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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September 14, 2011, 6:47 AM EDT

Anderson Cooper debuted his new Oprah-esque afternoon talk show on Monday. The Washington Post does not see this as an occasion to wonder what this says about the hard-news brand of CNN -- which after all, just made Cooper its top 8 pm attraction. Instead, in a splashy Style section piece on Tuesday, Post TV critic Hank Stuever felt it was an occasion to honor how “Daytime Anderson” has now joined “Action Anderson” and “Adorable Anderson” in the Cooper persona.

Forget whether Anderson is just doing this gig for more fame or more money. Stuever wants the reader to focus on Cooper’s “catlike handsomeness,” and how he’s “even cuter” when he acts uncomfortable at all the attention he’s drawing. This goo-fest began:

September 13, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

Disgraced ex-anchor Dan Rather wrote for The Huffington Post last Friday about how Americans are in danger of losing their grip on our history, touting his HDNet special on 9/11. So if Rather cares about history, what would he say about his boss Mark Cuban and the HDNet folks putting on truther-conspiracy documentaries on his network in prime time on September 11, 2011?

Ace of Spades had the scoop. HDNet tweeted: "LOOSE CHANGE, a controversial look at the conspiracy theory that September 11th was an inside job is up next at 9:15pm ET." That would be right after "Dan Rather Remembers 9/11" at 8 pm Eastern. Dan Rather seems to have found the right location for his loose and imaginative career in anti-conservative journalism. He wrote for the HuffPost with his grandpa lecture about how he loved Ed Murrow broadcasts in World War II, then boasted:

September 13, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

After the "Tea Party debate" last night, CNN turned to a long cast of experts for analysis. One that stood out was Obama-loving Roland Martin, who clearly wanted to make sure that all the candidates seemed inferior to his hero the POTUS and his "collision course with destiny." He came out slamming the Republicans for failing to attract Latino voters with amnesty proposals and for  having no ideas on education: "Frankly, not a single candidate offered anything to speak to the crisis we have in this country when it comes to education. So a major failure in that not coming up."

Precisely whose failure was that? CNN's Wolf Blitzer and the questioners in the audience never asked about education. The only time schools came up was in another debate over Rick Perry's Gardasil-inoculation mandate for young girls -- and Blitzer repeated several questions like that one that had already been debated on MSNBC last week. Don't bother Martin with the facts. He came out swinging:

September 12, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

Wolf Blitzer will serve as the host of tonight’s “Tea Party debate” on CNN, co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express. But while Blitzer’s show plans to present questioners from the Tea Party, it’s likely Blitzer will "balance" that by  pressing Republicans from the left, just as NBC’s Brian Williams did last week on MSNBC.

For example, four years ago, at the June 5, 2007 presidential debate, Blitzer asked Rep. Duncan Hunter why the party couldn’t be more liberal like movie-star governors: “Arnold Schwarzenegger, your Governor in California, has become very popular out there by bringing in independents and moderates, and trying to forge a consensus among Republicans and Democrats in your state. Shouldn’t the GOP nationally be following that Arnold Schwarzenegger example in California?” Blitzer also implied the sponsors of this CNN debate might be racists:

September 12, 2011, 7:55 AM EDT

Paul Krugman wasn’t the only old soul at The New York Times who refused any urge to be patriotic on September 11. Former Times reporter Chris Hedges unleashed a tirade on Truthdig on Saturday. It was titled: “A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe.”  He began by suggesting coverage of 9/11 was sanitized by the Bush "lap dogs" of the press because the occasion “demanded images and stories of resilience, redemption, heroism, courage, self-sacrifice and generosity, not collective suicide in the face of overwhelming hopelessness and despair.”

Hedges lamented that the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks wasn't turning everything over to the diplomats to negotiate and apologize profusely for our support of Israel. He charged the 9/11 dead were exploited to "sanctify the state's lust for war," and the "plague of nationalism" took effect immediately, which is "anti-thought" and racist to boot. He really hates the people with big American flags:

September 12, 2011, 6:59 AM EDT

On the front of Sunday's Business section, Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein slammed GOP candidates: "If you came up with a bumper sticker that pulls together the platform of this year’s crop of Republican presidential candidates, it would have to be: Repeal the 20th century. Vote GOP."

Pearlstein seemed especially insulted that Gov. Rick Perry would suggest John Maynard Keynes and his "stimulus" economics were through, and no one on the Republican stage came to the liberal icon's defense. Somehow, reporters (and former reporters like Pearlstein) always expect there to be a liberal in the other party's fold. Liberals really hate it when you say their ideas are outdated.

September 11, 2011, 7:27 AM EDT

On September 11, 2001, I was a White House correspondent for World magazine and was on my way to cover a hearing on Capitol Hill. The second tower of the World Trade Center had been hit on my commute, and then as I approached Alexandria, Virginia on the Capital Beltway, I saw a large column of black smoke rising from Arlington. I was in the middle of a phone call with an editor who said I needed to get to the White House. I told the editor what I strongly suspected had happened and said the White House would have to wait. I made it to the scene about 15 minutes after the plane hit.

Driving north on Highway 1, the white hotels of the Crystal City neighborhood were a stark contrast to the skies filled with black smoke, and I pounded my steering wheel in anger. Here is my story that was published in World:

September 10, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

CNN's Belief Blog posted  a commentary on Wednesday with the headline "Muslims Should Stop Apologizing for 9-11." The author was Aman Ali, a stand-up comedian and "co-creator of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a Ramadan road trip across America." They should have called it "30 Networks in 30 Days." This publicity idea has been featured in the last two weeks on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the PBS NewsHour.

The issue here is that how often in America do regular non-Islamic Americans demand every Muslim needs to apologize? Haven't we been pounded with guilt trips on this matter for ten years now? Ali only says he's sick of people asking about his feelings.

September 10, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

One obvious double standard in network coverage of the War on Terror came in stories on Gen. David Petraeus, who was maligned by left-wing activists as “General Betray Us” under Bush. The media didn’t really object to a MoveOn.org full-page ad in The New York Times using that epithet, although they did report President Bush’s objection to it.

On the September 10, 2007 World News, reporter Jonathan Karl related: “War critics inside and outside the hearing room attacked Petraeus, saying he had manipulated statistics – failing, for example, include many killings in his calculation of ethnic violence. The anti-war group MoveOn.org went further, accusing the General of cooking the books for the White House.”

September 10, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

"Human rights" lawyers for suspected terrorists used to have a very receptive media to publicize their claims.  Every suspect held at Guantanamo in Cuba or at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan or once-secret CIA sites in Europe was presumed innocent and dreadfully wronged and tortured by the Bush administration. Every prisoner held without a speedy trial was a deep black gash on America's international reputation.

But terror suspects immediately lost their cachet once Barack Obama was elected. Their political usefulness in painting Bush and Cheney as oppressors of the innocent became obsolete. Now, Obama can hold terror suspects on ships for months at a time and the networks yawn.

September 10, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

In Saturday's On Faith section in the Washington Post, they allow religious leaders to reflect on 9/11, including Imam Abdul Faisal-Rauf, the organizer of the Ground Zero mega-mosque proposal in Manhattan through his Cordoba Initiative. (He said don't worry about those violent Muslim radicals, they're a tiny and spent force.)

Sally Quinn, the editor of the On Faith website, unleashed a column in the Metro section that quickly transformed from thoughts about where she was on 9/11 to trashing the "right wing Christians" for denouncing Islam and the intensifying "ignorance" of politicians and their clueless "scare campaigns" against Sharia law. She even blamed the media for calling Muslim terrorists Muslims and not calling Christian terrorists Christians:

September 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Will the networks have trouble remembering 9/11 without getting in their digs against President Bush and the lack of wisdom in his Iraq war policy? The Democratic Party narrative certainly slipped into a 9/11 remembrance segment Friday night on PBS's Washington Week.

NPR reporter Tom Gjelten proclaimed the usual "we took the eye off the ball" line about Afghanistan, and later, reporter Alexis Simendinger underlined a large lack of confidence in Bush's going into Iraq:

September 10, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

In a somber article remembering 9/11 for the Sunday newspaper supplement Parade, former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw has one mysterious paragraph that seems to suggest that wars and drone attacks are all wrong:

We're still armed and on the ground in two Muslim nations where we've fought for much of the past 10 years, but we still have not extinguished the rage of extremists. We need to be more effective in promoting the American ideal without using guns or drones.

September 9, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is asked to appear in all the liberal salons, including the rarefied air of the Charlie Rose show on PBS in the late hours, where few Republicans appear. On Wednesday (after his appearance on CNN), he and his co-author Michael Mandelbaum (a foreign policy adviser to Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign) came to promote their new book That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.

Rose and Friedman once again discussed how inferior American politics is to communist China, which naturally knows how to get things done...with such authoritarian panache. Friedman talked up how we feel weak, like when we couldn't have a Minnesota Vikings game when the Metrodome roof collapsed. We'd say "if this were China, they would have walked to the game in the snow, and doing calculus along the way."

September 9, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

Liberal elitism was on display Wednesday night on CNN, the alleged centrist channel. On Piers Morgan Tonight, the host denounced Rick Perry's global warming-denying "nonsense" and expressed horror to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman: "Could you actually imagine a scenario where either he or one of the other Tea Party candidates" is nominated to face Obama? Friedman agreed "it's scary to me" because as the Italians say, "Arithmetic is not an opinion."

"Rick Perry's state is on fire," proclaimed Friedman. "It's now experiencing the worst wildfires in its history, which fits in exactly with the predictions of climate change...it's actually happening under his nose, climate change, and he's out denying it."

September 9, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

A taxpayer who doesn’t favor Barack Obama might not mind subsidizing a show where he’s attacked as unserious about the country’s problems. But with PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, it’s been a relentless attack on Obama from the left. Everything he’s done isn’t half-socialist enough.

On Wednesday, Smiley welcomed fellow leftist and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert to his show to denounce Republicans for keeping Obama from passing a woefully insufficient second “stimulus” attempt. Herbert thinks Obama's new spending proposal is about one-tenth of what's needed. We need a four-trillion-dollar plan.

September 9, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

Liberals fear democracy. They think the American people can be really dumb. They even admit that on the radio. On Wednesday, Bill Press worried that stupid Americans might elect President Perry:  "I think Perry is a weaker candidate than Mitt Romney, but I would not put it past the American people to do something so dumb as to elect him."

Speaking of dumb, on Wednesday on the radio, Ed Schultz tried to hold contradictory thoughts in his head: first, that Democrats should never go on Fox News. And that second, Republicans should really go on MSNBC if they want to look credible. He loved the idea of a Democrat-free FNC:

September 9, 2011, 7:44 AM EDT

While columnist Dana Milbank complained about "The irrelevancy of the Obama presidency" -- noting Republican laughter during the Obama speech (especially the line "This isn't political grandstanding") and Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) reading the newspaper -- TV critic Hank Stuever sat at the Tom Shales Desk of Obama Speech Puffery. "Obama reiterates his mastery of medium" was the headline on the front of the Style section.

Stuever's expert of choice on Obama was Lou Dobbs of Fox News, whom he plucked out for declaring it was "The best speech he's ever given." That's not exactly what Dobbs said on The O'Reilly Factor after the speech. Dobbs said it was the best speech of his presidency. But then Dobbs agreed with Bill O'Reilly that it was extremely political and not a transparent proposal:

September 8, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

The premeditated murder of thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001 unified the United States, in grief over the attacks and in resolve to never let it happen again. Just as Members of Congress stood together as one on the Capitol steps to sing “God Bless America,” the American major media united with the people in their collective shock and outrage.    

But that feeling did not last. Within a month, America went to war in Afghanistan, and the media returned to its traditional pose of being above “nationalistic fervor.” Instead, the media coverage grew dark and foreboding, presenting America as a malignant force many Americans didn’t recognize. When Barack Obama was elected, the pessimism faded, and so did the skepticism.

September 8, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

If there is a standard liberal line on Ronald Reagan today, it is this bizarre notion that Reagan is so far left of the current Republican contenders that they'd rip him to pieces if he were alive.

Today's case in point: Washington Post columnist/blogger Ezra Klein insists Reagan "would have been destroyed" on the stage last night, since he had such a deep pragmatic streak as president. Yes, that's the same president the media often portrayed during his two terms as an ultra-conservative nut. (Not so much Ezra Klein, who was born in 1984.)