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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March 4, 2011, 6:38 AM EST

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday, Sen. Jim DeMint argued that if PBS, CPB, and Sesame Street can afford lavish salaries for their executives, then surely they have the money to survive as private, non-commercial broadcasters. (He doesn't even mention how people chipping in $25 to "save" shows like Sesame Street might feel misled if they saw the salary numbers.)

PBS President Paula Kerger even recorded a personal television appeal that told viewers exactly how to contact members of Congress in order to "let your representative know how you feel about the elimination of funding for public broadcasting." But if PBS can pay Ms. Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation—as reported on the 990 tax forms all nonprofits are required to file—surely it can operate without tax dollars.

The executives at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes the taxpayer money allocated for public broadcasting to other stations, are also generously compensated. According to CPB's 2009 tax forms, President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison received $298,884 in reportable compensation and another $70,630 in other compensation from the organization and related organizations that year. That's practically a pittance compared to Kevin Klose, president emeritus of NPR, who received more than $1.2 million in compensation, according to the tax forms the nonprofit filed in 2009.

March 3, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

We're headed toward seven years since Dan Rather disgraced himself by running a story based on phony Texas Air National Guard documents to ruin George W. Bush on behalf of that "war hero" John Kerry. Despite the liberal media's acknowledgment that Rather misled the public, he has relentlessly presented himself as a pillar of truth and probity.

Rather spoke on Tuesday night at the Newseum in Washington, DC to questions from Nick (Father of George) Clooney. Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab of the Washington Examiner's Yeas & Nays column reported Rather thinks he's the teller of uncomfortable truths, and the people objecting to phony documents are somehow the falsifiers and fantasists:

Clooney did take on the elephant in the room, though — Rather’s resignation from CBS News in 2005 for using bogus documents in a story about former President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. “We reported a story that was true, that was an uncomfortable truth for a lot of people,” Rather said. “As a result to that I was asked to leave the anchor chair, and eventually CBS News.”

March 3, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

Here's more evidence that Newsweek keeps sinking as a credible "news" outlet. In their "Conventional Wisdom Watch" box in the March 7 issue, their top entry is an Up arrow for "Dirty Tricks." Media ethics, schmethics. The honored trickster is so-called "journalist" Ian Murphy of the "Buffalo Beast" for calling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and pretending to be a capitalist, which he is certainly not. They explained: "Journo prank-calls Wisconsin governor. But is his refrigerator running?"

Typically, when Barack Obama declared he would not defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Newsweek gave an Up arrow for "Love," with a rainbow flag flying in the arrow. "Obama won't defend gay-marriage law. White House quits its stone-walling." Newsweek defines a Justice Department defending federal law as it presently exists "stone-walling."

March 3, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

Arianna Huffington is leading a left-wing charge to encourage an army of nonprofit organizations to fund local news outlets across the country. When liberal foundations start funding this trend, expect that local "in-depth reporting" to carry an aggressive liberal tilt. Bridget Carey of the Miami Herald reported:

In an era of cutbacks in journalism and small-town coverage, Arianna Huffington and other digital media pioneers gathered in Miami this week to inspire non-profits to fund projects that engage citizens and improve community news.

March 2, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

CORRECTION: Limbaugh's Kos-inflaming remarks came on Tuesday, not Monday. Thanks, tipsters.

Rush Limbaugh infuriated the Left on Tuesday by suggesting the Left never concedes defeat. "But the moment you win the battle, and you know you've won - the war continues. Because these people, they're like cockroaches, they just keep coming back." The blogger "Louise" at the Daily Kos accused Limbaugh of being like a genocidal maniac in Africa:

If you were alive and sentient in 1994, as Limbaugh was, there is one immediate association you think of when you hear a radio personality call the "other side" "cockroaches" - you think of the Rwandan massacre. that is the word that Hutu radio used for months before the massacres to dehumanize the Tutsis, who would become the victims of mass murder perpetrated by their fellow citizens.

March 2, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

Amy Chua is a Hot Author for writing the book "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" about how she's raising more successful children by having higher expectations. She stirred up trouble with a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." A February 20 Washington Post story by Monica Hesse on a Chua appearance at the fashionably "progressive" Politics and Prose bookstore included a weird out-of-place slam on a conservative ad:

If "Tiger Mom" had been written by a woman of a different nationality ("Why French Women's Kids Don't Get Fat"), it might not have raised so many hackles. But this book came on the heels of that weirdly racist Citizens Against Government Waste commercial - the one where the futuristic Chinese professor cackles maniacally over the downfall of America - and at a time of concern about the U.S. economy and American children's ability to compete.

Finally, a book that both permissive lefty parents and frightened righty wing nuts can both get behind hating.

March 2, 2011, 6:50 AM EST

NBC's Today interviewed Obama U.N. ambassador Susan Rice on Tuesday about Libya. It was dull. It had no crackling opposition. There was one question doubting the effectiveness of sanctions. Despite plenty of conservative criticism about Obama's weak and delayed responses, and Rice's odd downplaying of the Libyan situation by skipping Security Council meetings to go to South Africa, there was no reading angry newspaper editorials or citing criticism from congressional opponents. This is not the way NBC played when John Bolton was U.N. ambassador under Bush -- not to mention that other black female named Rice. Here's the (brief) questions.

Let me start out by - you have called Qaddafi delusional and disconnected from reality. Plain and simple here, are we dealing with a mad man?

March 1, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

The media's policy on leaks is obviously "Good for me, but not for thee." It is okay for journalists to score scoops and win Pulitzer Prizes by printing everyone else’s secrets. It's okay for Julian Assange to goad the U.S. "military industrial complex" with WikiLeaks. But leak reporter E-mails, and you have no ethics whatsoever.

Politico broke the story that Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for House Government Oversighty Committee chairman Darrell Issa, may have shared reporter E-mails with New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich, who's writing a book on Washington's "culture of self-love.' Issa fired Bardella for upsetting the reporters.

The story included high dudgeon from Politico editor-in-chief John F. Harris, in a letter sent to Issa: “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”

March 1, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

In The Weekly Standard, Matthew Continetti addressed the latest pairing of politician and six-foot PBS cartoon character/lobbyist. A man in a full-body Arthur the Aardvark suit was standing next to liberal Congressman Ed Markey. “Arthur,” Markey said glumly, “your silence is eloquent.” But "aardvark liberalism" isn't a natural fit for our high-deficit, high-unemployment era:

Now, for all we know, Arthur’s silence may well have been a protest against big government policies that rob Big Bird to pay Elmo. Or perhaps Arthur, being a reasonable aardvark, understood that cuts to public broadcasting most likely won’t result in the end of Sesame Street or Arthur. To the contrary: These million-dollar edutainment juggernauts are more than capable of thriving without government support. What’s more important is that, at a time when most of the adult world is engaged in the great task of disciplining government before the bond markets do it for us, representatives of one of America’s two major political parties seem less concerned with debt than with an oversized, nocturnal insect-eater of the order Tubulidentata.

March 1, 2011, 7:22 AM EST

On Thursday's front page of The Washington Post, reporter John Wagner wrote of how Maryland's top three leaders are Catholics but are "crossing the hierarchy" of the church by imposing "gay marriage" on the state: "But the presence of three Catholics at the helm in Annapolis hasn't stopped a same-sex marriage bill from wending its way through the legislature, triggering deep disappointment among church leaders as it suggests a waning of Catholic influence in this heavily Catholic state."

But it must have surprised readers that those "church leaders" Wagner referred to were nowhere to be found in this Post story, not even their names. Cardinal Donald Wuerl oversees the suburban Maryland counties of the Washington area, and Archbishop Edwin O'Brien oversees Gov. Martin O'Malley's Baltimore stomping grounds. Wagner somehow could not find them in his phone book. It's not as if these prelates have been quiet on the "gay marriage" issue in Maryland. Archbishop O'Brien just took great exception to the "hatemonger" label in his newspaper the Catholic Review:

February 28, 2011, 3:18 PM EST

Tavis Smiley is a hard-left talk show host on PBS. (He should admit that, since he authored a book called Hard Left.) You might remember him as the man that proclaimed that Christians "blow up people every day" in America. On his Facebook page today, Smiley promotes an interview he gave to one Myron Mays, where he talks about how he does "the Lord's work" on PBS:

PBS is a network that is watched by movers and shakers and by people who run the country, power players and other influencers. It's a great platform for us to try to empower them and try to enlighten them and quite frankly try to expand their inventory of ideas.  It's a great platform to try to get them to reexamine the assumptions they hold. I think we're doing the Lord's work.

When Smiley talks of America's movers and shakers needing to "expand their inventory of ideas," he means expand it leftward. Smiley has gained a reputation as a "nitpicker" against Obama for not spending enough on African-American needs. He told Mays:

February 28, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

In his interview with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday, NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory not only used a radical leftist blogger's "crank call" of Walker as an act of journalism, worthy of respect, he suggested that the leftist exposed Walker as "more of an ideologue than someone who wants to solve a serious problem." Doesn't that phrase perfectly describe Ian Murphy, the prank caller?

Can anyone imagine Gregory putting on Planned Parenthood boss Cecile Richards and playing back tape from the Live Action video stings and insisting that she's more of an ideologue than a problem-solver? The fairer question is if David Gregory is more of an ideologue than a problem-solver. Here's how Gregory insisted his liberal team's prank was respectable yesterday:

February 28, 2011, 6:55 AM EST

Sunday's Washington Post magazine recommended  in its "Going Out Guide" that people catch "The Insider" when it shows at the Newseum as part of the "Reel Journalism" series with Nick Clooney, father of George Clooney and failed Democratic candidate for Congress. The added "bonus" is Mr. Phony Documents, Dan Rather:

When Jeffrey Wigand blew the whistle on his former big-tobacco bosses on 60 Minutes, he paved the way for major controversy and, eventually, this 1999 Academy Award-nominated film based on that controversy. The screening of the Russell Crowe/Al Pacino drama, part of Nick Clooney's ongoing series on journalism, will be followed by a Q&A between Clooney and former CBS newsman Dan Rather. We trust Rather will have a thing or two to say about CBS handles dicey news stories.

That's really polite in negotiating around the anchor's disgrace, like suggesting Pee Wee Herman "will have a thing or two to say" if he showed up at a pornographer's convention.

February 27, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

Almost the entire media skipped this chilling honor-killing verdict from Arizona on Tuesday, from Reuters: "An Arizona jury on Tuesday found an Iraqi immigrant guilty of second-degree murder for running down his daughter with a Jeep because she had become too Westernized." Faleh Almaleki killed his daughter Noor in October 2009 because she spurned his arranged marriage and was living with her boyfriend. Apparently, to report this is to be "Islamophobic."

NPR skipped Almaleki, but they noted the verdict in another horrific killing on Monday night's All Things Considered: Aasiya Hassan was beheaded by her husband Mozzamil in 2009 as the two headed a Buffalo television project designed to create better understanding about Muslims. NPR reporter Dina Temple-Raston's objective was to deny this crime was about Islam. Instead, she said, it was simply about domestic violence.

February 27, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

When Virginia's Assembly passed a law requiring abortion clinics to be regulated like hospitals, The Washington Post responded Sunday with an article on the top of the front page of Metro, trumpeting how "Abortion providers wary of new law." Reporter Brigid Schulte's story had 21 paragraphs, almost entirely devoted to the complaints of abortionists. Pro-lifers were in paragraphs four and 11, just for a tiny rebuttal:

Supporters of the vote hailed it as "historic"....But [Rosemary] Codding, 68, sees it as more "shenanigans" in the long-running war over abortion rights. And depending upon how state regulators write the rules later this year, she fears that abortion opponents may succeed in practice what they have failed to achieve in court: an overturn of the landmark Roe v. Wade....

February 27, 2011, 7:15 AM EST

Absolutely nobody goes to a Lady Gaga concert looking for a sermon on Christianity. But in Saturday's Washington Post, reviewer Sarah Kaufman strangely compared the Madonna wannabe with the "pyrotechnic bikini" to a revival-tent preacher:

She knows we don't only go to a Gaga show for the music but also - maybe mostly - for the messianic, revival-tent message.

"We're gonna be super free, little monsters!" she shouts, in a throaty evangelistic roar. "This is a place where all the freaks are outside!"

With the arena thus sanctified, we embarked on a roller-coaster ride through a Gaga theme park [of her hits]...

February 27, 2011, 6:54 AM EST

Nicholas Benton, the leftist editor of that tiny community paper he calls "the mighty Falls Church News-Press," is clearly enjoying his role as the publisher of Helen Thomas diatribes. He's now in Helen's "entourage." On Wednesday, he described how he witnessed the great Helen get a "giant hug" from the great Rosie O'Donnell at CNN after a taping of the Joy Behar show:

As she [Thomas] exited the studio with her entourage, including me, a CNN assistant came up and said, "There's somebody here who wants to meet you." When we got to the green room, O'Donnell burst through the door from the other side and with an irrepressible enthusiasm and fervor charged at Thomas to give her a giant hug.

It was an extraordinary moment, totally authentic with no cameras or recorders running. It was an unforgettable, spontaneous encounter of two of the most important women leaders and role models of our time.

February 26, 2011, 10:25 PM EST

For anyone who thinks liberals are calm and rational beings, free of bitterness and rage, we can always disprove that with the radio show of Mike Malloy. On Thursday, Malloy ranted and raved about the story that Fox News boss Roger Ailes is said to have told publisher Judith Regan to lie and conceal her affair with Bernard Kerik before federal investigators as Kerik was considered for the Cabinet. This was enough to send Malloy off the deep end:

Well, I would think it also would be that it would also be the basis of a criminal investigation against this lard-ass bastard -- Rupert Murdoch's anti -American terrorist broadcast organization!

From there, Malloy ranted not only against Ailes, but against Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, who apparently are all anti-American terrorists:

February 26, 2011, 6:59 AM EST

Newsweek’s latest issue shouted from the rooftops that Tina Brown and the Daily Beast are now in charge. The cover story’s on George Clooney, and the cover headline is “Mr. Clooney, The President Is on Line 1: On the ground in Sudan with a new kind of statesman.”

Inside, the gooey story has a gooey headline: “A 21st Century Statesman: In the age of Twitter-shortened attention spans, fame is an increasingly powerful weapon of diplomacy. How George Clooney is helping to bring change – and a hefty dose of hope – to Sudan.”

It comes with Tina Brown touches, like focusing on what he’s wearing: “Clad in a khaki-colored ExOfficio vest, white safari shirt, lightweight pants, and worn hiking boots, Clooney doesn't look or act like a buttoned-up diplomat.”

 

February 25, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

The hatred of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues in the fever swamps of the Daily Kos. The blogger "Patience John" posted an article Wednesday headlined "Walkercide: Killing the American Dream for Corporate Paymasters." Try not to pay attention to the mangled syntax: that "Walkercide" sounds like a plot to kill the governor, not the other way around, or that the headline suggests a plot to kill the dreams of corporate paymasters. As usual among Kosmonauts, the capitalists plot to build a class of wage-slave peasants:

The elite never want the American worker to realize that the workers generate all the wealth of our republic, and this new corporate aristocracy just feeds off it.

They have a plan.

It is called Walkercide, and it is meant to kill the last of the good American jobs. [Emphasis his.]