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Media Research Center's Graham On 2014's Winners and Losers

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 04:23 PM

Gwyneth Paltrow, Barbara Walters, Bill Cosby, Pope Francis and Christian-themed movies are among the cultural losers and winners of 2014, says Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center.

"It was Gwyneth Paltrow, who had a fundraiser with President [Barack] Obama and went on an extended valentine letter to the point where she said she couldn't speak properly in his presence," Graham told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

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As for Walters, the Media Research Center director says that "she made the list twice."

"Despite the fact that she was retiring in May, she had [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton on the show, on her last show and went on an extended thing of praise of how fascinating she was," he said.

"Also, in March of this year, she did the same thing when she had Anita Hill on 'The View' and talked about how much everybody rooted for Anita Hill with her unsubstantiated charges of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, when he was being named to the Supreme Court," he contends.

As for Cosby, Graham says "that television networks now are beginning to pull down whatever shards of Cosby reruns they used to run, his comedy shows are being pulled, the actual live performances."

"You're at a point now where he's starting to run down the accusers, and that doesn't look good," he explained.

"It's gone quite badly for him over the last couple of months," he said.

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The Media Research Center official says that Pope Francis and Christian film were among the winners for 2014.

"The news media always [tries] to ignore . . . the movies that are pitched at Christian audiences or religious audiences," but these "tend to do well," Graham explained.

"The surprise this year was something called 'Heaven Is For Real' grossed at $91 million this year, and its biggest star being Greg Kinnear," he said. 

"There's also a movie 'God's Not Dead' with an evolution debate plot, not your normal Hollywood product, that grossed about $60 million, as did 'Son of God', which was a rehash from the Bible series," he added.

As for Pope Francis, Graham says that the media, has "a tendency to really praise Pope Francis, he got very positive press and when you have the leader of the Roman Catholic Church on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and it's not a vicious cartoon, that's an astounding cultural mark."

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