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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December 16, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

NPR's Diane Rehm show on Thursday took up the cause of the new group "No Labels," inviting one of its founders, former Clinton aide Jon Cowan, in for a panel with right-leaning New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, former GOP Rep. Mickey Edwards (now a centrist railing against political parties in general), and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne. Dionne applauded the "No Labels" niceties about changing the tone and "fact-based" debates, but  challenged Cowan's grip on facts:

John, in his discussion, gave away what I find troubling here. He used the word “far left.” I challenge him to show me where that “far left” is. I’d love to know where that is. I think the basic difficulty I have with his group arises from the false equivalence they’re making between our current left and our current right.

The truth is the American Right has moved much farther from anything that can fairly be called the center that the left has. I mean, in the column, I say, even socialists – real socialists, people who call themselves socialists – they’re not for nationalizing industry any more, they’re for the market. There is no far left.

December 16, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

On the front of Thursday's Style section, Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi relayed the good news that National Public Radio hasn't suffered financially from its banishment of analyst Juan Williams. The headline was "For NPR stations, a sigh of relief." It seemed inconceivable to the Post that NPR fired Williams to please its left-wing "base" audience.

My first sentence on the firing was "It shouldn't be shocking that as many NPR stations are conducting pledge drives of their liberal audiences, NPR has found a pretext to fire its longtime analyst Juan Williams for an appearance on Fox News.'  But conservatives weren't interviewed by the Post. Only public radio people were. This story read like an end-zone dance. Farhi began:

A funny thing happened to NPR stations after the worst publicity fiasco in NPR's history: almost nothing at all.

Public radio outlets across the country braced for the worst from their listeners after NPR fired commentator Juan Williams for remarks he made on a Fox News program in late October.

Instead, contributions poured in:

December 16, 2010, 8:36 AM EST

The Washington Post once again promoted the cultural leftists fighting the Smithsonian's removal of an ants-on-Christ video from a gay-left exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. In a story headlined "Video outcry flares anew," art critic Philip Kennicott covered a very one-sided panel discussion in New York with the exhibit's very political activists. The nod to conservatives came at the beginning, with William Donohue of the Catholic League telling Kennicott he wasn't going to this event -- where the mudslinging was in full swing by curators Jonathan Katz and David Ward:

Katz lamented that gays and lesbians were "once again being offered as raw meat" to political activists and the Catholic League, which he accused of being a hate group and anti-Semitic. "We have an American Taliban that we have not called as such," he said...

Katz and Ward said they now worry about the lasting effect on the Portrait Gallery and on other institutions that might think twice about shows depicting gay subject matter, as well as on the dispiriting effect of criticism from the left at a time when the museum and cultural world should be mounting a concerted resistance to the right.

December 15, 2010, 3:23 PM EST

On MSNBC Friday night, Ed Schultz proclaimed on his show that Sarah Palin's a phony for touring Haiti now, that the "earthquake happened 11 months ago" and now she's just doing it to plug her new book and reality show. (Ed seems to have missed the recent cholera outbreak. Who needs the Couric question about what newspapers he reads?) Since liberals usually equate traveling to desperate spots of global poverty with compassion, let's ask this question: When has Ed Schultz been to Haiti? A review of transcripts on Nexis and Google searches provide no shred of evidence that Schultz has cared enough to visit.

But there he was in his New York studio -- the one he may have threatened to burn down for leaving him out of network promos -- trashing Palin as insincere at the top of his show: "The next stop on Sarah Palin’s grandstanding tour is Haiti.  Is she really, really—does she really want to help these folks?  She should start with the unemployed Americans.  She’s exploiting desperate people for political gain, and it makes me sick." Halfway through the show came his attack on her "grandstanding" with Christian evangelist Franklin Graham and his Samaritan's Purse relief agency:

December 15, 2010, 11:56 AM EST

Not every liberal media pundit was distraught over a federal judge finding that ObamaCare's imposition of a mandate to buy insurance was unconstitutional. Some attempted an extreme case of happy talk. At The Washington Post, Ezra Klein wrote that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other conservatives may have just signed "the death warrant for private insurers" and cleared a path for a "very constitutional" socialist single-payer system:

The individual mandate was created by conservatives who realized that it was the only way to get universal coverage into the private market. Otherwise, insurers turn away the sick, public anger rises, and, eventually, you get some kind of government-run, single-payer system, much as they did in Europe, and much as we have with Medicare.

December 14, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor. ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report on Monday’s World News, and Tapper added this was the health law's "lowest level of popularity ever." But Tuesday’s Washington Post reported not one sentence on the poll in the paper – even as they reported in the paper that the same survey found Obama’s tax-and-unemployment-compensation deal has “broad bipartisan support.”

This is the same Post that highlighted the news on Page One on October 20, 2009, when they found a “clear majority” in favor of a socialist “public option” -- amid charges they oversampled Democrats. 

The numbers weren't excluded because they arrived late. The Post poll numbers went up on the website yesterday at about 1 pm, under the headline “Health care opponents divided on repeal.” That obscured the numbers a bit, as Cohen found a “slim majority” (not a “clear majority”?) currently oppose ObamaCare: 

December 14, 2010, 7:35 AM EST

The year 2010 may have been defined by Tea Party fervor and success, but some reporters and politicos are trying hard not to notice. Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker painted as significant a new group calling itself "No Labels," founded by among others, a Bush strategist who adored Barack Obama too much to make ads against him in 2008 and CNN analyst John Avlon, who wrote a book with a label for a title: "Wingnuts."

It will form a political action committee to help defend moderate candidates of both parties against attack from the far right and the far left, said John Avlon, a founding member and one-time speechwriter for former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (R). "There's this idea that somehow walking in lock step with a party is courageous," Avlon said. "I think it's conformity. . . . That's the opposite of courageous. It's cowardly."

Rucker ended the story with consultant Mitch Dworkin, identifying him only as "Dallas-based," not as a Democrat who helped the erratic Gen. Wesley Clark run for president: "The country is not governable right now," he said. "It's a bunch of little brats and children who throw tantrums if they don't get everything they want." Isn't calling the political elite a bunch of "little brats" a....label?

December 13, 2010, 5:37 PM EST

On CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz explained the large online fuss over how New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay questioned the weight of several dancers at a holiday performance of the Nutcracker:

Now, dance critics don't usually stir a whole lot of controversy, but Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times has gotten a flood of negative mail for his review of the New York City Ballet's "Nutcracker" for daring to write the following: "Jennifer Ringer, as the Sugar Plum Fairy, looked as if she'd eaten one sugar plum too many."

December 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EST

Over at The New Republic, they hate MSNBC's Morning Joe -- because it's insulting to feminists. Eliza Gray's Monday lament was promoted as "The Pathetic Sexism of Morning Joe."  Gray began simply by lamenting the word count. Shouldn't Mika Brzezinski talk just as much as Joe Scarborough?

One Monday morning in November, according to the admittedly rough transcript provided by the Federal News Service, “Morning Joe,” anchor Joe Scarborough spoke 3,213 words; his co-anchor Mika Brzezinski spoke just 644. Most of her words seemed merely to remind the audience that she was still awake: Yeah. Okay. Yes. No. Maybe. Right. Terrific. Scarborough dominated the meaty segments; Brzezinski piped up mainly during the transitions. She asked guest Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, only one thing: “Terrific, eh?” she chimed, referring to our poor diplomatic relationship with Afghanistan.

December 13, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

In the warm, generous glow of the Christmas season, it's quite expected that scolds of the Left will accuse the conservatives of being the very archetype of Ebenezer Scrooge. On The Daily Kos, Mark Sumner touts a Scrooge musical over diversions like "knife fighting for this year's top toy," especially when you can describe "I Hate People" as a "secret Republican theme song":

When it comes to musical versions of Dicken's [sic] ghost story, I much prefer the 1970 version Scrooge with Albert Finney in the titular role. With a dozen (if not a hundred) other versions of the story competing for a spot on your 500 channel tuner, this very British turn is often overlooked. However, this is the one irresistible marker of season at my house. And at any time of year, my curmudgeonly heart is warmed by a verse of "I hate Christmas," [sic] which I think of as the secret Republican theme song (when I see the indolent classes, sitting on their indolent asses, drinking ale from indolent glasses, I hate people).

December 13, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

That taxpayer-funded leftist sandbox called National Public Radio promoted the latest work/wreck of “progressive art” on Saturday morning's Weekend Edition. In San Francisco, they're twisting the classic ballet The Nutcracker into a radical-left jeremiad. Anchor Scott Simon announced nonchalantly: "'Tis the season for The Nutcracker. One production in San Francisco is decorated with a grab-bag of liberal political causes. In the Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie, the ice caps melt during the Dance of the Snowflakes and Clara is an undocumented Latina maid."

Liberal reporters think liberals aren't at all noteworthy so they get no label. When the media elite announces something has "liberal causes," it's extremely leftist. Reporter April Dembosky interviewed the show's writer and director, Krissy Keefer, without mentioning she ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi from the far left, demanding the impeachment of Bush in 2006:

KEEFER: We are a political dance company in that we try to make work that is socially relevant, that is responding to the real ideas and real needs of people today in the community.

December 12, 2010, 11:32 PM EST

After the debacle that was the high-profile Oprah-and-Michelle-Obama politicking in Copenhagen to get the Summer Olympics in Chicago in 2016, it might not be surprising that the networks weren't heavily tracking the U.S. bid to attract the World Cup soccer tournament for 2022. (You could argue that U.S. sports fans are much more indifferent to the World Cup than to the Olympics.) The American delegation that traveled to Switzerland included soccer stars, and former president Bill Clinton, and an Obama cabinet member. The Secretary of Commerce, perhaps? No, Attorney General Eric Holder.

When the tournament was awarded oddly to Qatar on December 2 (promising air-conditioned stadiums since summer temps are in the 120s, not to mention how global warming might ruin the planet by 2022), there was no mention on ABC,CBS, or NBC -- or The Washington Post, or the Los Angeles Times, or USA Today, for that matter. But that night, Monica Crowley and Sean Hannity did take it apart on Fox News:

December 12, 2010, 8:19 AM EST

Parade magazine, a Sunday supplement that appears in many newspapers across America, offered a cover story on their Personalities of the Year (featuring kids from the documentary Waiting for Superman on the cover.) There was only one politician featured: California's once and future governor, Jerry Brown, "the returning warrior." Parade sought out Arianna Huffington to praise his endless curiosity and declare "California is a perfect fit for his restless spirit."'

But didn't Arianna and Jerry once have a romance? In a January 3, 1995 Los Angeles Times story, she was very angry at former Congressman Robert Lagomarsino (after her then-husband "retired" him in a 1992 GOP primary) for pulling old quotes from that liberal rag Vanity Fair about Arianna wanting to marry Jerry and save the world together:

December 11, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

It shouldn't be surprising that as Barack Obama's approval ratings have dipped (Real Clear Politics average of 45.6 percent), the liberals at The Daily Show would start turning on the public as ridiculous and fickle. On Thursday night's show, they turned the tables on the polls, and Wyatt Cenac talked about the other opinion measure that is sinking: "Obama’s approval ratings of us."

Stewart played along: "I was not aware actually that they measured that." Cenac replied: "Oh, yeah. Let's look at the numbers. At present, Obama only approves of 26 percent of all Americans. That’s down from a high of 79 percent and that's across all demographics." The skit continued:

December 11, 2010, 7:32 AM EST

On Thursday's edition of The View, Joy Behar displayed how little she knows Sarah Palin's favorite authors. As they discussed Palin's answer to Barbara Walters asking what she reads, and Walters said Palin reads C.S. Lewis for "divine inspiration," Behar asked "Aren't those children's books?"

She wasn't joking, but she obviously liked the idea that Palin wasn't smart enough to read "adult books." The Narnia books aren't exactly Dr. Seuss. Behar isn't educated enough to know about his classic works of nonfiction in Christian apologetics, like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. She can tell you all about Jersey Shore, but theology is not one of her hobbies:

December 10, 2010, 10:32 PM EST

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty explored the dark-horse presidential explorations of former Sen. Rick Santorum on the front page of Friday's paper. It was a fairly respectful story until it came time to discuss the former senator's “notorious” moral statements, and how he still “breathes fire” on occasion:

Santorum was notorious for his moral pronouncements. He contended, for instance, that Boston's liberal culture was partly to blame for the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church there, and suggested that lifting antiquated state sodomy laws would sanction bestiality -- or as he put it, "man on dog."

Santorum still breathes fire. In his evolving stump speech, he frames the prospect of Obama's reelection in near-apocalyptic terms: "Democracy and freedom will disappear." His agenda consists of stopping pretty much everything that has been set in motion in the past two years, starting with the overhaul of the nation's health-care system.

December 10, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

While many journalists try to strike a middle ground on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, certain American left-wing journalists who seriously hate the United States are fully in the Leak Tank. Take Salon's Glenn Greenwald, who charged to Assange's defense against the "pure authoritarianism" of Western governments "totally lawlessly" waging war on WikiLeaks on Tuesday's Democracy Now on taxpayer-supported Pacifica Radio:

December 10, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

The Washington Post keeps adding to its sympathetic portrayal of the radical-left gay artist whose work was removed from the National Portrait Gallery for putting ants on a crucifix, mocking Jesus Christ. Three days ago, The Post's Style section lamented on the front of the Style section about how the "pesky ant video refuses to die." But on Friday morning, a huge (8 by 8) black-and-white photo of artist David Wojnarowicz graced an essay by critic Philip Kennicott. The essay (and four more photographs) covered the entire back page of Style. The headline was "The 'Fire' man: David Wojnarowicz, censored by the Smithsonian, sounded an alarm in dire times."

Kennicott championed the artist as he railed against the cruelty of Reagan conservatives and the Catholic Church: "Not simply a cry of anguish or protest, Wojnarowicz's work captures the contradiction, speed and phantasmagoria of a time when it was reasonable to assume that all the political and social progress gay people had achieved in the 1960s and '70s was being revoked - against the surreal, Reagan-era backdrop of Morning in America, and a feel-good surge of American nostalgia and triumphalism."


December 9, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

Patrick Gavin at Politico captured revelations from a Thursday interview Chris Matthews granted at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in DC. On his show: "Obviously, I think I'm the best. But each one of the other people think they're the best, too....I think I'm the best, generally....There's no doubt about it, in fact, but other people have different views....'Hardball' is absolutely nonpartisan."

How then, does Matthews explain his Thrill Up My Leg reputation? Is he a journalist? He says yes: "Absolutely. I have to deal with facts every night. I have to cover the news every night." Does he really believe people watching his show buy that he's running a fact-based nonpartisan seminar?

December 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

Web pollsters at The Washington Post only want to discuss the various positives of Obama's new deal on tax rates and unemployment benefits. Their poll question was "What's the greatest benefit for Obama in extending the Bush tax cuts?" These are the happy-talk choices: 

-- Fulfilled promise of compromise with Republicans

-- Exchange for jobless benefits

-- Increased support from independent voters for 2012 re-election

-- Restored image as post-partisan leader