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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November 22, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

On Monday, the Daily Kos covered the Saturday night GOP debate in Iowa with a typical headline "Republicans pander to American Taliban." (Who's doing the pandering? That's also the title of the latest book by Kos bloglord Markos Moulitsas.) Jed  Lewison insisted Rick Santorum was Talibanesque when he said, in the Washington Post account: “As long as abortion is legal in this country... we will never have rest because that law does not comport with God’s law.”

Lewison proclaimed: "So the next time you hear Rick Santorum complain about government imposition of Sharia law, keep in mind that he doesn't have a problem with violating the separation of church and state. To him, the only thing that matters is whether the government is imposing his beliefs." (Italics in the original.) Blogs like Right Wing Watch (from People for the American Way) seized on the answer.

November 21, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

The Catholic League found “corruption” in a November 16 article in the Kansas City Star by Judy Thomas and Glenn Rice on how a psychiatrist evaluating a Catholic priest accused of possession of child pornography is disqualified by associating with a group defending accused priests called Opus Bono Sacerdotii (or Work for the Good of the Priesthood). The headline announces “concerns voiced about neutrality of psychiatrist who examined him.”

November 21, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

Ben Smith at Politico reports that in her new book, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann goes out of her way to praise Garrison Keillor, the arrogant liberal host of A Prairie Home Companion on NPR. This is the guy that wrote for Time magazine that "The Republicans are going to be the Party That Canceled the Clean Air Act and Took Hot Lunches from Children, the Orphanage Party of Large White Men Who Feel Uneasy Around Gals."

How would Bachmann process that one? She oozed in the book: “His politics are very different from mine, but I love his gentle, knowing humor. Keillor understands Minnesota, from Lutherans to lutefisk, and his ability to squeeze laughs out of serious-minded midwesterners makes him a legend.”

November 20, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi charged in the Sunday Outlook section that conservatives are the bigger liars with sub-rosa e-mail gossip chains: "when it comes to generating and sustaining specious and shocking stories, there’s no contest. The majority of the junk comes from the right, aimed at the left."

Who did the measuring of this tilt? Why, the Washington Post fact checker, of course, and Politifact.com (run out of the liberal St. Petersburg Ties) and FactCheck.org, run by the liberal Annenberg Center at the University of Pennysylvania. In other words, the liberal media-political complex is claiming to be "nonpartisan" again. 

November 20, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

Kyle Smith of the New York Post reports that the animated movie Happy Feet 2 can’t stay away from including the notion of “gay marriage” into a movie you might just think was aimed at kids. The little crustaceans voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt bring it up:

"Perplexingly, things take a turn for the gay:  Damon’s krill says he wants to raise kids together, at which point Pitt’s notes that they’re both males, yet Damon thinks this is no big deal and (I’m not making this up) starts suggestively singing a Wham! song, which causes Pitt (not unreasonably) to dump Damon." Smith added: "I’ve got nothing against alternative-lifestyle krill, but what are they doing in my dancing-penguin movie?"

November 20, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

There are times you have to question Michael Steele's grasp on elementary political-party history as an MSNBC analyst from the right-leaning side. (Liberals would say it makes you question how a former Republican Party chairman can't remember his own party's recent history.) But on Friday night's Politics Nation, in a battle of the bumblers, Steele told Sharpton the Republicans lost the House majority in 1996 and didn't regain it until 2002. This would come as a shock to Newt Gingrich, since how did they impeach Bill Clinton in 1998 from the minority? (Republicans controlled the House from 1995 to 2007.)

Unsurprisingly, Sharpton took a whack at the memory loss of Rick Perry, without in any way grasping Steele's fundamental error of fact. The discussion began over Gingrich's lucrative financial relationship with the government-sponsored housing entity Freddie Mac:

November 20, 2011, 6:44 AM EST

On Friday night’s Politics Nation program, MSNBC host Al Sharpton denounced a Balanced Budget Amendment in the strongest terms. “This extreme piece of Republican mean-spiritedness could have destroyed up to 15 million jobs and slashed social programs.” It’s apparently why the popularity of Congress is so low, Sharpton insisted.

Washington Post reporter Nia-Malika Henderson agreed with Sharpton that the Republicans were both ideologically inflexible and tone-deaf to the public, and then suggested President Obama  “Oddly, you have Mark Penn making this suggestion that Barack Obama shouldn't run as a populist, shouldn't run on raising taxes, but let's face it, that`s something that Clinton was able to do, and that ushered in a record number of jobs.”

November 19, 2011, 7:05 AM EST

On his radio show Thursday, former CNN host Bill Press found it a little disconcerting to see the Republicans on the budget super-committee say on TV they were refusing to budge off their last offer. Then he went just a little further: Republicans are committing treason, against the Constitution, by sticking with their Grover Norquist no-tax-hike pledge.

"I think it's pretty clear to me and to you that the Republicans have dug in their heels. Their loyalty is to Grover Norquist and the American Tax Reform Association," he said, mangling the name of the group. (It's Americans for Tax Reform.) "Their loyalty is not to the American people, it's not to the Constitution of the United States. I know that's a strong statement, but I think they're guilty of treason. I think they really do care more about Grover Norquist than they do about you or me."

November 18, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

Newsweek loves Bill Maher -- so much that the utter incongruity of driving your $120,000 all-electric Tesla roadster to rally the “99 percent” in Los Angeles doesn’t collapse upon itself in their saccharine narrative.

Lloyd Grove began his tribute: “In many ways, Bill Maher is a testament to the enduring power of the American Dream.” This is also a ghastly clash, since Maher routinely scorns America as a nation packed with idiots.

November 18, 2011, 9:21 PM EST

The next time you hear liberals mourning that today's conservative movement has no William F. Buckleyesque figure to banish the right-wing wackos to the fever swamps, just remember what passes for left-wing political thought at the Daily Kos. Last year, the Kosmonaut known as "Troubadour" predicted things were going to go very badly after the midterm elections: "Win or lose this election season, Republicans appear to be headed on a one-way path to organized political violence."

This has apparently been proven by police suppression of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and next the liberals should watch out for the "the internet blacklist bill" and the "the internet kill switch" if Republicans take power in 2013. Full-blown GOP dictatorship is around the corner:

November 16, 2011, 10:41 PM EST

The Los Angeles Times has aggressively covered the unproven sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain. When his wife Gloria granted an interview to Fox News to respond, Times reporter James Oliphant asked "Can Gloria Cain Pull a Hillary Clinton?" Oliphant didn't seem to consider that an insulting question -- since he never told the reader the obvious. Hillary Clinton helped her husband deny an affair with Gennifer Flowers in 1992 -- which he admitted in 1998. (The ultimate "pulling a Hillary" was that year's "vast right-wing conspiracy" interview on NBC.)

This kind of journalistic equivalence also fails when it comes to its place in the news cycle. In 1992, the TV networks waited for days until the Clintons could shovel their spin on "60 Minutes" before they covered (and dismissed) the allegations in just 14 stories, eight of them anchor briefs. By contrast, the networks had aired more than 100 stories breathlessly accusing Cain before his wife spoke out.

November 16, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

Newsweek and New York magazine are running it. The New York Times turned it down. But Benetton is returning to its decency-shredding advertising ways, photographically mashing world leaders -- even the Pope -- into homosexual kisses. This would be the same Newsweek that once refused a left-wing tree-hugger ad that trashed...Victoria's Secret.

"Italian clothing chain Benetton is trying to drum up attention for its flagging brand with ads showing global leaders kissing," reports The Wall Street Journal. "President Barack Obama locks lips with China's Hu Jintao and with Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. A picture of Pope Benedict XVI embracing Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of the al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, was hung from a bridge near the Vatican early Wednesday." Where are the Ground Zero Mosque defenders and Mohammed cartoon-crushers on this one? Other than the magazines that are taking Benetton money, that is.

November 15, 2011, 10:19 PM EST

MSNBC host and radio talker Ed Schultz gave a "What I Read" interview to The Atlantic, but the reading list was less interesting than his complaining about how talk radio is owned by conservatives: "Citadel doesn't do liberal talk radio. Bonneville doesn't do liberal talk radio. The Salem Radio Network, same thing." Of course, he admitted, If Ed Schultz owned 600 radio stations, I can guarantee you Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or any other right-wing hack job would not be on my stations. But until liberals go out and buy signals, you're not going to get a lot of liberal talk radio."

Then Schultz admitted where liberal radio is located. It's at the left end of the dial. "I don't buy that there are more conservative listeners than liberal listeners. A lot of the liberal listeners are listening to NPR. In Washington or New York City, the NPR station has huge listenership. That's where most of the liberal audience is and that's who we, the commercial liberal format, have to peel away listeners from. This industry is ideologically-driven. That's the culture of it."

November 14, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

[UPDATED: See video and transcript below.] Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, Monday, to shill for his latest book, Bill Maher told George Stephanopoulos he's rooting for Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination. "At least he eats with a knife and fork. I mean, he is all that stands between us and the rise of the apes."

Couldn't that be seen as a bit racist toward Herman Cain? We're used to Maher slamming religious folks in that way, but "apes"? Stephanopoulos didn't blink. He only said "He's [Romney's] probably odds-on, although Newt Gingrich..." [MP3 audio here.]

November 14, 2011, 8:29 AM EST

The media's adoration for Chelsea Clinton has reached a new phase. The New York Times reports "NBC is to announce on Monday morning that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News."

And there's no delay "The appointment is immediate. Ms. Clinton will show up at the news division offices on Monday morning, said Steve Capus, president of NBC News, and will begin work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its 'Making a Difference' series, which runs on NBC Nightly News.”It sounds nothing like the smaller role NBC awarded another presidential daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, who occasionally reports for Today.

November 14, 2011, 7:11 AM EST

Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten -- the same guy that used to have an important job, editor of the paper's Style section -- is bashing away at conservative Christian Republicans again. In Sunday's magazine, he promised to explain to stupid conservatives how the world worked.

"To run for the White House, you should not have to prove you think Christ is God. The whole point of this land of ours is that there should be no such test — but you sure can’t tell that from the race so far," Weingarten complained. Then he added, "(Have you found that the folks who brag the most that they have deep faith and love God more than you do tend to be the ones who, like, get caught nude with a goat?)"

November 13, 2011, 7:40 AM EST

With the usual self-satisfied smirk, as she karate-chopped the air in front of the word "SHAMPAIGN," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow mocked the idea of a Newt Gingrich surge by picking up on her fellow gay activist Dan Savage's smear of Rick Santorum: the one which insures that a Google search of Santorum leads to Savage's comparison of the religious conservative to semen and fecal matter. Don't ever let them tell you MSNBC is classy.

"They’ve gone through this with Donald Trump now and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, and Herman Cain. We sort of expect them to do this with everybody in the field -- I mean, except for Rick Santorum. Nobody’s going to vote for Rick Santorum, come on," Maddow sneered. "But the idea of a Newt Gingrich surge is almost as absurd as people – uh, you know, Googling Rick Santorum and saying, 'I like what I found here, I`m going to vote for this guy.'" Then came the Springtime for Hitler references.

November 12, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

On the Friday news roundup on the PBS NewsHour, pseudoconservative analyst David Brooks of The New York Times kept up his disparaging of Herman Cain, predicting "he will be deflated very seriously within a week or two." He attacked Cain for "behaving badly" and having "gone for the home run" in denying all sexual harassment claims. Mr. Brooks didn't consider it at all possible that Cain could be truthful in denying all claims.

On both NPR and PBS Friday, Brooks lamented that Jeb Bush isn't in the race and would be the frontrunner pleasing both conservatives and moderates if he had chosen to make a run. He clearly has no respect for Herman Cain:

November 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

Colby Hall at Mediaite highlighted how Democratic Party Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz went on The Situation Room on CNN on Friday and trashed Herman Cain for using the word "princess" for Nancy Pelosi: “I thought it was a pretty callous, sexist throwaway line.” Then Wolf Blitzer allowed her to unload a wagon of talking points against the entire GOP field for 66 seconds. When he then asked if she believed Cain or his accusers, she insisted “I think Herman Cain needs to come clean and address them and say far more than he’s said already.”

Mediaite and CNN have short memories, since Wasserman Schultz embarrassed herself back in June by insisting Anthony Weiner didn't have to share anything with the public...other than the bulge pictures he'd already posted on Twitter. Blitzer should have remembered -- since she refused to offer a Weiner opinion on CNN, as Blitzer repeatedly asked for one:

November 12, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

On the same Morning Edition broadcast on Friday that made time to honor Obama's tender concern for veterans, black NPR reporter/Obama supporter Karen Grigsby Bates ripped into Herman Cain with a chorus of condemnation from black liberals.

Harvard professor Randall Kennedy claimed “Black people know that if Herman Cain had his way, their lives would be diminished.” Former Time reporter Jack E. White added “Herman Cain tells them what they want to hear about blacks, and in turn, they embrace him and say, see, that proves we aren't racist. He's even willing to be a minstrel for them.”