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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September 30, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

While the “nonfiction” writers have clearly sharpened their knives for Sarah Palin (and put “writers” in quotes if we’re talking Levi Johnston), the liberal media also can’t help but publicize smear-fiction of Palin. Case in point: Nicolle Wallace, the Palin-hating McCain aide, whose new novel smears Palin with a plot about a vice president who isn’t vetted well who’s exposed after the election as mentally ill. 

Wallace, who plays a Republican on TV, was featured and touted on two editions of the Rachel Maddow show (Tuesday and Wednesday). Maddow especially liked and reran Wallace suggesting with a smile, “Look, you know, I was inspired by her to write a book about someone who was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. So don’t ask me.”

September 29, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

What do NBC News producers do after they retire? Sandy Goodman has become a writer for The Huffington Post, where he has demonstrated how liberal they have been for years at NBC. His latest post denounces NPR in an "open letter" for taking 11 days to notice a leftist “Occupy Wall Street” protest on the air.

Goodman declared: “I've hated Ralph Nader ever since he was personally responsible for George W. Bush's election in 2000, but he and others sure are right when criticizing NPR for not covering the left and these protests (his phone call no doubt helped lead to NPR's belated coverage). If the Tea Party farts, that's news. But God forbid you should cover anything too far left of center.”

September 29, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

NPR’s Talk of the Nation devoted a segment on Tuesday afternoon to the question “What Happened to the Political Left?” For answers, host Neal Conan brought on the leftist professor Michael Kazin and Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation magazine. It didn’t get hilarious until Kazin made the claim that nowhere in Flyover Country -- in Iowa or Nebraska, for example -- can you hear a left-winger on the radio.

Somehow they all forgot that NPR stations are taking our tax dollars and insuring these left-wing voices are on the radio, including Iowa Public Radio and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) Radio.

September 29, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

President Obama’s harsh-sounding words to the Congressional Black Caucus to “stop complaining” naturally upset PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who never fails to stop complaining that Obama isn’t liberal enough. "The president of the United States ought to consider more wisely the words that he uses when talking to Black folk as compared to others,” he asserted at the end of an interview with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee on PBS Tuesday.

Incredibly, Jackson Lee told the conservative bloggers who liked this speech to "shut up and stop playing racial politics." For his part, Smiley was especially angry that anyone cheered Obama's rhetoric at the CBC event, suggesting people cheering the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as well:

September 28, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

Usually, leftists will mock conservatives for having a cult of Ronald Reagan, or in Bill Maher's case "almost gay" for Reagan. On Thursday, Managing Editor Barbara Morrill posted the "Midday Open Thread" on the Daily Kos, claiming the current crop of Republican candidates "would cheer at his execution" -- which is a little implausible in his current historical condition.

Referring to a Michael Reagan interview with Fox News in which he said his father "might" not win today with his record in California, Morrill replied:

September 28, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

NBC’s series The Playboy Club remains in search of an audience, so some stars are lashing out on Twitter at the Parents Television Council, who’s calling for the show to be cancelled, since it promotes one of the world’s leading pornography brands.

David Krumholtz – who many might remember from CBS’s “Numb3rs”– attacked the PTC on Twitter for “randomly” choosing the Playboy show, but eventually turned to attacking Mormons and Catholics for having “a long history of degrading women.” When someone asked how Catholics currently degrade women, he snapped back “My bad. I should have said little children instead of women.”

September 28, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

People magazine gave prominent play on the front of its Books section in the latest edition (dated October 3) to two Palin-trashing books, by Joe McGinniss and Levi Johnston. They weren't officially reviewed, since there was no rating of how many stars they had earned. The headline was "Seeking the Real Sarah? Two dirt-dishing bios of Sarah Palin play fast and loose with the facts but transport readers deep into the Wasilla, Alaska ethos that shaped her."

Why would People try to be even-handed here? The books aren't factually dependable, but they reflect Palin's local "ethos"? Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, a People reporter and former White House reporter for the Associated Press, dances this soft-shoe throughout the short piece, next to large photos of the book covers:

September 28, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

On Thursday, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi honored commentator Fred Fiske of Washington’s NPR station WAMU as he retired in his 90s like Andy Rooney. Farhi helped Fiske chronicle “his absurdly lengthy career as an announcer, pop-music DJ, talk-show host and gently insistent, moderately liberal commentator.” Later in the piece, he said Fiske offered “what he describes as ‘moderate’ opinions.”

NewsBusters readers might recall a less-than-moderate Fiske, in tone and content. In a January 2010 commentary on WAMU, Fiske called the Rush Limbaugh show "Excrement in Broadcasting" and cited Jon Stewart attacking Limbaugh: "I think I know the cause of your heart trouble. You don’t have one." He said Limbaugh said "baseless, bigoted, and hateful" things, worse than the anti-Semitic Father Coughlin radio show of the 1930s.

September 28, 2011, 7:29 AM EDT

Here's another sign the rules against campaign donations/fundraising at MSNBC are toast: Ed Schultz was the star attraction at a $50-a-plate fundraiser for the Kosciusko County Democrats in Warsaw, Indiana on Saturday night. (Some paid $250, apparently, to be even closer to Big Ed.)

Daniel Riordan of The Warsaw Times-Union reported Schultz asked if there were any Republicans present. "When seemingly everyone in the room pointed to State Representative Dave Wolkins, Schultz joked, 'I’ll talk slow so you can understand.'” There were also unintentional laugh lines: “(Obama)’s offered up more cuts in spending than Johnson, Carter and Clinton combined,” he said. He's a regular Calvin Coolidge, that Obama.

September 27, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

Everyone was well-behaved when Fox's Bill O'Reilly came on NPR's Morning Edition Tuesday to promote his new book Killing Lincoln. NPR anchor Steve Inskeep was no hardball-throwing Terry Gross, and O'Reilly was wearing his pox-on-both-houses centrist hat and tried to say nice things about Obama. He denounced the media as a "bunch of guttersnipes," but when Inskeep nudged him about whether he was also guilty of slamming people, O'Reilly insisted "I'm trying to do the right thing."

This sounded odd after all the NPR-Fox News crossfire in the wake of NPR firing Juan Williams over an interview on O'Reilly's show. But by far, the oddest part came when Inskeep tried to suggest our current "broken" politics could lead to another civil war and massive death. Speaking of Lincoln's time, he said: "They tried to deal with it. They couldn't deal with it over time, and in the end, it led to a war and hundreds of thousands of people were killed. Do you wonder if the political system is breaking now?"

September 27, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

Here’s one reason why the approval rating for Congress is low: media outlets insisting that anyone standing in the way of providing federal cash to flood victims – regardless of their private insurance policies – are heartless. An AP story by Michael Hill was headlined “The disaster-stricken cluck tongues at Congress.”

AP and Hill were clearly too “compassionate” to ask the question whether people who failed to buy flood insurance or other kinds of private insurance get to lecture politicians about hitting up taxpayers for money. Hill savaged Congress by editorializing that victims had “paid perhaps the highest price for politics.” Hill even lined up people who've already taken tens of thousands from the government to bash Congress:

September 27, 2011, 7:20 AM EDT

The conventional wisdom on cable news branding may be changing. It’s been said that MSNBC found its way being a fiercely liberal channel, while CNN dithered with a calmer (ahem, still liberal) lineup. Now CNN is close to overtaking MSNBC in prime time, reported Bill Carter in The New York Times. So much for "leaning forward."

“MSNBC may be rediscovering the downside of partisan news,” Chris Daly, a professor of journalism at Boston University, told Carter. “That is, the size of your audience is essentially cajoled by the size of the electorate that already agrees with you.” The electorate isn’t getting thrills up its legs over Obama any more.

September 26, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

The Washington Post puffed up the rookie performance of liberal Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan on the front page Monday. The headline was “Kagan made her mark in a bold rookie term.” But inside the paper was the more obvious conclusion, in the headline: “Kagan soothed liberal fears by shoring up the court’s left flank.”

Reporter Robert Barnes is one of many liberal reporters who like pretending that Kagan was somehow an ideological mystery during the confirmation process, despite being picked to be Barack Obama’s solicitor general before the high court.

September 26, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

One-hit pop singer Sinead O'Connor has been treated like a dignitary on MSNBC by Rachel Maddow and promoted as a moralist by The Huffington Post in her recent and vicious attacks on the Catholic Church. Now, she's not saying she's holier than the Pope. She's saying she'll shoot him in a "f***in bloodbath." Let's hope Sinead hasn't made any anti-bullying videos.

Irish Central reports her latest ouburst came on Twitter after a poll was carried out on whether Pope Benedict should visit Ireland. She warned that there would be a "f **kin bloodbath". She tweeted "'Young people of Ireland I love u' said Sinead as she pulled the f ***ing trigger."

September 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

Parade Magazine, the nationally distributed Sunday newspaper supplement had a cover reading "GEORGE CLOONEY FOR PRESIDENT" on Sunday. "In his new movie, at least," it said in smaller type.

Inside we were supposed to read a "candid conversation" with CNN political analyst David Gergen -- who was entirely too candid in describing how hanging out with Clooney at his Lake Como villa in Italy led to a "nasty hangover" and "nonstop fun." Apparently, there was Gergen swimming in underpants in the middle of the night. Is this how journalists behave to "soften up their subject"? Clooney can't just wine and dine with the women. He also knows how to seduce journalists into giving him what he wants: puffball publicity. Gergen wrote:

September 26, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

While ABC's Good Morning America promoted that "cool lady" Michelle Obama's role in the season debut of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last Thursday, they failed to notice when Laura Bush pitched in on the same ABC show in 2005 (after George W. Bush's last campaign). It was taped in September, and aired on December 11. Even the show's producers downplayed the cameo as atypical and not worth any hype. (Liberal newspaper types attacked Mrs. Bush for the cameo.) 

On the day of the airing, Richard Huff of the New York Daily News mentioned in the 12th paragraph of an article on the Extreme Makeover show that it would feature James Denton of Desperate Housewives, and oh yes, that wife of the Republican president:

September 26, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

George Clooney has begun a publicity tour for his new political thriller The Ides of March (which debuts in theaters October 7). John Horn of the Los Angeles Times says the Clooney character has a platform “so uncompromisingly left-leaning it might make Fox News commentators burst into flames.”

Not only that, Clooney’s character proposes the U.S. government ban the internal combustion engine. Clooney says "make it happen." He actually believes that “these are the kind of leadership things I would love to see.”  Horn explained:

September 26, 2011, 7:32 AM EDT

ABC News did not get around to the story that Michelle Obama wore a $42,000 set of bracelets to a Democratic fundraiser. But they certainly helped the Obama campaign by touting her appearance on Sunday night's season debut of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The Obama campaign used the appearance to promote the First Lady's work on behalf of military families (and let's not recall how her liberal husband won the Democratic nomination by promising to clear American soldiers out of Iraq by like, yesterday.) This episode dealt with a woman helping homeless female vets.

On Thursday's Good Morning America, news anchor Josh Elliott prodded Extreme Makeover host Ty Pennington to tell the folks at home just what a "cool lady" the First Lady was, and promote the "very special episode" ABC made. Pennington insisted she wore low-top Converse sneakers [video follows page break]:

September 25, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

Republicans have suggested that if billionaire Warren Buffett is going to be the basis of a "Buffett rule" of taxation, then it would seem obvious that perhaps Buffett should be asked to display his tax returns. If he's going to be the exemplar of class inequities, he should lay his taxes on the table. On Thursday night, MSNBC had a mysterious new term for this demand: "Buffett birther."

It has nothing to do with Buffett's birth certificate, but with his tax returns, but don't bother radical-left Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson with demands for precision. He guest-hosted the Ed Show on MSNBC Thursday night, and launched his lame new term:

 

September 25, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

NPR science correspondent Robert Krulwich promoted the ancient atheist Lucretius on Monday's Morning Edition with the author Stephen Greenblatt. Then the network took a second bite of the apple on Tuesday's Fresh Air with Terry Gross when book critic Maureen Corrigan raved for six minutes over Greenblatt's book The Swerve as "part adventure tale, part enthralling history of ideas." It a "brilliant work of nonfiction" and a "profusion of riches."

It didn't matter how Vatican-bashing it sounded, since that's a plus for NPR: