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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May 4, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

Washington Post art critic Philip Kennicott couldn't bring himself in a Tuesday essay to dwell on the evil of Osama bin Laden. He committed a "single morning of destruction," but he was really so much more fascinating than that. He killed a few thousand people, to be sure. But on the bright side, his actions led to the Kennedy Center's "Arabesque" festival and he was "very good for book clubs" as he "shifted the horizons of our curiosity" into the appreciation of literary stars in Afghanistan, Turkey and Iran.

Kennicott's ending: "To assert order and reclaim the power of the state, Obama had to embody it in a way that recalled the regal precedents on which the American presidency is based. A primitive story line required a primitive ending, one great man taking down another."

May 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

If any American with a patriotic pulse listened to the Mike Malloy radio show, they would have been shocked on Monday night when Malloy outrageously suggested that Navy SEALs should have shot former president George W. Bush, and not Osama bin Laden. (MP3 audio clip here.)

MIKE MALLOY: I have heard some commentators talk about the fact that, all the lives that have been lost in this war on terror, and now the summary execution of the person responsible. But as soon as I heard that, I thought, well, bin Laden really didn't have anything to do -- did he? -- with Iraq. And I think his only relationship with Afghanistan was geographical.

But Iraq -- all the death in Iraq was not caused by bin Laden. The death in Iraq was caused by George W. Bush. Five thousand Americans, tens of thousands permanently damaged and shot to pieces, a million Iraqis dead -- that wasn't bin Laden. That was George Bush. So when does Seal Unit 6, or whatever it's called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden. Wasn't he, or am I wrong here?

May 4, 2011, 7:53 AM EDT

Even the radical leftists at the Daily Kos like Barack Obama enough to offer him credit for the takedown of Osama bin Laden. In his regular "Cheers and Jeers" feature, "Bill in Portland Maine" is forwarding his usual "boogers of change," cheering Obama and then moving on to the hope that Osama's ghost haunts Dick Cheney's house:

CHEERS to boffo reviews.  "Classic."  "Brilliant."  "Textbook operation."  "Clean hit."  "Deftly handled."  "One for the books."  Those are some of the terms used to describe "Operation Geronimo," which sent Osama bin Laden into the hereafter, thanks to Navy SEALs given the green light by President Obama.

I kinda hope Osama's spirit somehow ends up getting stuck in Cheney's house, where he spends his time as a really clumsy ghost who keeps knocking over lamps and playing piano with his butt.  That'd be like hell for all of them, and thus a satisfying coda to the saga.  

May 4, 2011, 6:49 AM EDT

The Huffington Post is quite "pro-choice" in orientation -- including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on its blogger list. But on Monday, they published psychologist Pamela Gerloff insisting on treating each life with dignity -- when that life was Osama bin Laden's. Celebrating his demise is neither "appropriate, nor advisable," says this Obama voter:

"Celebrating" the killing of any member of our species--for example, by chanting USA! USA! and singing The Star Spangled Banner outside the White House or jubilantly demonstrating in the streets--is a violation of human dignity. Regardless of the perceived degree of "good" or "evil" in any of us, we are all, each of us, human. To celebrate the killing of a life, any life, is a failure to honor life's inherent sanctity....

The death of Osama Bin Laden gives us an opportunity to ask ourselves: What kind of nation and what kind of species do we want to be? Do we want to become a species that honors life? Do we want to become a species that embodies peace? If that is what we want, then why not start now to examine our own hearts and actions, and begin to consciously evolve in that direction? We could start by not celebrating the killing of another. 

May 3, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

Remember back in 2005, when the major media turned Cindy Sheehan into their anti-Bush heroine of the moment? They never seemed to notice her statements made her sound like a very anti-American radical fruitcake. On August 15, 2005 (video here), Sheehan went on Hardball and told Chris Matthews the U.S. was using Iraq "as a base for spreading imperialism." An impressed Matthews suggested: "You sound more informed than most U.S. Congresspeople, so maybe you should run."

So perhaps Matthews will retract his statement and debate her on air, because Cindy Sheehan is now a "deather," insisting that the "Empire" faked their Sunday victory over Osama bin Laden. This is not a leg-thrill moment for Matthews. The Washington Post noticed at the very bottom of a Tuesday story by Emily Wax on page C7 this note from Sheehan’s Facebook page:

May 2, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

Former vice president Al Gore is as eager as your average liberal on the street in wanting to explore resistance to the persuasiveness of global warming theories. The first problem? If conservatives are so thick in the head, why does the rest of the public need pictures, not just mere words?

In a supportive interview with Bryan Walsh in Time magazine, Gore explained "Years ago I shifted from making speeches about climate to presenting slideshows precisely because the complexity of the material makes it easier to communicate with pictures. Interactive infographics make it easier still." Then came time for "Science," and typically, Gore suggested his opponents are opposed to science, and to truth, just like the "birthers" who don't accept evidence:

TIME: Has the case been conclusively made now on the science of climate change?

GORE: Well, I thought the case was made that Obama was born in the United States...

May 2, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

Taxpayer-funded Pacifica Radio receives around $1.5 million a year in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It has a nasty habit of being especially radical on conventionally patriotic occasions. On Memorial Day 2010, Pacifica brought on radical Noam Chomsky to denounce "the great killer and torturer" and "grand criminal" Ronald Reagan. The morning after Independence Day in 2010, Pacifica brought on Michael Moore to declare that Americans will be turned away from Heaven for U.S. war crimes. So it's not surprising Pacifica added another outrage after Osama bin Laden was killed. Democracy Now hostess Amy Goodman brought on her old friend and radical journalist Allan Nairn to suggest Osama bin Laden was a smaller killer than the U.S. government, the global center of bin-Ladenism:

But if we recognize that someone who is willing to kill civilians en masse, someone who is willing to send young people out with weapons and bombs to, as President Obama put it, see to it that a family doesn’t have a loved one sitting at the dinner table anymore, see to it that a child and a parent never meet again, if we say that someone like that deserves to die, then we have to follow through on that idea, and we have to recognize, OK, if these things really are so enormous, we have to stop them. Killing bin Laden does not stop them. Bin Laden is dead, but the world is still governed by bin Ladens.

People cheer because they thought they saw justice, but this was not justice delivered by—a kind of rough justice delivered by victims. This was one killer killing another, a big killer, the United States government, killing another, someone who’s actually a smaller one, bin Laden.

May 2, 2011, 7:53 AM EDT

While the killing of Osama bin Laden is a moment for all patriotic Americans to show pride, it's not hard to guess that the media's reception of the news would have been less positive if it had occurred in the Bush years -- and imagine if it had happened at a politically sensitive time (right before the 2006 midterms, or anywhere in the 2008 presidential cycle).

In our 2006 Special Report on cable news coverage of Iraq, we laid out how the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was celebrated on Fox News, but CNN and MSNBC went looking for ways to keep up the negative tone even with the most positive news:

May 2, 2011, 7:16 AM EDT

Washington Post gossips Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger found some celebrity scoop at the White House Correspondents dinner for the Monday paper, including this from the MSNBC after-party at the Italian embassy:

Emeritus rock stars Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. gamely posed for photos with fans. Mills enthused about President Obama and Seth Meyers’ expert skewering of Donald Trump : “We’ve been waiting for someone to call this birther stuff on being the [baloney] it is,” the bassist said. “Some say it’s thinly veiled racism. For me, coming from the South, it’s racist plain and simple.” 

"Emeritus rock stars"? Like they're 80? Ouch. (REM's DC guide was David Corn of Mother Jones magazine.) And guess what? That "compassionate" humanitarian Sean Penn's still bullying people who want a picture:

May 1, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

The Fast the Furious isn’t what you’d call an NPR-friendly movie series. It seems big, dumb, and commercial. (NPR has posted lists of "Movies You Were Too Good to See.") But on Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR entertained a Boston Globe film critic who said The Fast and Furious movies are very "progressive." When challenged on it, Morris shot darts instead at The Blind Side.

NPR anchor Michelle Norris began "Fast cars, fast women, sun-kissed backdrop, Fast Five is the fourth sequel in the hugely successful Fast & Furious franchise. The films do not charm most critics, but one of them, Wesley Morris, calls the series the most progressive force in Hollywood."

She asked: "Now, progressive? That's an interesting term. It's not a word that you would naturally hear attached to a bang-'em-up speed flick, so make your case." Morris simply argued that since the cast was multiracial and had no racial tension, it was progressive:

May 1, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

On Saturday morning, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday found news in Dallas. Substitute anchor Linda Wertheimer proclaimed: "This weekend, the Log Cabin Republicans are holding their annual convention in Dallas, Texas. The group bills itself as the nation's only organization of Republicans which supports gay and lesbian rights." Wertheimer and NPR somehow completely missed the group GOProud -- which split off because the LCRs were too liberal -- despite their high-profile gay activism at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Wertheimer awarded an interview to LCR executive director Clarke Cooper, but never mentioned that the Log Cabin "Republicans" refused to endorse Republican President George W. Bush in 2004. Any conservative rebuttal would insist that the LCRs are far more interested in litigating gay rights (as they are with "Don't Ask Don't Tell" for gays in the military) than in Republican victories or party-building. Wertheimer noted they were working with Andrew Cuomo, and wondered why they wouldn't just switch parties:

WERTHEIMER: Let me ask you this: I understand the New York chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans is working with the democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, to pass same-sex marriage legislation. Are you finding that in this period it's more effective to work at the state level or somehow more appropriate to work at the state level on some of these issues?

May 1, 2011, 7:53 AM EDT

The Washington Post knows how to ruin a Christian's Sunday morning. Jason Edward Kaufman, a regular Sunday art reviewer for the Post (even if he's described by the paper merely as a "freelance writer"), was apparently assigned to review a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that looks back on the "so-called culture wars of the late 70s through the 90s, when social conservatives sought to prevent tax money from supporting art that dealt with homosexuality, feminism, racism, or other contentious issues."

It's obvious from the start that the reviewer is being dishonest in suggest the conservatives are political, but the artists and their supporters aren't political, they're just for freedom of expression. The exhibit is "a chance for younger viewers to learn about previous clashes between religious conservatives and advocates of freedom of expression in the arts."  But Kaufman is just getting started. He also argued (wrongly) that the Catholic Church ignored the AIDS crisis and that opposing taxpayer-subsidized blasphemy is akin to fascism.

April 30, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

Why must liberals consistently overdo Al Gore's resume and insist he won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth? The award went to Davis Guggenheim, the director. Yes, he starred in a Best Documentary. But calling Gore an Oscar winner is a bit like claiming Charlie Sheen won an Oscar for Platoon. But at The Huffington Post, Brent Budowsky was talking up Keith Olbermann's new show on Al Gore's Current TV. Budowsky kept reminding the reader of how he inflated Gore's resume beyond reality:

Now, here come Al Gore, one of the preeminent statesmen of our times, recipient of both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Academy Award, among many other well deserved honors....

This is the first time in the history of news when corporate ownership of news will reside in the hands of a statesmen and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award....

April 30, 2011, 6:51 AM EDT

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas was very quick to express delight Wednesday at Barack Obama's birth-certificate release and briefing room outburst against the media. "Sure, it might seem like "giving in" to the enemy -- responding to right-wing hysteria and releasing the long-form birth certificate. But here's why the move is a canny one." It's a loser for Republicans, because the "progressives" never thought Bush was behind 9/11? 

1. It keeps the issue in the news. Even more so, it gives it that much more visibility. And let's face it, this is a huge loser for the GOP. What better way to show how out-of-touch and irrational Republicans are, than to rub this in their face.

2. The media has already treated the birthers harshly, equating them with the truthers (and deservedly so). But while the truthers never got buy in from any progressive of note, the birthers have been fully embraced by top conservative leaders.

April 30, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

There are different layers of liberal outrage over the demand to see Barack Obama's birth certificate, and leftist radio host Randi Rhodes took it to ridiculous lengths on Thursday. Somehow, these demands "wounded" black Americans in a way the Ku Klux Klan "never aspired to," even if this metaphorical wounding is a much lighter sentence than the death sentences the Klan handed out:

Now that we're done with the birther thing, and we have insulted an entire population of the American people - we have just absolutely wounded, you know, African Americans...we have wounded black Americans...we have wounded the President, we have wounded his family...we've wounded an entire population of the United States of America in a way that I don't think the Ku Klux Klan ever even aspired to, okay.

People are so devastated by what Donald Trump did, and the things that he said, and the racism of the Tea Party, and they've been frustrated for a very long time with whites who refused to accept or acknowledge that the Tea Party had been acting in a racist manner, that they were using covert and overt racism, they were using, uh, you know, things that were right in your face and the basketball reference...and all the other, you know."

April 29, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

Leftist radio host and columnist Dave Sirota posted a column Friday headlined "Why The Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege."  Sirota took the fact that 90 percent of the clients for the commercial "weight-loss industry" are women, while men are apparently most accepting of obesity. In his rush to denounce a sexist double standard, Sirota mangled obvious facts, like claiming Rush Limbaugh is presently a "morbidly obese" man:

In politics, it may be the worst of all: Overweight icons like Rush Limbaugh, Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie regularly dominate the headlines as serious leaders, but no woman even vaguely approaching their body mass index would be taken seriously in a similar role. In fact, so powerful is this double standard that America barely flinched when the morbidly obese Limbaugh criticized the svelte Michelle Obama for “not project[ing] the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.”

April 29, 2011, 7:04 AM EDT

On Wednesday's edition of the Rosie O'Donnell show, Rosie went after Sarah Palin as an ignoramus as she lamented that Obama had to go through hoops to produce a birth certificate: "[Obama] has just released his actual birth certificate...He asked [Hawaii] to break their law and release it to shut all these idiots up."

But when you start attacking other people as ignorant, it's probably a bad idea to start mangling words and getting things wrong: "Sarah Palin has ushered in a whole new level of ignorance as a consumerable quantity." Consumerable? If Palin said "consumerable," how many reporters and comedians would rejoice? (See "refudiate.")

April 28, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

On certain days, disgraced former CBS News anchor Dan Rather really lets his bitterness show that he was put out to pasture for spreading phony documents around about George W. Bush in 2004. On The Huffington Post on Thursday, he trashed all his former television colleagues for wasting precious resources on royal-wedding coverage:

Remember the millions of dollars, hundreds of staff and hours of coverage spent on a wedding in London when crises around the globe and here at home festered. Remember the unseemly pas de deux between the press and a reality TV show huckster peddling racially-fraught falsehoods, as both interviewers and the interviewee seek a bump in ratings.

Try not to snort when Rather inveighs against falsehoods being peddled by hucksters (ahem). Then MRC’s Rich Noyes suggests you take a peek at highlights of  Rather’s obsequious anchoring of a Special Report on the 1981 royal wedding, marveling at the carriage rides and wondering ("we all wonder") what Charles said to his new bride.

April 28, 2011, 7:06 AM EDT

Justin Farmer is a reporter for Atlanta's WSB-TV, and he's exactly the kind of local-news reporter Barack Obama's been looking for -- the kind that's too star-struck to be objective. Farmer talked of Obama with the traditional media tingles on the station website (since removed, but preserved by Politico): " I took in the man himself, this man, President Barack Obama. Regardless of one’s political leanings, there’s no doubt this is a gifted and complex man. Think about what he ponders in any given day?”

Farmer also boasted that while Obama is shifting into reelection mode, he was “carefully chosen by the administration, along with a few others, to take his talking points back to Atlanta.” Being happy you were "carefully chosen" to carry talking points? That's the line most editors might want to unpublish.

Politico noted it was quite a contrast to Brad Watson of Dallas angering the president by asking why he was so unpopular in Texas. But wait, there's more:

April 27, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

On MSNBC this morning, NBC White House reporter Chuck Todd decried how Googling has ruined the Old Media's ability to submerge smear stories about national politicians. But in 1999 and 2000, the liberal media were quite interested in long bouts of speculation about whether George W. Bush has used cocaine. Were they "Bush-cokers"? The supposed "crown jewel" of TV journalism, CBS's 60 Minutes, even awarded a segment to an author claiming Bush was covering up an arrest for cocaine. It was pitched as "how did this book get published," but CBS laid out all the rumors and told viewers there was a new publisher and a book tour (ahem, in case you want to wallow in this dirty pool.)

As Brent Baker reported back on February 14, 2000: