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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March 24, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

Preparing for an interview with Neil Cavuto on pro-Obama headlines, I picked up the Friday New York Times, and there it was on the front page, in the midst of four-dollar-a-gallon gas prices: "Obama Seizes Chance to Score As an Everyman."

This might seem at odds with his 2008 sales job as the Exotic Cosmopolitan Uniter, but that schtick has faded. Reporter/manservant Mark Leibovich touted the president's NCAA tourney talk and his hot-dog chomping at a game alongside British prime minister David Cameron: "It is the latest iteration of the Obama-Just-Folks offensive, and one that coincides — not by accident — with some particularly clumsy efforts by the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney, to shed the stereotypical airs of a super-rich guy."

March 24, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

A few weeks after liberals threw a fit that Rush Limbaugh would call Sandra Fluke a "prostitute," on Thursday night's Rachel Maddow show, she welcomed on a liberal minister who bizarrely claimed Rick Santorum had committed a "prostitution of the church" by having a political rally in Louisiana with the Rev. Dennis Terry.

Rev. Welton Gaddy of the liberal Interfaith Alliance proclaimed "It`s a prostitution of the church. It`s a manipulation of religion....And I resent anybody trying to make the altar of a church a stump from which they can give a political speech." Liberals never give political speeches in churches? They're saying this...on the Al Sharpton Network?  Don't think Maddow didn't adore this. On their website, the summary for the whole segment was "Rev. Gaddy: Santorum tactic 'a prostitution of the church.'"

March 24, 2012, 6:49 AM EDT

Slate.com political reporter Dave Weigel tweeted with typical sarcasm yesterday "Excited for the Atheist rally tomorrow. It's usually so hard to find smug people in DC."

One of the stars of this rally is Richard Dawkins, author of "The God Delusion." In an article for the badly named "On Faith" website of The Washington Post, Dawkins displayed his contempt for the "ignorance" brigade led by Palin, Bachmann, and Santorum. Putting God aside puts the "sapiens" in "Homo sapiens," he wrote: "Sapiens literally means ‘wise,’ but we have deserved the accolade only since we crawled from the swamp of primitive superstition and supernatural gullibility and embraced reason, logic, science and evidence-based truth."

March 23, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

Younger political junkies may not remember it, but watchers of the 1992 Clinton campaign can recall "The War Room," a documentary filmed inside the Clinton campaign. There's a new DVD of the film, out so National Public Radio just had to praise it.

On the program "Fresh Air" Wednesday,  film critic John Powers described George Stephanopoulos as "a sweet but overbearing altar boy" while James Carville is "a flat out movie-star" like...a wisecracking snake in a Pixar movie."

March 22, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

Time's Ideas blog turned to psychoanalyst Dr. Justin Frank on Wednesday to explain "What Attacks on Obama Say About the Republican Candidates." He needed to explain "why Republicans are being driven to such rhetorical extremes."

"While they may target 'Obamacare' or something else, what they are really attacking is Obama’s capacity to tolerate complexity, on which he thrives," he lectured. "Unconsciously, the Republican candidates – fueled by the party’s fringe voters – find Obama’s comfort with nuance so anxiety provoking that they lash out against his positions that require more than the simplified certainty on which their collective sense of security is based."

March 22, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius returned to his scoop last week that American-born al-Qaeda adviser Adam Gadahn counseled Osama bin Laden about how to handle an anniversary video for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. "Gadahn hated Fox News (“falls into the abyss”); he liked MSNBC but complained about the firing of Keith Olbermann." So much for "leaning forward."

Gadahn "had mixed feelings about CNN (better in Arabic than in English) and made flattering comments about CBS and ABC. Basically, he wanted to play them all off to al-Qaeda’s best advantage. He also mentioned print journalists, most prominently Robert Fisk of The Independent of Britain," a favorite of America-hating leftists. He went into greater detail:

March 22, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes broke out the anti-redneck sarcasm in reporting when GSN (formerly the Game Show Network) announced a new show called "The American Bible Challenge." It was somehow mandatory for her to quip, "Can't wait for the stoning-of-adulteresses question."

She began, "GSN announced Wednesday that it had signed Mitt Romney’s new BFF, Jeff Foxworthy," to host the show. She also listed how Foxworthy recently campaigned for Romney in Alabama and Mississippi.

March 21, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

The March 26/April 2 edition of Newsweek is all Sixties-themed, and on the last page is a gushy Walter Cronkite piece from liberal historian Douglas Brinkley -- you know, the man who kept having to revise his John Kerry hagiography in 2004 to include stubborn facts. Newsweek headlined it "The Voice of God on TV."

The God terminology came from angry black radical Julian Bond in describing how the old liberal "CBS Evening News" was a "powerful agent" in the "freedom struggle" in the South:

March 21, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

NPR's "Talk of the Nation" hosted a feminist discussion group on Monday, but the first caller was a perfect definition of what Rush Limbaugh has identified as the "seminar caller" -- someone who pretends to be something they're not, like someone saying they're a Republican and then trashing the Republicans. 

Monday's NPR version was a "Catholic" who trashed Catholics, finding it "appalling" that the nation's bishops were opposing mandatory payment for contraceptives.

March 21, 2012, 6:34 AM EDT

On March 7, Newsweek assistant culture editor Marlow Stern went after "right-wing actress" Patricia Heaton of ABC's "The Middle" in an article headlined "Patricia Heaton's History of Outbursts:Sandra Fluke No Anomaly."  He complained "right-wing actress Patricia Heaton unleashed a Twitter tirade against Fluke. But Heaton, best known for playing the caring, cerebral housewife Debra Barone on the hit CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, is no stranger to controversial political statements." He didn't interview her. He just "exposed" her.

Nine days later, Stern is lauding hard-left actress Susan Sarandon as "brilliant" and "masterful," and setting her up to make outrageous left-wing attacks on Rush Limbaugh and "the wacky GOP." Despite this, she is not labeled as a liberal: "The seemingly ageless actress is, at 65, also not afraid to speak her mind." Stern didn't so much ask questions as offer please-trash-them softballs:

March 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

While MSNBC spends today rerunning Santorum "I don't care about the unemployment rate" clips, Vice President Biden is blazing away in his Amazingly Clean and Articulate Mode about Obama. As Jennifer Epstein of Politico is reporting, Biden bent the arc of military history for Obama:

“You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there,” Biden said at a fundraiser in New Jersey.

March 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

There are days when you really wonder why anyone thinks "Morning Joe" is different in ideology than the evening talk shows on MSNBC. On Monday, Joe Scarborough went after both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for coming at President Obama from the right on Afghanistan. Joe comes from the left: Obama sent too many troops, listened too much to the generals, and Republicans want to surrender the idea of civilian control of the military.

Santorum was "wrong on all counts," said Scarborough. "The President's mistake was not creating a timeline that was two or three years off. It was tripling the number of troops in Afghanistan. And when he talks about winning the war -- headline for all Republicans and Democrats that want to continue to fight this war -- we won the war."

March 19, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

God-bashing comedian Lewis Black was honored on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Friday night. Black found great similarities between today's Republicans and yesterday's Communist Party USA: "It's a new Republican Party....I mean, I think of it like if you were in the Communist Party, toe the line."

Black is promoting a new TV special called "In God We Rust." (It's not the right season for his book "I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas.") This sourness toward religion makes him a natural for Maddow and MSNBC:

March 19, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

Time's Belinda Luscombe interviewed English actress Emily Blunt for the cover story of their special spring Style & Design issue. The profile began: "Emily Blunt has a crush on President Obama. There's no other explanation. Meeting famous people is part of the actress's day job, but when she met the Commander in Chief, she lost it. 'I just laughed hysterically in his face...That's all I could do.'"

Blunt married actor John Krasinski ("The Office") in 2010 at George Clooney's Lake Como villa in Italy. They were introduced to the Obamas after Meryl Streep was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in December.  Blunt says she was ushered away laughing from the president's presence:

March 19, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

NPR's weekend game show "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" usually saves most of its topical humor for supposed White House drunk George W. Bush or Dick Cheney the Grim Reaper for all the usual smug-liberal laugh lines. On Saturday, host Peter Sagal went on an extended comedy routine with five jokes mocking Pope Benedict XVI, beginning with the notion that he's "another famous gay icon."

By contrast, a review of the last four shows finds there have been zero Barack Obama jokes. However, on March 10, they made fun of Rick Santorum saying if elected, he would not recite the names of former presidents to make excuses for himself. This prompted a "caliphate" joke at the Catholic candidate's expense.

March 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

CNN and Piers Morgan Tonight guest host Donnie Deutsch didn't just cue up Michael J. Fox to attack Rush Limbaugh on Thursday night. They also tossed a whiffle ball named Rick Santorum, who opposes embryo-killing stem-cell research (but not research on adult stem cells that doesn't violate pro-life ethics). To a liberal like Deutsch, Santorum is "very vociferous." Earth to Donnie: And Michael J. Fox is moderate on this issue?

Fox said Santorum is "against science" and "against education" and "all kinds of scientific research" would be shut down by President Santorum if his Dark Ages were allowed to begin. There were no fact checkers in attendance.

March 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

Washington Post columnist (and occasional humorist) Alexandra Petri had to apologize this week for wrongly reporting disreputable advertisers like Ashley Madison (who recruit people to cheat on their spouses) advertised on the Rush Limbaugh show. Still, she said, “the whole point of the piece was that the people most eager to be associated with Rush Limbaugh’s show are — well, advertisers seeking jerks. This has not changed.”

On Sunday, Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton wrote a column tited "Never hurry to be like Rush." He approved of Petri’s correction (although not this snide part) and launched into how Limbaugh is not a journalist and no reputable journalist should ever want to be like him:

March 18, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

In the Sunday Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday puts on her left-wing political beret to honor a documentary called “Maxed Out” now playing on the Showtime channel -- and its star, Elizabeth Warren, currently running as a Democrat  against Republican Sen. Scott Brown for “Ted Kennedy’s seat” in the Senate.

James Scurlock, the director of “Maxed Out,” is all gush to the Post. “You look at the way people have responded to her, I’m just in awe,” he said. “I live in L.A., which is a celebrity culture, and people get much more excited when you say you know Elizabeth Warren than if I knew Angelina Jolie or George Clooney. She’s like a rock star.”

March 18, 2012, 7:47 AM EDT

On Friday's Bill Press radio show, the former Catholic seminarian ripped into his own church again. He says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are "outrageous and wrong" to join the Republicans in their "War on Women."

"Boy, this has me really burned up," he began. "There is a war on women going on. It’s a war on women that’s being conducted by Republicans in the House, you expect that. By Republicans in the Senate, you expect that. But, it’s also being led by the Catholic bishops of this country, which is outrageous and which is wrong. Well you might say of course the Catholic Bishops are part of the war on women, you know they won’t allow women to become priests in the Catholic Church. They won’t allow Priests to get married because there’s something wrong with living with a woman, or having sex with a woman. I mean they’ve got this anti-woman thing built into them."

March 17, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller is trashing Rick Santorum again in her Saturday Washington Post “On Faith” column. Her loathing is so intense she is bizarrely claiming he has “zero qualifications” to match his “prehistoric” views. Well, for starters, Santorum has 16 years in Congress (12 in the Senate) compared to Obama having two years in the Senate before he started running. Apparently, being religious erases all your experience.

“It’s impossible for some of us to understand why and how former senator Rick Santorum, who has zero qualifications to be president of the United States and whose positions on family and social issues are prehistoric, continues to survive and even thrive this Republican primary season,” she complained. “His victories in Alabama and Mississippi this week only further our astonishment.”