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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June 18, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

Actress and author Carrie Fisher, revered for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, granted an interview to the website Pop Eater. Late in the interview, they asked "Is there anyone you haven't met that you've always wanted to?" She said Barack Obama. They expressed surprise she hadn't met him. "I know. I love him. Hopefully I'll meet him sometime. I'm just happy he exists." Then came the rant against conservative Obama opponents:  

Do you think Tea Party is just people who are pissed that there is an African American president?

Yup, and the fact that they chose to call themselves "teabaggers," which is slang for a certain act involving b***s. It sort of says a lot. I would say a mouthful. Looks like it's very upsetting for them, but he's brilliant. The thing is, he's half white but that's still not enough -- for them it's all white or f**k off. I think we don't deserve him and certainly teabaggers don't deserve him. [Asterisks theirs.]

June 18, 2010, 10:47 PM EDT

Just like ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Friday morning, NBC's Matt Lauer framed the end of the week as a "good week" for Obama, regardless of the bad reception his speech on Tuesday night received. Neither network ruined the Obama mojo by interviewing a Republican guest to make the reasonable suggestion that a week without the oil spill plugged is not entirely a "good week." The networks sounded more like supportive political consultants than journalists:

MATT LAUER: David, the latest polling numbers we have showed that about 52% of the American people disapprove of the way the President is handling this oil spill crisis. That's up from 33% about a month ago. But I want to point out that this polling was done before the President's latest trip to the Gulf, which was a two-day trip; before his Oval Office address to the nation; before that $20 billion fund was set up. Take me inside the White House -- do they think they had a good week?

DAVID GREGORY: Well, they do.

June 18, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

It's one thing for media liberals to suggest the Tea Party is on the fringe of the right, but when it's another when they starting putting Ronald Reagan in the center by comparison (even as Governor of California). On The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday, Matthews suggested that somehow America is reliably centrist, so even Reagan moved to moderation (and there's no mention of Obama's left-wing surge):

But the American people have sort of a gyroscope, something that always brings them back to center, where it very much -- and nobody wants to hear this on the right, but we're very much like France in that way. We`re not an ideologically proletarian country or right-wing militarist country.

Generally, we listen to those voices and we never go further right than Reagan, and the minute he got into office, he moved very much to the center. As governor of California, for example, on issues like abortion rights. He moved to the center.

June 18, 2010, 7:06 AM EDT

The Washington Post ran a story slamming pollster Scott Rasmussen on Thursday on the front page of the Style section. Political reporter Jason Horowitz earnestly channeled the Democratic spin from the story's beginning:

ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Here is a fun fact for those in the political polling orthodoxy who liken Scott Rasmussen to a conjurer of Republican-friendly numbers: He works above a paranormal bookstore crowded with Ouija boards and psychics on the Jersey Shore.

Here's the fact they find less amusing: From his unlikely outpost, Rasmussen has become a driving force in American politics.

Democrats surely dislike how Rasmussen's polls (like this week's showing Harry Reid losing by 11 points) affect the optimism of their donors and activists. But are his numbers accurate?

June 17, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

On Tuesday's Randi Rhodes radio show, Rhodes was complaining that the stimulus money is running out, leading to layoffs of public employees. She lamented that Colorado Springs is going without street lighting and selling police helicopters, and starving the public sector is what conservatives want, because they hate public servants. 

And this is exactly why the conservatives keep harping on spending, spending, spending as the problem: because they know spending, spending, spending is the solution, and they don't want this solved! They don't want this solved because they hate government! They hate teachers. They hate police officers. They hate first responders. They hate firemen. They hate EMT workers. They want it all to be privatized! That's when you gonna get the haves having police protection and excellent schools and the have-nots having no police protection and no schools! And therein is the dreamworld for them. This is nirvana for them!

She said 32 states don't have the money for unemployment benefits, and that isn't because they've overreached, but because they're underpaid by the taxpayer. She's talk radio's answer to John Kenneth Galbraith. The public sector lives in "squalor." The fantasies about the conservative anarchists continued: 

June 17, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT
Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer found Ed Schultz on his radio show Tuesday mocked country star Lee Greenwood and his patriotic song "God Bless the USA," which he suggested was an anthem for American imperialism.

Remember when every time we invaded an oil-rich country or any time there was any kind of confrontation, we were subjected to -- ad nauseam, I might add -- [mock sings, really badly] "God bless the USA." That Lee Greenwood song...I mean, Every single event! Every time we were marching to the flowers put at our feet in Iraq, it was more Lee Greenwood! [mock singing again] "God bless the USA!"

Man, we need an oil spill song is what we need! We need to get somebody -- [laughs at himself] Some idea, somewhere, some songwriter out there's gotta come up with something, to remind us, just like Lee Greenwood reminded us that it was the right thing to do to love America and invade everybody. We need some song out there to remind us that, [sings] "It's BP!"

June 16, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

On his radio show, Glenn Beck responded to Washington Post book critic Steven Levingston’s audacious claim that Beck’s new novel The Overton Window may be a terrorist’s inspirational handbook. Beck objected to the idea that it’s ridiculous that Tea Party protesters would be nonviolent. "Show me the violent Tea Party, Washington Post. Show them to me."

Levingston wrote: "Molly and her crowd assert their Second Amendment right to bear arms and are well stocked with weapons. They even make their own ammunition. Their insistence on nonviolence appears as disingenuous as anything out of the mouth of their nemesis, the insidious manipulator of reality Arthur Gardner."

In response to Beck on his Political Bookworm blog, Levingston weirdly claimed Beck had taken his review out of context:

June 15, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

USA Today released the results of its Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI documents related to Ted Kennedy. John Fritze's story leans heavily on the sympathetic "barrage of threats" angle to begin his story, and downplayed the lack of documents on the death at Chappaquiddick. Fritze began: 

Sen. Edward Kennedy, who buried two brothers killed by assassins, endured a barrage of threats on his life that continued for much of his political career, thousands of FBI documents released Monday show.

More than 2,200 pages of previously secret documents reveal Kennedy, the brother of President John F. Kennedy, received a constant stream of anonymous threats and warnings from members of the Ku Klux Klan and the militant anti-communist "Minutemen."

Fritze arrived at Chappaquiddick late in the article, and hinted without outrage that the Kennedy family may have removed a pile of documents that might have tainted the Ted Kennedy image:

June 15, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

You don't have to be a fan of Glenn Beck's moonlighting as a fiction writer to be a little stunned at the audacity of The Washington Post today. Post book editor Steven Levingston mocks the prose of Beck's new novel The Overton Window on the front of Tuesday's Style section, including its patriotic character Molly Ross proclaiming ""There's nothing I wouldn't give up to defend my country...No matter how hard it might be, there's nothing that's in my power that I wouldn't do." But then he suggests Beck will inspire the next Oklahoma City-style terrorist act:  

The danger of books like this is that radical readers may take the story's fiction for fact, or interpret the fiction -- which Beck encourages -- as a reflection of a reality that they must fend off by any means necessary. "The Overton Window" risks falling into the tradition of other anti-government novels such as "The Turner Diaries" by William L. Pierce, which became a handbook of extremists and inspired Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. As Beck tells his soldiers in the voice of Noah: "Put up or shut up . . . go hard or go home. Freedom is the rare exception . . . not the rule, and if you want it you've got to do your part to keep it."

June 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

CNN's marriage to gay activists looks complete. Soledad O'Brien is previewing the "news" network's documentary "Gary and Tony Have a Baby" for gay activists in two cities. The one-sided no-room-for-dissenters piece was previewed along with a panel discussion for the left-wing Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at the Paley Center in Los Angeles on June 9. CNN and GLAAD are doing the same thing in New York tonight.

Remember this when CNN publicists and executives laughably claim to be nonpartisan, and just straight down the middle. The gay magazine The Advocate reported that O'Brien thought her story on Gary and Tony had to be "authentic," when critics might find it propagandistic: 

June 15, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

Last year, Time offered its "Ten Questions" feature to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the reader questions it selected were mostly hostile, panning his response to the State of the Union, asking if he looked like the geeky Kenneth the Page from "30 Rock," and underlining the shakiness of the GOP: "Voters rejected the GOP in November. What changes do you think it needs to make in order to become relevant again?"

This week, Time offered the same feature to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and the questions were not hostile, except for "Why don't you support same-sex marriage?" and maybe "Do you still consider your support for the stimulus to have been the right choice?" There were neutral oil-spill questions, and then there were these:

"How difficult was it to leave the Republican Party?" --  David Hutchinson, Kansas City, Kans.

"What are the pros and cons of running as an independent?" -- Kevin Waters, Harrisburg, Pa.

"Will people still remember the Tea Party in 20 years?" -- Justin Powlison, Raleigh, N.C.

June 14, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT
Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz wrote Monday that Helen Thomas could have spared herself an embarrassing quick retirement if her media colleagues had “gently suggested” it was time to go. He said the press corps saw her as an “eccentric aunt,” but he claimed most of the country never saw her as cranky and ideological:

But that's not how she was seen by much of the country, which still viewed her as the groundbreaking correspondent she once was, not the cranky columnist she had become. So when Aunt Helen snapped that Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" -- and go back to Germany, among other places -- many onlookers were stunned.

Any onlooker who was stunned wasn't in the habit of watching White House briefings – or reading how media watchdog groups (ahem) routinely recounted Helen's rants. Kurtz noted that journalists went soft on a colleague because they usually stay together in a pack, but didn't quite note that journalists shared the vigorously anti-Bush/Cheney viewpoint Thomas offered:

June 14, 2010, 7:51 AM EDT
Have liberals blacked out the sex-and-perjury impeachment of Bill Clinton? MSNBC's Chris Matthews appeared on the Charlie Rose show on PBS Thursday, and Rose asked him about how Sen. Blanche Lincoln had a “secret weapon” in her primary race in Arkansas. Matthews responded by laying it on thick about how great Bill Clinton is. Surely viewers giggled as Matthews talked about Clinton giving Lincoln “the full Bill.”

Boy, that hug, that goes down in history, he had the French cuffs, looked like a million bucks, he put the full Bill around her. It was really an embrace. And you notice it was gender, because when she came out of that hug she was actually just overwhelmed physically, it was like you could see in her face, "I can`t believe the guy likes me that much and wants to help me that much." It was great. It was very real.

Matthews even claimed Clinton was a terrific asset in “culturally conservative Democratic” areas – as if being a "cultural conservative" isn't at odds with what Bill Clinton represents. But Matthews is still channeling the more-conservative-than-Obama line from 2008, and then he broke down and said Clinton is great anywhere he goes:

June 13, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT
Jon Ward of the Daily Caller, until recently a White House reporter for the Washington Times, wrote a piece for Sunday's Washington Post titled “Why we'll miss Helen Thomas.” But Ward also interviewed some White House press colleagues who suggested Thomas had ventured across a line into explicit advocacy and argument:

"Helen had always been a tough, no-nonsense interrogator of presidents and press secretaries," said Ann Compton, who has reported on the past six presidents for ABC News. "About a decade ago, when she shed her role as reporter and began a career at Hearst as an opinion columnist, Helen's questions began to cross the line into advocacy."

Ward wrote that as “zany and obvious” her advocacy had become, he wondered if other reporters couldn't learn something about being a little bit tougher on press secretary Robert Gibbs. Fox reporter Major Garrett admitted to Ward “that until the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico became a major story, the White House press corps (himself included) had often failed to adequately hold Gibbs's feet to the fire.” He explained:

June 13, 2010, 6:54 AM EDT

On her XM/Sirius satellite radio show on Wednesday, Rosie O'Donnell defended the outrageous comments of Helen Thomas telling Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and go “home” to Germany and Poland. The Radio Equalizer blog has audio where O'Donnell seemed to acknowledge Richard Cohen's Washington Post column recalling that Jews who did return home after World War II were killed by the thousands.

She added, “But now I think in the year 2010, you know, what she was saying was not 'go back to the ovens”...What she was saying was, you know, the homeland was originally Palestinians, is what she was saying, and it's now occupied by Israel and that Palestinians should be afforded their civil and human rights.” O'Donnell thought comparing it to telling blacks to go back to Africa didn't work because “black people are not occupying a country.”

She was angrier on Thursday's show:

June 12, 2010, 7:11 AM EDT

There were more examples this week of liberal Gore-friendly media outlets trying to smooth over Al and Tipper Gore's separation. In their "Conventional Wisdom" box Newsweek gave the Gores a sideways arrow: "Famous public smoochers calling it quits after 40 years. Still, they stayed classy."

Time ran a big picture of the 2000 smooch, and underneath Belinda Luscombe wrote "In a leaked e-mail to friends, Al and wife Tipper -- whose lascivious smooch on the 2000 campaign trail is etched in the public memory like an awkward childhood experience -- announced they 'have decided to separate' after 40 years of wedlock, a duration so robust that most statisticians will still count the Gores' marriage as a success."

On Monday's edition of the NPR talk show Tell Me More with Michel Martin, former Washington Post health editor Abigail Trafford also broke out the "Bravo to them" line about the 40 years:  

June 11, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

For the last several years, TV news stars have found electric moments at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) worth predicting how Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives would soon be driving the Republican Party into an electoral ditch.

So it was noteworthy that no network except Fox News found it worth a story that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got booed and heckled Tuesday afternoon at a liberal version of CPAC. Dana Milbank of The Washington Post relayed on Wednesday that Pelosi tried to engage the hecklers unsuccessfully, then pledged to continue her speech:

And she did, for an excruciating half-hour. The hecklers screamed themselves hoarse, dominating Pelosi's speech through her concluding lines: "I want to say thank you to Campaign for America's Future for your relentlessness, for your dissatisfaction, for your impatience. That's what I see every day in my district."

Political movements tend to unravel gradually, but on Tuesday this one seemed to be imploding in real time. As the "tea party" right has gained strength, Obama's hope-and-change left has faded. The frustration has crystallized at the gathering this week of demoralized activists.

June 11, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

A month ago, The Washington Post editorial page was dropping rhetorical bombs on conservative Republican Ken Cuccinelli for investigating ClimateGate. The headline at the top of the paper's May 7 editorial page (now scrubbed online) was "Mr. Cuccinelli's witch hunt: Virginia's attorney general declares war on academic freedom and climate reality." It began:

WE KNEW Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) had declared war on reality. Now he has declared war on the freedom of academic inquiry as well. We hope that Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and the University of Virginia have the spine to repudiate Mr. Cuccinelli's abuse of the legal code. If they do not, the quality of Virginia's universities will suffer for years to come.

That's an unsigned staff editorial, not some fulminating columnist with a byline. But these very same Washington Post editorial page staffers offered space on Friday to alleged conservative Michael Smerconish to trash cable news bookers at Fox News and CNN for wrecking America with "polarized politics."  

The producer asked whether CNN could identify me as a conservative. "Well, if someone who supports harsh interrogation, thinks we should be out of Iraq but in Pakistan, doesn't care much if two guys hook up, and believes we should legalize pot and prostitution is conservative, fine," I replied.

June 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

Thursday's Washington Post Express tabloid carried the headline "Health Activists Eye World Cup." When the world "health" breaks in before "activist," sadly, you can often define that as a sly euphemism you could replace more accurately with "sex." Post reporter Liz Clarke offered an interesting definition of the tournament's most essential accessory, which isn't cleats or Gatorade or even sunscreen: 

Slathered in face paint, toting samba drums and waving national flags, the world's most ardent soccer fans are streaming into South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. And they're being met by a host of reminders not to forget the tournament's most essential accessory: a condom.

She forwarded how AIDS activists pressured FIFA, the World Cup organizers, of being "half-hearted" in condom promotion, and noted Cape Town hoteliers are offering condoms with the slogan "Play It Safe in Cape Town." Then Clarke offered an  update. FIFA bowed to the sexual entitlement mentality: free condoms have now been offered in eight-packs for women (do they each have a day of the week inscribed?)

June 10, 2010, 11:02 PM EDT

UPDATE: Kosmonauts upset Obama flack decried Helen Thomas comments: "when has he [Obama] ever kicked anyone's ass? Not counting little old ladies, that is."

Even as she sneered that the Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine," Helen Thomas could easily find fervent defenders in the hard-left environs of the Daily Kos. Some of them couldn't believe such a sweet and good-natured woman would be demonized. The blogger "General Choomin" literally claimed that on Tuesday night: 

This diary is mostly about the smear campaign aimed at Helen Thomas and how right wing propaganda easily mixes with Israeli propaganda. It is a story that people would label me as crazy if I didn't have the facts to back it up. How could such a good natured woman have so many people denounce her without even knowing the effort that went into it? How could so many people turn their backs on her even though she served her country in a way that most civilians never could?

Perhaps these people should try being on the other end of one of her rants before they try to paint her as Sweet Polly Purebred. "Chipoliwog" agreed on Tuesday that Helen the "patient heroine" had been wronged and her legacy of greatness was unappreciated: 

Yesterday, the world lost the voice of one of it's greatest journalists. Lost to the exigencies of political correctness. Hoisted on her own petard.