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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July 14, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

Vyan at Daily Kos is getting giddy in a post headlined “Could we soon see a world without Fox News?” It's apparently all over for FNC: "In less than a week the News of the World Wiretapping and Bribery Scandal has quickly metastasized into a Multi-Headed Dragon of Death for Murdoch Empire and simply lopping off one head, doesn't seem to be enough - the infection has already spread."

Now that Fox-hating liberal interest groups, bloggers,  and Democrat politicians are vowing to investigate, the Kosmonauts think Murdoch's "criminal enterprise" is about to collapse:

July 13, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

ABC's George Stephanopoulos appeared on Tuesday night's Charlie Rose show to discuss what Rose described as "the political implications of the debt-limitation talks." Rose tried to compare Obama to Clinton. Stephanopoulos resisted the idea that Obama was more "cautious."

In fact, when asked how Obama is doing overall, Stephanopoulos pulled out the old line about how nobody "in our lifetime" has been dealt a tougher hand coming into the White House, as if Ronald Reagan had it easy faced with Carter-era inflation and unemployment. Grading on a recession curve, he's "done remarkably well," said George:

July 13, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

Unsurprisingly, Fox-hating National Public Radio has eagerly embraced the nasty scandal of phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, which included dastardly deeds like hacking into the phone messages of abducted 13-year-old Milly Dowler, whose parents thought she might be alive because a tabloid reporter was messing with her phone.

NPR was so excited by this scandal that they sent media reporter David Folkenflik to London, and he’s filed eight reports in the last week – and starred in a one-hour Diane Rehm Show devoted to the “Murdoch Tabloid Scandal” on Tuesday, in which the name “Murdoch” was used 70 times.

July 13, 2011, 7:58 AM EDT

ABC and NBC each attacked “Michele Bachmann’s family business” on Tuesday, and strangely, each presented it as their own idea -- “our hidden-camera investigation” (ABC) and “NBC News investigates the controversy” -- even as they both relied on a gay-left advocacy group’s sting operation.

Neither story showed any sign that these liberals would consider talking to anyone claiming to be an "ex-gay," like Janet Boynes, someone the Bachmanns have promoted. Wayne Besen, the head of Truth Wins Out, a group staunchly opposed the concept that anyone can be “cured” or “treated for” homosexuality, has been quite clear about how liberalism is much more sound and scientific than conservatism:

July 13, 2011, 6:56 AM EDT

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley welcomed former New York Times columnist and theatre critic Frank Rich to his show on July 7 to absolutely rip on Mitt Romney as a leveraged-buyout specialist who "threw American workers out of work" and "the most transparent phony...that you can imagine." So why is the unemployment rate at 9.2 percent? Rich said the Wall Street types (the "Robert Rubin retinue") inside Team Obama ruined the chance to have "a WPA-style jobs program."

Smiley has constantly agitated President Obama from the left, so Rich's first piece for New York magazine insisting Obama's too friendly with Wall Street was right up his alley:

July 12, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

Somehow, liberal Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison, Wisconsin is still too conservative for some. The Capital Times reports there will be a protest (or a "memorial service for fallen fowl")  tomorrow to denounce the city's unannounced Canada goose roundup. Leftist animal advocates said democracy died with the geese:

"This is a chance for us to get together and mourn the loss to the community not only of the geese, but of the democratic process. We want to know the mayor and the Parks Commission know that we're not going to go away," says Kathie Free of Madison, an organizer of the protest that will include members of the Alliance for Animals and other animal rights groups...

July 12, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

On MSNBC’s The Last Word on Monday, host Lawrence O’Donnell suggested Newsweek magazine is not only failing badly at the newsstand, it’s allegedly making corrupt deals with Sarah Palin to boost its own flagging sales.

Without citing him by name, O’Donnell slammed Palin profiler Peter Boyer, a long-time favorite of Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown, insisting he just sold his soul on this puff piece for the money.

July 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

Time magazine has named a new Executive Editor. Her name is Radhika Jones. The titles get a bit confusing, since her boss will be "Managing Editor" Rick Stengel, who sounds like he should be supervised by her instead of the other way around.

For her old haunt, the Paris Review, last September, Jones described a week of her reading and TV watching (here and here). Other than starting with the New York papers (including the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal), it' s not hard to discover a leftish tilt in her intake, as in:

July 12, 2011, 7:11 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is being volunteered by several reporters as a frightening Leader of the Fringe who are just trying to wreck the country. Rich Noyes reminded me yesterday that this is what they did when Newt Gingrich walked out of the 1990 budget talks that were George H.W. Bush's political undoing. Check out our golden oldies from Notable Quotables. Replace "Gingrich" with "Cantor" and this would seem awfully current: 

Well, House Republicans are the big problem because they've been trying to count, and they really are a minority of a minority and they're inconsequential. So they are now being ripped apart....They are just really torn apart between wanting chaos, wanting to destroy everything and not have an agreement, sort of a scorched-earth, Newt Gingrich-led policy, and wanting to be conciliatory and come up with a solution....The Democratic plan is really a genius of a plan because it does everything that most people, 81 percent of Americans, would want: It raises taxes on the rich." -- NBC Capitol Hill reporter Andrea Mitchell on Sunday Today, October 14, 1990.

July 11, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

Julie Moos at Poynter.org reported Monday that reviews are “mixed” for the forthcoming Juan Williams book on his firing from National Public Radio (title: Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, due July 26). But the only review Moos cited was Kirkus Reviews, which hammered at the Williams book as a step backward in the debate: “In the end, about the last thing the civil-discourse cause needs, namely more self-interested preaching to the choir.” The unnamed Kirkus reviewer was snarky:

July 11, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

It's a laudable thing to mourn the loss of First Lady Betty Ford, but on Monday's Washington Post op-ed page, Post columnist E.J. Dionne is so kind he argued against reality. He praised Betty Ford for telling an interviewer that it would be no big deal if her 18-year-old were having an affair and neither was youthful exploration of marijuana.

Dionne claimed: "That can drive political consultants crazy, but in Betty Ford’s case, it had a positive effect on the country and, I’d argue, on her husband’s political prospects." Dionne can't have forgotten the actual 1976 election results? He didn't really have "prospects" after that.

July 11, 2011, 6:59 AM EDT

Frank Schaeffer has gaudily departed from the evangelical Christian family he was raised in, and how writes hair-on-fire articles about the dangers of the radical religious right. Last week, we found him warning on MSNBC of how Michele Bachmann represents a “theocracy in waiting” from people “who actually hate the United States as it is.”

Unsurprisingly, The Washington Post thinks Schaeffer’s new book Sex, Mom & God deserved a rave review in the Sunday paper, and went to find author Jane Smiley, who once wrote that Ann Coulter’s parents should be ashamed of themselves and that “Americans aren't nice or decent people, and conservative, overtly patriotic Americans are even less decent and less nice.”

July 10, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

The blog LGBTQ Nation praised a new "CBS Cares" video that CBS employees made in the "It Gets Better" video series affirming gay teenagers against bullying. But for Christians, it gets worse. They don't get bullied. They just get fired. Take the case of evangelical speaker Frank Turek, who wrote at Townhall.com about being fired from Cisco Systems.

When a homosexual manager found out on the Internet that I had authored a book giving evidence that maintaining our current marriage laws would be best for society, he couldn’t tolerate me and requested I be fired. An HR executive canned me within hours without ever speaking to me.

July 10, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

Here’s some New York Times humor for your Sunday (hat tip: nkviking). A Sunday Review slide show on "Solutions for Saving the Space Program" includes some mockery of Bible-thumpers:

“Garner wider support by sneaking pro-science verses into the Bible.” Underneath this caption is a suggested verse: “Galileo 3:16: For God so loved the universe that he made it full of really awesome stuff for mankind to check out.”

July 10, 2011, 7:38 AM EDT

Opening up the Sunday paper might lead you to the national newspaper supplement Parade Magazine, which devoted its July 10 edition to "Summer Reading" picks. Smack-dab in the middle of the issue is "12 Great Summer Books: PARADE's picks of terrific new reads, in no particular order." But that's not exactly true, since the first six are fiction, and the second six are nonfiction. Somehow it's not shocking that the number-one recommended book is "Faith" by Jennifer Haigh, a novel about a Catholic priest in Boston accused of molestation during the scandal's heyday in the last decade.

Publishers Weekly advised, "Although this all-too-plausible story offers a damning commentary on the Church's flaws and its leaders' hubris, Haigh is concerned less with religious faith than with the faith [the accused priest] Arthur's family has — and loses, and in some cases regains — in one another."

July 10, 2011, 6:58 AM EDT

The religion section in Saturday's Washington Post spotlighted a Daniel Burke story from the Religion News Service. While reports on orthodox religions often wonder whether followers won't leave "in droves" because a church won't bend to the popular will, Burke explores why the Unitarian Universalists can't keep adherents when it tries not to have any identifiable creed at all.

That's intriguing, except Burke seems to accept that the UUs don't have a "dogmatic" faith, when it appears that its inability to actually talk about God for fear of offending people might be a dogma all its own, an anti-dogmatic dogma. Here's how Burke began:

July 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

Stephanie Condon of CBS News reports the Party of Charlie Rangel is attacking freshman Republicans as sleaze-oids: "Democrats are launching a series of robocalls today against six vulnerable House Republicans who have been caught in ethics scandals."

The calls focus on six relatively new GOP members: Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado, David Rivera of Florida, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, and Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were all elected in 2010. Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida came into office in 2007.

July 9, 2011, 7:24 AM EDT

In Thursday's Home section of the New York Times, they published an article by the fiction writer Charlotte Bacon, who fondly remembered her experiment in Third World living in Bali. It was titled "Lessons of a Grass House." She went to Indonesia for idealistic reasons -- "to develop a school that was based around a curriculum of sustainability" -- but was forthright about her liberal guilt:

It was a fantasy that strongly appealed to me. Growing my own lettuce in volcanic soil. Creating a community of teachers and students. Having my children learn another language and experience a vibrant part of the world. Hiring someone to give me a hand with the children so I could find more time to write.It called on the spirit of “Walden,” an intentionality of living, blended with a darker dose of the colonial: I could hire help for very little and not spend all day attached to a sponge.

July 8, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert appeared on Thursday night on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC to discuss how the death penalty demonstrates how America is marred by “such a macho culture, such a violent culture” that we would actually execute murderers and politicians haven't completely banned it.

For her part, Maddow tried to imply that there’s race-baiting politics involved, which is like preaching to Herbert’s choir. She insisted a new resurgence of tough-on-crime politics is typified by how Fox News is “trying to hype the issue of urban crime with racial overtones.”

July 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

In a week in which Republicans have been compared to suicide-bombers and other violent Islamic militants, it’s only natural that the Daily Kos blog would go back to comparing the GOP to the Old Confederacy. A blogger called “Avenging Angel” proclaimed:

As the two sides met with President Obama at the White House Thursday in search of a debt ceiling compromise, it's clear, as Abraham Lincoln famously put it, "one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive."