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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April 15, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer was stunned to hear trial lawyer and radio host Mike Papantonio (formerly of Air America) say on the Ed Schultz radio show that Barack Obama is "carrying our spear" for the progressives.

Maloney wrote: "JUST IMAGINE the reaction to a conservative host using ‘Obama’ and ‘spear’ in the same sentence! It would dominate the news cycle for days.But don't expect Sharpton & Friends to protest this one." Maloney’s blog has this audio from April 13:

April 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

On Thursday’s Morning Edition, NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook said most Republicans don’t like the Paul Ryan Budget (except the "far right") and "most Republicans like Medicare, and they don’t even want to tinker with it around the edges." Then anchor Steve Inskeep played up Charlie Cook suggesting Republicans have a "death wish" if they want to try and reform Medicare spending.

STEVE INSKEEP: What exactly is it that some Republicans don't like?

ANDREA SEABROOK: Well, one of the main ways the Ryan budget saves money over the coming decades is by shifting the Medicare into a private program with commercial insurance companies - in essence, ending the Medicare program as we know it today, as Mara was just talking about. That's OK with a lot of the far-right social conservatives and Tea Party-backed Republicans.

April 14, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Sixteen-year-old Irene Rojas-Carroll, an activist who calls herself a "pansexual," is the star of a San Francisco Chronicle story on a controversial California bill to mandate that schools pay tribute to homosexual pioneers in their history lessons. Jill Tucker reported:

A controversial bill moving through the state Legislature would change that, requiring social science instructional materials to include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as Pacific Islanders and those with disabilities.

April 13, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

The $1.8 million grant George Soros gave to NPR was for local reporters in every state capital. But that doesn't mean NPR isn't also beginning to look like a Soros-pleaser on the national scene. Once again on Monday, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik went after Rupert Murdoch, and a voice-mail-hacking scandal at his U.K. tabloid News of the World. In England, the socialist newspaper The Guardian has been all over this story of disreputable media conduct, but The New York Times also filed a story on April 8.  

Folkenflik found dramatic former Murdoch employees, like Andrew Neil, who made Watergate analogies. Folkenflik insisted the damage to Murdoch may not be contained, and then quoted Neil: "Who knew - the old Watergate question - who knew and when did you know it?" It began like this:

ROBERT SIEGEL: One of Britain's most popular newspapers has admitted that it hacked into the private voicemails of celebrities and politicians. NPR's David Folkenflik reports that the story underscores close ties between the authorities and Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

April 13, 2011, 7:29 AM EDT

On the April 7 All Things Considered, NPR's David Folkenflik reported on Fox News anchor Bret Baier, and announced his own research showed Baier's "all-star" panel on Special Report was very tilted to the conservative side. But none of that apparently pleased NPR fans. On Monday night, anchors read from the listener mail, and they were furious Fox was even considered on All Things Considered:

ROBERT SIEGEL: Debra Craig of Rochester, New York, was not impressed. She writes this: Wow. I am not listening to NPR to hear stories about Fox News or Fox News reporters. It is pretty obnoxious and a very blatant attempt to present the fair and balanced the far right conservatives bully you for [sic]. Please don't. It insults the intelligence and sensibilities of the rest of us, your listeners and supporters.

April 12, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

It was a little eyebrow-raising on Monday morning to read a story on Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the GOP chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee under the headline "'Big bad wolf' at the helm of House Foreign Affairs Committee." The story by Mary Beth Sheridan made the headline more shocking. The Post was letting Fidel Castro write the Post's headline.

As the new chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ros-Lehtinen now has a high-profile platform for her staunch anti-communism. She is attacking abuses by such countries as North Korea, Cuba and China, and they are, at times, attacking her.

Fidel Castro has called her "la loba feroz" — the big bad wolf — and her appointment has prompted warnings in other leftist Latin American countries that relations with Washington could further sour.

April 12, 2011, 7:29 AM EDT

Time's Ten Questions to Robert Redford drew some silly answers -- like Redford denying he's a lefty.

How helpful or harmful to your career has it been to be known as someone who is passionate about politics?

I am passionate. I am political about my country, about what it is, how strong it is, how strong it remains. [My last film,] Lions for Lambs, got rough treatment, and I think it was because — and I don't want to sound defensive — but I think it was misperceived. I'm not a left-wing person. I'm just a person interested in the sustainability of my country.

April 11, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

On February 24, Washington Post reporter John Wagner sympathetically covered leading Maryland Democrats (and Catholics) for crossing their hierarchy to lobby for "gay marriage" -- without seeming to contact this hierarchy. So when Wagner sympathetically profiled House Speaker Michael Busch -- again -- at the top of the April 11 Style section, the primary question was: How was this "news," a full month after the gay lobby failed to pass it? The headline was "A matter of conscience: Speaker Mike Busch found a new perspective for Maryland's same-sex marriage bill." It was considered an awakening of conscience that Speaker Busch wept:

Busch, whose hunched 6-foot-1 frame still bears witness to the standout running back he was at Temple University, retreated to his office at the side of the House chamber. He apologized for the bill’s failure to a few of its leading supporters. They thanked him for his efforts. And then another unusual event happened: With them, he cried.

April 11, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that one Chicago public school -- the Little Village Academy -- has banned bag lunches...to protect the kids from their own "unhealthful" food choices:

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."

April 11, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

The Obama administration is cracking down on for-profit colleges for tempting students into taking (and defaulting on) student loans. One company that's suffering is The Washington Post Company, whose profits have long been coming from its Kaplan educational unit, not the newspaper. In the Business section of Sunday's Post, reporters Steven Mufson and Jia Lynn Yang explored the tension, but the real grist came at paragraph 13 (inside the section's front page):

One past director of The Post Co.’s board said that members were better versed in media than education but that the lure of big profits was hard to resist.

Another, Dick Simmons, president of the company when it acquired Kaplan, said, "At a time when the largest part of The Washington Post Company, the....newspaper, was sinking, sinking, sinking, and here this relatively new player...was growing, growing, growing — how do you think anybody would react to that?"

April 10, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

The U.S. government has a funny way of funding Sesame Street -- even when the show is created in Muslim countries. The U.K. Guardian reports our Agency for International Development is funding a Pakistani edition of Elmo and friends:

The financing for the series comes from USAid, the economic assistance arm of the US government, which aims to help the country's young learn some basic words and numbers through Sesame Street's fun style of education. Pakistan's schooling system is failing badly, a major reason for a descent into religious conservatism and economic stagnation.

Elmo, the cheerful monster toddler from the original, will be in the Pakistani version, with new local personality touches. But other American favourites such as Count von Count – a lovable vampire who would rather count telephone rings than answer the phone – will make way for local characters in SimSim Humara ("Ours"), the Pakistani edition....

April 10, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

AP reports something that's not very shocking: hallowed liberal PBS filmmaker Ken Burns (in between his Kennedy tribute films for Democrat conventions and the tens of thousands in donations to Barack Obama and other Democrats) is decrying Republicans for a "show trial" atmosphere in proposing cuts to public broadcasting subsidies:

"I just don't think they have fully thought through what they're doing," Burns said of House Republicans who want to eliminate or significantly reduce funding for the arts, humanities and public media. Such cuts would devastate film producers, he said.

April 10, 2011, 7:10 AM EDT

If you haven't seen Gen. Barry McCaffrey on NBC trashing the president for a military action, it's probably because the president isn't named Bush. On Monday's Diane Rehm show on NPR, McCaffrey didn't hold back on Libya: "And then the rebellion, of course, doesn't know how they're going to break into Tripoli if NATO has announced, for God's sakes, that they intend to bomb the rebels also if they so-call 'threaten' civilian populations. One of the more Bizarro World military operations I've ever observed."  

At National Review's The Corner, Mark Steyn has noticed that the liberation of Libya is not exactly headline news any more, so how is this war going? Are Obama and "Old Europe" showing those incompetent Bush people just how to free a country?

What with all the budget talk, I was just wondering whether that third war – or kinetic scope-limited whachamacallit – was still going. You remember, it was in all the papers for a couple of days. So I guess things have gone quiet because it’s all wrapped up now? Apparently not:

April 9, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

While he skewered the "Fox News All-Stars" panel as tilted -- just conservatives and reporters from the "non-ideological" media elite -- NPR's David Folkenflik failed to consider just how his own network's All Things Considered manages with its regular Friday night political panel -- liberal E.J. Dionne of the apparently non-ideological Washington Post, and surrogate conservative David Brooks of the apparently non-ideological New York Times. Is that a balanced panel? It wasn't on Friday, one day after Folkenflik's media critique of Fox News.

To use NPR's lingo, it's one clear-cut liberal and one "non-ideological" journalist. Typically, Brooks furiously painted himself out of both partisan corners. He referred to Rep. Louise Slaughter's dreadful Republicans-are-killing-women rhetoric, and then insisted Republicans were just as atrocious. It was "incredibly demeaning for all involved. On the way over here, I was listening to C-SPAN [radio], a Democratic press conference, 'the Republicans are killing women, it’s a war on women, World War 3 on women.' The Republicans, similar rhetoric. This is going to have a very caustic effect on both parties, I think, and on trust in government." I'd hate to hear what conservatives said about liberals killing people to match Slaughter.

April 9, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

Seattle, Washington sounds like a town competing for the most ACLU-friendly city in America. A public school teacher there told a teenage volunteer she could hand out Easter eggs with candy....as long as she called them "Spring Spheres."

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

April 9, 2011, 7:45 AM EDT

You would think after the Juan Williams debacle, NPR would keep away from bashing Fox News again. But even as NPR's liberal bias remains controversial in Congress, NPR is still waging war on Fox. It's apparently the only national news outlet worth questioning. On Thursday night's All Things Considered, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik profiled Bret Baier, but delighted liberals by announcing that he had studied six months of guest lists for Special Report with Bret Baier, and he insisted liberals were underrepresented: 

FOLKENFLIK: I reviewed six months' worth of Baier's panels, and the same mix typically prevailed: two clear-cut conservatives and one other analyst, sometimes a Democrat or liberal but usually a journalist from a non-ideological news outlet. As I told Baier, that would seem to under-represent the left and also to cast reporters as though they're surrogate liberals.

April 8, 2011, 7:47 AM EDT

It was only a matter of time before a blogger at the Daily Kos felt the pain of Barack Obama suffering from being "President While Black." The blogger with the byline "The Plainsman" insists Obama has been treated more disrespectfully than any U.S. president in history:

There are few adults in the USA, black or white, who have not at least heard of the expression "DWB" which is short for "Driving While Black." Even if you aren't sure what it means, you've heard it. Well, for the last two years, our half-white, half-black, Hawaii born and raised, private school educated President, a man who did not grow up in a black, urban environment or a southern segregated one, has experienced a similar phenomenon: PWB or "President While Black."

April 8, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times offered a story Thursday on already hypocritical freshman House Republicans favoring big-picture spending cuts, but fighting for local projects. The headline was "Gung-Ho for Big Cuts in Spending, Less Fond of the Ones That Hurt Back Home." Steinhauer reported: "While scores of congressmen and women are singing an ode to spending reductions with their Republican choir in Washington, back home, the tune sometimes changes...Such inconsistencies, while hardly new to this Congress, are political chum for Democrats."

That could be the slogan for The New York Times: "All the News That Is Political Chum for Democrats."

The first star of the story is Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who campaigned against the "stimulus" and voted for the $61 billion cut, but now wants to help secure a $10 million grant for the Port of Vancouver. It’s true that trillion-dollar deficits can be built out of local projects. But Steinhauer was helpfully setting up local Congressman Steve Israel from Long Island to lecture:

April 7, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

While some networks have tried to say next to nothing about Obama’s Guantanamo flip-flop, they are not happy on liberal talk radio shows on Tuesday. Ex-MSNBC anchor David Shuster told Stephanie Miller he was disappointed that Obama’s been so conciliatory (wasn’t that part of his "purple state" appeal?)

SHUSTER: I though the President was very clear in his election campaign about okay we’re going to close Guantanamo and we’re going to reinstitute sort of the Constitution and Constitutional principles. I mean I think it gets back to sort of my issue with President Obama all along has been there’s such an effort I suppose to sort of want to be conciliatory and sort of you know reach sort of middle ground and compromise.

But I always thought the job of a President was to sort of use the bully pulpit to bring people towards your position. And say "You know what, this is what we stand for, and I’m going to use the megaphone of the Presidency to convince Americans why I am right."

April 6, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

In the midst of Republicans insisting on defunding NPR, the network thumbed its nose at the GOP again on Tuesday night's All Things Considered newscast by having a book review offered by hard-left "comedian" and failed radio host Janeane Garofalo. The book she reviewed was Tina Fey's new memoir, titled Bossypants. Garofalo spent most of the review in a rut of self-pity, but this political passage popped out:

Another area of interest to me was Tina's discussion of what happened when she impersonated Sarah Palin on "SNL" and became a target of ill-founded wrath. Regrettably, it's always been easy to marshal cultural hostility toward women, especially in politics, where double standards and misogyny tend to dominate the conversation. Those are my words, not Tina's.

Was Tina Fey the victim of cultural hostility toward women? Or was she the one dishing it out?