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 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

Many American leftists are disgusted with Barack Obama – like the ones that told Steve Kroft of CBS that Obama’s a complete milquetoast who offered the store to Grover Norquist. But at the Daily Kos – a website that sincerely compares Dick Cheney to serial killers – the diarist “Troubadour” has boldly offered an article that declares, “Barack Obama: Best President Ever." He began this Friday morning boastfest: "Barack Obama is either the best President we've ever had, or more humbly, equal to the best Presidents we've ever had (and thereby one of their number).” Move over, Mount Rushmore favorites. Obama's the best ever.

Right before the 2010 midterms, this same blogger offered his ludicrous opinion that “Win or lose this election season, Republicans appear to be headed on a one-way path to organized political violence.” He also confessed (quite rightly) that “I am not leadership material...I do not respond appropriately in a timely manner to sudden and emotionally fraught new information.”

January 6, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

Listeners to the Bill Press radio show on Thursday morning -- and there were probably not very many -- must have winced at the complete political schizophrenia or logical incoherence of the self-proclaimed "Mr. Gun Control."  Press asked the audience if 18-year-old Oklahoma mom Sarah McKinley was right to shoot a home invader armed with a knife to protect her little boy? He said "damn right" -- and explained how he also favors banning all handguns and "assault rifles." So, um, how would Knife-Threatened Teen Mom defend herself in Bill Press's ideal America?

"I gotta tell you I am Mr. Gun Control, okay?I think there are too many guns. They’re too easy to get. Most people don’t need them," Press declared. "For hunting only I would say as long as they’re licensed and you know how to use them, that’s okay. But for any other reason, I would ban all handguns. I would ban all assault rifles. I’m as strong as you can get." [MP3 audio available here]

January 6, 2012, 6:18 AM EST

Even Hollywood seems less impressed with Barack Obama this time around. The Hollywood Reporter forwarded the news Wednesday that Nicole Avant, named ambassador to the Bahamas by Obama after her fundraising for his 2008 campaign, is coming back to La La Land "in the hopes of patching up the incumbent president's battered relationship with the entertainment industry."

Avant is the daughter of Clarence Avant, a Democratic fundraiser and longtime soul music executive who founded Tabu Records in the 1980s and ran Motown Records in the Clinton years. Sources said Nicole would be one of Obama's top liaisons in Hollywood for the re-election effort, and she has some fences to mend:

January 5, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

The loathing for Michele Bachmann flowed on The Ed Show on MSNBC on Wednesday night. Host Ed Schultz insisted Bachmann would make mischief for Mitt Romney: "Some of the things, Jonathan, she`s said on the campaign trail, I just don`t see her in any way, shape or form getting behind Mitt Romney."

Former Newsweek writer Jonathan Alter replied; "It doesn't matter whether she does. You know, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't she not standing for re-election to the House? Is it possible that finally we will be rid of this woman for good?"

January 5, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

The cultural left is thrilled that in the comic book Life with Archie (issue #16), which came out Wednesday, that Riverdale's first gay character, Kevin Keller, a military veteran, marries the domestic partner of his dreams, African-American physical therapist Clay Walker. NPR's talk show The Takeaway described it as a "progressive grand slam." 

Angela Gay of the ACLU blogged that Archie's traditional Midwestern setting made this comic-book milestone more invigorating:

January 5, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

Newsweek's Andrew Romano was given two days inside Obama's re-election headquarters and came out with an article boasting (in the headline) "Team Obama has quietly built a juggernaut re-election machine in Chicago."

"While the GOP candidates have spent the last year parading and pirouetting on Fox News, the president’s team has been quietly, methodically channeling their worry back into the campaign—and creating something, I discovered in Chicago, that will be even bigger, even smarter, and even more surprising than their revolutionary 2008 operation," Romano oozed. He forwarded the spin of Obama chief Jim Messina (and Time’s Michael Crowley) that the GOP debates have been all downside for Obama’s "clumsy" challengers:

January 5, 2012, 6:42 AM EST

The increasing irrelevance of "news" magazines is apparent on the cover of the latest Time magazine with its promise of  a "2012 User's Guide," but this is merely framing the same old warmed-over TV dinners of political analysis. In his "preview" of the GOP primaries, Time's Michael Crowley just bashes away at the Republicans as a weak field of unserious candidates. The low point comes under the heading "I Know What You Said Last Winter."  Crowley trashes the GOP candidate debates by comparing them to the silliest garbage on reality TV.

"Even if the GOP primaries, wind down quickly, many Republicans are concerned that they will hve done damage to their party," Crowley wrote, as if there should have been no primary season at all. "The series of televised debates -- 16 to be exact -- may have been great entertainment, a political junkie's equivalent of Keeping Up with the Kardashians." Can anyone imagine that crude dismissal by Time of a debate with Barack Obama in the middle of it?

January 4, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

From Ohio to Massachusetts, Democrats in trouble are somehow merely politicians without an identifiable party. On Monday’s Morning Edition, NPR aired a three-and-a-half-minute corruption story from Cleveland that never mentioned the party starting with D.

Anchor Linda Wertheimer explained, “In Ohio today, a trial gets underway in the biggest public corruption case the state's ever seen. Jimmy Dimora rose from sanitation worker to commissioner of Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and its suburbs. He's accused of being at the center of a number of bribery schemes that federal investigators uncovered in recent years.”

January 4, 2012, 8:19 PM EST

On Tuesday, Daily Kos boss Markos Moulitsas asked his fellow lefties: "Have you seen Mittens' latest?" He's not referring to a cat. This is his pet name for Mitt Romney. Moulitsas could not believe Romney would find liberals divisive when it comes to egging on themes of class war. His headline was "Republicans want a united America! As long as you're white, male, and rich"

All the divisiveness comes from those plutocrats and the conservative demonizers of black and brown and gay and aborting Americans:

January 4, 2012, 7:58 PM EST

On Tuesday, liberal radio host Thom Hartmann engaged a conservative caller who was tired of the anti-capitalist rhetoric from President Obama and the left. “From the president’s own mouth, the anti-capitalist rhetoric is so poisoned,” said the caller.

Hartmann interrupted: “It is rhetoric in opposition to the excesses of unregulated capitalism. Unregulated capitalism can become a cancer just like unregulated growth in a cell is the definition of cancer.” Hartmann went on to say that libertarian notions are corrupting government, and that the Founding Fathers were for “general welfare” exactly like Franklin Roosevelt.

January 4, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

At the same time that the nation's leading networks can't call Obama a "liberal" more than about once a year, NPR's religion reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty on Monday announced Rick Santorum was "very, very conservative" on the social issues, in addition to being "very pro-life." He even -- horrors! -- home-schools his seven children.

"He's Catholic. He's billed himself very much as the family values candidate," the reporter announced on NPR's afternoon show Talk of The Nation. "His wife Karen has homeschooled all seven of their children. He's surging in the polls because he's been very, very conservative on these issues." They also discussed if white conservative Christians dislike Obama because they're racists.

January 4, 2012, 6:38 AM EST

In his online chat at washingtonpost.com on Tuesday, Washington Post humorist (and former editor of the paper's Style section) Gene Weingarten pronounced on how he believed there was no argument against gay marriage, but when someone raised the subject of Rick Santorum, he replied, "I LOVE it that he is now considered a front-runner. He is a little boy. He LOOKS and SOUNDS like a little boy. I think he may not be a hypocrite, though.  He announces that he is a bigot, and that's just the way it is."

This announcement that Santorum seemed immature was smack-dab in the middle of an online chat overwhelmingly devoted to the subject of "pooping." That naturally inspired this rude liberal Santorum question to Weingarten:

January 3, 2012, 6:53 AM EST

Liberal blogger/professor Dan Kennedy spied a full-page ad that MSNBC bought to promote Morning Joe on the back of the January 1 Sunday Review section and couldn't help but investigate the original material that the ad-makers quoted. There were conflicts of interest everywhere.

Even a casual viewer of TV news knows that using Tom Brokaw to praise an MSNBC program is borrowing another company asset to load praise on the company. Check out how MSNBC carefully edited the idea they were "appallingly entertaining" in the morning:


January 2, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

For New  Year's Eve, NPR's All Things Considered some pieces on the year in review. NPR analyzed the year on Twitter -- completely ignoring Anthony Weiner (and discussing the TV show "Glee" instead).

But first came what NPR most wanted to talk about -- "gay rights." Substitute anchor Rebecca Sheir reported " It was a banner year for a lot of things: from uprisings and Occupy to, as we'll hear later in the show, Mercury missions and mice. Yes, mice. But first, you can't talk about the year that was without mentioning gay rights." Her one and only expert on the subject was the vile gay sex columnist Dan "F--- Your Feelings" Savage, who hailed  Hillary Clinton and "evolving" Obama and the idea that "increasingly, straight people are demonstrating their support in ways that really touch my heart and terrify Tony Perkins."

January 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

Actress Ellen Barkin was really unhappy with the New York Police Department early on New Year’s Day, tweeting she was shoved (or jostled) on the street. But for politicos, this was the most eye-opening tweet: “this will be nothing if Obama loses the election. A police state will be just around the corner.” No s**t.#Terrified” (Asterisks mine.)

Barkin slammed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, tweeting, "F*** all of u, Bloomberg & every1 goose-stepping behind u. I cannot believe what I am seeing.U protect nothing.U ARE the violence in my city."

January 1, 2012, 11:10 PM EST

In an interview with Slate.com, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow unloaded the bizarre claim that Fox News is "operating with a political objective to elect Republican candidates," but MSNBC doesn't resemble that in any way.

 "I think the thing that is underappreciated about MSNBC is that we don't really do anything as a company, that we all sorta get to do our own thing," she claimed. "There may be liberals on TV at MSNBC, but the network is not operating with a political objective."

January 1, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins took after Bill Maher in the Sunday paper. "I don’t believe in any religion that requires a building and loan payments, she wrote. "Nevertheless, I’m having a hard time seeing anything wrong with Tim Tebow taking a prayer knee in public. The knee seems a pretty plain and graceful statement, and it’s tiresome to see it so willfully misinterpreted. It’s the preachers from the top of Mount Idiot like Bill Maher who are hard to understand."

She added: "If you want to know Maher’s overriding philosophy on anything, you have to go back to high school and the stoner in the last row, surrounded by sycophants as he makes ugly cracks about his betters."


January 1, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

Obama-backing actor Don Cheadle stepped into hot water for telling the black magazine Jet that Barack Obama "inherited an impossible situation. I wish he had not been so much of a consensus-seeker. I just wanted to see a more ‘gangsta’ president." He took to Twitter to step back from the G-word. "I wasn’t talking about pants sagging and forties and “hoes” or any of that other nonsense."

But he still wanted at least rhetorical violence from the president, a man "riding roughshod" over his opponents: "I still have a fevered dream of the POTUS smacking up John Boehner in a public forum in middle America and making him defend support of tax cuts for the super rich," Cheadle wrote. "I want to see somebody go to jail over the financial crisis and not just black, brown and poor whites over humbles and minor drug beefs. I want the president to bail out homeowners who fell for the okey doke from predatory lenders and are two seconds from living on the streets or are already there."

January 1, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

Politico's Maggie Haberman compiled a list of "2011's top political misstatements." Shamelessly, Politico published nine reported Republican misstatements (if you count Donald Trump), and the other one -- number one -- was about Obama. But just to make things perfect, Politico wasn't tagging Obama -- they were blaming Republicans for misstating what he stated. (UPDATE: On January 1 at 8:32 pm, Politico updated the piece, and the headline is now "Top 10 misstatements of the GOP primary".)

Does no one at Politico feel the need for even a head fake at balance? Does no one there think it might make you look like a DNC-financed rag to suggest the Republicans do all the noticeable fact-mangling? (Earlier in the week, Politico's "top political blunders of 2011" pinned only seven on Republicans.)  Here's how Haberman made excuses for Obama:

December 31, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

On Saturday, D.C. NPR station WAMU-FM promoted a segment of its weekend "Animal House" talk show with a dramatic twist on the Constitution. The show promoted a lawsuit by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to end "animal slavery" at marine parks.

As WAMU put it, The 13th Amendment "was intended to abolish domestic slavery and involuntary servitude. The authors would probably be surprised to learn 146 years later that same mandate is being used to justify constitutional rights for 5 killer whales who 'perform' at Sea World in San Diego and Orlando." Host Sam Litzinger interviewed Jeff Kerr, a PETA vice president, who claimed as his inspiration one ultraliberal named Laurence Tribe: