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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October 24, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

Liberal radio hosts were furious on Friday that President Obama can't get more credit for the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. On his show, Bill Press attacked: "Obama could have carried their mother out of a burning building and these Republicans wouldn't give him any credit for it."

Then Press went further: "Let's not kid around here. When it comes to this war on terror, right, Bush and Cheney were weenies. They talked up and they didn't do crap. Obama is the killer."

October 24, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

NPR's Michele Norris, an anchor on the evening newscast All Things Considered, will temporarily step down as anchor while her husband Broderick Johnson accepts a senior position with the Obama re-election campaign. She will keep reporting what NPR calls "signature pieces" for the show (but not on politics), and plans to return as co-anchor after the 2012 elections.

Norris recused herself without an announcement in 2004 when Johnson aided Kerry's congressional outreach, but not in 2008 when he was unpaid adviser to Obama’s campaign. In a message sent on Monday morning to NPR staff, Norris said:

October 24, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

On Friday's edition of the talk show Tell Me More on NPR, host Michel Martin invited former Obama aide Corey Ealons to toot a horn for Obama on the death of Moammar Qadhafi. Martin wanted Obama to be described by non-insulting terms, asking Ealon: "Is that the Obama doctrine? The notion of --  I don't want to say 'leading from behind' because I don't think that's accurate...But leading from the middle. Or what would you say? It's rather than, you know, sort of the leader of the charge or the orchestrator in charge."

Ealons had just uncorked several paragraphs of Obama trash talk about how much more effective Obama was in Libya than George W. Bush was in Iraq, which clearly avoids what may come next:

October 24, 2011, 7:03 AM EDT

The D.C. gay magazine Metro Weekly reports outrage among gay leftists that a "moderate" Republican candidate for the state Senate would address a gay-activist audience in Arlington, Virginia and unleash the "bizarre" thought that they were sinners.

Senate candidate Timothy McGhee, who is running for an open seat against state Rep. Adam Ebbin, the only openly gay state legislator in Virginia, spoke to the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, but didn't give them all the political correctness they expected to hear:

October 24, 2011, 6:33 AM EDT

The Baltimore Sun has clearly become the hometown cheering section for Lisa Simeone, the NPR host with the fierce radical moonlighting for "Occupy DC." TV critic David Zurawik felt NPR was right to insist the activism was a violation of its ethics code, but insisted "Simeone's integrity is admirable, and some of the folks on the right who try to mock those involved in the Occupy movement should only have such high standards as they slavishly take their marching orders from a certain cable TV channel chairman."

This seems to ignore that liberals aren't watching the government turn a half-billion taxpayer dollars over to Rupert Murdoch every year. Zurawik added: "Whether you agree with her or not, you have admire the way this 54-year-old Baltimore resident has stood her activist ground." Actually, no, you don't. 

October 23, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton cried foul in Sunday’s paper over something the Post republished: a Bloomberg hatchet job on the Tea Party-backing Koch brothers on a day it looked like it had a Sunday Anti-Business section.

Pexton said the Kochs are certainly newsworthy in the size of the global business concerns, "But I think The Post erred in republishing this story, or at least in the way it did. And when the Kochs complained to The Post after publication, The Post’s response wasn’t handled well." The Post didn’t feel it was necessary to call the Kochs and then stiff-armed them when they asked for the Post to publish a one-paragraph rebuttal: 

October 22, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

HBO has become a destination channel for liberals to feel good about themselves, with hagiographic films on Barack Obama, the Kennedys, Gloria Steinem, and now Harry Belafonte. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever confessed the Belafonte film was a hagiography, but somehow it was still trustworthy. (Perhaps you have to live in Liberal Land -- which includes The Washington Post Building on 15th Street NW -- to understand.)

Because even Hank Stuever can't quite describe Belafonte as a man of the Left. The headline was "Harry Belafonte's endless march for justice." This would seem to imply Belafonte has never supported or inflicted an injustice. In fact, Belafonte has supported dictators like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and seems to share their opinion that America's one of the world's worst regimes.

October 22, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

 So much for liberals being horrified by book-burning, even by American soldiers. On Thursday's Colbert Report, Steven Colbert drew audience cheering and laughing over the story that troops in Afghanistan burned several boxes of Bill O'Reilly's book Pinheads and Patriots. Letting the fake-conservative schtick really go, he suggested O'Reilly's books were good for the toilet. "Soldier, there are plenty of ways Papa Bear’s books can be useful on the front line. You can use them as sandbags, or as armor for a humvee, or you know, you guys always need toilet paper. I am sure Bill would be honored."

He also said the book was perfect for the military since "I know reading his books always make me want to kill somebody." 

October 21, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

October 20 marked the second annual "Spirit Day" thrown by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Debate (GLAAD). They say the D stands for Defamation, but they've been very aggressive in pressuring media outlets to refuse to grant time to any conservative guest that dares to question the gay agenda. To celebrate "Spirit Day," GLAAD encouraged the news and entertainment media to wear purple to show their leftist support -- ostensibly for the "LGBT" youth and against bullying, and boy, did they show it.

TVNewser reports two of three evening news anchors -- NBC's Brian Williams and ABC fill-in George Stephanopoulos -- wore purple, and there was even more gay-alliance violet on the morning shows:

October 20, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

The author who calls himself simply Toure -- a regular guest on MSNBC, and before that on CNN -- is throwing rhetorical bricks at Herman Cain for Time magazine. His article is headlined "Is Herman Cain the Most Unctuous Black Man Alive? Why the Hermanator experience is making me sick."

Toure compared Cain to a circus clown, called him a "buffoon," compared him to "rancid, spoiled, stinky, curdled milk" and dissed him (in the liberal mind) by calling him "the Black Sarah Palin." In the midst of that, he somehow scolds Cain for "sinking to teenage-level disses." He began:

October 20, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

Incoming NPR president Gary Knell smugly dismissed NPR critics in an interview with James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times. "If you listen over a period of time you hear voices from all ends of the political spectrum on NPR," Knell argued. "I think a lot of the critics, by what they say, don't even listen to the service." (Dear Mr. Smug: read the NPR section of NewsBusters, with links to your transcripts.)

That's not the only smug echo among the NPR rookies. Another line is that conservatives (or people who agree there's a liberal tilt) aren't the "real listeners," the "core audience" of NPR -- even if they're "core" funders through taxes. That's what new NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos said in an interview on NPR's Talk of the Nation on October 11:

October 20, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

Now that the American consensus holds that Moammar Qadhafi was a vile dictator who few will mourn, it might be time to recall that taxpayer-funded PBS actually aired a documentary series by an Islamic professor that honored Qadhafi as "brilliant." Brent Bozell, then chairing the National Conservative Foundation, led the charge against a series called The Africans that aired in the fall of 1986.

Check out what we ranked as Reason #2 in our Special Report Counting the Reasons to Defund: The 20 Most Memorable Leftist Excesses of Public Broadcasting:

October 20, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

AP is reporting NPR host/Occupy protest leader Lisa Simeone has been fired: "A freelance broadcaster who works for music and documentary programs has been fired from a job after NPR questioned her involvement in a Washington protest." (Update: AP reports WDAV declared it would retain Simeone as host of World of Opera: "Ms. Simeone's activities outside of this job are not in violation of any of WDAV's employee codes and have had no effect on her job performance," WDAV spokeswoman Lisa Gray said.)

Lisa Simeone said Thursday that she was fired from "Soundprint," a documentary show that is not produced by NPR, but by Soundprint Media in nearby Laurel, Maryland. "Simeone says she was fired Wednesday in a phone call during which NPR's code of ethics was read to her." Simeone is angry that her free-speech rights are being trampled, telling journalist David Swanson on the left-wing site War Is A Crime.org:

October 20, 2011, 7:01 AM EDT

Adam Levine, the star singer of the band Maroon 5 and a judge on the NBC American Idol ripoff The Voice, ranted against Fox News Channel on Twitter Wednesday.

Billboard reports the message was   "Dear Fox News, don't play our music on your evil f*cking channel ever again. Thank you". His comments drew a pair of tweeted responses from FNC's Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy, hosts of the channel's late-night show Red Eye.

October 19, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

Time magazine's website made a cutesy list of the "The 10 Best (Topical) Halloween Costumes of 2011." Number two on the list was the "GOP presidential candidates." You could be Michele Bachmann and look "overly wide-eyed, like you just drank a coffeemaker." Wear a nightcap with your Rick Perry costume for his "sleepiness on the campaign trail." Herman Cain has a "gimmicky jobs plan" inside a pizza box.

The candidates were flanked by Pregnant Beyonce at number one, and Qadhafi at number three. Then came Kate Middleton, Rebecca Black, "A Mormon" and "An Anonymous Hacker" with the V For Vendetta mask. Number 10 was "A Protester," but Time didn't find that very funny. You can dress however you want, because you can't caricature them as hippies. You can caricature Republicans as dumb, sleepy, or gimmicky:

October 19, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller has a hot scoop about a National Public Radio employee aiding "Occupy" protests in the District of Columbia. "National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone appears to be breaking the taxpayer-subsidized network’s ethics rules by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy D.C. group 'October 2011,' which is currently 'occupying” Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.'

Simeone hosts NPR’s nationally distributed “World of Opera” program and “SoundPrint,” a program that airs on DC NPR affiliate WAMU-FM. In a YouTube video uploaded in July, Simeone proclaimed "The time has come to stop these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and all the other places we're now bombing with our drones and other equipment, and to demand that money that's being spent and wasted on slaughter come home here to spent in the U.S. on human needs."

October 19, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

Beware when The Washington Post lets a food writer pen an "Essay" on the presidential campaign. Online, Tim Carman’s Wednesday article was headlined "Presidential candidate Herman Cain and his Godfather’s Pizza: Both full of empty calories?"

Carman clearly loathes Cain when he dismisses his business acumen by suggesting death was involved. "One of his primary credentials for the job involves his nearly miraculous healing of the once-moribund Godfather’s Pizza, as if America were a midgrade Midwestern chain whose many problems could be solved with a few deaths in the family (read: store closings) and a tough-talking thug in a pin-stripe suit and fedora."

October 19, 2011, 6:47 AM EDT

In this week's edition of Time (dated October 24), TV writer James Poniewozik championed class warfare in several new TV shows, like the CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls. "[A]fter the 2008 meltdown and the TARP bailouts, after Wall Street bonuses rebounded while mortgages stayed underwater, do Americans still hear class warfare as if it's a bad thing?" He suggested viewers are up for "at least some spirited class fisticuffs."

From there, Poniewozik, like other liberals, launched into an attack on CNN's Erin Burnett for touring the Occupy Wall Street protests with a sneer instead of the usual worshipful media template. (See ABC's Dan Harris championing the yoga area and the grandmother's cookies from Idaho.) TV was of course too slow to start promoting these leftists:

October 18, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

The blog called Queerty reported a substitute anchor on ABC's middle-of-the-night newscast World News Now coming out of the closet on air on Monday. "Reporting on actor Zachary Quinto’s own recent admission he was gay, Kloeffler, 35, joked he would break his rule about dating actors for the Star Trek star."

Queerty applauded the notion "that Kloeffer realizes acknowledging your full self doesn’t compromise a reporter’s ability to report the news objectively." Have they watched Don Lemon on CNN recently? On the ABC website, Kloeffler proclaimed he didn't want to be the story:

October 18, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

In February, Dante Atkins of the Daily Kos attacked the GOP as the "Rapeublican Party" becuause they're all about "punishing women for daring to have sex."

On Monday, the Daily Kos has circled around to that smear all over again. The Kosmonaut known only as "Otto" insisted on hammering the "Blame the Victim" party when it came to sexual assault: