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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April 24, 2011, 7:38 AM EDT

On Thursday, BBC News featured a Nick Higham interview with the best-selling American novelist Jodi Picoult. Her latest book, Sing You Home, is a tract for gay marriage and gay parenting. Entertainment Weekly oozed that it "deftly personalizes the political, delivering a larger message of tolerance that's difficult to fault." In other words, it deftly attacks conservative Christians for intolerance. Picoult told Higham of the BBC that "You are far more progressive than we are, unfortunately, in America."

In her book, Picoult's main character becomes a lesbian after he marriage breaks down over infertility, and she wants to give her embryos to her lover: "The problem is that Zoe’s ex-husband Max has joined a very right-wing evangelical church in America, one that has a very strong anti-gay platform, and since the embryos are biologically half-his, she needs his consent to do it, and he says ‘Over my dead body.’" Picoult insists that "most Christians" are liberals and only "people on the fringes" that insist on what the Bible says:

April 23, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

National Public Radio is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In 1971, it began at the height of "anti-war" fervor against the U.S. government and its immoral war-mongering. That flavor remains at NPR to this day. Last Sunday, NPR anchor Noah Adams reminded listeners of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and naturally, the theme was anti-communist paranoia:

NOAH ADAMS: Today, April 17th, marks exactly 50 years since one of the biggest disasters in American foreign policy: the Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961.

JIM RASENBERGER (Author, "The Brilliant Disaster"): You know, I think the thing that you have to keep in mind when you ask yourself how did this ever happen is the extraordinary fear of communism in the United States in the late '50s and early '60s.

April 23, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

Via Instapundit and his link to the blog American Power, we're offered another moment in liberal 'civility." At the liberal blog Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell of George Washington University declared a Charles Krauthammer Day to remember his 2003 pronouncements on WMD in Iraq:

Perhaps the problem is that we have never fixed on exactly how to celebrate Charles Krauthammer Day. Easter, Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus etc all have their associated and time-honored rituals, but Krauthammer day has none. Combining suggestions from George W. Bush and Hugh Hector Munro, one possibility might be an Exploding Easter Egg Hunt. But then, this would perhaps prove simultaneously too dangerous to be very attractive to participants, and not dangerous enough to really mark the occasion properly. Better suggestions invited in comments. 

April 22, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

On Friday’s Morning Edition, National Public Radio celebrated poetry – especially the left-wing, anti-war, anti-American "empire" kind. Poets were constructing a Japanese "renga" – a "kind of poetic relay race." Anchor Renee Montagne handed off the summarizing to poet Carol Muske-Dukes:

So the poets were in conversation with each other. In a line that Michael Ryan, for example, making a riff on the joke: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? And it ends with how many poets does it take to change a country? How many presidents? How much pain?

The wonderful poet Brenda Hillman picks up on that with: And the light bulb turns earth, Berkeley lovers in a Thai cafe: mint, sweet basil, Geminid showers all this week, solstice, almost. You can take money out of the empire but you can't take the empire -- look, enough of these wars. A rabbit crouches in the Moon.

Empire? Well, Brenda Hillman is not just a poet, but a member of the Code Pink Working Group of protesters in San Francisco. 

April 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

For Catholics, Holy Thursday is a very special day, for it celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper of Jesus. But for National Public Radio, that’s just fodder for very timely mockery. On Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR aired a smug book review by author Cara Hoffman titled online "A Rollicking Critique of ‘Absolute’ Religious Fervor." Hoffman was promoting a 1922 science-fiction novel that NPR proclaimed was "visionary" in its insights (especially in reference to Bush’s America being "hoodwinked into war for nine years over a source of fuel"):

It lifts the veil on the dystopic slapstick of politics and religion, and, through wit and surrealist speculation, delivers the reader to understanding like administering a pill to a dog in a spoonful of peanut butter -- or, should I say, the Eucharist to the supplicant in the form of a waxy white wafer.

Hoffman dwelled over the words "waxy...white...wafer." This insult might sound insensitive on any day, but the decision to air this comment on this evening seems transparently intentional. A Catholic NPR listener surely could have heard this on the drive to church. Hoffman was commenting on a 90-year-old book, but it had to air on this night, or in this week?

April 22, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed found himself in a debate on Wednesday afternoon's Talk of the Nation show on National Public Radio. The debate wasn't with a second guest. It was with TOTN host Neal Conan, who simply refused repeatedly to allow Reed to state that Barack Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, have decided not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Conan couldn't abide the concept that the Justice Department was failing to defend federal law as it currently stands.

The fight began when Reed was asked about Gov. Mitch Daniels, who annoyed social conservatives by saying there should be a "truce" on social issues in the Republican presidential debate:  

April 21, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

While the Time 100 has a fair number of Republicans on its most-influential list (Michele Bachmann, John Boehner, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan and the Koch brothers), its Barack Obama article by Stanford history profesor David Kennedy demonstrated that some people are still deeply trapped within a 2008 love bubble for the president. Kennedy wrote this valentine, and Time published it:

We remain a young nation," Barack Obama said in 2009, but he added an unsettling admonition that "in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things." No passage in his Inaugural Address more vividly reflected the President's vision of his country and his times or more accurately foreshadowed the vexations that were to beset his leadership.

Oh, wait, so Obama's enemies are childish, and can't put away childish things? But Kennedy was just getting started. Obama's straw-man opponents also believe in the Santa Claus and Easter Bunny of illusory individualism:

April 21, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

Turn a few pages of the "Time 100" -- ostensibly the "most influential people in the world"  -- and you can easily see it as a gimmick, and not a serious attempt to measure influence. Look no further than the media. In the new 2011 list, one media name stands out  -- Joe Scarborough, the liberal-pleasing "Republican" MSNBC host Mark Levin calls "The Morning Schmo." There are no Fox News hosts and no liberal-media TV stars and no talk-radio titans. Time editor Richard Stengel is a guest on the Scarborough show, and they often hype the new Time magazine cover, so declaring him influential looks very much like a bit of commercial/political pork-barreling. The tribute to Joe came from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (the two Manhattan centrists have been talked up as a presidential dream team):

As a group, cable-television talk-show hosts are not exactly known for independent political analysis that is free of partisan favoritism, but that is exactly what makes Joe Scarborough, 48, so refreshing — and so important. Joe's approach to politics is the same as mine: call 'em like you see 'em, and even if people don't agree with you on every issue — and they won't — they will respect you for being honest. They will know you are not shilling for a party or an ideology. And they will do exactly what you would hope any voter — and any viewer — would do: listen with an open mind and come to their own conclusions.

April 21, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

On Monday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a new voter-identification law the requires photo identification of all in-person voters at every election, as well as requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration beginning on January 1, 2013. The state House passed the bill by a margin of 111 to 11. Naturally, liberals like Rachel Maddow think these simple rules are rigging the system. On Tuesday night's show, a very hyperbolic Maddow claimed "it's going to be almost impossible to get registered to vote now in Kansas." Her guest was Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the incoming chair of the Democratic Party, who was lobbing bombs at Republicans.

MADDOW: Is making it harder to register to vote, which many Republican-controlled states are pursuing right now -- is that a partisan tactic?

WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: Well, I think it's sending a very strong signal that Republicans don't think they can win elections in a fair fight. So, they need to go systematically state-by-state rigging it so that it makes it much more difficult for all voters, regardless of political party affiliation or philosophical approach can get to the polls.

April 19, 2011, 6:58 AM EDT

National Public Radio clearly believes people need to be frightened into dramatic "climate change" legislation. On Saturday night's All Things Considered, NPR publicized an article by a writer for Men's Journal -- hardly a scientific publication -- insisting that global warming's causing deadly grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone National Park.

Instead of finding a scientist, NPR offered an expert with these credentials: "Paul Solotaroff is a contributing editor at Men's Journal and Rolling Stone. He has written features for Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine, and he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2004. His work has been included in Best American Sports Writing." (His most recent book, published last summer, was titled The Body Shop: Parties, Pills, and Pumping Iron -- Or, My Life In the Age of Muscle.) Here's how it unfolded:

NOAH ADAMS, anchor: In Yellowstone, the whitebark pine trees are affected by the increase in temperature. The whitebark seeds are a basic food for the grizzly bears. Last year, grizzlies attacked several visitors, killing two. Paul Solotaroff writes about it in the April issue of Men's Journal. He believes there's a definite connection.

April 18, 2011, 7:27 AM EDT

The closing of Borders book stores isn’t that newsworthy, but The Washington Post on Monday somehow turned it into a celebration of how liberal books sell well (and conservative titles don’t) in blue Maryland. Reporters Larissa Roso and Michael Rosenwald began at a store at Rockville’s White Flint Mall:

Many shoppers, such as Francie Kranzberg, went straight for the political stuff: a copy of "Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual," by Michael Wolraich. "I’m looking for Keith Olbermann’s book, too," she said.

At the White Flint store, there were enough copies of Jonah Goldberg’s "Proud to Be Right" to supply at least a dozen book clubs. But there was only one copy of Walter Mondale’s autobiography, "The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics."

April 17, 2011, 7:10 AM EDT

The Snapshots blog picked up this item from the Israel newspaper Ha'aretz: leftist former White House correspondent Helen Thomas will be the keynote speaker on May 21 for a "Move Over AIPAC" rally against defenders of Israel as AIPAC hosts Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu:   

A series of protests against Israeli policy and its support by AIPAC are planned in May to coincide with the AIPAC conference in the U.S. capital and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech there. The protests, under the heading "Move over AIPAC," will include demonstrations opposite the building where Netanyahu will speak and Congress, and a series of lectures and meetings with critics of Israel, including veteran journalist Helen Thomas who lost her place in the White House press room after saying Jews should leave Palestine and go back to Poland, Germany and the United States.

Thomas will give the keynote address at the Move Over AIPAC conference, and will receive an award from the women's pacifist organization Code Pink, one of the hundred left-wing American organizations behind the conference.

April 16, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

On Thursday, the website The Polling Report tweeted a new CNN poll picking apart Republicans: "Do Republican proposals to cut spending apply fairly to all groups in society, or do they unfairly favor some groups more than others?" The result: 68 percent "unfairly favor," and 29 percent "apply fairly."

Couldn't this just as easily be asked of President Obama at this point? (The questions were asked April 9 and 10, before Obama's budget-outline address.) Does the Obama budget plan unfairly favor some groups more than others? CNN hasn't asked yet. On one level, the answers are obvious: Obama favors raising the tax burden on the rich, and Republicans favor tax cuts for the rich. The political word in here is "fair."

The Paul Ryan proposal reduces the tax rate for the rich, but also eliminates loopholes (as does the proposal of Obama's deficit commission). The poll is too quick and dirty to wonder if it's "fair" to raise taxes to 80 or 90 percent, if "fairness" was defined merely as redistributing wealth.

April 16, 2011, 7:23 AM EDT

If feminists can't be moved to protest NBC glamorizing the Playboy clubs, what will move them? The Huffington Post suggests another target, a new (Australian-government-funded) film called "Sleeping Beauty" about a prostitute with a uniquely servile sales pitch:

This is no fairy tale story. Emily Browning stars in the new film "Sleeping Beauty," starring as the newest member of a mysterious and shady high-end prostitution service specializing in bizarre and very discreet fetishes. Browning's speciality is especially disturbing: she takes strong drugs to knock her out, allowing men to have their way with her without her remembering what happened in the morning. 

April 15, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

PBS fans love how the show Washington Week is such a peaceful regurgitation of the conventional liberal media wisdom. But there are times in the calm that you wonder what world these liberals are living in. For example, the show's host, Gwen Ifill, seems to think it's plausible that President Obama -- the man who's made trillion-dollar-plus deficits a routine -- could take the "deficit slasher" label away from a conservative. New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny suggested that seniors might be willing to consider seriously Medicare reforms if they'll help lower the debt.

Ifill replied: "Is that why when we see the president come out this week and make speeches like this, it seems like he was snatching the mantle of deficit slasher from Paul Ryan's hands and saying 'No, no, no -- me'?"

April 15, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

Back in 2007, The New York Times was delighted when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the TV networks and against FCC fines for fleeting profanities on broadcast TV. "If Bush Can Blurt Curse, So Can Network TV," the Times wrote in its Page One headline.

But in 2011, when gays are outraged that NBA star Kobe Bryant was caught on television during a game mouthing the "gay F-bomb" at a referee, and the NBA assesses an amazing $100,000 fine for this one word, Times sports columnist William Rhoden argued the fine was puny and that Bryant should be forced to sit out the first game of the playoffs. The Times also approvingly published gay activist John Amaechi on its Off the Dribble blog begging Bryant not to challenge the fine. Apparently, some "curse words" have a much deadlier ring:

April 15, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer was stunned to hear trial lawyer and radio host Mike Papantonio (formerly of Air America) say on the Ed Schultz radio show that Barack Obama is "carrying our spear" for the progressives.

Maloney wrote: "JUST IMAGINE the reaction to a conservative host using ‘Obama’ and ‘spear’ in the same sentence! It would dominate the news cycle for days.But don't expect Sharpton & Friends to protest this one." Maloney’s blog has this audio from April 13:

April 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

On Thursday’s Morning Edition, NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook said most Republicans don’t like the Paul Ryan Budget (except the "far right") and "most Republicans like Medicare, and they don’t even want to tinker with it around the edges." Then anchor Steve Inskeep played up Charlie Cook suggesting Republicans have a "death wish" if they want to try and reform Medicare spending.

STEVE INSKEEP: What exactly is it that some Republicans don't like?

ANDREA SEABROOK: Well, one of the main ways the Ryan budget saves money over the coming decades is by shifting the Medicare into a private program with commercial insurance companies - in essence, ending the Medicare program as we know it today, as Mara was just talking about. That's OK with a lot of the far-right social conservatives and Tea Party-backed Republicans.

April 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Sixteen-year-old Irene Rojas-Carroll, an activist who calls herself a "pansexual," is the star of a San Francisco Chronicle story on a controversial California bill to mandate that schools pay tribute to homosexual pioneers in their history lessons. Jill Tucker reported:

A controversial bill moving through the state Legislature would change that, requiring social science instructional materials to include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as Pacific Islanders and those with disabilities.

April 13, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

The $1.8 million grant George Soros gave to NPR was for local reporters in every state capital. But that doesn't mean NPR isn't also beginning to look like a Soros-pleaser on the national scene. Once again on Monday, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik went after Rupert Murdoch, and a voice-mail-hacking scandal at his U.K. tabloid News of the World. In England, the socialist newspaper The Guardian has been all over this story of disreputable media conduct, but The New York Times also filed a story on April 8.  

Folkenflik found dramatic former Murdoch employees, like Andrew Neil, who made Watergate analogies. Folkenflik insisted the damage to Murdoch may not be contained, and then quoted Neil: "Who knew - the old Watergate question - who knew and when did you know it?" It began like this:

ROBERT SIEGEL: One of Britain's most popular newspapers has admitted that it hacked into the private voicemails of celebrities and politicians. NPR's David Folkenflik reports that the story underscores close ties between the authorities and Rupert Murdoch's media empire.