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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January 11, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

On NBC's extended Meet the Press presidential debate on Sunday, Boston News Channel 7 political editor Andy Hiller strongly hinted to Gov. Rick Perry that he should be civil and agree that Barack Obama is a patriot in line with the Founding Fathers, citing a line from Sen. John McCain in The Washington Post. Hiller did not explain the occasion for McCain's overt Obama flattery -- the Gabby Giffords shooting -- and utterly omitted McCain's very next line, about rejecting similar attacks on conservative Obama critics.

Hiller asked Perry: "Your party's last nominee, John McCain, wrote in The Washington Post in an op-ed about a year ago, his words, 'I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals.' Agree?"

January 11, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

On the Daily Kos, Jesse “Ministry of Truth” LaGreca penned a screed titled “An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America.” The hate flowed freely from LaGreca. This is what passes for civil discourse on the left-wing blogosphere.

“I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is. America is a melting pot, it always has been,” he lectured on Monday. “We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.”

January 10, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

In this week's Time magazine -- compiled before the Denver Broncos' stunning overtime win on Sunday -- alleged religion expert and deposed Newsweek editor Jon Meacham brings his liberal Episcopalian sensibilities to the subject of Tim Tebow. Meacham tries to play referee between the warring sides, asking why we can't all get along. "This cultural Passion Play of red-state piety and blue-state scorn is at once familiar and dispiriting."

"If Christians like Tebow are going to bear witness so publicly, then they ought not to be surprised when they are talked about in ways that require them to turn the other cheek," Meacham lectured. "To insist that criticism of Tebow -- even vulgar criticism -- is evidence that American culture is hostile to Christianity is wrong-headed." It's not evidence? It's self-negating?

January 9, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

Politico's Roger Simon really doesn't like Republicans. In 1999, as Rudy Giuliani prepared to face carpet-bagging Hillary Clinton in a Senate race, Simon sneered, "Hillary’s chief rival, Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, combines the political instincts of a knife fighter with all the restraint of a 4-year-old."

But he took his arrogance up a notch for a Sunday column filed after the ABC debate entitled "They are not worthy." He meant the Republicans aren't worthy -- of the press corps that covers them. "On this night, this gym at St. Anselm College is packed with the most talented political journalists in America," Simon proclaimed. He concluded they were far  more talented than the hacks on stage:

January 9, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

Last October, liberal groups who want MSNBC to be "purified" of conservatives -- like Color of Change, the group that lobbied to get Glenn Beck removed from Fox News -- demanded a purge of Pat Buchanan from the MSNBC airwaves. In the past, MSNBC used Buchanan as a shield against the idea their network was going to be as hermetically sealed against conservatives as the old Olbermann show. Now, Buchanan's days at MSNBC "may be over," reports the New York Times.

Over the weekend, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin told Deadline Hollywood that Buchanan's views are toxic. “I don’t think the ideas that [Buchanan] put forth [in his latest book] are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.” Griffin continued: "Pat’s a good guy. He didn’t like [being removed from the air], but he understood."

January 9, 2012, 6:56 AM EST

The cold weather may have really cut into the crowds "occupying" two public spaces in the nation's capital, but The Washington Post doesn't care about crowd size. It's still publicizing some sort of protest juggernaut, like a ski resort manufactures snow when none has fallen. The Post's Sunday front page was dominated by the headline "LOVE AMID THE TENTS." The biggest "news" of the day was casual sex, hippie-style.

Post reporter Annie Gowen proclaimed that "As the Occupy movement enters its fourth month locally, it has spawned two full-service camps, more than 100 arrests and an ongoing constitutional debate over the right to free speech on federal land. But a combustible combination of youthful energy, enthusiasm for shared ideals and tight living quarters has given rise to something else: Romance. Lots and lots of romance." The bolded part was italicized and sprawled above a four-column picture taken inside a tent looking out.

January 8, 2012, 9:09 AM EST

The latest liberal tendency -- to try and cast Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as racists, or cynical race-baiters to a party stuffed full of racists -- is an absolute natural for "Reverend" Al Sharpton on MSNBC. On the Sharpton show "Politics Nation" on Friday night, former CNN reporter Bob Franken shoved both candidates into the mud for their talk of blacks and government dependency: "I think this is very intentional. I think it is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it`s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow."

Jim Crow? Any liberal journalist who claims that the Republican Party is chock full of people who dream of segregated lunch counters and bathrooms is either (a) delusional or (b) engaged in cynical race-baiting to keep minorities voting Democrat. But Sharpton thought it was the Republicans who had all the ugly rhetoric (and wouldn't he be the expert on that):

January 8, 2012, 7:44 AM EST

Scott Whitlock reported Thursday that ABC presented President Obama's non-recess "recess appointment" of financial regulator Richard Cordray as a "Consumer champion. Can this brand new man in town help you with your mortgage, your car loan, your credit cards?"

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal discovered that the Obama administration had exactly the same spin. Imagine that. Cordray on his first day of rule-breaking government service was already sending out an e-mail full of political rhetoric about how they're the friendly neighborhood cop trying to stop financial crooks from harming you and your mother:

January 8, 2012, 6:52 AM EST

We reported that Reuters on Tuesday could not find a Democrat label for several politicians who were in car accidents after reckless driving. On Thursday, notice how long it took Reuters to find the R on a corruption charge in Wisconsin: about six words.

"A former aide to Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker was charged with fraud on Thursday, accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a fund for families of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan," the story began. The aide served Walker not as governor, but as Milwaukee County Executive. Reuters at least noted the timing of the complaint has real political resonance:

January 7, 2012, 8:15 AM EST

The January 9/16 issue of Newsweek has an article on how "America's overconsumption binge has left consumers with piles of unsettled bills. Meet the debt collectors going to scary lengths to collect." That starts on page 52.

Eleven pages later, on page 63, Newsweek shows it's very One Percent in its tastes. Stylist Brad Goreski has a new show on Bravo called "It's a Brad, Brad World," and in the "Want" section they're promoting $3,000 coats and $2,000 table lamps:

January 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

Many American leftists are disgusted with Barack Obama – like the ones that told Steve Kroft of CBS that Obama’s a complete milquetoast who offered the store to Grover Norquist. But at the Daily Kos – a website that sincerely compares Dick Cheney to serial killers – the diarist “Troubadour” has boldly offered an article that declares, “Barack Obama: Best President Ever." He began this Friday morning boastfest: "Barack Obama is either the best President we've ever had, or more humbly, equal to the best Presidents we've ever had (and thereby one of their number).” Move over, Mount Rushmore favorites. Obama's the best ever.

Right before the 2010 midterms, this same blogger offered his ludicrous opinion that “Win or lose this election season, Republicans appear to be headed on a one-way path to organized political violence.” He also confessed (quite rightly) that “I am not leadership material...I do not respond appropriately in a timely manner to sudden and emotionally fraught new information.”

January 6, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

Listeners to the Bill Press radio show on Thursday morning -- and there were probably not very many -- must have winced at the complete political schizophrenia or logical incoherence of the self-proclaimed "Mr. Gun Control."  Press asked the audience if 18-year-old Oklahoma mom Sarah McKinley was right to shoot a home invader armed with a knife to protect her little boy? He said "damn right" -- and explained how he also favors banning all handguns and "assault rifles." So, um, how would Knife-Threatened Teen Mom defend herself in Bill Press's ideal America?

"I gotta tell you I am Mr. Gun Control, okay?I think there are too many guns. They’re too easy to get. Most people don’t need them," Press declared. "For hunting only I would say as long as they’re licensed and you know how to use them, that’s okay. But for any other reason, I would ban all handguns. I would ban all assault rifles. I’m as strong as you can get." [MP3 audio available here]

January 6, 2012, 6:18 AM EST

Even Hollywood seems less impressed with Barack Obama this time around. The Hollywood Reporter forwarded the news Wednesday that Nicole Avant, named ambassador to the Bahamas by Obama after her fundraising for his 2008 campaign, is coming back to La La Land "in the hopes of patching up the incumbent president's battered relationship with the entertainment industry."

Avant is the daughter of Clarence Avant, a Democratic fundraiser and longtime soul music executive who founded Tabu Records in the 1980s and ran Motown Records in the Clinton years. Sources said Nicole would be one of Obama's top liaisons in Hollywood for the re-election effort, and she has some fences to mend:

January 5, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

The loathing for Michele Bachmann flowed on The Ed Show on MSNBC on Wednesday night. Host Ed Schultz insisted Bachmann would make mischief for Mitt Romney: "Some of the things, Jonathan, she`s said on the campaign trail, I just don`t see her in any way, shape or form getting behind Mitt Romney."

Former Newsweek writer Jonathan Alter replied; "It doesn't matter whether she does. You know, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't she not standing for re-election to the House? Is it possible that finally we will be rid of this woman for good?"

January 5, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

The cultural left is thrilled that in the comic book Life with Archie (issue #16), which came out Wednesday, that Riverdale's first gay character, Kevin Keller, a military veteran, marries the domestic partner of his dreams, African-American physical therapist Clay Walker. NPR's talk show The Takeaway described it as a "progressive grand slam." 

Angela Gay of the ACLU blogged that Archie's traditional Midwestern setting made this comic-book milestone more invigorating:

January 5, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

Newsweek's Andrew Romano was given two days inside Obama's re-election headquarters and came out with an article boasting (in the headline) "Team Obama has quietly built a juggernaut re-election machine in Chicago."

"While the GOP candidates have spent the last year parading and pirouetting on Fox News, the president’s team has been quietly, methodically channeling their worry back into the campaign—and creating something, I discovered in Chicago, that will be even bigger, even smarter, and even more surprising than their revolutionary 2008 operation," Romano oozed. He forwarded the spin of Obama chief Jim Messina (and Time’s Michael Crowley) that the GOP debates have been all downside for Obama’s "clumsy" challengers:

January 5, 2012, 6:42 AM EST

The increasing irrelevance of "news" magazines is apparent on the cover of the latest Time magazine with its promise of  a "2012 User's Guide," but this is merely framing the same old warmed-over TV dinners of political analysis. In his "preview" of the GOP primaries, Time's Michael Crowley just bashes away at the Republicans as a weak field of unserious candidates. The low point comes under the heading "I Know What You Said Last Winter."  Crowley trashes the GOP candidate debates by comparing them to the silliest garbage on reality TV.

"Even if the GOP primaries, wind down quickly, many Republicans are concerned that they will hve done damage to their party," Crowley wrote, as if there should have been no primary season at all. "The series of televised debates -- 16 to be exact -- may have been great entertainment, a political junkie's equivalent of Keeping Up with the Kardashians." Can anyone imagine that crude dismissal by Time of a debate with Barack Obama in the middle of it?

January 4, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

From Ohio to Massachusetts, Democrats in trouble are somehow merely politicians without an identifiable party. On Monday’s Morning Edition, NPR aired a three-and-a-half-minute corruption story from Cleveland that never mentioned the party starting with D.

Anchor Linda Wertheimer explained, “In Ohio today, a trial gets underway in the biggest public corruption case the state's ever seen. Jimmy Dimora rose from sanitation worker to commissioner of Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and its suburbs. He's accused of being at the center of a number of bribery schemes that federal investigators uncovered in recent years.”

January 4, 2012, 8:19 PM EST

On Tuesday, Daily Kos boss Markos Moulitsas asked his fellow lefties: "Have you seen Mittens' latest?" He's not referring to a cat. This is his pet name for Mitt Romney. Moulitsas could not believe Romney would find liberals divisive when it comes to egging on themes of class war. His headline was "Republicans want a united America! As long as you're white, male, and rich"

All the divisiveness comes from those plutocrats and the conservative demonizers of black and brown and gay and aborting Americans:

January 4, 2012, 7:58 PM EST

On Tuesday, liberal radio host Thom Hartmann engaged a conservative caller who was tired of the anti-capitalist rhetoric from President Obama and the left. “From the president’s own mouth, the anti-capitalist rhetoric is so poisoned,” said the caller.

Hartmann interrupted: “It is rhetoric in opposition to the excesses of unregulated capitalism. Unregulated capitalism can become a cancer just like unregulated growth in a cell is the definition of cancer.” Hartmann went on to say that libertarian notions are corrupting government, and that the Founding Fathers were for “general welfare” exactly like Franklin Roosevelt.