media's alleged watchdog role. As long as the "objective" press sounds like tinny echoes of the latest Democratic Party messaging, someone needs to stay on watch and call it out.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 18, 2020</p>