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 12, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

On the popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion this weekend, NPR star Garrison Keillor sang a different version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." It had a slightly different melody, and mocked Newt Gingrich, without naming him. Keillor sang: "Don’t think a sense of style conceals your escapades / Don’t vote to impeach Bill Clinton while shacking up with Congressional aides." Gingrich was cheating on his second wife (with his eventual third wife) at that time in 1998.

Keillor also sang that Santa is watching for who is "beating up on" gays or minorities. There's nothing wrong with opposing physical violence or mean-spirited bullying -- but with NPR, you'd have to suspect Keillor is implying a broader argument about conservative arguments against gay marriage or "affirmative action." Keillor sang:

December 12, 2011, 8:07 AM EST

The counter-culture folks at National Public Radio are a natural stomping ground for Christmas, and stomp they have. NPR aired a story last week headlined "Pepper-Spraying the Holidays," and on Saturday morning's Weekend Edition, they were charmed by the old tradition of Krampus the Christmas demon in a story headlined "Horror for the Holidays: Meet the Anti-Santa." What NPR won't air later this month: any anti-Kwanzaa mockery.

Reporter Peter Crimmins of Philadelphia NPR station WHYY reported the Krampus advocates really hate the Christmas season. Joseph Ragan of Portland proclaimed, "Of all the 10,000 holidays that can be celebrated, we just have this one particular version of this one particular holiday really shoved down our throats for months at a time in the most saccharine form."  These anti-"saccharine" haters are cheered by the stories of the Christmas demon eating children alive.

December 11, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

The Sunday Washington Post  issued a set of "Best of 2011" lists, and in the Arts section listing of the 100 most notable books (50 in fiction, 50 in nonfiction), the Post fulfilled its annual tradition of promoting its own staffers. In the fiction category was Bloodmoney by Post columnist David Ignatius.

On the nonfiction list were Playing With Fire by Pamela Constable, The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick, Never Say Die by blogger Susan Jacoby and Rawhide Down by Del Quentin Wilber (on the 1981 Reagan assassination attempt). Former Post reporter Robin Wright was mentioned for Rock the Casbah (which was not about the Clash). The selections were made from among books that received book reviews from the Post, so this is a double-dip for Post staffers, a little publicity in the Christmas stocking.

December 11, 2011, 7:23 AM EST

The cover story of Sunday’s Washington Post magazine is a supportive profile of radical-left activist “mogul” Andy Shallal, who now owns a series of “Busboys and Poets” restaurants in the D.C area. He is best known recently for being the enthusiastic sponsor of Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers in his D.C. appearance days after the 2008 election.

But the Post’s puffy title for Shallal on the cover was “Democracy’s Restaurateur.” Deep in the story you learn who gave him that title: Ralph Nader.

December 10, 2011, 10:53 PM EST

President Obama wasn't making any friends at the Daily Kos when he defended the Team Obama decision to refrain from offering "morning after" birth control pills over the counter to children without a prescription. Obama cited his own daughters, which only infuriated leftists like Kaili Joy Gray, the resident scourge of those "terrorist, murderous scumbags" we call the pro-life movement, sounded off against paternalistic Obama in the latest "war on women" update.

"Americans don't need a daddy-in-chief who turns squeamish at the thought of their sexuality. While squeamishness may be an understandable emotional reaction, it doesn't prevent pregnancy or disease. Instead, it does enforce the kind of ignorance that leads to a greater risk of pregnancy and disease," Gray lectured. "Americans of all ages need to understand sexuality—the science, not the moralistic shaming in the name of God or decorum. The information and protection they need should be as accessible to them as possible because that's how you prevent pregnancy, disease and poor decisions."

December 10, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

In November, Rosie O'Donnell visited the Occupy Wall Street protests with a film crew at Zuccotti Park. Now, Us Weekly magazine is reporting Rosie didn't exactly act like the "99 percent" in proposing gay marriage, for the second time, to New York-based headhunter Michelle Rounds. "I proposed with my head down, hand out and a huge lump in my throat," O'Donnell told Us.

Jewelry expert Michael O'Connor told Us that the ring's estimated value is about $100,000. "Wow! This is a platinum ring that gets you noticed," O'Connor marveled. "The cushion cut center diamond is approximately 4 carats, and since it's set in platinum, the diamond will be held more securely. There may be additional significance to the fact that the center diamond is surrounded by 'rounds' set into a platinum collar."

December 10, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

On the PBS NewsHour weekly Political Wrap on Friday night, liberal analyst Mark Shields cheered President Obama's speech in (Texas, oops) Kansas on soak-the-rich populism: "At long last. I think the president has danced around a number of theories of governance, that we could all reason together, the Rodney King approach, which came a cropper." He's not a natural populist, Shields said, but "I think it is an acknowledgement that the Republican Party has moved incredibly far to the right."

As expected, pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks agreed on the far-right GOP thing, but wanted Obama to be more centrist: "I agree with Mark the Republican Party has gone very far right, but if they singing the hymnal of FOX News, why do you sing to the hymnal of MSNBC? Why don't you do something more centrist?"

December 10, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

Parade magazine, the Sunday newspaper supplement, bows and scrapes before liberal actor Matt Damon in the December 11 edition, oozing on the cover that Damon is "The Sexiest Family Man Alive."  Damon is promoting the forthcoming family movie We Bought a Zoo.

Parade's Brooke Hauser wrote "Damon has been outspoken on issues like tax inequality and education -- leading activist filmmaker Michael Moore to champion him for president. Though the actor has denied any interest in running for office, he knows how to land a political punch." Against Romney:

December 10, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

Christians believe that God loved the world and sent his only son to found a church. Atheists think man invented religion to bring some meaning (or rationales for power) to their lives. Guess which Lawrence O'Donnell sounded like on Friday's Morning Joe.

O’Donnell claimed “Republican voters hate Mitt Romney, can’t stand Mitt Romney,” and since he’s at 25 percent in the polls, 75 percent of Republicans are apparently placed in the white-hot hater category, which O’Donnell found amusing since Gingrich is the bigger sinner against that invented Christian notion of God. Video and transcript below:

December 9, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

The blog Inside Cable News noticed new job notices at MSNBC.com. "One was more of a support position for Up with Chris Hayes and another that seemed more like a general editorial position" for the NBC/MSNBC Decision 2012 team. Both had a line that stuck out: "Must have thorough knowledge of political and progressive news."

"While I can see the applicability of that for Up, I’m having a harder time understanding the propriety of it in this other rec," ICN wrote. "This is allegedly to be a position that is at least partly in support of Decision 2012 which as far as I know is an NBC News project that’s not supposed to skew along ideological lines. The very idea that MSNBC is looking for political editors whose knowledge of progressive news matters but conservative news apparently does not matter, seems to run entirely counter to what NBC News professes to be about."

December 9, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

In an interview with Gail Shister at TV Newser, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw dismissed the scheduled GOP debate with moderator Donald Trump. He said Trump “is an utterly shameless self-promoter” and the media should stop enabling him. Earth to Tom: perhaps you should notify your patrons at NBC first.

But Brokaw said debates are useful...to dismiss Republican candidates. With Rick Perry, for example, viewers learned “he was not as much in command of the facts as he appeared to be when he got on stage.” With Herman Cain, well, “He had some real issues with personal behavior.” (Yes, this is the same Brokaw who staunchly refused to find a rape charge against Bill Clinton a "real issue.")

December 9, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

The Washington Post headline on a Friday story on over-the-counter abortifacients ("morning after" pills)  for middle-schoolers was "Administration's Plan B move draws strong and mixed reaction." That's a terrible headline, because reporters Anne Kornblut and N.B. Aizenman only sought out liberal reaction, and then provided a Team Obama defense. Conservative reaction was omitted. (Why would conservatives read The Washington Post? Certainly not to read about themselves.) Worse yet, the Post routinely labeled feminist defenders of "morning after" pills for sexually active sixth graders as "women's rights advocates" -- when they're fighting for the sexual opportunities of sixth-graders.

There was real comedy in the story, from ultraliberal Senator Patty Murray, suddenly in the tank for Big Pharmaceuticals: "Pharmaceutical companies here in this country make some very expensive decisions, and they need to know the FDA is going to make a decision based on science."

December 8, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

NPR anchor Robert Siegel interviewed Occupy Wall Street's inspirational force, Kalle Lasn of the Canadian group Adbusters, on Tuesday night's All Things Considered and discussed how ripe America was for a socialist revolution. Lasn brought up comparisons to 1968 and the hope for a "full-fledged, full spectrum movement that operates on all levels." Siegel suggested back then, it inspired violent revolutionaries like the Weather Underground. (Well, violence wasn't mentioned.)

Lasn warmed the heart of Bill Ayers by saying America is riper now for revolution than it was in the Sixties:

December 7, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

The American Family Association is conducting a “Naughty or Nice” campaign noting which major retailers sound hostile in avoiding Christmas in their seasonal sales. Somehow, on his Monday program, leftist radio host Thom Hartmann yelled that this made him sick and that the AFA is “promoting blasphemy.” He threw the B-word repeatedly.

Citing the Gospel of Matthew, Hartmann also insisted that Christianity and welfare statism are synonymous, and that the House Republicans are terrible Christians because they propose “Oh, we’ve got to cut these social safety net programs – which is the essence of what Jesus Christ said you’ve gotta do to get into Heaven! And instead replace them with tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.” Hartmann began by asserting the AFA thinks Jesus is a liar, but the AFA’s Bryan Fischer drove Hartmann crazy by refusing to take the bait and fight:

December 7, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

On Monday's Morning Edition, NPR science reporter Shankar Vedantam (formerly of The Washington Post) indulged the naughtiest little children, the ones that throw screaming, crying tantrums in public places. The story claimed scientists have now apparently proven that parents should just let the little monsters roar until they exhaust themselves. In the early stages of rage, parents should "do nothing. Don't shout, don't hit, don't try to comfort the child." You can thank NPR the next time this experiment unfolds at the mall."

Vedantam's first subject was little Katrina Doudna: "There was nothing wrong with Katrina. Small kids just have tantrums. Some have lots of them. Tantrums may be traumatic for parents, but they're mostly normal behavior. So science hasn't paid much attention to them, until now."

December 7, 2011, 6:39 AM EST

New York Times media reporter Elizabeth Jensen reported on new NPR CEO Gary Knell on Monday without devoting one word to conservative NPR critics in a piece loaded with public-broadcasting officialdom. The Times is clearly reporting from inside the NPR tank.

But Jensen did find time to quote the radical-left Noam Chomsky lovers at Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) from October 7: "The media watchdog group...criticized Mr. Knell earlier when he said he wanted to 'depoliticize' the public broadcasting debate. The group has called such efforts 'code for appeasing public broadcasting’s conservative enemies by adding more right-wing content and censoring things they may not like.'” Jensen also sounded the tinny arf of a lapdog by utterly avoiding any mention of the Project Veritas "Muslim Brotherhood" video sting as she discussed people getting fired (for what?): 

December 5, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

The Washington Post achieved something dubious on Monday. They attacked Herman Cain as “more style and substance” – in an article from the Post dance critic that was all about his hand gestures.

Dance critic Sarah Kaufman concluded that “Cain’s magic involved some sleight of hand. His larger-than-life physical bluster was aimed at churning up an emotional response. It didn’t prompt his audience to think so much as to cheer. As much as Cain’s speeches offered a multi-sensory experience for the audience and performer alike, they were also bodily evidence of more style than substance.”

December 4, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley took up the new book by Weekly Standard contributor Joseph Epstein on Gossip. Yardley complained that Epstein defined gossip with some "lame" words by John Podhoretz (instead of liberal Nora Ephron), but he deeply enjoyed how Epstein managed to take apart one Tina Brown, who is now the editor of both Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast website.

Epstein identified how seemingly everywhere Tina goes, the magazine loses gobs of money but she build all kinds of "buzz," largely about herself:

December 4, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles is both generally unfunny and a terrible artist. That doesn't mean he can't offend conservatives, as he did in 2006 when he had defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld categorize a quadruple-amputee as "battle hardened."

In Sunday's newspaper, Toles mocked Newt Gingrich as so rhetorically reckless and self-destructive that the best caricature of him is of....a radical Islamic suicide-bomber. Was this really funny? Provocative? Yes. Badly drawn? Of course:

December 4, 2011, 7:38 AM EST

Only in a liberal cocoon of a publication would come the headine, “Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name.” But there it was in The New York Times. That writer sounds like someone who never read The Starr Report, or anything else critical of the way the Clintons managed the White House or Little Rock.

Amy Chozick's article has no Chelsea (or Clinton) critics of any kind, of course, and ends with the usual leg-thrill about Chelsea running for office. But the Times has added details about how NBC obsequiously granted Chelsea an audience and signed her on without apparently having any qualms about her pledge to raise money for the Obama re-election campaign. NBC signed her to a "three month trial contract"?