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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February 11, 2012, 8:03 AM EST

Time magazine decided to publish a symposium on "What Is a Conservative?" in its February 13 edition employing "voices of -- and experts on -- the right," including Erick Erickson, Rich Lowry, Ramesh Ponnuru, Ann Coulter, Grover Norquist, Pete Wehner, and libertarian Nick Gillespie. The obvious non-conservative "expert" in this group is Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review. Time failed to explain that this very puzzling inclusion is the man who just wrote a book in 2009 forecasting "The Death of Conservatism," which in intellectual history is about as embarrassing as Geraldo Rivera standing in front of Al Capone's alleged vault.

Tanenhaus naturally lectured that "Every ambitious Republican President since Abraham Lincoln" understood that calling for smaller government is meaningless.

February 10, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

Liberal talk radio hosts are really flustered by the Obama conflict with the Catholic Church. On his WABC show Thursday, Geraldo Rivera somehow compared the Catholic bishops to the people who were building the Ground Zero Mosque, if you can somehow try to define what the Catholic 9/11 was.

"I think it's like, if I may compare it to the mosque that was going to go next to Ground Zero downtown. I urged Muslim leaders that I knew, and I know many Muslims in New York and I have a very good relationship with them. I said, why don't you move it two blocks? Move it, move it east of Broadway, away from Ground Zero." But they wouldn't: "And they insisted on leaving it there. It was just like a stick in the eye, unnecessary provocation – and this is another one of those." Bill Press and Mike Malloy also went on church-bashing benders:

February 10, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

Almost four years ago, ABC’s Barbara Walters came out with her memoir Audition, using as its selling point a tale of her tawdry 1970s affair with married black Sen. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.). Seldom has a TV personality been a more shameless public hypocrite than Walters was on Friday with former Kennedy mistress Mimi Alford during an interview on “The View.”

Walters battered Alford four times with the notion she was greedy, with four different outbursts like “She’ll make a lot of money!” (That one came in the introduction.) Walters asked Alford why she would hurt Caroline Kennedy and her family, and then assaulted her with the reverse idea, that she could have “saved” Monica Lewinsky from ridicule if she’d talked earlier. But mostly, she insisted the book "did not have to be written" and "You could have let it go!" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

February 10, 2012, 8:18 AM EST

On Thursday night's Politics Nation program on MSNBC, Al Sharpton accused Republicans of "totally misleading the people listening to them at CPAC" on the Obama administration forcing Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities to fund contraception, abortifacients, and sterilizations in their insurance plans. "This has nothing to do with their church," he mysteriously proclaimed.

"This has nothing to do with directing religious institutions to do anything," Sharpton said as he denied reality. The newest MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry called the Catholic position "particularly obscene because they feel fine taking religious beliefs and pushing them into secular areas," like abortion and "gay marriage." 

February 9, 2012, 11:10 PM EST

CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has distinguished herself by reporting on the "Fast & Furious" gunwalking scandal in the Obama Justice Department. The conservative media watchdog group Accuracy in Media awarded her their Reid Irvine Award for investigative reporting at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday -- only Attkisson failed to appear. Instead, Michael Calderone at The Huffington Post wrote CBS Washington bureau chief Christopher Isham accepted the award in Atkisson's honor and said that the network "is very proud of Sharyl's groundbreaking reporting."

Attkisson is the first reporter from a non-conservative media organization to receive AIM's award. In response to the honor, a CBS News spokesperson said, "CBS News journalists are regularly honored by a broad spectrum of organizations for their outstanding original reporting." But liberals were outraged at Attkisson's apparent intention to accept the award in person, that it would glorify AIM and conservatives. Former CBS News man Ed Fouhy accused Attkisson of being a "pawn" before the award was presented.

February 9, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

The liberal media had a daily drumbeat of outrage over President Bush’s War on Terror, openly editorializing about closing Guantanamo and against harsh treatment of suspected terrorists. Barack Obama was elected in 2008 running against the Bush policies. Now that he’s president and he’s failed to live up to his anti-anti-terror promises, The Washington Post pollsters report Republicans should not attack him, because a majority of the Left apparently has changed their minds.

"The sharpest edges of President Obama’s counterterrorism policy, including the use of drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists abroad and keeping open the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, have broad public support,” reported Scott Wilson and Jon Cohen on Thursday, “ including from the left wing of the Democratic Party.”

February 8, 2012, 9:15 PM EST

While CNN suspends (or fires) its on-air personalities for Twitter horseplay, perhaps they should turn that sensitivity around on the “defamation” police that demand the firings. Dan Savage, promoted as a positive force by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is quite skilled at defamation. The Dallas Voice supportively reports the latest outburst, from Denton, Texas:

Every time LGBT bullying kills a kid, Tony Perkins gets up from his desk and dances a jig,” Savage claimed about Family Research Council president during Savage’s keynote speech at the 12th Annual University of North Texas “Equity and Diversity Conference” on Tuesday. “Every LGBT youth suicide for them is a victory, a rhetorical and moral victory,” Savage added.

February 8, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist responded on Tuesday to MRC president Brent Bozell’s letter demanding television coverage of President Obama’s unprecedented attack on the religious liberty of Catholics through Obamacare. Here is the letter, and below it our response:

February 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

On Monday, Politico asked "Will Pelosi Be A 2012 Asset Or Liability?" This is not a question most national political reporters are asking, as Pelosi has worked hard to be invisible. She and Harry Reid almost never grant TV interviews. Neither Pelosi nor Reid are joked about by comedians who are already seeking to avoid Obama jokes.

But in 2010, Republicans decimated the "Blue Dog" moderate Democrats by waving the Pelosi Majority flag. Reporters Jonathan Allen and Alex Isenstadt reported that another seven moderate Dems are retiring, and others are in no way slam-dunks for re-election:

February 7, 2012, 7:19 AM EST

Ask Americans who the "enemy" is, and they might say Iran, or they might worry about communist China. But typically, liberals see the enemy in America. Congressman Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, told the Communications Workers of America on February 1 they should watch the enemy in action (for 30 seconds) on Fox News Channel. (Well, he said "Fox TV," as if he doesn't know the difference with the Family Guy Network.)

"Every now and then, you have to look at the enemy. And I say just turn over and switch to Fox TV for 30 seconds, see what the enemy is doing, and switch right back. Because then you understand what the enemy is all about. They’re absolutely against working men and women, so we have work to do." (Video below, via The Right Scoop)

February 7, 2012, 6:43 AM EST

The Arlington Catholic Herald published on its front page this week the letter read on Sunday in Virginia churches from Paul Loverde, the Bishop of Arlington, and Francis DiLorenzo, the Bishop of Richmond. They urged Virginia’s Catholics to resist: “The federal government, which claims to be ‘of, by, and for the people,’ has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people — the Catholic population — and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.”

This quote was pulled out and bolded: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens.” The faithful were urged to go online and read further: 

February 6, 2012, 10:52 PM EST

Hypocrisy knows no bounds on the airwaves of National Public Radio, as their Minnesota-based star Garrison Keillor led off his latest edition of “A Prairie Home Companion” by mocking the GOP frontrunners as “the Mormon running against the polygamist.” This is a rich dig coming from Keillor, since he has been married three times – just as many times as Newt Gingrich.

This was within three minutes of the program starting, just a little partisan liberal boilerplate before the folksy singers get started. Keillor mocked conservatives like Romney and Gingrich for believing "the solution to our current dilemma is to go back to the policies that helped cause that dilemma...deregulation, cutting taxes, starting a new war, if possible."

February 6, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

It’s apparently never too young to push social liberalism and call it “anti-bullying education.” Sunday’s Washington Post promoted D.C. schools with the headline “Redefining Family.” As usual, the Post featured happy color photographs of two lesbian moms – two on the front page of Metro, and two on the back page where the story continued.

Reporter Michael Alison Chandler began: “In the national push to prevent bullying, more elementary schools are introducing lessons about gay tolerance. Some lessons begin before the first day of kindergarten.”

February 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EST

For those who like to root against the New England Patriots (or simply wonder about how much they remind you of our original New England patriots), there’s always the Daily Kos, which on Thursday honored “Bill Belichick the progressive.”

The blogger “upstateNY” (should be a Bills fan?) professed “I marvel at how a thoroughly progressive man with a progressive plan has come to dominate NFL football, one of the reddest of redblooded American sports.”

February 5, 2012, 11:20 PM EST

Kudos to CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley for bringing up on Sunday the undercovered story of the recent Obamacare-related decision to force Catholic employers to insure sterilizations, abortifacients, and contraceptives. When she mentioned "real outrage within the Catholic community" -- and bishops' letters opposed Obama were again read in parishes across America at Mass on Sunday -- liberal Gov. Martin O'Malley blew off the bishops: "most of those in the hierarchy are also Republicans." Is that why Obama's violating their religious freedom?

O'Malley also claimed that this is not a big deal because "these same rules apply in countries like Italy which have overwhelming numbers of Catholics, and yet we did not see the reaction in those countries to these sorts of things." This might be because while 97 percent of Italians think of themselves as Catholic, church attendance is very low (from 15 to 30 percent). They go to church on an Obama schedule. (Fore!)

February 5, 2012, 1:05 PM EST

On Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR publicized radical-left vegan activists putting up mocking images of fat people to scare people away from that menace known as cheese.

Reporter Allison Aubrey
relayed “One billboard in Albany, New York features a huge photo of an overweight woman. She's squeezing the fattest part of her thighs with a message: ‘Your Thighs On Cheese,’ emblazoned across the side.” NPR publicized the group calling itself the “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,” despite it being mostly a group of non-physician activists.

February 5, 2012, 8:18 AM EST

Sunday’s Travel section in The Washington Post carries the big headline “Meet Me In Havana,” or online, it’s “So nice to meet you, Havana.” Inside the headline was “In Cuba, finding vivid color and colorful people.” Team Obama has made it possible to go on “people-to-people” trips to Cuba.

This kind of detail was in small print in the “Travel Tips”: “Bring extra toilet paper or tissues. Public bathrooms often have no stash.” Post writer Andrea Sachs also paid tribute to the “reassuring fist pump” in the omnipresent image of communist thug Che Guevara:

February 4, 2012, 11:59 PM EST

NPR's Tell Me More host Michel Martin has a "Wisdom Watch" segment, and on Thursday it featured the "legendary entertainer" RuPaul -- cable television's most famous drag queen. (He has a show on Viacom's LGBT channel Logo.) The interview lasted 12 and a half minutes.

Martin asked if the future would be brighter: "Do you envision a time if you and I were to get together – however long, five years from now, 10 years from now, 20 - when a little boy who wanted to wear a dress to school could do it and it wouldn't be big -- wouldn't be huge?"

February 3, 2012, 10:11 PM EST

The whiplash-inducing switch in policy (and back again) by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to stop funding (and then not stop funding) Planned Parenthood this week may have caused some pro-lifers to regret all the nice things they said.

But what if you were a leftist radio host who responded by calling the Komen people "Nazis" who would crucify Jews? Would you, could you gently back away from an attack like that? On Thursday, radical and splenetic Mike Malloy (the former CNN employee) uncorked his usual death talk against the Komen Foundattion, and most specifically the suspected bad girl in this plot, one Karen Handel, who apparently would kill Jews and Muslims:

 

February 3, 2012, 2:47 PM EST

TV Newser reports that CNN and HLN will be the networks hosting this year's glitzy Manhattan $150-a-head fundraiser for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). Hosting are new CNN morning host Soledad O'Brien and lesbian activist/CNN Headline News anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, who's hosted several New York fundraisers for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts hosted this event in 2011, and NBC morning hosts Hoda Kotbe and Kathie Lee Gifford hosted this event in 2010. Last August, the annual NLGJA convention starred NBC anchor Ann Curry and openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon.