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 20, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

National Public Radio is in the "Featured Employers Spotlight" in Sunday's Washington Post. That could be because NPR has posted ads for 24 job openings at NPR, including the vacated spot of Ellen Weiss, the senior vice president for news that canned Juan Williams over the phone. But even in the want ads, NPR can't be honest about its support from taxpayers:

NPR is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 27.1 million listeners weekly.  NPR Member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

NPR certainly is "privately supported," but why do they hide the public support? They even try to be known only by the letters of NPR, so the "Public" doesn't show.

March 20, 2011, 7:39 AM EDT

At NRO Media Blog, Greg Pollowitz underlined how Dan Amira at New York magazine worked overtime to make the case that President Obama's self-promotional appearance touting his NCAA basketball tournament picks actually aided Japan in "tangible ways" that never would have happened if he hadn't gone to the sports-loving segment of the American public with a charity pitch:

As Japan crept closer to a full nuclear meltdown yesterday, President Obama was explaining his March Madness bracket to ESPN for a segment airing today, as he did in 2010 and 2009. “While Japan Burns, Obama Fills Out His Bracket,” a headline from the National Review’s Jim Geraghty reads. RNC chairman Reince Priebus seconded the critique in a tweet today. “How can @BarackObama say he is leading when puts his NCAA bracket over the budget & other pressing issues?” An RNC spokesman also demanded that Obama “explain why filming an ESPN special on the NCAA tournament should be a priority on his public schedule.”

March 19, 2011, 11:54 PM EDT

Naturally, The New York Times has no interest in finding a scandal in the liberal Governor of New York "shacking up" or "living in sin," even though some Catholic experts recommended Andrew Cuomo should be denied communion for living with Food Network "Semi-Homemade" cook Sandra Lee. (There was no room for jokes that she's only a semi-homemaker without a wedding ring.) Cuomo is divorced and supports abortion and homosexuality, and somehow for liberal reporters that makes him typically Catholic:

In other words, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York shares the churchgoing habits and social views of a sizable number of the 68 million Americans who have identified themselves as Catholic in recent surveys. His brand of faith is so commonplace — at least in New York — that it was barely mentioned during his campaign last year for governor. 

March 19, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

Ka-ching! The New York Times announced with fanfare on Saturday that "outed" CIA agent Valerie Plame is cashing in once again. It keeps getting harder to claim that the whole Plame saga wasn't a bonanza of wealth and fame, but the Plame-loving Times is casting it as a blow for feminism. The female spy is always sexy, emerging from the surf in a bikini. Julie Bosman added: "Who better to roll her eyes at it all than Valerie Plame, the real-life glamorous former CIA operative?"

Air kiss, air kiss. Bosman declines to put a cash figure on Plame's latest book-publishing deal:

Fed up with those popular images of the female secret agent, Ms. Wilson decided to draft her own. Eight years after her cover was blown by the political columnist Robert Novak, she has signed a book deal with Penguin Group USA to write a series of international suspense novels, with a fictional operative, Vanessa Pearson, at the center. Ms. Wilson will write them with Sarah Lovett, a best-selling author of mysteries, who also lives in Santa Fe.

March 18, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

On Saturday night, MSNBC host Chris Matthews stepped away from any sense of neutrality by serving as Master of Ceremonies at the 19th Annual Dinner of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which has long agitated for a repeal of any limitations on open homosexuality in the U.S. military. The motto of the dinner is "Making History, Moving Forward" -- not very far from the "Lean Forward" motto of MSNBC.  

Naturally, sponsors include the Open Society Institute of George Soros. After Sarvis appeared on Hardball just before Christmas last year, gay bloggers were delighted that SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis "seems to have a long-standing political friendship with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, which makes his appearance more of a discussion than a Hardball interview."   

March 18, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

On Friday, The Washington Post clearly displayed its bias in favor of liberal NPR with two supportive editorials (including one from a "conservative") and a slanted news story on Thursday's House vote on NPR. That story, by Felicia Sonmez, had a 6-to-4 tilt in quotes toward NPR advocates -- if you don't consider Republicans NPR advocates. Sonmez only found NPR lovers among the Republicans to quote, and left out all the arguments about high salaries and liberal elitism and bias. In fact, the word "liberal" doesn't appear in the article:

Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said he appreciated some of NPR’s programming but added that “half the American people have never even heard of, much less even listened to, NPR.”

Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) argued that those watching the House debate on Thursday were likely watching it on C-SPAN, which doesn’t receive federal funding. “A lot of us like NPR,” he said, later adding: “We’re not trying to harm NPR. We’re actually trying to liberate them from federal tax dollars.” 

March 18, 2011, 7:05 AM EDT

Just minutes after the House of Representatives voted to deny federal funding to NPR headquarters on Thursday, NPR was displaying its typical liberal bias on the show Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Substitute host Dave Davies was whacking corporate tax avoidance, or  "How Offshore Tax Havens Save Companies Billions." The guest was Jesse Drucker, an obviously liberal reporter with Bloomberg News. Drucker used to be at The Wall Street Journal, where like any self-respecting liberal activist/reporter, he led an e-mail campaign to prevent the Journal from being sold to that awful Rupert Murdoch person. That's enough right there for an NPR invitation.

Drucker came to NPR with the earnest recommendation that America desperately needs a significant hike in marginal tax rates that's more like socialist Europe, and perhaps a little value-added tax on top for seasoning:

March 17, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

Matthew Boyle at the Daily Caller offered more Thursday on how NPR director of institutional giving Betsy Liley discussed with the fake Muslim front group MEAC how George Soros decided to obscure his large donation to NPR by opting against on-air announcements of his $1.8 million gift to place reporters in every state capital (perhaps complete with medical-marijuana information brochures).

But then Liley suggested to the MEAC impersonators this was not the first time Soros donated to NPR. In a classic example of Soros-enabled liberal bias, he funded a documentary about executions in the state of Texas -- on October 12, 2000! -- just as Texas Gov. George W. Bush was running for president. This was the day after Bush was questioned on the death penalty in Texas in a presidential debate. (Salon.com interviewed the documentarians under the headline "Inside the Texas Death Machine.")

This attempt at a public execution of the Bush for President campaign had multiple funders, according to the press release: "Witness to an Execution was funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Soros Foundation."

March 17, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

Several liberal talk-radio hosts are pandering to listeners by taking polls on just how despicable Republicans are in response to the horrifying disaster in Japan and the scary nuclear-power issues. The poll at Thom Hartmann's website asks:

Will the Republicans succeed in cutting Tsunami funds?

-- Yes! You gotta give tax breaks to millionaires and the money has to come from somewhere.
-- No! Even Tea Baggers want to be safe.

Surprisingly, at the time of this writing, 57 percent picked "No." A more predictable tilt came in the Ed Schultz radio show poll:

March 16, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

NPR media reporter David Folkenflik has not only done one story trying to dig out former top NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller's nasty comments against deeply racist, gun-toting, phony-Christian conservatives (as Matt Hadro first noted), he's performed three slanted versions of NPR self-defense. Just as CBS in the first days of the Dan Rather fiasco embarrassed themselves by stonewalling Rather critics and using only supporters of the CBS war on Bush, Folkenflik could only stand up for Ron Schiller and try to turn around the horrible publicity, no matter how futile that appears.

On Monday's Morning Edition, he even ushered in Al Tompkins of the liberal Poynter Institute to insist that people shouldn't trust their eyes and ears, that the idea that Schiller smeared conservatives was a lie:

TOMPKINS: I tell my children there's two ways to lie. One is to tell me something that didn't happen, and the other is not to tell me something that did happen. I think that they employed both techniques in this. 

March 16, 2011, 7:58 AM EDT

National Public Radio hasn't exactly been inviting real conservatives -- the ones who think NPR is not a "very valuable" treasure for taxpayers to involuntarily support -- since the Ron Schiller tape was posted. But kudos to Michel Martin, host of the afternoon talk show Tell Me More, for putting on Kevin Williamson of National Review Online on Monday. He said God bless Ron Schiller for revealing the "cultural soul of American liberalism." Martin argued with him that a fundraiser (or an ad salesman) shouldn't be seen as representative of the company.  Williamson appeared in the "barbershop" section of the program, where there is normally not a white dude. After he joked about stopping by to be the show's "token middle-American, gun-toting angry person, clinging to religion," he began by responding to Martin asserting everyone was offended by Schiller:

KEVIN WILLIAMSON: Well, I say God bless this guy for having said it.

JIMI IZRAEL: K-dub, go ahead.


March 15, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

Danielle Kurtzleben at U.S. News & World Report crunched some numbers of federal campaign contributions and discovered that the NPR Board and the board of the NPR Foundation are -- surprise, surprise -- much more likely to donate to Democrats.

A review of campaign finance data found that NPR board members' campaign contributions have sharply favored Democrats. Since 2004, members of the boards of NPR and the NPR Foundation, the public broadcaster's fundraising arm, have contributed nearly $2.2 million to federal candidates, parties, and PACs, of which $1.95 million, or 89 percent, has gone to Democratic candidates and liberal-leaning political action committees.

March 15, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

Robert Wright, president of NBC from 1986 to 2007, has joined a list of Hollywood notables -- including Melissa Etheridge, David Geffen, Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, Eric McCormack, Mya, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and "Ellen & Portia DeGeneres"  -- in signing a letter to President Obama urging his public support of federal recognition of "gay marriage."

We ask you now for your leadership on ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage -- an exclusion that harms millions of Americans each day. Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before, and faces again today. With so many Americans talking it through in heartfelt conversations, it is a question that calls for clarity from the President.

March 15, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

Conservatives agree that public broadcasting no longer needs federal funding. But McCain Republicans are hunting for strange compromises. Former McCain 2000/2008 adviser Kevin Hassett wrote for Bloomberg that NPR and PBS news is wrong-headed, but not its arts and education initiatives (like Big Bird): "Public radio and television, then, are defensible to the extent that they serve the public good by enriching the arts. NPR and PBS, however, wandered far from this mission, providing news content that is mostly indistinguishable from that provided by left-leaning for-profit enterprises."

Let's not assume that taxpayer-supported arts and culture aren't often twisted to support the statist agenda. NPR's "arts" reporting on Monday night's All Things Considered celebrated folk singer Barbara Dane, "a versatile voice with a political purpose."  (Have you heard her songs, such as "I Hate the Capitalist System"?) Anchor Robert Siegel announced Dane passed "significant signposts," such as "She was the first white woman profiled by Ebony magazine. And she was the first U.S. performer to break the U.S. travel ban to Cuba." 

March 14, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

Monday's Washington Post promoted the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday night, complete with pictures of glitzy Katie Couric, Andrea Mitchell, and Arianna Huffington. This media-insider event finally attracted President Obama. There were no cameras allowed, so Obama once again made fun of Speaker John Boehner's skin color:

The president said he used to think the House speaker was tan, but after seeing him tear up so much, he realized: “That’s not a tan — that’s rust!” A Gridiron skit had Fake Boehner singing “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to,” Lesley Gore-style. (I’m try’n to show them some leadership here / some gravitas and some guts / how did I end up in bed / with all these Tea Party nuts?) 

That was not the only Republican-bashing done inside this liberal media club. Media people dressed up as the Republican presidential field, including Rudy Giuliani in a pink dress, and sang a nasty song:

March 14, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

The left end of the radio dial is designated for non-commercial broadcasters, which is usually NPR stations and Christian stations. No one would confuse the two. On Thursday, the nationally distributed NPR show Fresh Air with Terry Gross became the latest media outlet to celebrate the Bible-shredding of professor Jennifer Wright Knust (after CNN.com and the Washington Post On Faith website.) Gross began:

As a Bible scholar, ordained Baptist pastor and professor of religion Jennifer Knust says she's tired of watching those who are supposed to care about the Bible reducing it to slogans. For example, she says you can't use the Bible as a straightforward guide to sexual morality because the Bible fails to offer a consistent message regarding sexual morals and God's priorities.

Gross's first question: “What do you find most interesting and maybe most anachronistic about what the Bible has to say about marriage?”

March 13, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT

People magazine film critic Alynda Wheat had a major political problem with the new Disney computer-animated movie Mars Needs Moms. It's viciously anti-feminist. But that's a much different review than the one in the other Time Inc. rag, Entertainment Weekly. Wheat unloaded with this one-star (out of four) review:

Berkeley Breathed's 2007 kids' book Mars Needs Moms had a sweet but sharp point: Love your mother-or aliens will. But between page and screen some nasty gender politics entered this story....What's offensive is that the twisted dictator behind the deadly brain-sucking plot is the Supervisor, a vicious caricature of a feminist who thinks men are stupid and raising kids is a waste of a woman's time. Between the violence and the vitriol, what Mars really needs is a spanking.

March 13, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

NPR's On The Media is a weekly show produced by WNYC in New York. When there's a NPR scandal, they are not fair and balanced. They are liberal warriors. They have stated repeatedly that liberal bias is a "canard" that causes "false balance." So it's not surprising they went into major Self-Defense Mode this weekend.

BOB GARFIELD, co-host: Joyce Slocum, NPR’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, was named interim president and CEO. She says that the political fallout from the sting will not change NPR’s journalism.

JOYCE SLOCUM: Knowing our newsroom and our journalists as I do, I think that they are going to continue to do as they have done and that is to take great care to ensure that their coverage is balanced, that they’re bringing a variety of voices to any given issue…

March 12, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

In Friday's Washington Examiner, columnist Byron York plucked something off the Ron Schiller tapes that few have noticed: Schiller said NPR held a dinner party to discover whether conservatives actually believed the somehow amazing notion that NPR has a liberal tilt:

NPR decided to do a little field research. "I asked one of my very conservative friends who lives in Washington if they would give a dinner of very conservative people in government," Schiller said at the Feb. 22 lunch secretly recorded by conservative activist James O'Keefe. "The purpose of the dinner was to ask them if they really believed that NPR had a liberal bias or not. Is this just something that conservatives say to each other, or is this in fact true?"

The dinner was arranged, and 10 conservatives attended, along with Ron Schiller and NPR head Vivian Schiller. (The two are not related.) The results of the evening, Ron Schiller said, were "very amusing."

March 12, 2011, 7:25 AM EST

Just as the insistent MoveOn.org lobbying campaign for PBS tells you something about  just whom PBS is pleasing, disgraced former CBS anchorman Dan Rather being sympathetically profiled for Mother Jones tells you that all Rather's patter about corporations ruining the integrity of the news has a ready audience on the hard left.

Mother Jones insisted "At 79, the former CBS anchorman is still kicking ass and winning Emmys." (Dan Rather Reports actually won a news Emmy in 2008, so someone is still trying to reassemble Rather's shredded reputation.) They also notice almost no one watches his HDNet show, but suggest that's a terrible shame. Freelance writer Jim Rendon recounted how Rather worked on a story about electronic voting machines, a favorite of the paranoid Janeane Garofalo left, that thinks both Gore and Kerry beat Bush:

The former CBS News anchorman is recounting a story he'd reported in 2007 about problems with electronic voting machines. "We found out that these wonderful, electronic, technological marvels were manufactured in what amounted to a sweatshop in the Philippines—the Philippines, exclamation point!" he says, in that ascending tone so familiar to generations of Americans.