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 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:

December 27, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

Appearing on Sunday’s Meet the Press, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman brought his usual lecturer’s arrogance and said he was really worried about President Obama’s chances at re-election: “I really, really worry about him.” The answer, of course, is more “stimulus” and increased spending on overpriced college tuitions: “I really hope he gives us a big choice.”

Friedman also said the Republicans are looking for someone who can be as smart and “mellifluous” as Obama: “And I think Newt's rise is speaking to us. And what it says to me is, is that I think there's a lot of Republicans who are starved for a candidate for their party who would be able to debate Obama head-to-head, they think is as smart and mellifluous as the president.

December 27, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

In mid-December, we noticed ABC, CBS, and NBC had no interest in citing Gallup polls that made the Democrats look like they were on the wrong side of the public. But on Tuesday morning’s Today, NBC substitute co-host Savannah Guthrie gushed to Chris Matthews in the first half-hour of the show that the latest Gallup numbers show Obama ticking up a bit.

“For the first time I think since July, the latest Gallup tracking poll has his approval higher than his disapproval. He's no longer upside-down on that number,” Guthrie reported. “Is this a reflection of things getting better in the economy, or people not liking the Republicans and coming back to President Obama?” But did they? By 1 pm Tuesday, the latest tracking poll had Obama underwater again: 46 percent approve to 48 percent disapprove. 

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: