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 28, 2012, 7:33 AM EDT

Mickey Kaus at the Daily Caller flagged an example of NPR “laundering” an amnesty activist named “Lucy” as just a typical Latina who represents how Romney might have difficulty with the Latino vote. It’s the same “Lucy” that heckled Mitt Romney until supporters applauded over her yelling. It’s not even the first time “Lucy” has harassed Romney. 

On the May 23 All Things Considered, NPR’s David Welna interviewed an “undocumented” young woman named only “Lucy” on the sidewalk and she complained that he’s failing to support the “DREAM Act” providing amnesty for illegal immigrants who came to America as children:

May 27, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace not only interviewed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC, but asked him about the MRC’s finding that the broadcast network evening news shows only gave the Catholic lawsuits against Obamacare 19 seconds of air time.

He asked: “I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but it you haven’t, I’ll inform you. What do you make of the fact that the broadcast networks have spent a grand total of 19 seconds this week on their evening newscasts – 19 seconds covering the lawsuits by the 43 Catholic organizations. What do you make of that?” (More transcript as well as video below)

May 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Don’t look for sophistication in The Washington Post’s coverage of the Catholic lawsuits against ObamaCare. Religion columnist Lisa Miller began on Saturday: “Mommy and daddy are fighting, and the anguished children don’t know where to turn.”

“A small group of very conservative bishops has hijacked the church, or at least the public voice of the church,” Miller complained. “The bishops are playing the role of the authoritarian father. In case after case, their message to the faithful is ‘Do it because I say so.’” Mommy, naturally, is represented as the people who support Obama or favor ongoing "dialogue" with Obama:

May 27, 2012, 7:42 AM EDT

On the front page of Saturday’s Style section, Washington Post writer Michael Cavna touted the new “relevance” of promoting homosexuality in comic books and strips now that President Obama has un-closeted his long-obvious support for gay marriage. Guess who wasn’t relevant: conservatives who thought it was a bad idea.

The headline was "Comics' gay couples land with election-year splash." Cavna began with Archie Comics executive Jon Goldwater, who was stunned when someone couldn’t believe they still made Archie Comics. So obviously, it was time to go gay: “If we didn’t change Riverdale, we would risk becoming irrelevant.”

May 27, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

New York Times media reporter David Carr gave an interview to the liberal blog Talking Points Memo about his usage of media and his thoughts on it. He said he routinely reads his newspaper and The Wall Street Journal, and is reading a book by Kurt Andersen, who hosts an NPR show called Studio 360.

When asked who was doing good TV journalism, it was a pretty tilted list. It started with ABC's Jake Tapper, and then slanted over to Brian Williams, PBS, and MSNBC's weekend show with Chris Hayes of The Nation:

May 26, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

MRC president L. Brent Bozell III had his Letter to the Editor published in Saturday's Washington Post. He objected to liberal Post columnist E.J. Dionne trying to make a mountain out of the molehill of one liberal bishop granting an interview to one liberal Catholic magazine. Dionne did not note that this same bishop, so nervous about the bishops being used by political partisans "far to the right," delighted liberals by attacking the Paul Ryan budget.

Dionne wrote the conservative bishops who are "eagerly picking fights with President Obama....have angered more progressive Catholics and led to talk among the disgruntled faithful of the need for a 'Catholic spring' to challenge the hierarchy’s shift to the right." So now the Catholic hierarchy is like Arab dictators? Brent wrote in reply:

May 26, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

It’s ridiculous that Rev. Al Sharpton would title his daily radio show “Keeping It Real.” In Al Sharpton’s America, he imagines that some white conservatives are very eager for a mass murder of black people akin to the Holocaust. Does that sound “real”?

Brian Maloney blogs: “Obviously not satisfied with the level of ethnic tension in America today, Sharpton & Pals are using the airwaves to incite violence.” On Thursday’s show, Sharpton and guest Elinor Tatum think conservatives think blacks are subhuman, and therefore acceptable to wipe out: (Video and transcript below)

May 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

TV writers are trying to be kind: "Howard Stern isn't the King of Prime-Time TV. At least not yet." Stern's debut as a panelist on NBC's "America's Got Talent" drew 10.5 million viewers, down sharply from the 15.3 million viewers who watched the season debut of the talent competition last year. Stern's debut was the least-watched season premiere of "America's Got Talent" dating back to 2006.

The writers blamed finales on other Monday night shows. But what about Week Two? Ratings went down again. It "dropped 16 percent in the demo but was still the top-rated show with a 3.1/9. It drew 9.5 million total viewers."  

May 26, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

Patrick Gavin at Politico reported that Ashley Judd spoke out glowingly for Obama to NBC’s David Gregory on the "Press Pass" segment on Meet the Press, and that she she’s willing do whatever she can as a surrogate for the Obama-Biden ticket. She added, “As long as the Republicans keep doing really dumb things about women’s reproductive health, that should help energize girls and women in this country,” she said.

She said Obama moved her to tears: “I think that he is a powerful leader. I think he’s a brilliant man. I think that he has an incredible devotion to our constitution. And that he is now able to flower more as the president I knew he could be.”

May 26, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

As they did last year, researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University have issued a nationwide survey that “confirms” that Fox News Channel viewers are especially uninformed. But Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter found this time, an FNC spokesperson blasted the findings and turned the tables on the university, pointing out that its own students don’t exactly measure up academically. (FDU was No. 585 on a Forbes ranking of 650 U.S. colleges.)

“Considering FDU’s undergraduate school is ranked as one of the worst in the country,” said the Fox flack, “we suggest the school invest in improving its weak academic program instead of spending money on frivolous polling – their student body does not deserve to be so ill-informed.”

May 25, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

On Thursday's NPR talk show "Tell Me More," host Michel Martin celebrated "Keelin Godsey, the first openly transgender contender for the American Olympic team. Last month, Keelin qualified for the women's track and field Olympic trials in the hammer throw. Keelin was born female, but identifies as a male and, in fact, lives as a male when he is not competing." Martin compared her to Jackie Robinson integrating the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Her guest was a liberal activist-journalist. Sports Illustrated staff writer and recent Harvard grad Pablo Torre wrote an article, and complained on NPR that  "we're very far away from where we need to be in terms of tolerance and acknowledgement that transgender people and transgender athletes exist." Torres hammered away at how bullying and victimization put transgenders on the edge of suicide.

May 25, 2012, 7:33 AM EDT

Reuters reported that BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman said Wednesday that the former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan showed him how to hack into phones 10 years ago when he was editor of the Daily Mirror. Morgan’s consistently denied authorizing phone hacking during his tenure there.

Morgan responded on Twitter: “Right - that's the last time I'm inviting Jeremy Paxman to lunch. Ungrateful little wretch.” (Some, like The Washington Post, thought Morgan was “joking.”)

May 24, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

On Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly interviewed former ABC News president David Westin on Fox News and pressed him about ABC having a liberal bias. He drew hilarious answers such as Westin claiming he'd " never heard people in news discussions take liberal points of view."

Westin also appeared with CNN's Piers Morgan that night. While Morgan cited the latest Pew poll numbers that 77 percent of the American people believe the media favor one side, he claimed (and allowed Westin to claim) ABC is "down the middle impartial" and it "takes the center." He didn't ask Westin about being so "impartial" in 2001 that he couldn't say the Pentagon shouldn't be bombed:

May 24, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

The CBS Evening News led with the Catholic Church on Wednesday night. It wasn’t about the 43 Catholic groups suing the Obama administration. It was yet another story on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy decades ago. CBS's newscast is the only one of the Big Three evening shows to notice the lawsuits -- for 19 seconds on Monday night.

Anchor Scott Pelley began at the top of the Wednesday broadcast: “Tonight, the Monsignor takes the stand. The highest ranking Catholic Church official ever charged in the child abuse scandal blames a higher power, the former cardinal of Philadelphia.” Pelley didn’t care that “monsignor” is not normally a “high-ranking” designation at all, just a special designation of honor for a priest. While CBS highlights the Catholic sex-abuse allegations in Philadelphia, it’s ignoring the Jewish sex-abuse story in its own hometown. As the New York Times reported:

May 24, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

On Tuesday, USA Today topped their front page with an "Essay by Ken Burns" headlined "National parks feed the American soul." Naturally, this liberal PBS filmmaker/sermonizer began by celebrating Barack Obama, which the newspaper put in large type.

"Just before our documentary film series on the history of our national parks was first broadcast on PBS in the fall of 2009, I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to share scenes from the film with President Obama in a small screening room at the White House. It was a great honor." He had to confess his wife and kids were "blurred into the background" as he shared his work with this special president:

May 23, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

On his PBS show Monday night, Tavis Smiley welcomed liberal former Sen. Bill Bradley to discuss his political agenda, which began with repealing the Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United decisions on campaign financing. But what stood out most was Smiley ripping the Tea Party as more Republican than American.

Bradley suggested “even” the Tea Party are Americans first. “I’m just not sure that I’m persuaded,” Smiley said.

May 23, 2012, 6:56 AM EDT

When the New York Times warned it had been handed a “super PAC” memo suggesting someone, somewhere might plot to make a “hardline attack on Obama” with Wright sermon soundbites, MSNBC expressed outrage hour after hour.  But scandalized liberal journalists had no appetite for a different behind-the-scenes Reverend Wright narrative. In Ed Klein’s new book “The Amateur,” he interviewed Rev. Wright on tape for three hours. The most shocking revelation: suggestions that Friends of Barack were trying to suggest Wright take some “hush money” to shut up for the rest of the 2008 campaign. Media interest? Pretty much zero. 

Let’s imagine for two seconds what would happen if a friend of George W. Bush – even a disgruntled ex-friend of Bush – gave an interview to an author charging that Team Bush offered him money to shut up and go away during the 2000 campaign. Who would not expect that would have been screaming-siren top news? 

 

May 22, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

On Daily Kos, Jesse LaGreca calls himself “Ministry of Truth.” That moniker certainly doesn’t match his latest blog post, headlined “Young Scott Walker downplays KKK Grand Dragon David Duke's extremism”.

Using a very selectively edited video, LaGreca asserts “Walker can beat up on labor rights but he couldn't bring himself to bad mouth another Republican, even if that Republican is a self avowed white supremacist.” But in the actual video, Walker attacks Duke as a neo-Nazi and compares him to cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

May 22, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

Gay "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert (touted by fans as "Glambert") knows he'll have a sympathetic ear at National Public Radio. On Sunday night's All Things Considered newscast, anchor Guy Raz promoted Lambert's latest album as a "great record."

As the interview drew to an end, Raz must have tried his hardest to craft the softest, slightly stupid-sounding question about the lyrics, which protest the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality. "I wonder whether you're addressing that issue"?

May 21, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

As much as Obama supporters like the Rev. Al Sharpton take exception to the haters who use the president's full name -- "Barack Hussein Obama," most recently disdained in the Ricketts super PAC memo revealed by the New York Times -- what about liberals who make fun of the name "Willard Mitt Romney"?

No one is fonder of that playground ridicule that Rev. Sharpton, who loves referring to Romney as "Willard" on his MSNBC talk show "Politics Nation." In fact, an MRC analysis of the last 25 Sharpton shows -- from April 16 through May 18 -- found Sharpton tossed the name "Willard" 194 times, or almost eight times a show. Friday's program contained 16 "Willards."