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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December 27, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

The Washington Post On Faith section came to Christmas with a political agenda. To be specific, “Catholic America” blogger Anthony Stevens-Arroyo saw Christmas as an occasion to drag out the hidebound Marxism of “liberation theology” and then pretend that Pope Benedict has favored it, when in fact he has condemned it for years.

The Christmas Eve article was headlined: “Christmas means the redistribution of wealth.” The holy day certainly should lead us to share what we have, but socialists always mistake individual giving with government taking. Stevens-Arroyo lobbed this bomb: “Christmas 2011 comes on the eve of an election year when Catholic America is confronted with an escalation in society’s class divisions and a concentration of wealth worse than under the Roman Empire.”

December 27, 2011, 7:09 AM EST

Karin Tanabe of Politico talked to actress Holland Taylor, who's now starring in her own play as liberal Texas Governor Ann Richards at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Taylor demonstrated she was at least as liberal as Richards in dismissing Republican women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

“In recent years, the ‘mom candidates’ who have surged forward are not politicians and not experienced and don’t know what the hell they’re talking about for the most part,” said Taylor.

December 26, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

The Huffington Post is so energetically "progressive" that it can even ask "Can robots be homewreckers?" Over at CNSNews.com, Paul Wilson of the Culture and Media Insititute investigated the science-fiction details.  

"A December 20 piece in the Huffington Post, titled 'Can Loving a Robot Lead to Divorce?' raised the possibility of marriage with robots, and examined the potential effects of sexbots on existing human relationships," he wrote.

December 26, 2011, 7:49 AM EST

On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, anchor Judy Woodruff asked liberal political analyst Mark Shields and his pseudo-conservative counterpart David Brooks if they had a "holiday wish" for someone in politics, and Shields, in almost weekly delight for how much Brooks agrees with him, said "My wish is that everybody, whoever he or she is, has a colleague as civil and decent and honorable as David Brooks."

Both men agreed the payroll tax cut should not have been extended. Brooks felt the argument would help the Democrats a bit, while Shields insisted Obama looked like the "the one grownup in the entire melodrama." Shields insisted the Republicans would repeal some of the Ten Commandments if Obama said he favored them:

December 24, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

National Public Radio was replaying "holiday favorites" on Friday's Morning Edition -- to be specific, allowing humorist David Sedaris offer a very nasty take on Christmas as he played "Crumpet the Elf" at Macy's. In a seven-minute reading from his "Santaland Diaries," there's some rather shocking attempts at humor that aren't exactly warm and fuzzy.

Sedaris's elf shouted at a woman for asking where the women's bathroom was, saying it was next to the line with all the women in it. This followed: "I had two people say that to me today: 'I'm going to have you fired.' Go ahead, be my guest. I'm wearing a green velvet costume. It doesn't get any worse than this. Who do these people think they are? 'I'm going to have you fired,' and I want to lean over and say: 'I'm going to have you killed.'"

December 24, 2011, 6:40 AM EST

There is no warmth of the Christmas season in some corners of the Daily Kos blog, since the "War on Christmas" stories on Fox News have ruined their Obama-loving spirit. The diarist "Hunter" was very upset on Thursday that Fox would report dislike for the Obama White House's "Bo by the fireplace" Christmas card (without the word "Christmas" in it).

"The premise here is that, after first being too Christmas-loving, now this card is not Christmas-laden enough," he harrumphed. "To you or I it may look like Thomas Kinkade ate a box of candy canes and pooped out a tranquil interior scene, but to the forces of Christmas Outrage it is deeply suspicious because there is a dog in the scene when there should have been a Jesus, and there is a poinsettia instead of a Christmas tree, and there's just something off about it, in their minds."

December 23, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

On MSNBC Thursday night, Ed Schultz began by declaring a payroll-tax-cut defeat for the Tea Party:  "Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.The Tea Party's mission to destroy this presidency and the economy -- well, it`s failed for now....Tonight, they are the losers and the winners are the American people." How the Tea Party ended up losing when a tax cut is extended is a bit mysterious.

But on his radio show Thursday, at the end of the 2 pm hour, shortly before a deal was announced, Schultz was predicting that the House Republicans would go home in a stalemate and feel good about themselves, because Tea Party Republicans are like "sewer rats." He promised he would call them that on TV. Someone must have talked him out of this line:

December 23, 2011, 11:27 AM EST

Friday's Washington Post was rubbing the payroll-tax compromise in the face of Republican activists. "House GOP surrenders on payroll tax cut" was the headline (with a subhead about pressure that "grew on all sides"). Reporter Rosalind Helderman began with the onus on the House: "Facing withering criticism from across the political spectrum and abandoned by Senate allies, House Republicans bowed to political reality Thursday" to the two-month compromise.

"The agreement represented a remarkable capitulation on the part of House Republicans," Helderman continued, "And it amounts to a Christmas gift for President Obama." The Post did not point out today that it spent the last two days on the front page warning the Republicans should bend to "reality" or face a "risky" future:

December 22, 2011, 1:43 PM EST

Last February, the national media were fixated on Iowa high-school wrestler Joel Northrup and his decision to forfeit a match in the state tournament rather than wrestle a female contender, Cassy Herkelman, based on his religious beliefs. CBS put this caption on screen: "Chivalry or Chauvinism?" ESPN's Rick Reilly mocked the religious conviction: "If my God told me to poke the elderly with sharp sticks, would that make it morally acceptable to others?”

If the media are really equal-opportunity gender blenders, then perhaps they would impose their outrage on Michigan, where the tables were turned. Gil Imber at The Bleacher Report is underlining that a cheerleading team was disqualified at a recent meet in Port Huron, Michigan for having a male on the squad, under rules designed to promote diversity in athletic competition:

December 22, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

How nutty is the Daily Kos blog? Nutty enough to make an outraged defense of North Korea? Yes. On Wednesday afternoon, Niccolo Caldararo – an adjunct professor of anthropology at San Francisco State University – complained “The Western media wallows in the exotic and North Korea has been the clown of the 20th century, brought forward for comic relief now and then or pasted up as a ‘paper tiger,’ to scare voters before elections or as a distraction for other important news.”

To hear the professor tell it, the capitalist imperialists are licking their chops after the death of Kim Jong Il: “Let's face it, North Korea is ripe for capitalism, there are millions of potential workers who will work for near nothing.  The hope is that the regime will crumble like the Soviet Union and give way to massive investment opportunities." He actually argues North Korea is “no less responsible toward its own citizens” than South Korea or America:

December 22, 2011, 7:48 AM EST

The national media love to appear deeply cynical about politicians and their phoniness. But not when it comes to Barack Obama and "gay marriage." Obama campaigned in 2008 by publicly opposing it, and yet no one in the media condemned him like he was one of those troglodyte social conservatives -- because no one believed he was sincere. Now Obama is signaling to the gay Left that he's really in favor of "gay marriage," but few in the media are noticing.

ABC's The Note reported on Tuesday that President Obama sent a letter of congratulations to two men who were legally married in New York, but there's been no reporting on this story on the network airwaves or in the nation's leading newspapers:

December 21, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

Vice President Joe Biden can make the most outrageous gaffes and the major media will try to ignore it. Take his interview with Newsweek. "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical," Biden said. "There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy, because it threatens U.S. interests."

ABC's Jake Tapper blogged the remarks, and asked Jay Carney about them at the White House. But who covered it? ABC, CBS, and NBC have totally skipped it on air. The Washington Post and The New York Times show no coverage in Nexis -- which often includes their blog postings. USA Today and NPR had nothing. Even the Associated Press has been absent. Sen. John McCain lit into Biden on CNN's The Situation Room on Tuesday:

December 21, 2011, 10:52 AM EST

The Huffington Post attempted to chronicle the top 18 media stories of the year. At number one among liberals, of course, was the phone-hacking scandal in Britain surrounding the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch tabloid News of the World. Coming in third was the rise of al-Jazeera English. But number 4 was this candid theme: "Occupy Wall Street Occupies the Media."

"The people who helped make this the 'Year of the Protester' (for Time, at least) also shook up the media," oozed the Huff-Posters."Press coverage of the Occupy movement drew intense scrutiny, with journalists like CNN's Erin Burnett and the New York Times' Ginia Bellafante being raked over the coals for their dismissive tone at the outset of the protests." They warned against the police for restraining reporters in their enthusiasm to chronicle (and encourage) the OWS crowd.

December 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

Washington Post book critic Ron Charles reviewed three skeptical-to-scandalous books about God and religion on Wednesday, under the inaccurate headline "Three works of divine comedy." Charles included one targeting teenagers called “There Is No Dog,” which he said was for “the younger heretic-in-training.” The book hasn’t even come out yet, but what better time to review it than days before Christmas?

This sex comedy for teens imagines God as a horny guy named Bob who sends the world into meteorological catastrophes every time he gets the hots for another co-ed,” writes Charles. Luckily for author Meg Rosoff, “The novel has already been banned by a few schools in England, which, let’s face it, is a publicity godsend.” So is a review in the heretic-loving Washington Post. Charles has some reviewer nits to pick, but thinks this book is just fine for high-schoolers with a taste for goofy sexual content:

December 20, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is still mad at The New York Times (and Howard Kurtz on CNN's Reliable Sources) for underlining her husband John Coale's assistance to Herman Cain. On her GretaWire blog, she highlighted Jake Tapper's news item on MSNBC stars and other liberal media folks going to coffee with Obama Monday. Her headline was "You got to be kidding me … and they complain about ME????"

She wondered if the Times would notice this Obama coffee and "do some reflection." But there's no sign of it yet. While the Times offered several items on Greta -- on the Media Decoder blog and then in the paper edition -- there's no notice yet of the White House/progressive-media-stars coffee. This was Noam Cohen of the Times website on November 30:

December 20, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

On his blog Political Punch, ABC's Jake Tapper reported "an all-star list of progressive and liberal media folks" had coffee with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room on Monday -- including MSNBC hosts Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Hayes. In the Bush years, it was considered a major scandal for Roger Ailes to send a note to the White House, but MSNBC stars meet with Obama, and it's just another day of "hope and change."

Tapper added the conversation included Obama's economic messaging, fighting corporate influence in politics, the Obama agenda for 2012, the arguments against different GOP candidates, the desire among some Democrats for Obama to highlight his foreign policy accomplishments, and "the 'crappiness' of the Senate filibuster , as one attendee put it." The fairly nonpartisan blog Inside Cable News also underlined "frequent MSNBC contributors Ezra Klein and Joy-Ann Reid" and doesn't like the chumminess of  it all:

December 19, 2011, 11:12 PM EST

If you find it off-putting that Best Buy is sticking it to Santa Claus in its "Game On, Santa" ads, that is nothing compared to a new ad by UNICEF (much better known for Halloween.) The New York Daily News is one of the few major media outlets to notice UNICEF turned Santa into a jerk.

"Santa won't bother going to poor countries this year, so the United Nations Children's Fund will go instead," reporter Roque Planas, "or at least that's the message behind a satirical new UNICEF advertisement released in Sweden."

December 19, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

Always prepare to giggle when someone calls a conservative a "sociopath" and then says "I use that word very, very, very carefully."

On Thursday's edition of the Thom Hartmann show, the leftist radio host suggested Rep. Paul Ryan -- a runner-up in Time's Person of the Year considerations -- is a sociopath, just like Ted Bundy, but without the dead women. A caller was complaining that Sen. Ron Wyden stooped low enough to make Medicare plans with Ryan, and Hartman replied with his armchair diagnosis: 

December 18, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

It wasn't enough for NPR to honor atheist author Christopher Hitchens on both morning and evening shows on Friday. On Saturday morning's Weekend Edition, NPR anchor Scott Simon set aside any troubling notions that Hitchens put forward about "totalitarian" religious belief and simply celebrated the man for defying being labeled: "By the time he died, no label applied to Christopher Hitchens. I think he worked hard to achieve that."

Hitchens, we learned on NPR the day before, very much wanted to be remembered as an atheist who thought the idea of God was a swindle from the get-go. That would earn the label "atheist." But Simon celebrated him as non-doctrinaire:

December 18, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

The Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post sums up who has a "Good Year" and a "Bad Year" in politics -- Gingrich good, Obama bad, for example. But "Best Year" went to "The Clintons." Political writer Chris Cillizza -- not a normal fountain of gush -- said it was "an amazing year for the Clintons. Again."

The Post is blinded by their star power. "When we gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton our 'good year'  in 2010, we thought she was headed toward a little bit of a letdown in 2011," wrote Cillizza. "Boy, were we wrong. (Mental note: Stop counting out the Clintons.)" He also gushed over Bill and over Chelsea (thanks to NBC).