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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January 1, 2012, 11:10 PM EST

In an interview with Slate.com, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow unloaded the bizarre claim that Fox News is "operating with a political objective to elect Republican candidates," but MSNBC doesn't resemble that in any way.

 "I think the thing that is underappreciated about MSNBC is that we don't really do anything as a company, that we all sorta get to do our own thing," she claimed. "There may be liberals on TV at MSNBC, but the network is not operating with a political objective."

January 1, 2012, 8:14 PM EST

Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins took after Bill Maher in the Sunday paper. "I don’t believe in any religion that requires a building and loan payments, she wrote. "Nevertheless, I’m having a hard time seeing anything wrong with Tim Tebow taking a prayer knee in public. The knee seems a pretty plain and graceful statement, and it’s tiresome to see it so willfully misinterpreted. It’s the preachers from the top of Mount Idiot like Bill Maher who are hard to understand."

She added: "If you want to know Maher’s overriding philosophy on anything, you have to go back to high school and the stoner in the last row, surrounded by sycophants as he makes ugly cracks about his betters."


January 1, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

Obama-backing actor Don Cheadle stepped into hot water for telling the black magazine Jet that Barack Obama "inherited an impossible situation. I wish he had not been so much of a consensus-seeker. I just wanted to see a more ‘gangsta’ president." He took to Twitter to step back from the G-word. "I wasn’t talking about pants sagging and forties and “hoes” or any of that other nonsense."

But he still wanted at least rhetorical violence from the president, a man "riding roughshod" over his opponents: "I still have a fevered dream of the POTUS smacking up John Boehner in a public forum in middle America and making him defend support of tax cuts for the super rich," Cheadle wrote. "I want to see somebody go to jail over the financial crisis and not just black, brown and poor whites over humbles and minor drug beefs. I want the president to bail out homeowners who fell for the okey doke from predatory lenders and are two seconds from living on the streets or are already there."

January 1, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

Politico's Maggie Haberman compiled a list of "2011's top political misstatements." Shamelessly, Politico published nine reported Republican misstatements (if you count Donald Trump), and the other one -- number one -- was about Obama. But just to make things perfect, Politico wasn't tagging Obama -- they were blaming Republicans for misstating what he stated. (UPDATE: On January 1 at 8:32 pm, Politico updated the piece, and the headline is now "Top 10 misstatements of the GOP primary".)

Does no one at Politico feel the need for even a head fake at balance? Does no one there think it might make you look like a DNC-financed rag to suggest the Republicans do all the noticeable fact-mangling? (Earlier in the week, Politico's "top political blunders of 2011" pinned only seven on Republicans.)  Here's how Haberman made excuses for Obama:

December 31, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

On Saturday, D.C. NPR station WAMU-FM promoted a segment of its weekend "Animal House" talk show with a dramatic twist on the Constitution. The show promoted a lawsuit by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to end "animal slavery" at marine parks.

As WAMU put it, The 13th Amendment "was intended to abolish domestic slavery and involuntary servitude. The authors would probably be surprised to learn 146 years later that same mandate is being used to justify constitutional rights for 5 killer whales who 'perform' at Sea World in San Diego and Orlando." Host Sam Litzinger interviewed Jeff Kerr, a PETA vice president, who claimed as his inspiration one ultraliberal named Laurence Tribe:

December 31, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

Is there anything more ridiculous than being accused of saying “despicable and ugly things” by...Al Sharpton? On Thursday’s Morning Joe, MSNBC brought in Sharpton as part of a tag-team interview with presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Isn't Sharpton a little too sharp-elbowed for the so-called civility squad at Morning Joe?

“I could argue with you about some of your ugly statements on the president and all of that, but that would probably help you in the primary if you and I got into an argument this morning,” Sharpton blustered. “Go ahead, Al. Give it to me, Al,” Santorum replied with a jovial smile.

December 31, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

Mediaite's Nando Di Fino reports President Obama has played at least two rounds of golf in Hawaii with a high school buddy, Robert “Bobby” Titcomb, was arrested as part of a prostitution sting, after he allegedly approached an undercover police officer for sex in downtown Hawaii.

"What seems particularly interesting (“refreshing”?) here isn’t that President Obama would still hang out with a friend who had been arrested; it’s how many media outlets have either made no reference to Titcomb’s arrest, or simply stated it in passing," he wrote. "Both The New York Times and The Washington Post briefly made a note of Titcomb’s past in reporting the vacation stories. In this day and age of 'gotcha!' controversy-driven political coverage, is it surprising not to see more of a big deal being made?"

December 31, 2011, 7:29 AM EST

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air put it best on the latest Obama campaign video: "You know, nothing says classy in a presidential campaign like having to bleep out a word from the national campaign manager in a prepared video." Campaign manager Jim Messina tells supporters it's "bulls---" that Obama will run a "billion-dollar campaign." In the shadow of Occupy Wall Street, will the media help Obama implausibly frame his campaign as somehow a small-bore, Mom and Pop enterprise?

Some in the major media have noticed, too, like Devin Dwyer at ABCNews.com, who added "The Obama campaign has never explicitly thrown out the billion-dollar figure and aides have pushed back hard on media reports that they anticipate raising that much during the campaign. They raised a record-high $746 million in 2008. Obama has raised $87 million so far this year for his re-election fight." Is it implausible to guess they'll get to a billion dollars this time? Messina also sent this not-a-billion message in an e-mail to supporters in mid-week:

December 30, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

Chris Matthews showed up from Java Joe's in Des Moines in the 11 am hour on MSNBC Friday to underline the liberal arrogance that in the Obama era, all the country's hatred is against Obama, and apparently liberals are utterly incapable of adding anything to the Hate Quotient.

"I heard a voice this morning a woman came up to me and said I’m really for Obama, but I want to end these years of hatred. Now if people start voting for the Republicans because there’s too much divisiveness because of Obama, that’s real trouble for the White House," Matthews said. He then declared: "In other words, the way to end the hatred in America is to get rid of the object of the hatred. Well, that’s a strange way to do things."

December 30, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported "Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama's decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider's look at Petraeus' 37-year Army career." Network coverage? Zero. Nexis searching showed nothing on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

But NPR's The Two-Way Blog noted one reason: the insider author, Paula Broadwell, said AP was mistaken. She replied on Twitter: "#Petraeus did NOT consider quitting, though mentors/friends encouraged it". It's obvious that if Bush were still president, this report and this author would be red-hot and high-profile. Are they waiting on this story until a real "news cycle" emerges? Or is it more Obama Defense Syndrome? No Bob Woodward treatment here?

December 30, 2011, 7:45 AM EST

In the ongoing left-wing parade of charges that conservatism equals racism, add Daily Kos blogger Chauncey de Vega, who on Wednesday night hailed a Salon.com article on the avoidance of slavery talk as another opportunity to weave together “the tapestry that is historical memory, the slave-holding South, and contemporary conservatism.”

“Adults who dress up in Colonial era period clothing, believe that the Constitution is divinely inspired, and take the metaphor of ‘a shining city on the hill’ as a get out of jail pass for America's shortcomings both at home and abroad, have little use for such facts," de Vega lectured. “Selection bias, Fox News, and an embrace of a fantastical view of political and social reality, protects the Tea Party GOP faithful from any experience of cognitive dissonance.”

December 29, 2011, 11:14 PM EST

Before he tweeted “Merry Mythmas everybody,” HBO host Bill Maher rubbed Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s face in the dirt on Twitter, but somehow Tebow’s the “notorious” one. Maher posted, “Wow, Jesus just [screwed] #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’” But on CBSNews.com, reporter Ken Lombardi described Maher as simply a “comedian," but Tebow as a “notorious evangelical Christian.”

The word “notorious” has synonyms like “infamous,” “shameless,” and “disreputable.” But CBS didn’t care, insisting  “And Maher’s in hot water again for a now-controversial tweet on Christmas Eve referencing famed quarterback and notorious evangelical Christian Tim Tebow.”

December 29, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

The forthcoming Meryl Streep movie The Iron Lady about former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was quickly slammed by Thatcherites as a "Granny going mad" flick, but it might cause a backlash against Hollywood leftists. On Wednesday's Washington Journal on C-SPAN, historian Amanda Foreman, author of a recent Newsweek cover story on Thatcher, said Americans might not be comfortable with the film, which might play like a film of Ronald Reagan's descent into Alzheimer's disease.

Near the end of the interview, she admitted the film has "prompted a massive rethink" on the Thatcher legacy, that she wasn't this "out-of-control Sherman tank," but a "great feminist pioneer" and "she ended the Cold War," which Foreman confessed she had forgotten:

December 29, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

On Tuesday's Bill Press radio show, former MSNBC anchor David Shuster continued the Press mockery of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow: "I think what happens is when a politician or a figure like Tim Tebow and I know that Bill Press has mentioned it on the show, but when a national figure, sports celebrity, politician wraps themselves in religion I believe that they diminish the significance of that religion. That instead of it being something sort of somber and serious and deep they almost pervert it and they cheapen that religion." Mention it, and you cheapen it. In other words, liberals think religious people should shut up and hide. Press told Tebow to "S.T.F.U."

Shuster added, "You can call them clowns you can call them a joke, but when presidential candidates in such a bizarre way claim that they are running because they prayed and God told them to or because they need to save the lives of the unborn, but they won’t do very much once that child is born."

December 28, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

At the end of the 11 am hour on Wednesday, MSNBC fill-in anchor Milissa Rehberger interviewed Newsweek/Daily Beast contributor Melissa Lafsky Wall to discuss Newsweek's list of political "rising stars." The funniest pick was one-percent-in-the-polls GOP candidate Jon Huntsman, who Wall said "seems patient... seems willing to build gradually and bring his name to a national level." Many viewers probably heard echoes of Dana Carvey's President Bush saying Dan Quayle is "still gaining acceptance."

In noting New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Wall couldn't avoid slamming other female conservative GOP stars: "The era of the Palins and Bachmanns needs to come to an end." Is that Republican opinion, or Newsweek's? Guess. [Video below the break.]

December 28, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

On the front of Wednesday’s Style section is another one of those anti-“Islamophobia” articles starring comedians. The Post’s Tara Bahrampour began: “Beware, America. The Muslims are coming, and they look and act suspiciously like you.” If “you” were a profane secularist, apparently.

Bahrampour is promoting a documentary film on a tour Muslim comedians made through Southern states called “The Muslims Are Coming!” It “includes interviews with comics such as Jon Stewart and Louis [sic] Black and commentators including CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, explores freedom of religion and what it means to be a minority in America.” CNN can always be found fighting American “phobias” about minorities – well, not so much about the Catholics. Those, they promote.

December 28, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

NPR marked Christmas morning by whacking at the Tea Party. NPR anchor Audie Cornish handed over her Weekend Edition Sunday microphone to American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein, who gave the Tea Party a B if the goal was to “try and keep government from functioning,” but in “actually trying to make things happen in a constructive fashion, we’re down in the D-minus level, and that’s being generous in the Christmas season.”

Ornstein was much happier a year ago. On the morning of December 23, 2010, he told NPR’s David Welna the country had the “most productive lame-duck session” since the 1940s and Welna added “Ornstein says this lame-duck session was a fitting climax for an amazingly productive 111th Congress.”

December 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

Tom Blumer recorded today's New York Times coverage of the Kim Jong-Il funeral, including the communist regime's claim that the heavy snowfall surrounding the funeral showed "heaven's grief" over the dictator's death.

San Diego radio host Mark Larson (from KCBQ/KPRZ) reminded me of the American version of this, from NBC's Andrea Mitchell praising a Democratic icon when rain soaked his funeral in 2009: "The heavens were weeping for Teddy Kennedy today."

December 28, 2011, 7:24 AM EST

Back in June, ABC’s Lara Spencer embarrassed herself by lauding President Obama as a “baby whisperer” that could wondrously calm infants. On Wednesday, Washington Post Metro section columnist Courtland Milloy – yes, the one who’s violent enough in his thought against Tea Partiers to need a whisperer – returned to that obsequious territory.

“Not surprisingly, some hard-core right-wingers resent that Obama is good at baby holding," Milloy insisted. “”The only complaint they can come up with, however, is that he is too soft and maternal. They would like to see one of the babies ruin his photo ops by throwing up on him or soiling their diapers.”

December 27, 2011, 3:12 PM EST

It’s always odd to see a “family newspaper” aglow over profane entertainment that it couldn’t possibly describe in its pages. That celebration of the unprintable happened in Monday’s New York Times, with a David Rooney theater review headlined “Under the Bouffant, a Sewer Mouth on Go-Go Wings.”

Rooney’s supposedly sublime “sewer mouth” was the drag queen named “Lady Bunny” (real name: Jon Ingle, born 1962) who’s dragged the drag divas back out of the mushy mainstream: