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. 

Latest from Tim Graham
October 6, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

New York Times reporter James Risen unloaded an attack on President Obama as he accepted a journalism award at Colby College in Maine. “I think [President] Obama hates the press. I think he doesn’t like the press and he hates leaks,” he said. “I don’t think any of this would be happening under the Obama administration if Obama didn’t want to do it.”

Risen took the occasion to compare his own journalism against the government's war on terrorism to the abolitionist fight against slavery. Does that clash a bit with a black president, being cast as a modern-day equivalent of a slavery defender? Don't stop Risen. He's on an arrogant roll about his own importance.

October 6, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The gay-obsessed New York Times is letting a gay columnist whack away at the Catholic church as having a “gay obsession.” No one obsesses about the gays as much as the gays, but you are only allowed to be “obsessed” if it’s relentlessly, propagandistically positive.

Openly gay columnist Frank Bruni calls it “persecution” for Catholic schools to dismiss employees who flagrantly, publicly dissent from church teaching by getting married to a person of the same sex (currently dramatized by Hollywood in “Love Is Strange”). Bizarrely in contradiction of the facts, Bruni says this political activity is not political and that the activists are not “calling any special attention to themselves.”

October 5, 2014, 6:41 AM EDT

The cover of Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine preaches the gay gospel again. Over an illustration of one groom helping another groom to the top of a wedding cake is the headline “The Gay Moment: How we got to a new American reality.”

Post editor Erica Johnston profiled gay activists Michelangelo Signorile and Human Rights Campaign boss Chad Griffin. One unleashed hate on the radio. The other's been profiled at least three times in the Post since 2012.

October 4, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT

More proof that the women's magazines are all in the tank for the Democrats arrives in the October issue of Vogue magazine (edited by major DNC donor Anna Wintour). After all the fashion ads comes a gooey story on Secretary of State John Kerry. 

Writer Sally Hansen keeps bringing the reader back around to Kerry’s (very brief) service in Vietnam, reminding some of James Taranto’s 2004 gibe mocking Kerry’s milking of his war resume: “the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam.”

October 4, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

When The Washington Post makes a Minnesota story a national story, they really want to push it. Take Saturday’s front page story, headlined “Transgender athletes struggle to find their playing field.” Under the color photo, the caption explained “Zeam Porter, who is transgender, talks about feeling devastated while playing on the girls basketball team in high school.”

The sensitivity is so great that a correction (or I would call it an ideological “incorrection”) was issued: “An earlier version of this story used an incorrect pronoun in the caption for the person in the photograph, Zeam Porter. Porter's preferred pronouns [for herself] are 'they' and 'them.'"

October 4, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT

Amazon.com is being hailed by the cultural elite for a new series called “Transparent,” about a 70-year-old father of three who decides he’s a woman named Maura. There are no content warnings for this. There is only progressive euphoria. TV critics and the wider media are falling all over themselves expressing glory and praise for this cultural landmark.

Willa Paskin at the liberal website Slate is a perfect example. “To call it Amazon’s first great series, or the only great series of the new fall season – both of which are true – is to damn it with faint praise.”

October 4, 2014, 7:06 AM EDT

Politico’s David Nather cast the most mentioned Republican presidential contenders as un-presidential on Friday in a story headlined “GOP 2016ers on Ebola: Panic.”

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal? Panicky. Only Rick Perry was the responsible one, he implied.

October 3, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

The Washington Post on Friday hired a new blogger for its Wonkblog: Chris Mooney, a bomb-thrower with two books attacking the idiocy/authoritarianism of Republicans. The Post somehow left out the titles in their joyous announcement. They are “The Republican War on Science” and “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science -- and Reality.”

Hiring Mooney away from the leftist magazine Mother Jones is also a clue of how the Post considers “provocative” ideology a qualification.

October 3, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

There was a good reason for Democrat-friendly networks to skip Obama’s economic speech yesterday, as Curtis Houck reported. Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza was shocked the president seemed to hand Republicans a ready-made TV ad in the speech.

His headline was “28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say today.”

October 2, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

President Obama tried desperately to talk up the economy in a speech at Northwestern University on Thursday, but he still ended up denouncing his own term in office. “When nearly all the gains of the recovery have gone to the top 1 percent, I find that a little hard to swallow," he said. Doesn’t that reflect on him?

Obama made a petulant attack on Fox News for presenting Obamacare as a “fanged threat to freedom,” and then he claimed it “working pretty well in the real world.”

October 2, 2014, 7:35 AM EDT

As the Secret Service scandal swallowed director Julia Pierson on Wednesday afternoon, the home page of National Public Radio carried this exculpatory headline:

The White House Could Be Made A Fortress, But Should It? It turns out the Secret Service isn't too good at protecting the White House, and maybe one reason is that we don't want it to be.”

October 1, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

Sometimes, public radio employees don’t seem to realize they rely on taxpayer support. Our former colleague Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon underlined that in a story on Congressman Chris Gibson (R-New York).

An unnamed employee of WIOX radio in the small town of Roxbury, New York (which runs NPR News programs overnight), dismissed Gibson as someone who should “find a real job like the rest of us and not live off the taxpayers [sic] money.”

October 1, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

Monica Sanchez at our sister site CNSNews.com reports that Rear Adm. John Kirby, the press secretary over at the Pentagon, lectured the media on Tuesday that the media elites need to “share a sense of strategic patience” with the military on the anti-ISIS front.

"I'm not criticizing that there is a public discussion," Kirby said. "I'm just simply saying that some of the coverage, I think, has been needlessly shrill and the expectations have been, I think, inappropriately high on what can be accomplished just through military power alone."

October 1, 2014, 9:07 AM EDT

The network news divisions still leap to cover grisly crimes in the heartland. But some crimes are much more interesting than others. Take, for example, the beheading of a woman at a Vaughan Foods factory in Moore, Oklahoma on September 26. All three networks reported the story on Friday night, but surprisingly, they quickly lost interest within 24 hours. They barely noticed Saturday morning.

Newspapers were one-and-done. Saturday’s New York Times printed one story on page A-12, although it included the beheader’s Facebook rants. “The page is filled with criticism of American culture, and dire warnings for those who do not follow that religion.” His most recent post, three days before the murder said “This is the last days.'' In July he wrote (capitals his) ''AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE WICKED. WAKE UP MUSLIMS!!!''

October 1, 2014, 7:09 AM EDT

HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher is hopping mad at Clay Aiken for distancing himself from Barack Obama in a New York Times interview (as we reported). Aiken’s opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers, had been a finalist in Maher’s GOP-bashing “Flip A District” contest.

The Times has an “insider” feature called “Reading the Times With,” and they asked Maher about “what story incited the most fury” in the Sunday edition:

September 30, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

They don’t hand out master’s degrees in revisionist history, but if they did, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman might deserve one.  Obama is mired in a geopolitical mess of his own making, from the Ukraine to the ISIS menace, yet Friedman’s decided to argue that Obama shouldn’t be harshly judged. His era is much more complicated than Reagan’s, you see.

“I’ll leave it to historians to figure out years from now who was the better president,” he claimed. Reagan’s era was defined by a capitalist-communist competition between “two organized superpowers,” while Obama’s era centers on a puzzling conflict “between a superpower and many superempowered angry men.”

September 30, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

 The Blaze relayed that Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger was insulted that aides to Michelle Obama and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke told her she could not talk to the crowd at a Milwaukee event.

"To say that I was creeped out is an understatement," she said. "This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people."

September 30, 2014, 7:51 AM EDT

The Washington Post publicized Hamas-controlled al-Aqsa Radio on Tuesday. The headline in the paper is “On Hamas radio, the news is all good.” Online, it’s “Hamas radio station in Gaza reports on the sunny side of Islamist movement’s rule.”

Post reporter Terrence McCoy starts with praise from Gaza political analyst Talal Okal. “Hamas is very good at media...People listen to them every day, and every day they speak frankly and fondly about Hamas.” Well, except, they only choose a narrative that makes Hamas looks good.

September 29, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

The people at PolitiFact clearly don't like being used in Republican ads. PolitiFact Virginia has designated a new Republican ad against Sen. Mark Warner as "False" for underlining he promised he wasn't voting for any bill that would eliminate your health care plan....and then he voted for Obamacare.

Somehow, GOP challenger Ed Gillespie is judged as wrong to suggest Politifact called this the "Lie of the Year," or suggesting it applies to every Democrat pushing Obamacare, not just Obama.
 

September 29, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

There is one foolproof way to avoid discussing whether the Friday beheading in Oklahoma by Alton Nolen was directly related to the assailant’s conversion to Islam: skip reporting the story.

A Nexis search shows NPR never offered a feature on that grisly tale of Colleen Hufford's murder. (Hourly news update transcripts are not included). Meanwhile, Oklahoma was only coming up over the weekend on Saturday’s Weekend Edition, in a story on art forger Mark Landis: