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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October 8, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

Anyone reading the Anita Hill puff piece in Friday's Washington Post could see reporter Krissah Thompson was a big Anita Hill fan. But did she also have to be a lazy, handout-accepting Anita Hill fan? The only conservative skepticism toward Hill that the Post allowed were five words from Justice Clarence Thomas's memoir. But they were misquotes.

I have an autographed copy of the book from a Heritage Foundation dinner with the Thomases, and could not find the quotes Thompson used...until I found a New York Times op-ed by Anita Hill from October 2, 2007 -- in the week the Thomas book came out. It was called "The Smear This Time," and Hill misquoted the book. So did Krissah Thompson, copying Hill's misquotes...word for word.

October 7, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes asked President Obama a softball at Thursday’s press conference about what he would like to say to win over the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, and then followed up: Jackie Calmes follow up question was: "Do you think Occupy Wall Street has the potential to be a tea party movement in 2012?"

Oddly enough, Calmes didn’t use Obama’s answers in her front-page story, headlined “Obama Describes Economy as Dire: Citing Europe, He Urges Passage of Jobs Bill.” Calmes did line up economists to support Obama’s push for passage.Obama said Republican proposals “would not help the economy in the short term. Economists at private-sector forecasting firms agreed,” wrote Calmes.

October 7, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

Strangely claiming to still be an "independent," actor-slash-Obama-advisor Kal Penn wrote for the God's Politics blog on September 29 that his heart was broken by the crowds at Republican debates, but urged  Obama's young voters it's "time to re-engage!" That doesn't sound very "independent" of Obama at all.

But, then "Kumar" of the marijuana-addled "Harold and Kumar" movies has only donated to Democrats. That would include this piece:

October 7, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT

Twenty years ago, Senate Democrats and National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg colluded to try and ruin the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas by promoting the never-substantiated sexual harassment allegations of Anita Hill. If a woman ever claimed Barack Obama talked up Long Dong Silver porn films to her, you can bet it would be seen as an ugly, racist right-wing smear promoted by crackpots. But the liberal media presented Hill as a sober and centrist Saint Anita, not part of a lie-manufacturing left-wing conspiracy. (See Totenberg's activism in our new Special Report as one of the top 20 liberal excesses of public broadcasting.)

Hill strongly denied to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was making these allegations for her own benefit or that she would be making any hay out of her time in the spotlight. Then at the end of 1993, news broke that she struck a million-dollar-plus book deal with Doubleday. On Friday, The Washington Post's Krissah Thompson filed a report that celebrated "her role" in the hearings, and completely sidestepped whether she was lying her face off.

October 6, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

Here’s a reason to check out CBS in the next 24 hours. Via Fox Nation, we learned CBS Boston reported President Obama gaffed in his press conference Thursday. He used the story of a teacher in the Boston area, Robert Baroz of Wellesley,  to push his jobs bill Thursday: "Why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts somebody like Robert back in the classroom teaching our kids?” But Baroz already has a job in the classroom. Oops. 

At the beginning of his White House news conference, Mister Obama told a story of how he recently met Baroz, and how's received "three pink slips" as he works as a provisional teacher:

October 6, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

David Barrington, MSNBC’s vice president for advertising sales, is bullish about his network’s financial picture, telling Broadcasting & Cable magazine that MSNBC’s revenue for advanced “upfront” ad revenue was up fifty percent. But the way the MSNBC VP characterized the election stood out.

“To grow revenue by 50% will give you an indication as to the recognition among clients, planners and buyers that this is going to be the second most historic election in our country’s history,” Barrington says. “There are a lot of interesting debates to be had, and this is the content you want to be around.” Is it "most historic" because it will the first re-election of a black president? Or the first defeat of a black president? It sounds like MSNBC is hyping (A).

October 5, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts appeared as a presenter Tuesday night in New York City  at the 2011 Amplifier Awards of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). That's the group that wants all "anti-gay" voices censored from newscasts, an agenda Roberts obviously doesn't mind endorsing.

Broadway World reports Roberts presented Allstate with the Corporate Responsibility award for its long-standing public commitment to the LGBT community. Allstate Marketing Director Georgina Flores accepted the award and said that it was "...for all the LGBT Allstate Agents and their LGBT customers."

October 5, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

New York magazine recently tracked down actor Samuel L. Jackson to show him the Rick Perry nearly-invisible-N-word "scoop" and then asked him if he agreed with Morgan Freeman that the Tea Party was racist. Of course, he said.

He also thought the Perry story was a political plus: "it's not going to hurt Perry's reputation in a whole lot of places, so it's not a big deal." New York magazine said What? He replied: "Are you serious? He's a Republican and this is America."

October 5, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

Brent Bozell reports in his nationally syndicated column on how The Washington Post covered the Jeremiah Wright story in 2008 -- often with flowers and sympathy for Wright and the people who cheering him on during the "God Damn America" sermons. The Post barely mentioned Wright in 2007, but when they did, it was as part of a generally uplifting look at Obama's background. He was not to be investigated, but he could be explored as a phenomenon.

In the August 12, 2007 Washington Post Magazine, writer Liza Mundy mentioned Obama selecting Wright's church as a (non-cynical) choice to increase his blackness quotient:

October 4, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie never threw his hat in the ring for president, but liberal talk radio hosts are already regretting they don't have Christie to kick around any more with fat jokes. Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer reported several liberal talkers thought Christie's fat made it too dangerous for him to run. On Monday, Stephanie Miller cracked that Christie would get killed by a rock if he stood next to those other Republican meanies.

But that came after she worried about "how many people" Christie would "immediately crush to death with his giant fat ass." This is why NPR feels so smug about being the brainy alternative:

October 4, 2011, 7:18 AM EDT

The successful mission to kill Islamic radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki naturally drew disgust on the left, even against President Obama. On Friday night’s Rachel Maddow show, the critic was Spencer Ackerman of Wired magazine, who in the JournoList expose by the Daily Caller clearly proved he wasn’t a pacifist, when he gleefully talked of throwing anti-terrorism expert Michael Ledeen into the wall or through a window: “I’ll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the f--- up, as with most bullies.” He wondered why Obama wouldn't have drone attacks in Massachusetts, where the latest Islamic-radical plotter of D.C. violence was based.

On the radio, comedian John Fugelsang tried to joke that the deceased owed him money, and Thom Hartmann blamed Bush: “I think that Anwar al-Awlaki would not even exist as a phenomenon had George Bush not responded to 9/11 by going nuts.”

October 3, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

Hours after country star Hank Williams Jr. stunned Fox News anchors by using a Hitler analogy to describe the chasm between President Obama and Speaker Boehner, ESPN yanked the traditional Williams open to "Monday Night Football." There was no word from the network if this was a one-time edit or a permanent ban.

On Monday afternoon, CNN political analyst Roland Martin demanded a ban on Twitter: "Hey @espn, after Hank Williams Jr likened Hitler to Obama, I DO NOT want to hear him singing on Monday Night Football. EVER." On Facebook, he added "Hank is always trying to wrap himself in the American flag. His disrespect for the office of the President of the United States is ridiculous".

October 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

Even as House Republicans plan to zero them out, National Public Radio has picked a new president with Democratic Party connections on his resume. The choice is Gary Knell, the CEO of Sesame Workshop, which makes Sesame Street “and other highly regarded children’s shows” for PBS, as NPR said.

The Washington Post mentioned Knell is “a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when it was chaired by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). Before his stint in Washington, he worked as a legal adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) during Brown's first term, and for Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.).” NPR has a long history of Democratic party men as presidents.

October 3, 2011, 7:44 AM EDT

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi is finding a lot of unusual circumstances -- and unusual no-comments -- around Michelle Obama's razzle-dazzle distraction outing to Target after her latest controversy over wearing $42,000 diamond bracelets. He found "there might have been something to the notion of White House orchestration." Farhi's story did not note how the Post's own gossip columnists were eagerly orchestrated to coo over the photo (including on NBC).

Is the AP granting the First Lady a publicity favor to curb the Michelle Antoinette echoes that will give them increased access later in return? If the official White House photographer had taken these shots, Farhi noted, the rest of the press would have seen them as promotional. Somehow they weren't if AP put their prestige on the credit line instead. Farhi lined up all the improbabilities:

October 2, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

Liberal talk radio will say almost anything to attack Ronald Reagan. Lately, they've been in a dither over plans to curtail the Postal Service. So Reagan inspired shootings at the post office? On Thursday's edition of the Thom Hartmann Show, a caller insisted:  "When Reagan took over, the tension in the post office went up and you start[ed] havin' shootings...because of th[ese] draconian rules that they put these people under, and the stress. " Hartmann replied: "I wouldn't disagree with that, and Reagan began the war on workers."  

Hartmann lauded the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters as the rebuttal to Reagan: "By and large, this is a movement being driven by teenagers and people in their twenties who are looking at a world that thirty years of Reaganomics has handed them, or a country, anyway, that's a disaster explicitly because of crony capitalism, bought-off politicians, and supply-side economics."

October 2, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

President Obama spoke to the National Dinner of the gay-left Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night and began by joking: "I appreciate the chance to join you tonight.  I also took a trip out to California last week, where I held some productive bilateral talks with your leader, Lady Gaga. She was wearing 16-inch heels.  She was eight feet tall. It was a little intimidating." Then he said he couldn't give a long speech, because "Cyndi Lauper is in the house.  I can't compete with that."

Overall, his theme was that a "big America" supports homosexuality, and conservatives favor a "small America." He took a shot at Republicans for failing to denounce about two boos at a debate for a soldier on tape demanding Rick Santorum not turn the clock back on gay liberation. "We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders -- one of whom could end up being the President of the United States -- being silent when an American soldier is booed. " Alert to PolitiFact: Obama lied by saying they've been "silent since."

October 1, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

Star PBS filmmaker Ken Burns appeared on The Colbert Report Wednesday night to sell his new PBS documentary Prohibition. Perhaps he’d had a few drinks, because he tried to compare the political environment that passed Prohibition to today’s Tea Party. Both eras apparently demonized immigrants and ruined civility in politics, and speak in racist code words about “taking our country back.”

This is the kind of clumsy dot-to-dot drawing you get from spoiled millionaire documentarians who spend their off-hours making woozy cinematic valentines to "amazing, amazing" Ted Kennedy. It may have happened on Colbert, but it’s sad, not funny:

October 1, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

On Tuesday night's Joy Behar Show, Joy invited on Larry King to talk Michael Jackson...and a little politics. Larry endorsed Jon Huntsman as his favorite Republican candidate, and said "the one thing good about it if Romney or Huntsman got it is a Mormon against a black, what does the South do? What do they do? You`re in Alabama, oh, my gosh." Behar joked: "There would be mass suicides in Mississippi."

Behar also ran King through the usual awful-debate-crowds talking point, and King said Rick Perry was "very compassionate" on education and health care for illegal immigrants, which "they" (the conservative base) can't tolerate:

October 1, 2011, 7:43 AM EDT

How can a nasty funeral plot on “Two and a Half Men” and the global-pandemic movie “Contagion” and the ugly tone of the Charlie Sheen roast be compared to the Republican debates? Brent Lang of the entertainment-media blog The Wrap somehow accomplishes it. 

“The overwhelming pessimism that gripped America throughout the end of summer and the dawn of fall has cast a shadow across the cultural landscape,” Lang explained. “It may not have been planned that way, but either through scheduling happenstance or from a sincere desire to reflect our times, the movies and television shows that have aired or premiered in recent weeks collectively form a howl of rage and discontent.” And, then so does the GOP:

October 1, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT

Nancy Benac of the Associated Press is thoroughly in the tank for Michelle Obama. Her latest article was headlined "First lady a not-so-secret campaign weapon." She began: "She's mingled barefoot among Aspen's elite, stirred a Vermont utility executive to tears and bucked up disenchanted New Yorkers." At the same time, the media can tout her for shopping at Target and for mingling with the Aspen elite. Michelle Obama the Target shopper wearing $42,000 diamond bracelets? Benac waited for paragraph 21 to mention that, where that kind of contrary information belongs.

Benac picked up the Obama campaign line -- she's an "enormous asset" -- and ran with it, barely noticing the idea that every re-election campaign counts on the First Lady, and every First Lady is more popular than her husband, and every First Lady can offer a personal portrait to warm people up to her husband's personal side. No, Michelle Obama causes people to tear up, and deeply motivates feminists like Gloria Steinem: