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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May 12, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

Something shocking happened on Friday night on NPR's All Things Considered. "Conservative" pundit David Brooks took the anti-Washington Post position on the Mitt Romney high-school "scoop." Obviously, Post columnist E.J. Dionne stuck with his paper and his liberal guns, insisting more and more stories just like this are going to come out, whether that's a threat or a promise.

Anchor Melissa Block would not use the word "alleged" to describe the Post story which "details incidents of bullying by Romney when he was a senior at the tony Cranbrook boys prep school in Michigan. Five former classmates spoke about an incident when Romney led a posse that targeted a student with long bleached-blond hair, tackled him, pinned him to the ground and hacked off his hair as he cried and screamed for help." Brooks cried it was illegitimate "gotcha" journalism:


May 12, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton touted the Post’s Romney-haircut “scoop” as a “deeply reported story” that “holds up to scrutiny.” But the family of the haircut victims told ABC it was “factually inaccurate” and it shouldn’t be used as a political football. Pexton said nonsense: the Post has received “no specific complaint of inaccuracy.”

Perhaps more shocking is that the Post shamelessly admits they timed this story precisely to echo on the day after President Obama’s big pro-gay announcement. They actually waited a day longer than planned to let Obama have the front page to himself when he was being “historic.” Pexton’s only nod to the right: he panned the sneaky update that’s still not a “correction”:

May 11, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

The Washington Post story on Mitt Romney's alleged high-school haircut pranks really turned the gears in Liberal Talk Radio Land. By Thursday afternoon, they were really digging into the apparent GOP nominee's high-school record.

Randi Rhodes said she believed this story "Because he's a sociopath! Listen, let me tell you something. This is the exact same George Bush mindset. This is Bush on the couch territory. OK - this is like - I mean, Mitt has been torturing gay kids we now found out long before he started torturing factory workers or family pets. Right? And George Bush did it too - George Bush was the same kind of guy!" Mike Malloy also jumped in with relish:

May 11, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

Christopher Goins of CNSNews.com has noted a reporter asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they're opposed. You're a Catholic that supports gay marriage. Do you believe that religion and the idea that you can support gay marriage can be separated? And how do you grapple with the idea that you support gay marriage as a Catholic?”

Pelosi responded: "My religion has, compels me--and I love it for it--to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination. I think it’s unconstitutional on top of that. "

May 11, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

As The Washington Post publishes its “harrowing” story of Mitt Romney’s bullying of other children in 1965, conservatives might ask: How did the Post cover Barack Obama’s education at Punahou School in Honolulu in the last election cycle? Did they track down horror stories from high school detractors or classmates who belong to the Other Party?

As might be expected, a Nexis search of “Obama” and “Punahou” brings out mostly laudatory references to his high school basketball career. The seven stories in the sample have no critics of young Obama, but plenty of oozing sympathy for his fatherless plight. Here are the headlines, to give you a flavor:

May 10, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

Conservatives who were a little amazed at The Washington Post's 5,400-word opus on Mitt Romney's high-school pranks wondered: Is this how the Post covered Barack Obama's admission in his memoir "Dreams From My Father" that he tried cocaine? Did the Post use as much investigative elbow grease to assess Obama's record as the first major presidential candidate to admit using cocaine?

No. The only news story that registers was published on the front page on January 4, five weeks before he jumped into the presidential race. "It was headlined "Effect of Obama's Candor Remains to Be Seen." This paragraph from reporter Lois Romano was an absolute classic:

May 10, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

Even before President Obama's proclamation in favor of "gay marriage" on Wednesday, the Democratic Party clearly demonstrated an urgency in defending itself to its gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender base. On the DNC website, if you click on "People" and then on "LGBT Community," you can find a 25-point list under "LGBT Equality: Accomplishments of the Obama Administration."

But then click on "Faith Community," and there is no list of accomplishments. Zero. Zip. Their list of "Recent Action" for the "Faith Community" has one item from November 2011 and then the next most "recent" one from...December 2009.

May 10, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

National Public Radio did a classic pirouette of one-sidedness on All Things Considered Wednesday night. For comment on Obama' s "evolution" on gay marriage, NPR invited only a "leading advocate of same-sex marriage," gay activist-pundit Andrew Sullivan, now writing for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. There is no time for the social conservatives, just the gays.

Sullivan oozed about Obama: "I think he let go of fear today, the fear that somehow by embracing this natural, obvious and I would say conservative development he was sometimes -- somehow embracing political calamity. He wasn't, he isn't, he won't." NPR anchor Audie Cornish asked him if this was about fundraising, but he just praised Obama's (and America's) evolution:

May 10, 2012, 7:18 AM EDT

Media reports are quite explicit that the Obama White House chose ABC's Robin Roberts for an Obama interview because of her reputation for warm and fuzzy news and -- her race and even her age. “The White House went with Robin because of her personal rapport, their friendship, the past interviews — but also her race [African-American], even her age,” one producer at ABC said to Politico's Dylan Byers about Roberts, 51. “There is a very strong, very basic connection there.” Think Oprah.

On Good Morning America, Roberts does close to zero political interviews -- George Stephanopoulos hogs them. Roberts offered a "warmer, gauzier" and less combative presence, former CNN White House correspondent Frank Sesno told Paul Farhi at the Washington Post. The White House wanted a "conversation across the back of the fence," not a newsmaker interview:

May 9, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

Over at Daily Kos, "Zenox"  wants the online world to know that President Obama is much, much scarier to Islamic terrorists than President Bush ever was. The worry is that al-Qaeda has "decided to make a showcase of a U.S. aid worker (Warren Weinstein) kidnapped in Pakistan in 2011" and this "hostage who happens to be a Jewish American (I am guessing from his name)" is a trap to sabotage Obama's re-election.

We're assured "The Taliban, al-Qaeda, Islamists do not want Barack Obama to get re-elected. Period. And frankly who could blame them? They had it pretty good during the Bush years." (Italics theirs.)

May 9, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

The New York Times played make-believe on the front page Wednesday in an article titled “Gay on TV: It’s All In the Family.” Media reporter Brian Stelter began by describing a transgender plot on “Glee,” marrying lesbian doctors on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and two men adopting a second child on “Modern Family.” Then he concluded: “What’s missing? The outrage.”

The outrage is not “missing.” That’s simply not factual. It might be missing in the newsroom of the Times, but not in the country. Stelter found an academic expert to divide the country into conservative “bigots” and liberal “saints”:

May 9, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

Rabid left-wing talk show host Mike Malloy (heard across the nation on Sirius XM Left) not only insisted on Tuesday that Mitt Romney is suggesting Mormonism taught him to be a lying “SOB..not worth the power to blow you to hell.” Malloy expressed wonder a mob didn’t “string him up right there” as he spoke in Cleveland.

In that same first hour of Tuesday night’s show, Malloy verbally assaulted Billy Graham as “g–damn senile” (so senile he’d eat furniture) for supporting North Carolina’s traditional-marriage ballot initiative.

May 8, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

On MSNBC's Ed Show on Monday night, Ed Schultz attacked Mitt Romney for failing to disagree emphatically with a voter who said Obama should be tried for treason. "For all his faults, at least John McCain [in 2008] had the guts to talk down the crazy. Four years later, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party doesn't have the character or leadership skills to correct conspiracy theories on the road at an event? Romney didn't address the treason accusation at an event until a reporter grilled him about it."

Guess who didn't have the "character or leadership skills" to correct his supporters when they made crazy talk about "treason" in the last presidential election? That would be Barack Obama. Which supporters? You can start with...Keith Olbermann, occupying Ed Schultz's current spot on MSNBC. Check out Olbermann on April 25, 2008, for example, when the treason came from Team Clinton, which was supposedly going to undermine Obama in the fall:

May 8, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

AP reports high-earning movie star Will Smith is supporting President Obama's call for higher taxes on the country's top earners. Vanity Fair has reported that Smith was paid an estimated $20 million for "Men In Black III."

"I'm very supportive of that idea," Smith told AP in an interview. "America has been fantastic to me. I have no problem paying whatever I need to pay to keep my country growing."

May 8, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Liz Harrington at CNSNews.com reports the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), who last month raised over $400,000 for abortions through its Bowl-a-Thon, touted that it provided money for a 14-year-old’s abortion as part of the group's “real stories of abortion access.”

On its website in a post entitled, “Getting an abortion means getting a second chance,” NNAF highlights the story of Darcy, a 14-year-old who terminated her pregnancy with the help of the group’s “George Tiller Memorial Fund.”

May 8, 2012, 7:38 AM EDT

The news Monday of a thwarted al-Qaeda plot to place another explosive device modeled on the "underwear bomb" that failed on Christmas Day 2009 might make a news consumer wonder: What ever happened to that terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab? On February 16, he was sentenced to life in prison for his attempt at mass murder. Did you miss it? The networks weren't very interested. Only ABC's World News filed a full evening-news report by legal reporter Pierre Thomas, but even that left out Team Obama -- especially Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claiming "the system worked" when it obviously didn't. Citizens foiled the attack over Detroit, not the government.

NBC never covered the life sentence in the evening. One 67-word brief by Amy Robach on "Today" was all they did. CBS Evening News mentioned it briefly, but here's one full Obama report they did instead, correspondent Norah O'Donnell explaining how White House tourists were "overcome with emotion" when Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance:

May 7, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

AP showed an interesting imbalance in reporting on wild things said on the campaign trail on Monday. First came the article headlined "Romney: Obama Shouldn't Be Tried for Treason." Reporter Steve Peoples passed along the Obama campaign spin that Romney should stand up to "extreme voices" in his party.

Soon after, the same Steve Peoples wrote a story on Obama strategy that waited until paragraph 16 to note the extreme voice of Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod telling reporters in a conference call that Team Obama was ready for criticism from "the Karl [Rove] and Koch brothers' contract killers over there in super PAC land."  Contract killers? Team Koch slammed right back at Axelrod for fact-mangling and incivility:

May 7, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

In gross-out news, London's Daily Mail reports "Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today."

"The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born." This could be a new income stream for Planned Parenthood if they get their subsidies reduced.

May 7, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

On Monday’s front page, The Washington Post promoted “liberal hero” Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat looking to retake the “Ted Kennedy seat” in the Senate. “Stakes high as liberal hero tries to unseat GOP senator,” read the headline. On Sunday, the Post’s Chris Cillizza said Warren had the “Worst Week in Washington” for her muddled answers to claiming she was of Native American heritage in professor jobs for a decade.

But it wasn’t the “worst week” in the Post – they ran no news story on the controversy until Monday, but in this Karen Tumulty story, it was completely buried until paragraph twenty:

May 7, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

The Daily Telegraph in London reported that in France on Friday night, the camp of Nicholas Sarkozy attacked "biased" media for an "alliance" with Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. An ally said it was "a veritable denial of democracy." There's not just a socialist media bias problem in America, obviously. 

There was even violence reported. Two star "presenters" of France's most-watched rolling TV news channel, BFM TV, were attacked by Sarkozy supporters to taunts of "collaborators" at his final rally in Toulon on Thursday. Ruth Elkrief and co-host Thierry Arnaud were hit by water bottles, one striking Arnaud in the face. They had to curtail their live programming and complained to France's broadcast watchdog. Mr Arnaud said he was "molested in practically every meeting."