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Thursday, March 23, 2017
MRC's Graham: 'You Have No Right To Tell Us What The Truth Is'
Topic: Media Research Center

We know that the Media Research Center's Tim Graham is a terrible media critic, but other mainstream media outlets haven't figured that out yet.

The Associated Press got a comment from Graham for a March 6 article regarding aggressive media questioning of Trump surrogates

Many of Trump's supporters are angered by aggressive questioning because they believe the media did not ask similar tough questions of the Obama administration, said Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog.

"You have no right to tell us what the truth is," Graham said.

Actually, telling you what the truth is is pretty much a reporter's job, Tim.

We know what Graham wants: uncritical, fawning coverage of Trump, the kind the MRC's "news" division,, provides in spades.

(Oh, and Graham is completely wrong that the media never offered tough coverage of the Obama administration.)

Graham pops up again in a March 22 Washington Post article on how thte presence of Shepard Smith on Fox News drives people like Graham crazy:

However, Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the conservative Media Research Center, buys the buzz that Smith is ready to bolt: “His aggressive defense of the liberal media suggests he’s looking at Greta Van Susteren and saying, ‘Yeah, I could do that.’ ” Van Susteren left Fox last summer and joined MSNBC.

Added Graham: “To me, it sounds like he’s advertising to other networks. It just seems bizarre for him to be sticking up for CNN and MSNBC. It’s like Jif peanut butter taking an ad sticking up for Skippy.”

But Graham's MRC praised CNN's Jake Tapper for that very same act of reporter defending in 2013, when the phone records of Fox News' James Rosen were seized in an investigation. It also touted that "Even very liberal journalists like Jonathan Alter have lashed out at Obama over the Rosen incident."

Did the MRC think these "liberal" reporters were advertising to Fox News? Probably not -- Graham and Co. just liked that its favorite news channel was being praised.

And that sort of rank double standard is just another reason why Graham is a terrible media critic that the "liberal media" shouldn't be taking seriously just to provide an alternate voice.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:40 PM EDT

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