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 14, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

The liberal callers lined up to applaud President Obama's gay-marriage proclamation on Thursday's Talk of The Nation show, but one of them really stood out.

A gay man from San Francisco claimed "we are a race of people, not a type of person," and that is all Obama has to say to shut down any objections or debate: "this whole conversation ends."

May 13, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

Reuters correspondent Margot Roosevelt touted over the weekend that “Weary Warriors Favor Obama.” According to the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll, “If the election were held today, Obama would win the veteran vote by as much as seven points over Romney, higher than his margin in the general population.”

Under the heading “Fading Cool Factor,” Roosevelt summarized that many veterans sound like Obama did in the last election cycle, pessimistic about the wars Bush started:

May 13, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

In February, we reported that Garrison Keillor mocked Newt Gingrich as a "polygamist" on his NPR show "A Prairie Home Companion" -- even though Keillor has also had three wives.

On Saturday, Keillor returned to mocking Gingrich as he folded his presidential campaign. Using his "Guy Noir, Private Eye" schtick, Keillor satirically imagined that Gingrich was kidnapped by several public-radio hosts as he spouted the usual rhetoric about sick Islamic traitors and secular socialists with Kenyan anti-colonialist worldviews:

May 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

Two weeks ago, the national Sunday newspaper supplement Parade Magazine had a cover story featuring three leading chefs, and two were gay, as they supportively reported. The same thing happened on Mother's Day: the cover featured gay TV host/Bravo executive Andy Cohen, and his mother Evelyn. This is becoming a trend. Perhaps Clay Aiken will be up next if he wins "Celebrity Apprentice."

In case you didn't know, Cohen spent his first decade after college at CBS producing for "CBS This Morning" with Harry Smith and Paula Zahn. (He had a summer internship first.) Here's where the LGBT passages came:

May 13, 2012, 6:47 AM EDT

Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer reports that after mocking Michele Bachmann for having dual citizenship in Switzerland through her husband, MSNBC star Ed "Buy American" Schultz proclaimed on his daily radio show that he's going to apply for Canadian citizenship.

"I'm going to go down the road of being a Canadian," he proclaimed.  "I'm going to do that, because I want to. It's not 'cause I don't dislike America." That's how it came out, sort of Biden-ish [audio and transcript below]:

May 12, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

As usual, it was a panel of three liberal journalists on the domestic politics roundup on NPR's Diane Rehm show. Former New York Times reporter Steve Roberts praised Obama's gay-marriage announcement: "I think he's gone through the evolution a lot of us have, Diane, that when you know people you love and respect, who are in the solid relationships, it becomes increasingly odd and out of keeping with belief in human rights to continue to oppose same-sex marriage. "

In fact, Roberts announced, he recently attended a baby shower held by two gay guys who raised $100,000 for a surrogate mother, and he couldn't think of a better example of commitment to "basic family values" in America:

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."