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 30, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

One might think that a landlord that welcomed in one of the nation's most notorious late-term abortionists could be labeled "controversial." But in The Washington Post, he's just the Neat Idea Man. In Friday's Post, columnist Petula Dvorak began, "Regardless of how you feel about abortion, the way Todd Stave flipped the script on his bullies is pretty dang clever." Wrong. If you feel abortion is murder, then the question of who are the "bullies" might have a different answer.

But here's what's interesting. When the Post was scandalized last fall that some aggressive pro-lifers protested Todd Stave near (but not on) the property of the middle school his daughter attended, they kept him anonymous for the safety of his children. Now that he wants to crow about counter-harassing pro-lifers, his name and photo are splashed across the paper? How convenient. Here's how they kept him anonymous last September 12 in a Lena Sun news article:

March 30, 2012, 7:38 AM EDT

The new issue of TV Guide magazine has this headline on the top of the cover: "Exclusive: The Biggest Loser Works Out With The First Lady!" Inside, TV Guide spotlighted the latest Michelle Obama pop-up in TV Land -- in two episodes, on April 3 and 10.

"I've been a fan of The Biggest Loser for years," proclaimed the First Lady in a photo caption of her working out with the show's trainers. "Whenever I watch, it always makes me want to get active!" In the article is this: "Confirms Obama, 'I don't think it's in Bob's or Dolvett's natures to 'take it easy'...It was such an incredible experience to work out with the trainers...they really put me to the test, and I'm happy they did!" But the goo scooped up for Michelle on the NBC show is more favorable than this spread:

March 29, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

In the age of social media, there are dangers when presidential candidates are satirized with fake quotes. Snopes.com has waved a red flag about a false quote some liberals are passing along seriously that has Rick Santorum saying his view on pornography is "one of only a few things I see eye to eye with on the Taliban."

One would think it doesn't sound plausible that Santorum would be talking up his commonality with the Taliban or declaring "I will ban all pornography." But liberals want to believe he actually said this. (Just as they want to imagine aggressively that someone this "homophobic" must be repressing his own latent homosexuality.) This is what Facebook and Twitter users have been seeing (and some are believing):


March 29, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

Former Time editor Margaret Carlson pleaded Tuesday night at Bloomberg.com “Dear Al Sharpton: Leave Trayvon Martin Alone.” She began: “The last thing the family of Trayvon Martin needs is Al Sharpton.”

Carlson agrees with the liberal line that deep-seated American racism is on trial, but she added: “Every time the screen fades from a picture of Martin to Sharpton, I see a demagogue with kerosene.” The establishment credential offered by Comcast and MSNBC doesn’t matter:

March 29, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

Here’s a sentence you don’t read every day: “Movement Conservatism will kill more innocent Americans than Al-Qaida ever will.” That is, of course, a Daily Kos sentence from Wednesday.

Several hours later, another Kosmonaut insisted the conservative brain has no sense of time, place or direction. Conservatives can barely walk, it seems, let alone talk.

March 28, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

Brent Baker told me I only found half the story in Newsweek’s coverage of Dick Cheney’s heart transplant. Posted in the middle of the Kent Sepkowitz hit piece was Monday’s edition of their daily NewsBeast in-house video. In the first seconds, the “highlight” was Newsweek/Daily Beast assignment editor Allison Yarrow saying of Cheney: “But can you imagine being that organ donor?...I would never do it. I’d say ‘give me my heart back.’”

Welcome to the latest edition of Compassionate Liberals Show Their True Colors. Openly gay Newsweek senior writer Ramin Setoodeh added, “I would never give my heart to Dick Cheney. It would freeze over.” Yarrow offered: “He may be one of the most evil people in the world.” (Video below)

March 28, 2012, 6:58 AM EDT

Leave it to the crass Daily Beast (and Newsweek) to accuse Dick Cheney of a "dick thing" for refusing to take himself off a heart transplant list and die. Writer Kent Sepkowitz (who brags in his credit line that he writes thick academic articles that are "tough sledding") sheds science for this article, which drips with contempt. "Well, dry those tears, America—he’s back!"

"How did this happen? No, not the Florida recount, but how could someone so old and frail be a candidate for that most precious commodity, the human organ?" Sepkowitz added: "Did Dick do a dick thing and leapfrog a bunch of other worthies, people who aren’t viewed by some as war criminals and evildoers but rather are decent folk decades younger, likelier to contribute to society and to provide a better return on investment for our taxpayer health-care dollars?"

March 27, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

Since the MPAA would not budge on its "R" rating for the movie "Bully," the Weinstein Company announced plans to release its multiple-F-bomb version as unrated on March 30. Many theater chains have a policy refusing to carry unrated films, but since "Bully" has a massive liberal PR blitz behind it, some chains will knuckle under to this crusade. (See AMC Theatres, for one.)

This is not a nonpartisan campaign. See how MoveOn.org is campaigning for the film. The Parents Television Council is warning that these kinds of "ratings games" could undermine the MPAA ratings system and cause a trend of browbeating theatre chains into accepting unrated films of a "socially important" nature, leading to a demise of the MPAA system:

March 27, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

Variety reports a new movie will cast Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. This is not a joke. It may be casting with an "impish sense of provocation." As actor Adam Baldwin tweeted, "What could go wrong?"

Fonda will appear as Nancy in a "handful of scenes," and leftist actor John Cusack may play Richard Nixon. Is this a real project? Apparently so. It's a film called "The Butler," based on a 2008 Washington Post report by Wil Haygood on Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan. The article was titled "A Butler Well Served by This Election," and poignantly noted that Allen's wife died a day before Obama was elected.

March 27, 2012, 6:50 AM EDT

As the media coverage of Trayvon Martin's death turns more political, with President Obama calling for national "soul-searching" and Newt Gingrich and others on the right calling his remarks "disgraceful," the politicizers at the Daily Kos are upset their preferred Racist America narrative is being questioned.

Jesse "Ministry of Truth" LaGreca is once again coming unglued with hatred: "The hoodie didn't cause Trayvon's death, the paranoid a**hole with a gun and a prejudiced fixation on black people did, but then paranoid a**holes with guns who think black people are trying to take their stuff make up the majority of the GOP base," so they fixate on Obama. He indicted conservatives from a New York Daily News article by Aliyah Shahid, and slammed them for wanting more facts:

March 26, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

Wanda Sykes is still whacking away at Republicans -- even if it's not quite wishing Rush Limbaugh's kidneys would fail. In an interview with Nikki Schwab of  the Washington Examiner, she said Republicans should pack it in, Obama is going to win hands down, forget about it.

"I tell people who are just like normal Republicans that I feel sorry for them, I want to give them a hug and a lollipop," she said. "They should just wait this one out, just write this one off ... they're not going to make it to the playoffs ... it's just the worse candidates." She knocked Mitt Romney and that backwards South:

March 26, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

While journalists were tripping over themselves last week to leave Obama's daughter Malia alone on her fancy school's trip to Mexico, and everyone remembers the great media blackout of Chelsea Clinton (including the removal of Saturday Night Live jokes), the liberal site Slate.com held a caption contest on their "Browbeat" blog.

Heather Murphy chose a picture of Santorum's daughters Elizabeth (born in 1991) and Sarah Maria (born in 1998). Sadly, liberal commenters predictably started mocking how these daughters -- yes, including the middle-schooler -- are on contraceptives, or wearing chastity belts, or touching themselves:

March 26, 2012, 6:51 AM EDT

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already being buzzed about as presidential timber for 2016, and his live-in gal pal Sandra Lee made the cover of the national Sunday newspaper supplement Parade. The unbylined cover story tries to cast her as very traditional, watching old reruns of the Lawrence Welk show and getting dissed by chef Anthony Bourdain as the "frightening hell spawn of Kathie Lee and Betty Crocker."

There's lots of euphemisms for the shacking up. The subheadline read:  "With her first housewares line, her charity work for children, and a high-profile relationship, the lifestyle expert has plenty on her plate." She calls Cuomo her "beloved," they write. Just not her husband.

March 25, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

In Sunday's Metro section, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney celebrated ultraliberal Sen. Barbara Mikulski, all the way back to her humble origins as a "young community organizer" in Baltimore in 1970: "The ethnic American, Mikulski said, was overtaxed, underserved by government and 'sick of being stereotyped as a racist and dullard.'" Overtaxed? She's dropped that word.

He concluded: "Mikulski deserves credit for being genuine, a trait in short supply in American politics. Conservatives can criticize her on ideological grounds for being reflexively liberal. But she is so consistent and plain-spoken that nobody can doubt where she stands." She's not consistent if she used to worry about overtaxing the ethnics of Balitmore. But McCartney said she was "sticking to the vision" of 1970:

March 25, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

Mike Daisey shamelessly lied about Apple's abuse of factory workers in China on stage, which was then picked up by the trendy public-radio show "This American Life," which airs on many NPR stations. It caused a black eye for NPR (by their one-degree association), but The Washington Post has proclaimed Daisey's "voice" is too important to shame off the stage.

Post theatre critic Peter Marks announced Sunday that "after days of wrestling with what’s been found to be Daisey’s dysfunctional relationship with candor, when I have felt angry and a bit betrayed — you put your own reputation on the line when you embrace someone else’s in a review — I’ve settled on a sense of solidarity with Shalwitz." That's Howard Shalwitz, artistic director of Washington's Woolly Mammoth theater, which plans to put "dysfunctional" Daisey back in the spotlight.

March 25, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

In a special Friday night edition of Hannity devoted to hateful language on the Left, two women sparred on the issue of Bill Maher and his million-dollar donation to Obama's super PAC. Liberal talk-show host Leslie Marshall tried to claim Maher was just like Santorum super-PAC donor Foster Friess -- who made a lame joke about Bayer aspirin on MSNBC. How that compares as in the same league as the C-word or "dumb [T-word]" used against conservative women by Maher is anyone's guess, and Hannity called her on it.

Fox's Kimberly Guilfoyle bluntly took the other side, accusing Obama (the healer of the national divide?) of a "complete abdication of leadership" in keeping the Maher million. She said "Show us the man that you are, show us that you're a man of integrity that respects women, that puts women first and not campaign dollars." Hannity couldn't believe Obama can lecture with a straight face about Sandra Fluke:

March 25, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

Possibly in response to NewsBusters readers who passed on our item on the string of Pope Benedict-mocking jokes on NPR's game show "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos tells NewsBusters and other critics: lighten up, or be compared to radical Muslims. Isn't the ombudsman supposed to advocate for the listeners, not denounce them?

"If we keep jokes about the pope off-limits, we create a silencing effect that is far more damaging than the jokes themselves. We threaten to become like the intolerant extremists now most notoriously bedeviling the Muslim world, though other religions suffer from strains of fanaticism as well." Say what?

March 24, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard suggests something's been found rotten in Denmark -- and it's President Obama' s remarks in front of foreign leaders. Thomas Buch-Andersen, host of the Danish TV show Detektor, mocked President Obama's political rhetoric in a recent episode. With his clips, he's like the Danish Jon Stewart -- minus all the mugging and screaming and F-bombs.

It began with Obama in the Oval Office with Denmark's prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. "That's fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs." It seems everyone is worthy of this patronizing comment. 

March 24, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

In response to Bill Maher being offered the New York Times op-ed page to tell everyone to "stop apologizing" for wicked jokes, Kirsten Powers replied with a letter to the editor with Penny Lee, a former executive director of the Democratic Governors Association:

Please start apologizing, they insisted:

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."