Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis. His career at the MRC began in February 1989 as associate editor of MediaWatch, the monthly newsletter of the MRC before the Internet era.

Graham is co-author with MRC president Brent Bozell of the books Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How To Prevent It From Happening Again in 2016 (2013) and Whitewash: What The Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will (2007). He is also the author of the book Pattern of Deception: The Media's Role in the Clinton Presidency (1996).

Graham is a regular talk-radio and television spokesman for the MRC and has made television appearances on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and the Fox Business Channel. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, National Review, and other publications.

Graham left the MRC to serve in 2001and 2002 as White House Correspondent for World, a national weekly Christian news magazine. He returned in 2003. Before joining the MRC, Graham served as press secretary for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) in 1988, and in 1987, he served as editor of Organization Trends, a monthly newsletter on philanthropy and politics by the Washington-based Capital Research Center.

Graham is a native of Viroqua, Wisconsin and graduated from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. 

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January 1, 2011, 7:58 AM EST

National Public Radio spent the last week of 2010 feeling the pain of minorities in America on their afternoon chat show Talk of the Nation. On Monday, NPR host Neal Conan discussed the mistreatment of Muslims with Moustafa Bayoumi of the City University of New York, author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America. When Conan briefly diverted from victimization of Muslim Americans to those radical Islamists "alleged to have been involved" in bombing plots, it was all the fault of the U.S. wars in Muslim countries:

CONAN: We have also, this year, seen more arrests of American Muslims who are alleged to have been involved in plans to target American - army bases, to recruitment centers, subways, Times Square?

Prof. BAYOUMI: Yeah. In fact, I think that's right. And I think that this is a problem. And I think it's a problem that has something to do also with the longevity of these wars. It seems to me that the longer that these wars go on the more opportunities there's going to be for this kind of attributive, you know, act. And that's why it's more important than ever to find some kind of conclusion to these wars.

December 31, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas was upset on Thursday that Gary Bauer would claim that Muslims would fare much worse if they were treated like Christians are in Ameica. He shot back: "wait, what if Christians were treated like Muslims?"

Christians would be racially profiled at public places and transportation hubs. Christians wouldn't be allowed to build churches wherever they pleased. Christians wouldn't be allowed to wear their traditional garb without mocking and angry looks. Christians wouldn't be allowed to say the word "Jesus" without triggering alarm bells at the NSA. Christians wouldn't be allowed to go to church without having their property vandalized, and even being physically attacked. Christians would be the villain in every action thriller. Christians wouldn't be able to run for office without having bigots accuse them of being in league with terrorists.

The weirdest claim is that "Christians would be the villain in every action thriller." Every? How many action thrillers since 9/11 have had Muslim villains? Some film versions of books with Muslim villains were scrubbed clean when they became movies.

December 31, 2010, 10:14 AM EST

Has The Washington Post ever traveled to Iowa? Obviously, yes for presidential caucuses. But on Friday, Post reporter Sandhya Somashekhar accepted the bizarre premise of abortion advocates that abortions are "virtually impossible" in rural Iowa. No one owns a car? The story centered on a new pro-life cause, protesting the provision of RU-486 abortion cocktails over the Internet. Liberals can get upset about selling booze on the Internet, or the spreading of Obama slurs on the Internet, but the marketing of death pills online is a precious human right. The Post published this silly sentence:

Supporters say the program provides a vital service to women in the state's rural reaches, where abortions can be virtually impossible to obtain.

Just before that, they explained that thanks to Planned Parenthood, "women in the first nine weeks of pregnancy can obtain abortion pills at most of the organization's 19 centers, which are scattered across the state." How do those two sentences go together? Abortions impossible, at 19 locations? Planned Parenthood actually lists 26 clinics:

December 31, 2010, 8:40 AM EST

NPR's weekday afternoon talk show Talk of the Nation addressed the year 2010 in terms of how it went for Muslims, gays, blacks, and on Thursday, "The Year for White Americans." All four segments were interviews with guests on the left. While the minorities received a predictable NPR sympathy, the triumph of Tea Party candidates clearly suggested to NPR there's something wrong in white America. Host Neal Conan welcomed liberal historian Douglas Brinkley to suggest there's just too many whites who are racially anxious with a black president, that white people feel "perhaps we are losing something in America, the, you know, white male ascendancy. If you look at even a children's breakfast mat, you'll see it's all white presidents. And now, suddenly, there's Barack Obama."

The segment's first caller jumped in: " I disagree with the gentleman's premise. You know, I'm a white man. I'm an educated white man. And I have to tell you, I resent being called a racist because I don't necessarily support the programs of, you know, President Obama." NPR's Conan defended the liberal guest, claiming Brinkley "said that there's a racial aspect to it. He did not say that anybody who disagrees with Barack Obama is, per se, a racist." The caller refused to budge and said " I heard everything he said and I resent his position because I don't think it's true."

Brinkley did not say all Obama opponents were racist, but he clearly described white opposition to Obama with the vaguest of generality as anxious about white dominance, and even hailed literary archetypes of uptight white Protestants as evidence:

December 30, 2010, 9:07 PM EST

Newsweek's year-end Interview Issue included a brief interview with Lori Berenson -- but never provided the reader any context besides the title "Freed Peruvian Prisoner." That might give the wrong impression: Berenson is an American communist who traveled to Peru and allied herself with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), and rented a house in Lima they could use as a headquarters and used press credentials as a cover to scrutinize the halls of Congress and facilitate an eventual attack to hold the entire Peruvian congress hostage. She was imprisoned in 1995 and released in May. None of this context was included for the reader:

What’s it like being labeled a terrorist?

I don’t consider myself a terrorist. I think saying someone is a criminal is enough. It’s not helpful to look for ways of qualifying our enemies in drastic terms instead of trying to figure out exactly what we’re faced with.

What’s your take—are the things you did good or bad?

There are things I could have done differently, but that’s part of my history, and I have to assume the consequences. I don’t regret what I’ve done, because I don’t think my intentions were bad. My intentions were positive, whatever that’s worth.

Do Peruvians have the wrong impression of you?

Oh, I think most of them don’t know me at all, because they think I’m associated with bombs and horrendous attacks. I’ve never killed anyone, never harmed anyone, never done anything to cause physical damage to anyone. And I’m sorry that I am seen as a person who would do that.

What will you tell your son about your past?

December 30, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

In her @katiecouric Web show analyzing the trends of 2010, the CBS Evening News anchor made a serious speech (in her serious, deep-thinker glasses) against the deep "seething hatred" against Muslims in America:

I also think sort of the chasm, between, or the bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year. Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn't enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong -- and so disappointing.

She really winced on that last word. When comedian Mo Rocca said he went to "really fancy schools" and "I cannot tell you five things about Islam," Couric shot back "Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show." She continued:


December 30, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

President Obama made a set of recess appointments to get around Senate confirmation yesterday, including a new ambassador to Syria, reversing the Bush administration's decision to withdraw an ambassador after the assassination of Lebanese president Rafik Hariri. Obama also went around the Senate to give Attorney General Eric Holder a deputy, a number-two named James Cole. Who is James Cole? The networks never reported on Cole's nomination in 2010 -- this Justice Department isn't the least bit newsworthy, compared to the complete pounding the networks gave Alberto Gonzales and John Ashcroft in the Bush years.On Fox, Sean Hannity warned about his views back on June 16:

All right, this president sure knows how to pick them. The Anointed One's nominee to be the number two at the Department of Justice thinks that 9/11 is similar to any other domestic crime. In a 2002 article James Cole wrote, quote, "Our country has faced many forms of devastating crime including countless acts of rape, child abuse and murder. The acts of September 11th were horrible, but so are these other things."

I can hardly wait for this guy to get to the Department of Justice.

December 30, 2010, 7:52 AM EST

One of the themes we're going to see going into the New Year is suggesting that the voters in 2010 weren't sending an anti-Big Government message -- they were sending an end-gridlock message. That sounds more than odd, considering the Democrats had little fear of gridlock with the size of their majorities in the last two years. But there was Gloria Borger on the Christmas Eve Washington Week on PBS:

But I think Republicans also got a message here, which was the American voters said, okay, we’re going to vote you in, but we don’t really love you. We just don’t like the other guys and the way they’ve run the Congress and we want you to get something done and end the gridlock. And so when Republican leaders returned to Capitol Hill – Mitch McConnell chief among them – and he may get some guff for it from his new incoming Republican conservative senators, he decided, okay, we’re going to cut some deals here. He didn’t want to cut the deal on START, but he did get what he wanted on tax cuts and he killed the big spending bill that he didn’t like.

Borger also insisted (and other reporters echoed) that Obama better stop sounding to the right of Dick Cheney on "gay marriage" if he wants to win in 2012:

December 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

Yesterday, we reviewed how other national networks skipped out on ABC’s accidental discovery in an interview last week that James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, had no clue about London terror arrests that had been splashed all over TV that day. Several newspapers picked up the story on December 23, but they were all stocked only with chummy Clapper supporters trying to undo the damage. Scott Shane’s article in the December 23 New York Times (headlined "White House Rallies Round National Intelligence Chief") was mostly a White House recounting of why no one should be alarmed by Clapper’s ignorance. Readers were told the gaffe was “deeply misleading.”

Shane began: “The Obama administration scrambled on Wednesday to undo the damage from an ABC News clip that appeared to show that James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, was clueless on Monday about terrorism arrests in Britain that had been a major news story for hours.” The scrambling paid off, because the Times quoted no one scolding Clapper, even the liberals who scolded him on MSNBC. It was all damage control:

December 29, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

Newsweek's year-end Interview issue is "graced" on the cover by lesbian "Glee" actress Jane Lynch. We'll put "grace" in quotes since the interview inside with Lynch and well-named sex columnist Dan Savage is rude and hateful. Apparently, gay activists are encouraged to put on a bullying tone and spray hate at conservatives. Savage would say something vulgar, and then Lynch would chime in with "yeah, what he said" remarks. The interview was dated enough that the restrictions on gays in the military hadn't been lifted yet:

Savage: F--k John McCain—put that in NEWSWEEK.

Lynch: Yeah, I say it too, to the second power.

December 29, 2010, 6:55 AM EST

In the Bush years, liberals worried out loud about how our war on terrorism was destroying our reputation among our noble socialist allies in Europe. But in the Obama years, they are showing their old colors. The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel delighted in Barney Frank's idea that our NATO alliance with Europe is strategically worthless and our spending on it should be slashed:

"These kind of restrictions on domestic spending with unlimited spending for the war -- and you always have to talk about both -- is a great mistake," Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told The Huffington Post last week. "And the liberal community's got to focus more on Afghanistan, Iraq, NATO. NATO is a great drain on our treasury and serves no strategic purpose."

Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who has argued that the defense budget can be cut without harming military readiness, said Frank's idea has merit. "Barney Frank has a good point," said Korb. "We ought to rethink the whole idea of NATO."

December 28, 2010, 5:37 PM EST

Our TV news elite often tries to ignore or play down moments that make Team Obama look incompetent or ill-informed. Case in point: on ABC December 21, World News anchor Diane Sawyer pressed Jim Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, about terror arrests in London, and he seemed unaware, and he then apologized to Sawyer he was unaware.

ABC briefly followed up on that story the next night, but there was no mention of Clapper's gaffe on CBS, or NBC, or NPR. The PBS NewsHour gave it a brief mention. CNN put it in heavy rotation on the 22nd (which makes the other networks' omission more glaring). John Roberts reported "Sawyer's staff gave Clapper 24 hours to provide a follow-up explanation. He put out a statement, quote, 'The question about the specific news development was ambiguous. The DNI's knowledge of the threat streams in Europe is profound and multi- dimensional, and any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate.'"

On MSNBC that night, even Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow slammed Clapper for not being fully briefed. Matthews did praise White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan for his lame spin on Clapper's behalf:

December 28, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller reported the "Diversity Committee" of the Society of Professional Journalists wants a yearlong "education campaign designed to inform and sensitize journalists" that the words "illegal immigrant" are hurtful and insensitive. In an article for the SPJ magazine The Quill, reporter Leo Laurence insisted that since our legal system presumes innocence until proven guilty, "Simply put, only a judge, not a journalist, can say that someone is an illegal." (The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has also argued that the I-word unfairly "criminalizes a person.")

At the national convention in Las Vegas, the Diversity Committee resolution urged journalists to use the phrase “undocumented immigrant(s), and avoid both “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien.” In several MRC studies of TV immigration coverage, we found the networks still primarily use "illegal immigrants," but some journalists (like CBS's Harry Smith) used "undocumented" as a matter of routine. Laurence explained:

December 28, 2010, 8:08 AM EST

There are few things that can surpass the self-conscious weirdness of a Lady Gaga video. One would be the Daily Kos blog analyzing a Lady Gaga video as a "Fascist Recruitment Tool." The blogger Vets74 called Lady Gaga's video for the song "Alejandro" the "Worst MTV Video of 2010." Since a lot of leather-wearing dudes goose-step around Gaga, it is dubbed "Triumph of the Will II." Why is this somehow comparable to fascism?

Worldwide success based on black leather, woman-hating Corporatism. Overt Nazi recruiting gets pushed to the center of pop culture.

It seems more like the Saturday Night Live satire "Sprockets" than "Springtime for Hitler."

December 27, 2010, 4:53 PM EST

Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady denounced the PBS NewsHour in Monday’s newspaper, under the headline “A Cuban Fairy Tale from PBS.” O’Grady said a three-part NewsHour series on Cuban health care by reporter Ray Suarez came off “like a state propaganda film.”

O’Grady contrasted Suarez with Spanish television correspondent Vicente Botin, who tells of a woman who was so frustrated by the doctor shortage in Cuba she hung a sheet from her balcony with the words “trade me to Venezuela” on it. When police arrived, she said “I’m as revolutionary as the next guy, but if you want to see a Cuban doctor, you have to go to Venezuela.” O’Grady added:

December 27, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

The McLaughlin Group is still an easy place to identify Newsweek as a liberal rag. Over the weekend, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift offered several liberal howlers as the Group handed out year-end honors and dishonors. On "Worst Lie," Clift insisted: "The worst lie, that Obama’s policies didn’t work -- the recovery plan, the car, the auto-car bailout, and TARP, which began under President Bush – all worked quite well."

Then, when the category was "Person of the Year," Clift unfurled a Worst Lie, that conservatives love Bill Clinton: "President Clinton. He’s the man of the moment, was most in demand on the campaign trail. He’s now strategizing with President Obama on how to move forward with the divided Congress. And he’s a philanthropist around the world. And Democrats love him, even the liberals who had their problems with him when he was in the White House. Everyone loves Bill Clinton. Even conservatives do."

December 27, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

On Christmas morning, the Daily Kos website typically celebrated the official Obama Christmas message as so much better than those bitter "wingnuts" on the right. Susan Gardner boasted:

Clearly, our president is not doing his fair share in the fabled War on Christmas. If only he'd muttered a begrudging "Happy Holidays," the celebration of bitter wingnuts would have decked the proverbial halls with boughs of conspiracy holly.

Not only that, Barack and Michelle Obama discuss love, peace and redemption. Then they salute the military and their families, and urge Americans to volunteer to serve one another and find volunteer opportunities at serve.gov.

Why, it's almost as if the two of them believe there actually may be more to the holiday season than ginning up the culture wars and buying obscene amounts of useless crap.

December 27, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

When the Associated Press put together a roll call of the notable deaths of 2010, some of them came with a little glitter in their brief descriptions from reporter Bernard McGhee. For example:

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 92. Rose from an impoverished childhood in West Virginia's coal country to become the longest-serving senator in U.S. history. June 28.

Or this one:

U.S. Rep. John Murtha, 77. The tall, gruff-mannered former Marine who became the de facto voice of veterans on Capitol Hill and later an outspoken and influential critic of the Iraq War. Feb. 8. Complications from gallbladder surgery.

Both of these men were renowned as pork-barrel champions. But guess who was tagged with pork in their sentence? The Republican:

December 27, 2010, 9:05 AM EST

Time magazine's failure to choose the Tea Party as its Person or Persons of the Year surely reflects a desire that they will cease to be significant any day now. David Von Drehle's "runner-up" article in its Person of the Year issue concluded the Tea Party has already peaked and is well on its way to collapse: "The Tea Party is a hot brand, but there's no one in power to enforce the trademark. Now that the bailouts are history and Democratic hegemony is broken, what does it stand for? It's a sign of the incredible velocity of politics these days that the colossus of 2010, a movement not even two years old, is already facing an identity crisis."

Von Drehle tried to compare the Tea Party to Beatlemania -- which is a goofy analogy, considering they were rock's hottest band for six years. But he was wishing and hoping for a breakup:

In a sense, identifying with the Tea Party movement was like catching Beatlemania in the 1960s. People were drawn in for different reasons — the beat, the haircuts, the lyrics — and great gulfs of taste divided the John fans from the Paul fans, the George fans from the Ringo fans.

December 27, 2010, 7:47 AM EST

In an interview in Sunday's Parade magazine with former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr, Oprah Winfrey refused to express disappointment with Barack Obama. Sherr asked "Can  I ask about President Obama? Are you concerned, disappointed?" Oprah grandly suggested Obama saved us all from a second Great Depression:

No. I think that no one understands until you’ve been in that seat the enormous pressure to please and satisfy everybody. And I think instead of being grateful for where we are and what he has done, we’ve forgotten that we were on the brink of a depression when he took over this office. And as everybody celebrates the holiday season and sits around with their families, regardless of your circumstance, we could’ve had breadlines. How soon we forget that.