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 13, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

That taxpayer-funded leftist sandbox called National Public Radio promoted the latest work/wreck of “progressive art” on Saturday morning's Weekend Edition. In San Francisco, they're twisting the classic ballet The Nutcracker into a radical-left jeremiad. Anchor Scott Simon announced nonchalantly: "'Tis the season for The Nutcracker. One production in San Francisco is decorated with a grab-bag of liberal political causes. In the Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie, the ice caps melt during the Dance of the Snowflakes and Clara is an undocumented Latina maid."

Liberal reporters think liberals aren't at all noteworthy so they get no label. When the media elite announces something has "liberal causes," it's extremely leftist. Reporter April Dembosky interviewed the show's writer and director, Krissy Keefer, without mentioning she ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi from the far left, demanding the impeachment of Bush in 2006:

KEEFER: We are a political dance company in that we try to make work that is socially relevant, that is responding to the real ideas and real needs of people today in the community.

December 12, 2010, 11:32 PM EST

After the debacle that was the high-profile Oprah-and-Michelle-Obama politicking in Copenhagen to get the Summer Olympics in Chicago in 2016, it might not be surprising that the networks weren't heavily tracking the U.S. bid to attract the World Cup soccer tournament for 2022. (You could argue that U.S. sports fans are much more indifferent to the World Cup than to the Olympics.) The American delegation that traveled to Switzerland included soccer stars, and former president Bill Clinton, and an Obama cabinet member. The Secretary of Commerce, perhaps? No, Attorney General Eric Holder.

When the tournament was awarded oddly to Qatar on December 2 (promising air-conditioned stadiums since summer temps are in the 120s, not to mention how global warming might ruin the planet by 2022), there was no mention on ABC,CBS, or NBC -- or The Washington Post, or the Los Angeles Times, or USA Today, for that matter. But that night, Monica Crowley and Sean Hannity did take it apart on Fox News:

December 12, 2010, 8:19 AM EST

Parade magazine, a Sunday supplement that appears in many newspapers across America, offered a cover story on their Personalities of the Year (featuring kids from the documentary Waiting for Superman on the cover.) There was only one politician featured: California's once and future governor, Jerry Brown, "the returning warrior." Parade sought out Arianna Huffington to praise his endless curiosity and declare "California is a perfect fit for his restless spirit."'

But didn't Arianna and Jerry once have a romance? In a January 3, 1995 Los Angeles Times story, she was very angry at former Congressman Robert Lagomarsino (after her then-husband "retired" him in a 1992 GOP primary) for pulling old quotes from that liberal rag Vanity Fair about Arianna wanting to marry Jerry and save the world together:

December 11, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

It shouldn't be surprising that as Barack Obama's approval ratings have dipped (Real Clear Politics average of 45.6 percent), the liberals at The Daily Show would start turning on the public as ridiculous and fickle. On Thursday night's show, they turned the tables on the polls, and Wyatt Cenac talked about the other opinion measure that is sinking: "Obama’s approval ratings of us."

Stewart played along: "I was not aware actually that they measured that." Cenac replied: "Oh, yeah. Let's look at the numbers. At present, Obama only approves of 26 percent of all Americans. That’s down from a high of 79 percent and that's across all demographics." The skit continued:

December 11, 2010, 7:32 AM EST

On Thursday's edition of The View, Joy Behar displayed how little she knows Sarah Palin's favorite authors. As they discussed Palin's answer to Barbara Walters asking what she reads, and Walters said Palin reads C.S. Lewis for "divine inspiration," Behar asked "Aren't those children's books?"

She wasn't joking, but she obviously liked the idea that Palin wasn't smart enough to read "adult books." The Narnia books aren't exactly Dr. Seuss. Behar isn't educated enough to know about his classic works of nonfiction in Christian apologetics, like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. She can tell you all about Jersey Shore, but theology is not one of her hobbies:

December 10, 2010, 10:32 PM EST

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty explored the dark-horse presidential explorations of former Sen. Rick Santorum on the front page of Friday's paper. It was a fairly respectful story until it came time to discuss the former senator's “notorious” moral statements, and how he still “breathes fire” on occasion:

Santorum was notorious for his moral pronouncements. He contended, for instance, that Boston's liberal culture was partly to blame for the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church there, and suggested that lifting antiquated state sodomy laws would sanction bestiality -- or as he put it, "man on dog."

Santorum still breathes fire. In his evolving stump speech, he frames the prospect of Obama's reelection in near-apocalyptic terms: "Democracy and freedom will disappear." His agenda consists of stopping pretty much everything that has been set in motion in the past two years, starting with the overhaul of the nation's health-care system.

December 10, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

While many journalists try to strike a middle ground on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, certain American left-wing journalists who seriously hate the United States are fully in the Leak Tank. Take Salon's Glenn Greenwald, who charged to Assange's defense against the "pure authoritarianism" of Western governments "totally lawlessly" waging war on WikiLeaks on Tuesday's Democracy Now on taxpayer-supported Pacifica Radio:

December 10, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

The Washington Post keeps adding to its sympathetic portrayal of the radical-left gay artist whose work was removed from the National Portrait Gallery for putting ants on a crucifix, mocking Jesus Christ. Three days ago, The Post's Style section lamented on the front of the Style section about how the "pesky ant video refuses to die." But on Friday morning, a huge (8 by 8) black-and-white photo of artist David Wojnarowicz graced an essay by critic Philip Kennicott. The essay (and four more photographs) covered the entire back page of Style. The headline was "The 'Fire' man: David Wojnarowicz, censored by the Smithsonian, sounded an alarm in dire times."

Kennicott championed the artist as he railed against the cruelty of Reagan conservatives and the Catholic Church: "Not simply a cry of anguish or protest, Wojnarowicz's work captures the contradiction, speed and phantasmagoria of a time when it was reasonable to assume that all the political and social progress gay people had achieved in the 1960s and '70s was being revoked - against the surreal, Reagan-era backdrop of Morning in America, and a feel-good surge of American nostalgia and triumphalism."

 

December 9, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

Patrick Gavin at Politico captured revelations from a Thursday interview Chris Matthews granted at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in DC. On his show: "Obviously, I think I'm the best. But each one of the other people think they're the best, too....I think I'm the best, generally....There's no doubt about it, in fact, but other people have different views....'Hardball' is absolutely nonpartisan."

How then, does Matthews explain his Thrill Up My Leg reputation? Is he a journalist? He says yes: "Absolutely. I have to deal with facts every night. I have to cover the news every night." Does he really believe people watching his show buy that he's running a fact-based nonpartisan seminar?

December 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

Web pollsters at The Washington Post only want to discuss the various positives of Obama's new deal on tax rates and unemployment benefits. Their poll question was "What's the greatest benefit for Obama in extending the Bush tax cuts?" These are the happy-talk choices: 

-- Fulfilled promise of compromise with Republicans

-- Exchange for jobless benefits

-- Increased support from independent voters for 2012 re-election

-- Restored image as post-partisan leader

December 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

On NPR's weekend show On The Media (produced by radio station WNYC), New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller reacted badly to NPR's Bob Garfield suggesting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks was a "looter" or a smasher of windows. Keller insisted the document dump has "more value" than that metaphor, that the dump is "absolutely fascinating...like a graduate seminar" on international relations.  It's a "ridiculous standard" to insist these finds must be Earth-shattering to be a positive development:

BOB GARFIELD: Now, the stories so far have been revealing but unsurprising, it seems to me, and not especially indicting. It’s made me wonder whether WikiLeaks is a legitimate whistleblower in this case or just a looter. Has Julian Assange shed light here with the release of 253,000 cables or has he just smashed a very big store window?

BILL KELLER: I think that the documents have more value than your metaphor gives them credit for.

December 8, 2010, 7:05 AM EST

Just as Ed Schultz declared that Rep. Alan Grayson was a model for Democratic success with a TV ad calling his GOP opponent "Taliban Dan" ("This is how you fight, Democrats") before Grayson was badly defeated for re-election, on Monday night's Ed Show on MSNBC, he hailed Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey for picking up the GOP-as-terrorists line: 

Senator Bob Menendez hammered the Republicans for their tactics: “Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results?” Well said, Senator. "It‘s almost like the question of, do you negotiate with terrorists?" Wow.

Menendez, I think, is spot on. You can‘t negotiate with terrorists or Republicans these days. They‘ve been on an economic jihad against the middle class for decades, and they‘re determined to blow up any vote the Democrats put on the table.

December 7, 2010, 6:01 PM EST

In what may fairly be assumed is a response to Bristol Palin slamming Keith Olbermann on Facebook, MSNBC stooped on Monday afternoon to speculating that Bristol’s Facebook posts are written by a ghost writer, since the words in her posts sound too advanced for a young Palin. 

Anchor Thomas Roberts was conducting a light interview with comedian Sherrod Small of VH-1's The Short List, and said “Now the young reality TV  star is using the page to slam certain critics out there and fire back at people that come at her.” Small joked: “If she's using subjects and predicates together in a sentence, somebody else is writing it for her.”

December 7, 2010, 8:32 AM EST

Tuesday's Washington Post Style section carried this front-page headline "Pesky ant video refuses to die." But the only new developments on the National Portrait Gallery story were security officers removing two (left-wing) protesters on Saturday and the laments of  a radical curator on Monday. No one in Jacqueline Trescott's article spoke for the conservatives. An award for unintentional hilarity should go to curator Jonathan Katz, who lamented  "homophobia and raw politics" ruined his exhibit -- it was "lost in the mudslinging," as if they weren't slinging mud (or bugs) at the Cross -- and furthermore, "the way forward is to refocus attention to the degree by which the show, by remaining up, continues to resist politics."

Ridiculous. Anyone who's seen the show and read the exhibit captions knows the exhibit is thoroughly political, with captions railing against the "Lavender Scare" of the 1950s, and an artwork where heterosexuals are a set of clowns shaped like a hangman's noose.

December 6, 2010, 11:08 PM EST

As if this line of attack weren't perfectly obvious, liberal radio host Randi Rhodes attacked Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh on Friday afternoon for favoring the extension of the Bush tax cuts just so they can selfishly keep their own millions of dollars:

Tell Sean Hannity that the only reason that Sean Hannity is advocating for holding out for 98 percent of the American people and holding them hostage is because Sean Hannity makes $22 million a year, that's why! Sean Hannity makes $22 million a year.  If Sean Hannity doesn't get his tax cut, Sean Hannity is going to pay about $900,000 more a year.

Rush Limbaugh makes $58 million a year reportedly. He's going to get a tax -- if the the tax on the top two percent is allowed to sunset, he's going to pay an extra $22 million a year. That's his tax bill, not his salary! That's his tax bill on almost $60 million dollars. But without it, you know, if they hold us hostage, then Rush will get an extra $2.7 million next year at a time when people are literally standing in line for heating assistance and he's mocking them and making racist comments about their inability to find a job or their lack of desire to find a job!

December 6, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

On Monday's edition of The View, Condi Rice appeared as a guest co-host, and Joy Behar began by asking: "I have a question for you. I'm invited to the White House Christmas party this Friday. I'm very excited. I've never been before. [Applause] And I was wondering if you could tell me what I'm supposed to like, know." We've come quite a way from Behar sneered about Rice that "she's drunk the Kool-Aid."

Rice drew some notice for saying Team Obama needs to get the lead out on the WikiLeaks issue before America looks like a "paper tiger." Whoopi Goldberg asked about the talk that Julian Assange has a "doomsday file" to release if anyone gets their hands on him:

GOLDBERG: That to me sort of sounds like a terrorist. Cause that's what terrorists seem to do. Try to hold countries hostage in fear. Am I crazy or just being nutty?

December 6, 2010, 12:09 PM EST

Liberal newspapers may claim that taxpayer-funded art galleries should take “public sensitivities” into account, but in reality, they don’t want members of Congress actually representing the insulted public by speaking out against anti-Christian exhibits.

Friday’s Washington Post led their editorial page with the headline “The censors arrive: Do Republicans really want to ride into power with a burst of small-minded intolerance?” That’s funny: Christians might find the “small-minded intolerance” coming from artists who think that modern-day Christianity is an oppressive, Jesus-betraying force – as represented by ants crawling all over Jesus on a crucifix. Here’s the key passage:

Public sensibilities must be taken into account when taxpayer funds are in play, but the use of public dollars does not give lawmakers the right to micromanage or censor displays. Nor should the occasional dust-up be justification for threatened retribution against these valuable national assets. We hope Mr. Cantor's threats prompt many additional Washingtonians to visit the exhibit and judge for themselves.

December 6, 2010, 7:12 AM EST

December's Limbaugh Letter has these choice quotes from Speaker Pelosi on the 63-seat bloodbath of the House Democrats. “We didn't lose the election because of me...I'm the most significant attractor of support for the Democrats.” She said this on National Public Radio on the November 12 Morning Edition newscast. I went back to find out what did the interviewer say before and after this laughable blast? Anchor Renee Montagne asked about being “successfully demonized” by the GOP:

MONTAGNE: Getting back to the politics, you have been quite successfully demonized by the Republicans. How are you going to keep that from hurting your party more than it already has?

 

PELOSI: Well, let me say this when you say more than it already has. The reason the election results are what they are is because we have nine-and-half percent unemployment in our country. We didn't lose the election because of me.

 

December 5, 2010, 5:43 PM EST

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley interviewed two Democrats on Wednesday, and he asked both if the $878 billion "stimulus" package was "not robust enough," and asked if the nation should really be fixating on the deficit, instead of more so-called "stimulus." Smiley also told former Sen. Gary Hart that partisanship and gridlock was the worst  ever: "I've heard this a thousand times now, that 'I have never seen it this bad.'" Hart blamed the GOP and "their so-called base, the haters."

If the theory is the "stimulus" is tiny, you can bet your liberal host is going to cite Paul Krugman, as Smiley did to Sen. Richard Durbin:

 

December 5, 2010, 8:24 AM EST

The December 6 issue of Newsweek pitched its Holiday Movie Preview with cutesy headlines -- like the new Natalie Portman ballerina film Black Swan is "The One...Ballet Movie Even Straight Guys Might Like." (That's a reference to the scandalous Portman-Mila Kunis lesbian sex scene.) But the new Kevin Spacey movie about conservative lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff is "The One...for Tea Party Members."  Reviewer Caryn James wrote:

George Hickenlooper’s fact-based satire, starring Kevin Spacey and his ever-sharp comic timing, offers an antic version of the wheeler-dealer whose ambition and blinkered morality were close to caricature all along. The film follows Abramoff’s glib, high-energy act as he takes parties of congressmen on sunny vacations and persuades them that sweatshops in the Mariana Islands are good for the American economy. Droll and straight-faced, Spacey lets us see Abramoff’s absurdities: an observant Jew, Abramoff reminds an interfaith Bible-study group, “In Biblical times, taxes never rose above 20 percent”—the old “if it was good enough for Moses” economic plan....