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 Sun, 31 May 2020 05:14:42 -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 03191d052218488a0efb52abf8ef07d1 Showboating With 100,000 Dead for 05/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/showboating-with-100000-dead Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On May 27, the American coronavirus death toll rose to six figures: 100,000 lives lost. That's a very sad number, made sadder when we ponder that the virus prevents loved ones from saying goodbye in person and makes any funeral an extremely small event.</p> <p>America's largest national newspapers have all made dramatic front pages out of the number. The New York Times came first on Sunday, filling its entire front page and three more pages with names of the victims. USA Today followed on Wednesday with an entire front page in black and white and photos of the dead. The Washington Post waited until we reached the horrible number but still printed some stories on the front page.<p>Updated: Fri May 29, 2020</p> 361b6cd046680e6738368002519dde74 New York Media Corona-Coddle Cuomo for 05/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/new-york-media-corona-coddle-cuomo Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A bevy of bloggers on the right have highlighted one of the most dramatic examples of comparative coronavirus bias: those reckless Southern Republican governors in Georgia or Florida, who allegedly love commerce more than human lives, versus New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, our apparent national lodestar of competence.</p> <p>The Republicans get the heat; Cuomo gets press conferences broadcast live across the country as celebrities confess their Cuomo crushes. The Republicans are "dangerous," and Cuomo gets to joke around with his brother, the CNN host.<p>Updated: Wed May 27, 2020</p> 8b1d1d2702bfc3f37f3ecf174d6f92d0 Brainy Reporters Play Dumb on 'Obamagate' for 05/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/brainy-reporters-play-dumb-on-obamagate Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY TIM GRAHAM </p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020</p> <p><p>Updated: Fri May 22, 2020</p> 57b935409789b10205082f45acc57790 Feminist Hypocrisy Is a Fact, Not a 'Right-Wing Trap' for 05/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/feminist-hypocrisy-is-a-fact-not-a-right-wing-trap Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Feminist author Susan Faludi made a lame attempt in The New York Times to help feminists escape from the hypocrisy of believing all female "survivors" of sexual harassment or assault. Somehow, Faludi claimed that feminists never said you should believe all women.</p> <p>The headline was "'Believe All Women' Is a Right-Wing Trap: How Feminists Got Stuck Answering for a Canard." She claimed the canard came from me, among others, and quoted my recent article about Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade in which I wrote: "Where is the #MeToo movement on this story? What happened to their rigid 'Believe All Women' boilerplate?"<p>Updated: Wed May 20, 2020</p> e2e5eb9ddb1f9b178fab07c2f7a99fbb AP Says Ditch the 'Mistress' for 05/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/ap-says-ditch-the-mistress Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The 2020 Associated Press Stylebook is being published soon, and the AP is not humble about what it represents. "The style of The Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing," they boast, and the book offers a sturdy path to the AP's "famous" brand of "clarity and professionalism."</p> <p>In recent years, conservatives have seen the AP's Stylebook squad tilt perilously to the left, forgoing clarity for politically correct muddiness. In 2017, they scrapped the "gender binary," since male and female divisions are just too insensitive. "Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or opposite sexes or genders as a way to encompass all people."<p>Updated: Fri May 15, 2020</p> 296610a7126a03860a7692377835f6db Could Chuck Todd Be Any Lazier? for 05/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/could-chuck-todd-be-any-lazier Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The late Tim Russert had a reputation of meticulous preparation for his Sunday turns on "Meet the Press." Guests from both parties feared what Russert would dig up and bring to the table. Russert hired Chuck Todd from The Hotline newsletter in 2007 to be an NBC political reporter. But Todd doesn't seem to be channeling the spirit of Russert in his own preparation.</p> <p>On Sunday, Todd mangled a short clip from a CBS interview with Attorney General William Barr. CBS reporter Catherine Herridge asked Barr what history would say about his department's decision to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Barr quipped, "history is written by the winner, so it largely depends on who's writing the history."<p>Updated: Wed May 13, 2020</p> db59ab083ed9f7353bcfcc2837aaff6c Hollywood's Heroic Comey Story Collapses for 05/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/hollywoods-heroic-comey-story-collapses Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If the "first rough draft of history" in the news media sounds dubious, the second draft made by Hollywood will almost certainly be worse. I'm not talking about documentaries, which can be judged as journalism. I'm talking about movies and TV shows, which will inevitably be pressed to dramatize things so they are evermore loosely "based on real events."</p> <p>CBS has been preparing a miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey's memoir, pompously titled "A Higher Loyalty." In the memoir, he lectured, "Ethical leaders choose a higher loyalty to those core values over their own personal gain." But the personal gain was sweet for Comey.<p>Updated: Fri May 08, 2020</p> 11df1e93a895e4f3ea00b769ceb8a318 Who Pays When the Dying Dictator Wasn't Dying? for 05/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/05/20/who-pays-when-the-dying-dictator-wasnt-dying Wed, 06 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rumors were rampant in mid-April when North Korea's communist despot, Kim Jong Un, disappeared from public view at a surprising time: when the entire benighted citizenry of the country is required to worship his grandfather Kim Il Sung as some kind of Marxist deity. In a country this shackled, we would expect reliable news media to tread lightly. But that expectation would be wrong.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, CNN anchor Jim Sciutto &#8212; former chief of staff to our ambassador to China under former President Barack Obama &#8212; tweeted, "Breaking: The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's health is in grave danger following a surgery, a US official with direct knowledge tells me."<p>Updated: Wed May 06, 2020</p> 4a6bc5cde6eb3e9cf2b58b62a30a4f60 Michelle Obama, Saintly Buckraker? for 05/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/michelle-obama-saintly-buckraker Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Hollywood Reporter recently broke a scoop about the latest Netflix documentary from the Obamas, designed to offer us an oasis of joy as we suffer through the coronavirus pandemic. It's called "Becoming," and it will be available worldwide on May 6. As the title suggests, it promotes Michelle Obama's memoir of the same name, which has sold more than 10 million copies. So let's get this straight. The Obamas were awarded a book deal worth an estimated $65 million for their memoirs, hers and then his. They also struck an estimated $50 million production deal with Netflix. (We don't have actual numbers. Could someone in the media ask for a tax return?)</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">With this self-aggrandizing documentary, their second deal is being used to accentuate the profits of their first. </span>The buckraking here is intense. President Donald Trump surely admires their self-promotional moxie. The Obamas quickly became superrich. Vanity Fair celebrated these "Obamoguls" and hailed Michelle Obama for her "saintly popularity." This so-called saint doesn't spurn the finer things. Last August, TMZ reported the Obamas were buying a $15 million mansion on the coast of Martha's Vineyard to match their $8 million Washington, D.C., mansion. Non-Fox network coverage? Zero. In December, they actually bought said Martha's Vineyard mansion for $11.75 million. Non-Fox network coverage? Again, zero. There would be no denting haloes by asking how much they're giving to charity. The documentary celebrates Michelle Obama's "Becoming" book tour events at stadium that charged Obama superfans $300 or more a ticket, often with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey along for the ride.<p>Updated: Fri May 01, 2020</p> 5d5f7cd2245d7f91fd2e77cdf5b8b17c Numerical Nitpicking of the Coronavirus Briefings for 04/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/numerical-nitpicking-of-the-coronavirus-briefings Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Throughout the Trump era, the media have hated President Donald Trump for both coming and going. They condemned him for not having "formal" press briefings. Now they condemn him for having them.</p> <p>The Washington Post and The New York Times augmented their aggression on the briefings by doing content analysis of the transcripts. Research by reporters Philip Bump and Ashley Parker of The Post was published Monday under the headline "Trump briefings full of attacks, boasts but little empathy: Analysis shows how much politics dominates daily news conferences."<p>Updated: Wed Apr 29, 2020</p> cc528551ce15818e51076cd4ae4c1e6a Earth Day Dunking on Humans for 04/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/earth-day-dunking-on-humans Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day &#8212; something of an ecological feast day &#8212; journalistic, philanthropic and religious leaders echoed the spirit of the original celebration: The human race is a cancer on the planet. In the sternly reinforced quiet of stay-at-home orders, this Team Earth reveled in how the world is such a better, cleaner, calmer place when most humans can't commute or commit tourism.</p> <p>CBS reporter John Blackstone found a silver lining in the pandemic, saying, "From goats in a deserted town in Wales to lions lounging on a road in South Africa, nature seems to be saying, 'We can get along fine without you.'" Michael Brune of the Sierra Club added, "We all need nature a lot more than nature needs us."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> 201e2ca731973a8b04bd6d1aa1d471d8 Manipulating Steele's Dossier of Disinformation for 04/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/manipulating-steeles-dossier-of-disinformation Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple recently published the 13th article in a series on the partisan liberal media promoting the Hillary Clinton-funded dossier ex-British spy Christopher Steele assembled with information from his Russian contacts. Newly declassified notes from the report by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz suggests that Steele's "findings" &#8212; promoted all over D.C. by the Democrat-funded research firm Fusion GPS &#8212; were part of a Russian disinformation campaign.</p> <p>"It's ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation," quipped Sens. Charles Grassley and Ron Johnson, who requested the declassified footnotes.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 22, 2020</p> 5b7a144917afe02d353f66f320790ebb The Late-Night Comedians Rage at Trump for 04/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/the-late-night-comedians-rage-at-trump Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The biggest joke in former President Barack Obama's endorsement video for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was his warning about what Biden is facing. "(I)t won't be easy," he said. "The other side has a massive war chest. The other side has a propaganda network with little regard for the truth."</p> <p>Obama has almost the entire news media eating out of his hand, and he still whines about Fox News, that irksome "propaganda network." The left complains whenever it can't corner every media market and squelch any uprising of conservative dissent. It's "propaganda" and "disinformation" when you disagree with the left's wonderfully compassionate worldview.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> 32a91cdd30bd04a1aaa31f663633775f Biden's Protective Political Calculators for 04/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/bidens-protective-political-calculators Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Almost three weeks after Tara Reade went on the record with her sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden, The New York Times and The Washington Post have issued their own investigative reports on her. </p> <p>Reade briefly worked for then-Sen. Biden on Capitol Hill from 1992 to 1993. She claimed Biden penetrated her with his fingers. There were no eyewitnesses. You couldn't build a case in court with this. What you could do is put a dent in someone's political appeal, especially someone who boasts of having passed the Violence Against Women Act. When asked by New York Times media columnist Ben Smith about whether the delay in reporting was out of concern for Biden's electoral chances, Times executive editor Dean Baquet protested energetically.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 15, 2020</p> 6f3ef6f319d029aab248173653c83df5 Academe Assesses the Conservative Media for 04/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/academe-assesses-the-conservative-media Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The liberal Columbia Journalism Review has published a lengthy special report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism on the values and practices of online conservative news sites. Three professors, Anthony Nadler, A.J. Bauer and Magda Konieczna, interviewed 22 journalists at 14 websites, and their overall picture of the conservative media is straightforward. Among their findings about conservative journalists are the following:</p> <p>&#8212; They espouse journalistic ideals such as accuracy and fairness, if not objectivity.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> 81174fce5b6d8d659f95bfea6c41565f Denial and Blame at The New York Times for 04/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/denial-and-blame-at-the-new-york-times Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The late journalism professor Ted J. Smith III wrote many years ago in The American Enterprise magazine that the press is often guilty of an "omnidirectional" bias. They will criticize their targets for taking one course of action, which in no way stops them from later criticizing their targets for doing the opposite. Their targets are usually conservatives or Republicans.</p> <p>This means that <span class="column--highlighted-text">during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the press is seeking to punish anyone conservative or Republican for downplaying the coronavirus threat as well as anyone suggesting the virus was being exploited by the media as the latest cudgel against President Donald Trump.</span><p>Updated: Wed Apr 08, 2020</p> 68a4b9fb879b27825a402aee6f1e1699 The Kavanaugh Roasters Hide Biden's Accuser for 04/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/04/20/the-kavanaugh-roasters-hide-bidens-accuser Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On March 25, Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer for Joe Biden, made a disturbing accusation about her old boss. She claimed in a podcast episode with Katie Halper of Rolling Stone that then-Sen. Biden sexually assaulted her in a secluded area of the Capitol in 1993, pushing her against a wall, trying to kiss her and penetrating her with his fingers.</p> <p>Like many accusers, Reade cannot prove this happened. The Biden campaign quickly denied it. "Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims," deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. "We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> 4a31185706f6005c8453e1fa035a509c PBS and NPR Offer Journalism By Liberals for Liberals for 04/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/03/20/pbs-and-npr-offer-journalism-by-liberals-for-liberals Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The enormous coronavirus stimulus package was festooned with goodies for key Democratic constituency groups including $75 million in "emergency" funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which offers grants to PBS and NPR stations. That's on top of the half-billion Congress already authorized for the year. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">They call it "public" broadcasting, but it's niche broadcasting by liberals for liberals.</span> Even during this self-isolation, PBS aired a documentary slashing the National Rifle Association, and NPR celebrated the 12th anniversary of then-Sen. Barack Obama's speech about toxic Rev. Jeremiah Wright. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 01, 2020</p> 97355b150ec9c6f946739429b61cee89 Railing Against the Fox Virus? for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/03/20/railing-against-the-fox-virus Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The extra-large pack of journalists who equate liberalism and professionalism in their work cannot stand that Fox News exists. They believe everything elected Republicans do should be "fact-checked" and routinely punished. For Democrats, the elite media offer damage control; for Republicans, only damage.</p> <p>The onset of the novel coronavirus is simply another occasion for the usual routine. The liberal media are prosecuting Fox for supposedly shoving Americans off a coronavirus cliff with misinformation. They're also equating misinformation with the argument that the pandemic gave them a new rationale to cripple President Donald Trump politically.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> c54d40e1cc276de076a0bc962517e6e1 Press Briefings and Ego Bruising for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tim-graham/03/20/press-briefings-and-ego-bruising Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p>