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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October 29, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

In honor of Janeane Garofalo, who unforgettably declared George W. Bush "unelectable" on the night of his second Inauguration, there is Michael Moore, reproduced Friday by The Huffington Post. In that website's finest tradition of celebrity idiocy, Moore glanced at the current political climate and proclaimed:

These Republicans mean business. Their boots are all shined and ready. But they've got one huge problem:

The majority of Americans don't agree with them.

How will leftists claim the majority disagrees with the Republicans if they make dramatic gains on Tuesday? Michael Moore will have to try and find a new theme then. But this piece was titled "A Boot to the Head" in honor of MoveOn.org activist Lauren Valle, who was brutalized after shoving a poster in Rand Paul's face in Kentucky. Unsurprisingly, Moore transfers that violence into a meta-narrative of conservatives stomping on the heads of everyone they fear or hate:

October 29, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

Mark down liberal radio host Bill Press as someone who really despises the timing of the liberal Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert rally -- so much he called it "a big masturbation festival on the national mall" that will divert liberals from working for Democrat candidates when the stakes are so high. "Instead of getting out there and working their ass off...they're going to be out the mall yukkin' in up and then going out and getting drunk."

Press began his lecture on his show Wednesday morning by saying "Maybe it's time someone rained on Jon Stewart's parade." He didn't scream like Ed Schultz -- he sounded like he spoke in regret more than anger -- but the words were rough.

You’re going to hate me for it, but I think it's a big mistake.... First of all, what is this thing about? When it comes down to it, it is totally, totally self-indulgent. It's like a big masturbation festival on the Washington Mall on the Saturday before the election.

October 29, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

On his Wednesday radio show, Ed Schultz boasted to his listeners about his MSNBC ratings:  “We had a record number of people watching on Monday night – 872,000 people. I have to start the program by saying thank you.”

“Record” by what measure? Certainly, not by comparison with Fox: TV By The Numbers has Special Report with Bret Baier drawing more than 2.1 million people (and Schultz with 858,000). Schultz played the Man-From-Fargo card, claiming his ratings “record” wasn’t appreciated by the media blogs:

October 29, 2010, 7:22 AM EDT

Is The Washington Post a Democratic rag? The Post's political blog "44" (named for Barack Obama, the 44th president) has a "Currently Reading" block of links -- which clearly suggest the Post's reading habits (or promoting habits) have a liberal and Democratic tilt on Friday morning. That list starts with the hard-left magazine Mother Jones pressing full steam ahead on "The Ken Buck rape case," which is about the Democrats plucking out a rape case Buck declined to prosecute in Colorado, in case link-clickers might think it's about a rape the Republican candidate committed:

The Ken Buck rape case
»Mother Jones

Conservative group's ads pulled from radio stations
» Hotline

Angle camp: Reid planning to steal the election
» Las Vegas Sun

Some transgender candidates headed for victory
» New York Times

Obama skips out on steak and lobster
» CNN  

October 28, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

The Center for Public Integrity boasts of itself as a "nonpartisan" journalism outfit -- while at the very same time it is absorbing something called the "Huffington Post Investigative Fund," which isn't a brand-name for nonpartisanship. It's a brand name that says trendy-left combo of a little political reporting, some celebrity blogging, celebrity nude/almost-nude photos -- and currently, election-eve Jon Stewart bus-mongering. Keach Hagey of Politico reports that the CPI's board recently approved plans to make the Center's website a revenue-generating high-traffic website (no word if that means sleazy photos of Miley Cyrus or "Glee" stars):

October 28, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

The Washington Post home page this morning leads with this wishful-thinking headline: “Tea party's actions could burn the Republicans.” This “news” story by Amy Gardner appeared on page A6 and was grounded in the concern (read: hope) that Tea Party nominations could derail GOP Senate bids. The home page subhead was: “Tea party's influence appears to be doing more harm than good for GOP as candidates who upset establishment with primary wins now stumble.”

Left unsaid: What if most of these candidates win? What’s left except a Democratic pep-rally concept? Gardner just repeated all the latest DNC hopes (and reckless assertions):

In Kentucky, a volunteer for tea-party-backed Senate candidate Rand Paul was videotaped stepping on the head of a liberal protester. [Typically, no mention of the Rand volunteer whose foot was stomped on.]

In Delaware and Colorado, Senate hopefuls Christine O'Donnell and Ken Buck, respectively, are under fire for denying that the First Amendment's establishment clause dictates a separation of church and state. [Wrong. Each said the words weren't there. They aren't.]

October 28, 2010, 7:16 AM EDT

The front of Thursday's Washington Post shows Nancy Pelosi and Christine O'Donnell as witches with green faces, with the headline “A very scary midterm exam.” (To which we ask: Scary midterm for whom??) The Post wrote "Maybe it's no coincidence that Halloween and Election Day are only days apart. Maybe that explains all the campaign props -- axes! smoking guns! pointy witch hats!"  "" The whimsical quiz which followed was not so fair and balanced as the dueling-witches picture. In the first question, Christine O'Donnell was cast as evil, and in the second, the Post mocked the Republican opponent of Pelosi, not the Speaker:

October 27, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

NPR and other liberals are trying to convert the firing of Juan Williams into another episode of bullying conservatism. NPR deployed Jon Stewart in self-defense on Tuesday’s Morning Edition. Anchor Steve Inskeep noted Stewart’s arrival in Washington, DC marked his first show since the Williams purge, and they ran this joke:

STEWART [From the Daily Show]: Are you kidding me, NPR? Are you picking a fight with Fox News? They gave Juan Williams a $2 million contract just for you firing him. NPR, you just brought a tote bag full of David Sedaris books to a knife fight.

NPR suggested that this came in the spirit of "sanity" and that Stewart's rally is designed to "take it down a notch." But wasn’t NPR the network who took a knife to Juan's career, and Fox the ones with a tote bag full of goodies? In The New York Times, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter also explained that liberalism is losing because it’s not doltishly simple, it’s too complex for the average American:

October 27, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

Fired NPR news analyst Juan Williams is firing back at critics of Fox News Channel. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Williams said Fox management is "much more enlightened" than executives at other news outlets, from NPR to CNN:

"At NPR they don't know this: A third of the audience for Bill O'Reilly's show is made up of people of color," Williams said. "At NPR, they think, `Oh, these people who watch Fox don't appreciate diversity of opinion, they're not smart people. They're not informed people. Oh, yeah? I'll tell you what: They're informed."

...Williams said NPR "just doesn't understand the Fox audience" -- or have any idea how much more enlightened Fox News management is in some ways compared with news outlets like NPR, CNBC or CNN.

October 27, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

Picking up on the latest Mark Finkelstein NewsBusters post on the routinely, relentlessly conservative-bashing Joe Scarborough, Mark Levin attacked the MSNBC host today (Joe Who?) on his Facebook page:

Joe Scarborough has become a rash on conservatism's inner thigh.  He poses as the last, great conservative thinker, but he truly is buffoonish.  Here he is trashing Sarah Palin, claiming she will cost Republicans the Senate. 

October 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

On NPR’s blog The Two-Way, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik recalled reporter Nina Totenberg’s July 8, 1995 TV outburst wishing disease and death on Sen. Jesse Helms: "I think he ought to be worried about the - about what's going on in the good Lord's mind, because if there's retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion or one of his grandchildren will get it." In a new interview Tuesday, she declared her regrets:

When I spoke with her earlier today, Totenberg called her comments "dumb" and read from letters she had sent over the years saying so in reply to complaints about those remarks.  

"It taught me a lesson about being careful," Totenberg said. "I haven't said anything that stupid on the air in 15 years."

October 25, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

Congressman Joe Barton, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that authorizes spending for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, sent a letter Friday to Media Research Center President Brent Bozell about his call for an investigation in the firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio.

October 25, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

The Washington Post  celebrated Jon Stewart in a very gooey artistic fashion on Monday: in a drawing, it made Stewart all four faces on Mount Rushmore. The headline was "Who Does Jon Stewart Think He Is?" Obviously, he'd disavow being great enough to replace four iconic presidents on a mountain face. The story by Post reporter Paul Farhi also began with goo:

These days, he can claim to be many things: political satirist, pseudo-anchorman, media critic, author, successful businessman, philanthropist, Emmy Award magnet. On Monday he arrives in Washington in a new, self-anointed role: as our national voice of reason, moderation and rationality -- a uniter, you might say, not a divider. 

But Farhi wasn't completely in tune with the glorifying artwork. He compared Stewart's rally with Glenn Beck's August 28 "Restoring Honor" rally in its "nonpartisan" nature (Mt. "Stewmore" image below):

October 24, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

The Travel section in Sunday's Washington Post featured a huge picture of a sailboat in the spray with the words "Cuba AHOY!  Just 90 miles offshore, the embargoed yet inviting isle calls out to a sailing family. But there are provisions to consider." The headline writer was overselling what former Post reporter Megan Rosenfeld had to say about their sailing trip to Cuba, and "inviting" is definitely not the word most would use:

Much has been written about the glories of Havana, the fabulous but fading Spanish architecture, the amazing old American cars, the friendly people. All true. But don't expect to buy a piece of fruit to tide you over until lunch, and don't forget to take your own toilet paper - and if possible, your own toilet.

October 24, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

Even the Washington Post is acknowledging the liberal Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert rally is being adopted by leftists and Democrats as their rally. The headline in Sunday's news section was “For liberal groups, it's not just for laughs.” Washington Post reporter Sandhya Somashekhar found that the “million moderates march” lingo isn't going to match what's on the ground:

But some liberal groups are doing their best to adopt the rally as their own. Democratic clubs from colleges across the country are sending buses to the event, offering a seat in exchange for a few hours of volunteer time. President Obama, who seemed to talk up the rally at an event last month, is expected to appear on Stewart's "The Daily Show" just a few days before.

And when the Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington announced on the show that she would be offering free transportation to thousands of takers from New York City, she tried to cast herself and Stewart as collaborators in the progressive movement. "You work on the message," she told him. "I'll work on the logistics."

October 24, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

The editor of the Washington Post Sunday "Outlook" opinion section, Carlos Lozada, put himself on the front page Sundy with a plea to liberal comedian Jon Stewart: "Cancel the rally, Jon. For our sanity." He began: "Please, Jon. There's still time. Cancel the rally."

Lozada isn't upset with Stewart because the rally might drain liberal energy away from the grass roots on the last weekend before the election. He's upset because it will hurt Stewart's just-kidding image, just as he feared Stewart's "stop hurting America" lecture that killed CNN's "Crossfire" would hurt it -- it might "shatter the illusion" of Stewart's comedy as "hey, just cracking jokes and throwing spitballs, here." But what it really shatters is any illusion that Stewart isn't an angry leftist behind the smirk (as he demonstrated on NPR). Liberals want to pretend their comedians are nonpartisan, just like their journalists. Lozada pleaded:

October 23, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

Despite CNN committing five segments to helping the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) celebrate the new "Spirit Day" against anti-gay bullying, GLAAD somehow left CNN out of their list of participating TV "news" outlets.

On her Facebook page, Canadian teen Brittany McMillan started the new day of obli-gay-tion, and wrote: "Many of [the teens] suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that's exactly what we'd like all of you to have with you: spirit." On the GLAAD Blog, intern Max Gouttebroze listed all the media activism for "tolerance" and against "homophobia."

October 23, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

Alissa Krinsky of the TV Newser blog talked to NBC anchor Brian Williams in Chicago Friday on his way to a Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation fundraiser. Williams refused to join the crowd of liberal reporters and celebrities who've called it a mistake. He even refused to condemn the firing for giving Williams to chance to explain himself.

October 22, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Kate Zernike appeared on Washington Week on PBS to discuss the Tea Party, but with less than two weeks to go before a wave election, Zernike has already spotted "the jump-the-shark moment" for the Tea Party in Christine O'Donnell. Does she know what means, as in when a TV show reaches its zenith and from then on, it's all downhill? It doesn't sound like November 2 is going to be an all-downhill evening. PBS host Gwen Ifill asked Zernike the usual question about whether the Tea Party would help Republicans:  

ZERNIKE: There's two things in this election. One thing is the Tea Party enthusiasm, which has been huge. I mean, remember, no one thought Christine O'Donnell could ever win that primary.

IFILL: That's true.

October 22, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

At the end of Friday night's PBS NewsHour, anchor Judy Woodruff asked their political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks about NPR's firing of Juan Williams. Shields said "NPR made a serious mistake...and I think they did it in a terrible way, by a telephone call without a personal chance to explain himself. You know, I think it's given the right wing a tremendous opening to attack NPR, which I hate to see happen, because I think it's a valuable public institution."

Brooks disclosed "I work at NPR somewhat" (as part of a similary analyst duo with liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne). Brooks agreed with Mark about the firing and its lack of personal contact. "I think what was said is perfectly within the bounds of debate." But then he insisted NPR has achieved sensible centrism in recent history:

And the damaging thing to me is NPR's worked really hard over the last 10, 20 years to become a straight-down-the-middle network. I'm not sure they were decades ago, but not they really are. And now because of this unfortunate episode, they're beginning to get some ideological baggage again, and that's damaging.