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 6, 2010, 11:08 PM EST

As if this line of attack weren't perfectly obvious, liberal radio host Randi Rhodes attacked Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh on Friday afternoon for favoring the extension of the Bush tax cuts just so they can selfishly keep their own millions of dollars:

Tell Sean Hannity that the only reason that Sean Hannity is advocating for holding out for 98 percent of the American people and holding them hostage is because Sean Hannity makes $22 million a year, that's why! Sean Hannity makes $22 million a year.  If Sean Hannity doesn't get his tax cut, Sean Hannity is going to pay about $900,000 more a year.

Rush Limbaugh makes $58 million a year reportedly. He's going to get a tax -- if the the tax on the top two percent is allowed to sunset, he's going to pay an extra $22 million a year. That's his tax bill, not his salary! That's his tax bill on almost $60 million dollars. But without it, you know, if they hold us hostage, then Rush will get an extra $2.7 million next year at a time when people are literally standing in line for heating assistance and he's mocking them and making racist comments about their inability to find a job or their lack of desire to find a job!

December 6, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

On Monday's edition of The View, Condi Rice appeared as a guest co-host, and Joy Behar began by asking: "I have a question for you. I'm invited to the White House Christmas party this Friday. I'm very excited. I've never been before. [Applause] And I was wondering if you could tell me what I'm supposed to like, know." We've come quite a way from Behar sneered about Rice that "she's drunk the Kool-Aid."

Rice drew some notice for saying Team Obama needs to get the lead out on the WikiLeaks issue before America looks like a "paper tiger." Whoopi Goldberg asked about the talk that Julian Assange has a "doomsday file" to release if anyone gets their hands on him:

GOLDBERG: That to me sort of sounds like a terrorist. Cause that's what terrorists seem to do. Try to hold countries hostage in fear. Am I crazy or just being nutty?

December 6, 2010, 12:09 PM EST

Liberal newspapers may claim that taxpayer-funded art galleries should take “public sensitivities” into account, but in reality, they don’t want members of Congress actually representing the insulted public by speaking out against anti-Christian exhibits.

Friday’s Washington Post led their editorial page with the headline “The censors arrive: Do Republicans really want to ride into power with a burst of small-minded intolerance?” That’s funny: Christians might find the “small-minded intolerance” coming from artists who think that modern-day Christianity is an oppressive, Jesus-betraying force – as represented by ants crawling all over Jesus on a crucifix. Here’s the key passage:

Public sensibilities must be taken into account when taxpayer funds are in play, but the use of public dollars does not give lawmakers the right to micromanage or censor displays. Nor should the occasional dust-up be justification for threatened retribution against these valuable national assets. We hope Mr. Cantor's threats prompt many additional Washingtonians to visit the exhibit and judge for themselves.

December 6, 2010, 7:12 AM EST

December's Limbaugh Letter has these choice quotes from Speaker Pelosi on the 63-seat bloodbath of the House Democrats. “We didn't lose the election because of me...I'm the most significant attractor of support for the Democrats.” She said this on National Public Radio on the November 12 Morning Edition newscast. I went back to find out what did the interviewer say before and after this laughable blast? Anchor Renee Montagne asked about being “successfully demonized” by the GOP:

MONTAGNE: Getting back to the politics, you have been quite successfully demonized by the Republicans. How are you going to keep that from hurting your party more than it already has?


PELOSI: Well, let me say this when you say more than it already has. The reason the election results are what they are is because we have nine-and-half percent unemployment in our country. We didn't lose the election because of me.


December 5, 2010, 5:43 PM EST

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley interviewed two Democrats on Wednesday, and he asked both if the $878 billion "stimulus" package was "not robust enough," and asked if the nation should really be fixating on the deficit, instead of more so-called "stimulus." Smiley also told former Sen. Gary Hart that partisanship and gridlock was the worst  ever: "I've heard this a thousand times now, that 'I have never seen it this bad.'" Hart blamed the GOP and "their so-called base, the haters."

If the theory is the "stimulus" is tiny, you can bet your liberal host is going to cite Paul Krugman, as Smiley did to Sen. Richard Durbin:


December 5, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

The December 6 issue of Newsweek pitched its Holiday Movie Preview with cutesy headlines -- like the new Natalie Portman ballerina film Black Swan is "The One...Ballet Movie Even Straight Guys Might Like." (That's a reference to the scandalous Portman-Mila Kunis lesbian sex scene.) But the new Kevin Spacey movie about conservative lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff is "The One...for Tea Party Members."  Reviewer Caryn James wrote:

George Hickenlooper’s fact-based satire, starring Kevin Spacey and his ever-sharp comic timing, offers an antic version of the wheeler-dealer whose ambition and blinkered morality were close to caricature all along. The film follows Abramoff’s glib, high-energy act as he takes parties of congressmen on sunny vacations and persuades them that sweatshops in the Mariana Islands are good for the American economy. Droll and straight-faced, Spacey lets us see Abramoff’s absurdities: an observant Jew, Abramoff reminds an interfaith Bible-study group, “In Biblical times, taxes never rose above 20 percent”—the old “if it was good enough for Moses” economic plan....

December 5, 2010, 7:52 AM EST

While the "objective" network newscasts strenuously sought to hornswoggle the public into thinking everyone in Washington was sympathetic to unethical tax-evading liberal Rep. Charlie Rangel getting censured on the House floor for 45 seconds, CNN's Parker Spitzer asked about Rangel on Thursday night and received a dissenting blast from sports journalist Stephen A. Smith, who called him an “absolute disgrace” and said “I'm done with him.”

Former Air America host Sam Seder, so enraged by the corruption of the Bushies, was just as partisan in insisting Rangel didn't commit a crime and shouldn't receive a censure and was “open with the committee.” Eliot Spitzer didn't want to dwell too long on the ethical-politician subject:

SPITZER: All right, guys. Does he persuade you? Should Charlie be shown the exit or has Charlie persuaded you he deserves to continue on fighting for central Harlem?

SMITH: Well, I'm not going to sit there and say he deserves to be shown the exit, but he certainly hasn't convinced me. I think it's an absolute disgrace that he, of all people, conducted himself in this fashion.

December 4, 2010, 8:19 PM EST

On her radio show Wednesday, Randi Rhodes insisted that conservatives are not constitutionalists. They know nothing about the Constitution, she asserted. She oddly claimed that there's “nothing about politics” in the Constitution, so resisting new spending because it makes you popular is apparently quite unconstitutional behavior:

And they don't give a rat's ass if you are suffering through Christmas, or if your 9-year-old is suffering through Christmas, or your 3-year-old is crying...or your 6-year-old is hungry...they just don't give a rat's ass! This is all politics, and frankly, there is nothing about politics in the Constitution, nothing! No parties, no politics!

Conservatives, according to Rhodes, also don't believe in the First Amendment: “So they don't believe in freedom of the press, and they don't believe that there is a separation of church and state, and they don't believe in free speech obviously because they think speech is money and of course, money is not free.”

December 4, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

In a sort of continuation of 60 Minutes offering a platform for David Stockman to trash his former Reaganite colleagues, Stephen Colbert interviewed Stockman on Thursday night's Colbert Report. At the show's opening, the graphic was the lame pun “Reag Against the Machine” and Colbert said "I'll ask him what it was like when America had a budget."

Stockman quickly proceeded to trash supply-side economics and suggest most of our Pentagon budget is wasted in an ineffective war on terror. (He didn't repeat his call for a 15 percent national income surtax.) You can see why the liberals now love to put him on television. In this interview, Colbert actually kept up the conservative character in spots, but it was an another offering for Stockman to blame mostly conservatives for the debt problem.

COLBERT: What do you think about extending the Bush tax cuts. You don think we should do that?

STOCKMAN: No, I don't think we should do that, because extending the Bush –

December 4, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

On Wednesday's Democracy Now on taxpayer-subsidized Pacifica Radio, host Amy Goodman presented Jesse Jackson with the good news that the Tea Party and the hard left each want defense cuts. But while the Tea Party may be looking for across-the-board cuts, Jackson wants an endless "war on poverty," which is not exactly a deficit strategy:

AMY GOODMAN: ThinkProgress and the Progress Report have documented that there is a growing coalition between the Tea Party-backed conservatives and stalwart progressives, who are coming together to demand cuts to the defense budget, the coalition given further momentum with the co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission, released a report that calls for $100 billion in defense cuts.

December 3, 2010, 11:43 PM EST

On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh picked up where some of us left off in wondering why Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik would trash Norman Rockwell and suggest he would censor his exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery because he pandered to white middle-class Americans:

December 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

The Washington Post will publicize the tiniest left-wing protests. Take Thursday night's protest against removing the ants-on-Christ video from the National Portrait Gallery. On the back page of the Style section (complete with a large 3 x 6 photo of protesters), Jessica Dawson reported:

Despite Thursday evening's chill, about 100 demonstrators -- many of them artists -- gathered outside Transformer Gallery to protest Tuesday's removal of David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly" artwork from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" show.

"This is a sign of solidarity and a call to our lawmakers that silence equals death," said Transformer Executive Director Victoria Reis, invoking the name of the late-'80s "Silence=Death" campaign by the New York City activist group ACT UP.

December 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

Former president Jimmy Carter lied in an interview with NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm on Tuesday. She ended the interview by asking about the Tea Party and he claimed he had never criticized them -- despite smearing them as racists in 2009 in an NBC interview with Brian Williams:

REHM: Last question, very briefly, what do you think of the Tea Party movement?

CARTER: You know, I never have criticized the Tea Party movement because, strangely enough, I capitalized on the same kind of situation politically that has made the Tea Party successful -- that is, an extreme dissatisfaction with what was going on in Washington. Because I came along right after Watergate and right after the Vietnam lost and right after the assassination of the two Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr., and so I capitalized on that, and I was elected over some very wonderful people who were U.S. senators and immersed in the Washington scene.

December 2, 2010, 7:52 AM EST

Our media tells us the Internet is an unreliable source of myths because people call Barack Obama a "socialist." But a quick read of the lefties at the Daily Kos shows a more ridiculous claim: Obama is a Reagan man. The blogger "il128" is clearly distraught:

We all now know that electing Obama in 2008 was a big mistake.  It sure as Hell isn't because he's too liberal now is it?  No, the problem is that he's a Reaganite.  He doesn't care about us, the liberals, he cares about the Republicans.  

December 1, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

Dave Itzkoff reported Tuesday for The New York Times that corporate executives at Fox Television in Hollywood have never told the producers of "The Simpsons" to knock off the mockery of Fox News, even as it suggests FNC viewers are racists:

Lately “The Simpsons” has been taking potshots at its corporate siblings at Fox News. An episode shown last week, called “The Fool Monty,” opened on a helicopter supposedly belonging to that cable news channel and bearing the slogan “Fox News: Not Racist, But #1 With Racists.”

In a “Simpsons” episode that ran on Sunday night, called “How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window,” the helicopter reappeared — this time in the show’s opening credits, and with a new slogan: “Fox News: Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75.”

December 1, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik is hopping mad that the National Portrait Gallery pulled a video from its "Hide/Seek" exhibit on homosexual imagery, insisting: "Now the NPG, and the Smithsonian Institution it is part of, look set to come off as cowards." Gopnik insisted the ant-covered Jesus in the video was inconsequential, and that if he played censor, he'd keep the insect-covered Christ and scrap the Norman Rockwell:

Norman Rockwell would get the boot, too, if I believed in pulling everything that I'm offended by: I can't stand the view of America that he presents, which I feel insults a huge number of us non-mainstream folks. But I didn't call for the Smithsonian American Art Museum to pull the Rockwell show that runs through Jan. 2, just down the hall from "Hide/Seek." Rockwell and his admirers got to have their say, and his detractors, including me, got to rant about how much they hated his art. Censorship would have prevented that discussion, and that's why we don't allow it.

December 1, 2010, 8:35 AM EST

Don't let anyone claim that liberal talk radio show hosts don't wish for bad things to happen. On Monday's show, Randi Rhodes was giddy about the prospect of global warming causing the oceans to rise enough to engulf Rush Limbaugh's Florida home:

And so, the global warming deniers -- like Rush Limbaugh, whose house I can't wait until the ocean swells and eats his house -- and he will be the first to go because he's got the best location! He's on Palm Beach, which is nothing but a little island...a long, skinny, little sliver of billion dollars worth of -- crap! Mostly over-the-top, overdecorated, overpainted, overdone houses with silk draperies and Renaissance designs in a tropical setting...On the edge of this little silvered island with a rising, rising ocean -- he's going first, I live out west, my house is going to be the new Palm Beach and I can't wait. I can't freaking wait!

November 30, 2010, 5:52 PM EST

From his perch at the liberal magazine The New Yorker on Tuesday, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin recycled his lament that the Bush-Gore 2000 chad fight should have lasted several more months. (Toobin's 2001 book Too Close to Call also carried Al Gore's water.) Toobin fights against the popular notion that liberals should get over 2000, for it revealed conservative judicial activism, most appalling to Toobin when "equal protection" is applied to white males, as if they're entitled to it. But Toobin simply gets it wrong in finding media recounts were not conclusive:

Bush v. Gore would resonate, in any case, because the Court prevented Florida from determining, as best it could, whether Gore or Bush really won. (Recounts of the ballots by media organizations produced ambiguous results; they suggest that Gore would have won a full statewide recount and Bush would have won the limited recount initially sought by the Gore forces.)

Wrong. As Brent Baker reminded readers in 2008, both media recounts, including a statewide recount of undervotes, concluded the Court did not decide the election:

November 30, 2010, 7:55 AM EST

The Toronto Globe and Mail profiled Arianna Huffington as she prepares to keynote the Canada's Most Famous Women summit, and D.C.-based writer Konrad Yakabuski underlines that the Huffington Post founder is mysteriously aligning herself outside the bubble of the super-rich with her book Third World America:

Ms. Huffington's 13th book is a cri de coeur bemoaning the evisceration of the U.S. middle class and America's slide toward Third World status. As she describes it to me, “that's really a country where there are the super-rich, who live behind gates with guards protecting their kids from kidnapping, and the rest of us.”

The rest of us?

November 29, 2010, 11:11 PM EST

President Obama getting elbowed in the mouth playing basketball made liberal radio host Randi Rhodes so happy on her website Monday. The reason? We no longer had an idiot Republican president who injured  himself repeatedly. George W. Bush can be forced into any narrative, apparently:

As Presidential injuries go, it’s a lot better than passing out from eating a pretzel. George Bush fell over eating a pretzel, fell off his bike, and fell off a Segway scooter. Obama got elbowed in the mouth. It’s kind of nice to finally have a president who doesn’t cause his own injuries. Another person in the game accidentally elbowed the President in the mouth.