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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November 11, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

In a Thursday Washington Post column exploring how 2010 is the best year for conservatives since 1980, George Will insisted that "NPR's self-immolation" over the Juan Williams firing made it clear the starting point for deficit reduction is "public" broadcasting subsidies. The column ended with these lines:

The 2010 elections made "card check" as dead as government subsidies for broadcast journalism may soon be.

As icing on conservatism's 2010 cake, there was NPR's self-immolation. It fired Juan Williams, ostensibly for speaking about certain feelings he has - and deplores - regarding some Muslims in some settings. NPR probably fired him because his views are too heterodox for some NPR liberals who favor diversity in everything but thought.

November 11, 2010, 7:22 AM EST

Keith Olbermann's return to MSNBC Tuesday night was "graced" by radical filmmaker Michael Moore, who expressed his belief that Obama is so far a hopeless capitalist tool and that NBC is a pro-Bush network by letting the former president have so much air time to sell his memoir (even as Matt Lauer tossed hardballs.) Naturally, Moore wasn't asked by Olbermann to consider the hours of free air time NBC-Universal offered Barack Obama this fall (with no Matt Lauer hardballs) in an attempt to save Democrat seats. Moore brought the sarcasm before the viciousness:

OLBERMANN: All right. Finally, later on we're going to through what's been -- what's been missed in the Bush autobiography. But you're in it. Do you want a chance to respond to what your -- what he's got you in there -- this craziness?

MOORE: Yes. Well, first of all, great to see President Bush back. You know, it's the short attention span. We missed -- we actually needed him a couple weeks ago to remind ourselves who was responsible for these two wars, who was responsible for this crash on Wall Street, who created this mess that our grandchildren will be cleaning up. Nice to see him back.

I wish that NBC itself had a little more balance and a little more -- I mean, I just -- I mean, I'm just not that I'm taking this personally, but I -- he trashes me in his book, and he makes a reference between Osama bin Laden and myself. I mean, that shows how insane and crazy these Republicans are and have gotten.

November 10, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

The Washington Post is getting out ahead of the pack in hating the new Sarah Palin reality show on TLC, “Sarah Palin's Alaska.” It isn't really about whether the show is entertaining. TV critic Hank Stuever tore into the Republican VP nominee with relish from the first sentence at the top of Wednesday's Style section:

Who is this woman, this fruit bat in fleece and Gore-Tex, clenching the side of the rock face above a glacier, screaming "Tahhd! Tahhd!" at her husband, piercing the tranquility of the Alaskan paradise?

Isn't this the kind of person whom forest rangers usually despise? The one whose loud command to heed the bears actually startles the bears? The hapless camper whom taxpayers have to rescue at great expense after she loses her Verizon signal and gets hopelessly disoriented?

November 9, 2010, 5:07 PM EST

The public-radio show "On The Media" explored the debate over defunding public broadcasting on Saturday -- but utterly stepped around any evidence from certain conservative media watchdog groups that NPR or PBS have a liberal bias. Host Brooke Gladstone perfectly characterized how the NPR elite arrogantly conceive of their mission: some say they have a liberal bias, but they are merely seekly to build a better, more informed, more thoughtful democracy. As usual, liberalism and enlightenment are the same thing:

I guess fundamentally this all boils down to what you think of public broadcasting. If you think it’s a left-wing-inflected source of information, then there would be no reason to support it. But if you think – you know, going back to that old chestnut, that it actually leads to a more informed electorate that can make a better democracy, then you might have a different view.

Speaking up for defunding (and bashing conservative Republicans) was Nick Gillespie, the editor of Reason magazine. Later, co-host Bob Garfield brought on former Washington Post editor Steve Coll for the liberal-overdrive position of massively increasing federal support for taxpayer-funded media.

 

November 9, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

Sunday’s Parade magazine supplement (distributed in many American newspapers) carried a column by liberal Detroit sports writer Mitch Albom titled “Mr. Smith Flees Washington.” The modern Jimmy Stewart he’s selected is departing Rep. Bart Stupak, last seen caving into Team Obama on the abortion portion of the ObamaCare bill. How was that Mr. Smith resisting Washington ways?

But in his own life, Mitch Albom is more like one of those self-interested Washington lobbyists (except in the state capital of Lansing). On The Michigan View, Henry Payne reports that in an October 17 column in the Detroit Free Press, Albom slammed GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder's “unusually specific pledge to end a 42 percent tax subsidy for the movie and television business -- a business that Albom, himself a writer of film scripts - admits to lobbying for.”' Albom's a multi-millionaire for massive book-slash-movie projects like "Tuesdays with Morrie."

Lobbyist Albom says that eliminating the tax subsidy "would be bad for Michigan. I was involved in bringing these tax incentives to our state. I helped with their creation, testified before the Legislature, met numerous times with the governor and her staff." But why stop there? Why not a subsidy for his struggling newspaper? Or fellow struggling book authors? Or....

November 9, 2010, 8:21 AM EST

On NPR's Morning Edition on Monday, anchor Steve Inskeep welcomed a regular guest, Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel (from the liberal news side, not the conservative opinion-page side). The new Congress is already too "shrill" and "ugly" with libertarian argument against Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's printing money to buy government bonds:

INSKEEP: Rand Paul is a name that got a lot of attention in the election this past Tuesday. He won a Senate seat from Kentucky. But, of course, his father, Ron Paul, ran for president a couple of years back, is still in the House, and it looks like he's going to chair the committee that oversees Ben Bernanke's Fed.

WESSEL: That's right. Ron Paul, who wrote a book called "End the Fed" - so you know what he thinks ought to happen. He'll definitely give Mr. Bernanke a hard time, but he's really seen as something of an outlier. He's a Libertarian. He doesn't believe in paper money. And I don't think many of the other Republicans are quite comfortable with that view. But it will be interesting to have him in the House and his son, a senator from Kentucky, taking a seat that was vacated by another shrill critic of the Fed, Jim Bunning. So, it will be a lot of fireworks there, I'm sure.

November 8, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

The Olbermann-lovers at the far-left Daily Kos blog believe in the Vast Keith Conspiracy – that Olbermann contributed to three Democrats as part of a large-scale plan to embarrass MSNBC president Phil Griffin and underline just how important and popular the left-wing bomb-throwing is, especially with young voters. In a Monday morning post titled “The Brilliance of Keith Olbermann,” the blogger “willynel” found only genius:

I think Keith knew exactly what he was doing.

I really think that what Keith Olbermann did was a stroke of genius.

I think he made a bet that this would happen, that the would be suspended and that he would get overwhelming support from his fans and his co-workers. Why else would he not say that he is sorry?

November 8, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

New York Times media columnist David Carr on Monday did the usual establishment cluck-clucking about how cable news is bringing down all the walls between news and opinion -- maintaining the strange pretense that the New York Times still separates the two with any effort. But Carr concluded by noting the very brief Olbermann exile underlined how partisan the cable networks are:

MSNBC ended up in a fight that resembled nothing so much as a brawl within a political party, with the base — in this case the audience — pushing back against the leadership. While Mr. Olbermann is not talking to the media, he is using Twitter to reach his supporters: “Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless. XO.”

Before its decision, there were more than 275,000 signatures on a petition demanding the return of Mr. Olbermann. The language seems less like the keening of a group of television viewers and more like an outcry from the progressive wing of the MSNBC Party.

November 8, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

Football fans watching NBC on Sunday night were presented a brief commercial at halftime for Monday night's NBC interview with former president George W. Bush. Liberals might have been disgusted, since Matt Lauer's only question was to ask Bush to explain how military families supported his war policies. But on Thursday, Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post picked up on an earlier NBC promotion, that showed how Lauer pushed Bush around about charges of racism surrounding Hurricane Katrina, and even suggested that Bush taking offense at rapper Kanye West's racism charges (on NBC's airwaves) as the “worst moment” of his presidency was heartless, since the actual suffering of the Gulf Coast residents should have won that title.

Can anyone imagine an NBC anchor asking Barack Obama if he was heartless because he cared about his own reputation more than the people he's caused to suffer? First, NBC liberals don't think anyone is suffering because of Obama, and second, that would be rude to a fellow liberal. Here's how it will unfold tonight in prime time:

November 7, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

Recently departed Newsweek editor Jon Meacham placed an article in Sunday's Washington Post that tried to make sense of the “shellacking” that Team Obama took on Tuesday. Meacham dismisses any talk of “moving to the center” as silly, as if that's where Obama presently stands. The headline was "Obama didn't change. We did."  In Meacham's world, Obama is still likely headed to the pantheon of great presidents, and anyone who dismisses him now is dismissing the inevitable sweep of history. Meacham began with this phony thought:

For much of the 2008 election cycle, I did not think Barack Obama would win the presidency. (A Whole Foods-shopping law professor from Chicago's Hyde Park with "Hussein" as a middle name? Please.)

Whether he thought Obama would win is irrelevant, considering how much Meacham and Newsweek wanted him to win. Remember all those gooey cover stories? Before George W. Bush was inaugurated for a second term, during the holiday season of 2004, Newsweek was already banging a can for Obama as the Great Black Hope. As Brent Bozell reported then:

November 7, 2010, 4:27 PM EST

As Ethiopian runner Gebre Gebremariam closed in on a victory in his first New York City marathon, NBC announcer Al Trautwig described the unbelievable poverty in Kenya and Ethopia, and then shifted into social commentary on the Ethiopians: "They're closer to the earth. They're from the earth. They're closer to the rhythms of the planet than we ever were. We torture the planet to our needs. They don't have any of that. They're one with the earth."

November 7, 2010, 9:21 AM EST

On Thursday's Today on NBC, Matt Lauer lined up two experts to praise the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for voting 8-3 to ban toys in kids' meals that don't meet nutritional standards set by the city. Kids would only get a toy if the meal has less than 600 calories with reudced, sodium, fat, and guar. It must include a fruit and vegetable. Supervisor Eric Mar was quoted: “An as a father and legislator, I think we need to be creative in addressing the childhood obesity crisis in this country.” Correspondent Amy Robach also found critical parents. But NBC's designated experts – their own nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom and diet-book author David Zinczenko -- were unanimous:

LAUER: Just go. You weigh in on this. What do you think of this idea?

ZINCZENKO: I think the San Fran board deserves their own toy. I think they deserve a prize. I don't think it goes far enough. I think when you market something specifically for kids, a product, every other time you have to prove that it's safe. Not so for food. And right now you have sit-down chains that are even worse offenders. They are selling 1800-calorie meals to kids, pasta dishes, 1400 calorie mac-and-cheese quesadillas.

November 7, 2010, 6:49 AM EST

As anyone should expect, liberal talk-radio hosts were not happy with the election returns, but they turned their anger on President Obama for his perfunctory pledges to work together with Republicans in the next two years. On Wednesday afternoon, Ed Schultz attacked him as “Mister Vanilla”:

Well, just what I thought. Mr. Vanilla, Barack Obama, flat and lame, olive branches coming out all over the place, can't we all just get along, I'm ready to work with you...This is Jimmy Carter on steroids! And then some! Generic. Vanilla. Non-combatant. No lines in the sand. I think it lacks leadership. I really, really do.

Schultz doesn't seem to have enough of a grasp of modern history to recall that President Carter couldn't even work with congressional Democrats, which is why he faced a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy in 1980. Schultz seems worried that Obama will be so agreeable he won't be re-electable:

November 6, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Brian Stelter wrote a front-page story for Saturday's Times on the suspension of Keith Olbermann, but the worst sentence overstated how rare the "anti-war" voices were in the "rush to war" in Iraq:

Mr. Olbermann’s program, “Countdown,” is the most popular hour on MSNBC, with about 1.1 million viewers a night. Years ago, Mr. Olbermann gave voice to dissenting views about the Iraq war and about Bush administration policies when few others on television would, and more recently he helped advance the Obama administration’s push for a health care overhaul.

November 5, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

On Thursday, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin asked his listeners to call the office of Sen. John Cornyn (who leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee)  and ask "why he is not sending money and lawyers to Alaska to help Joe Miller in the counting of write-in votes,” and insisted  "The test for the NRSC is what it does for Joe Miller in Alaska — this is the key fight.”

In response to that "Levin surge" and other pressure, Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper reports Sen. Cornyn sent out a fundraising appeal Friday afternoon asking supporters to contribute to Miller’s campaign.

November 5, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

For the record and public amusement, we have the video of Keith Olbermann's October 7 grandstanding on the need for national legislation to restrain a "national cable-news outlet" for donating to federal candidates. Two of his questions to Congressman Jim Clyburn now look even stranger in the light of Olbermann's donations.

OLBERMANN:  What is the Democratic strategy, the political strategy, for dealing with a media outlet that has now put its money where everybody has known its mouth has always been?...

Congressman Clyburn, is there a legislative response to the idea that there is a national cable news outlet that goes beyond having a point of view and actually starts to shill for partisan causes and actually starts to donate to partisan groups of one party? (Video after the jump.)

November 5, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

Andrew Breitbart at Big Hollywood joined NewsBusters in raising questions about Arianna Huffington's strange Election Night tweet suggesting Marco Rubio resembled a Central American dictator: "On nightline set matthew dowd on sen elect rubio surrounded by flags looking like a central american dictator." A glance at ABC's on-air content at 3 am on Wednesday morning showed neither Dowd nor Huffington said that on the air:

So what exactly was the Queen of social news media’s tweet really about? Once the “dictator” part of Arianna’s insults is stripped away, what’s left is “Central American,” and that’s the crux of her tweet. She is playing the race card with Marco Rubio. Of course the mainstream media will fail to notice that this is a racist comment, which is no less racist than if a Republican compared Obama to Idi Amin. Is there any doubt that Arianna Huffington and her Huffington Post empire would not be leading the charge to destroy the person who uttered that unfortunate analogy?

Today, Huffington replied on Twitter to Breitbart: My tweet was merely quoting, with his consent, GOP strategist Matthew Dowd’s take on Rubio’s acceptance speech. Next!

November 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

For those smug ones on the left who constantly insist Fox News is remarkably synonymous with the Republican Party, they might want to play down the smugness. That might start with MSNBC chief Phil Griffin, who mocked Fox and insisted to the New York Times “Show me an example of us fund-raising." Politico's Simmi Aujla reports that Keith Olbermann couldn't just put Democrats on his show, he also gave to them after they appeared:

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election — a potential violation of NBC’s ethics policies.

Olbermann, who acknowledged the contributions in a statement to POLITICO, made the maximum legal donations of $2,400 apiece to Conway and to Arizona Reps.  Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. He donated to the Arizona pair on Oct. 28 – the same day that Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show. Grijalva, a prominent liberal who was only declared a winner in his race Thursday night, was in a tight contest against tea party-backed candidate Ruth McClung when he appeared on Countdown – one of several appearances he made on the show...Giffords had appeared on Olbermann’s program in May, as did Conway.

November 4, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

In the wee hours of Election Night came this Twitter burst from Arianna Huffington, the one who loaded buses to rally with Jon Stewart for "sanity" and calm and taking the rhetoric down a notch:

On nightline set matthew dowd on sen elect rubio surrounded by flags looking like a central american dictator

What? Dowd didn't say that, as the tweet might suggest. Arianna didn't say it on ABC, either, just on Twitter. To put that in context, Rubio did have a multi-flag backdrop for his victory speech, but that's hardly unusual for politicians.

November 3, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

If you find liberal gnashing of teeth in the aftermath of a "shellacking" to be amusing, then you should try to decide which line of argument/rage/denial at the Daily Kos is most amusing.

There is "Conn Man" armed with the usual tendency to find mental illness and stupidity in the foe: 

The American people have spoken, and their message is that obstructionist politics, refusal to play by the rules, sociopathic personalities, and semi-literacy are the qualities that they are looking for in elected officials.  They have sent the message that anti-intellectualism, emotional rather than rational thinking, the politics of fear and anger, and a complete lack of compassion for anyone other than numero uno are their ideal personality traits for the people they want to be in charge...

There is "Jhawklefty" wondering what's the matter with Kansas, and the rest of America: