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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April 12, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

On Wednesday night's edition of the poorly-performing prime-time show Rock Center, Brian Williams tried to rub some stardust on his ratings and strike a blow for feminism at the same time. He honored actress Ashley Judd for writing an outraged feminist essay about "patriarchy" on The Daily Beast because someone criticized her puffy face.

Williams supportively explained, "This week the 43-year-old actress wrote a bold, and at times angry essay on the Web, calling out our whole culture, the haters, the cheap shots, how easy it's become for everyone to pick apart someone else." He noted she accused the media of having a quote "nasty and misogynistic conversation at her expense about the way she looks," but he left out the rest of the feminist jargon.

April 12, 2012, 6:54 AM EDT

In Thursday's Washington Post, reporter Michael Leahy talks to friends of disgraced senator John Edwards, who's morally dense enough to complain that he's being isolated as the Democrats still honor other notorious adulterers like Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. Treatment of him is so "unflinchingly horrible"  -- and yes, Bill Clinton is still drawing Democratic hosannas and liberal-media shoe-polish interviews.

Earth to Edwards: First, there's the never-made-it-to-president thing. But Edwards can't seem to absorb the cheating-on-wife-dying-of-cancer thing as the gold medal of self-absorption:

April 11, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

The folks at the PBS NewsHour promoted the latest video from MoveOn.org. They're promoting a "99 Percent Spring" project with spokespeople from....the Hollywood One Percent. The ad stars Olivia Wilde of "House," Penn Badgley of "Gossip Girl," and Zoe Kravitz, an actress with a celebrity mom and dad (rocker Lenny Kravitz and former Cosby Show kid Lisa Bonet).

These are all prep-school rich kids and loaded actors speaking out for the 99 Percent. But notice they dress down like they hit the K Mart before filming.

April 11, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

How can you tell The Hollywood Reporter isn’t serious about drawing up a  "35 Most Powerful People in Media” list ? When it leaves out Rush Limbaugh. (Perhaps they composed this when they thought Sandra Fluke and her censorious enablers would ruin his radio show?)

Then check out who did make this list, and therefore is more powerful than Rush: Howard Stern? Kelly Ripa? Jimmy Fallon? Wendy Williams? Not to mention CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC stars like Rachel Maddow and Joe & Mika...

April 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

It's a little surprising that The Washington Post's "She the People" blogger/columnist Melinda Henneberger would suggest a former New York Times colleague (Frank Bruni) may have bought an implausibly formulaic story from an abortion doctor friend about a rabid pro-lifer getting an abortion in the same clinic she protested. She noted even the lefty gossip site Gawker is failing Bruni on this story, mercilessly noting how many times this urban legend has been regurgitated. (Conservative bloggers, including our Clay Waters, were also on this.)

It's more shocking that Henneberger called out the  entire liberal media establishment for being closed-minded and propagandistic: "Speaking of preconceived notions, however, my beef is that those who oppose abortion are routinely depicted as some combo of unhinged and hypocritical, and abortion providers as virtuous and brave. Doesn’t this neat delineation ever strike writers who on other topics gravitate to texture and complexity as quite the coincidence? " This is a must-read:

April 10, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

On Monday night’s PBS Newshour, anchor Gwen Ifill mangled the Trayvon Martin story by describing the shooter, George Zimmerman, as simply “white,” when he has a white father and a Latino mother. By that one-white-parent standard, you could call President Obama “white.”

Ifill announced "Martin, who was black, was on his way to a convenience store in a mostly white gated community when George Zimmerman, who is white, shot and killed him after a disputed altercation." Martin was painted as “carrying only candy and a soft drink" and "was discovered by police lying face down in the grass.”

April 10, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

On Monday night's All Things Considered newscast, National Public Radio promoted the latest Mr. Gay World pageant, which was apparently made newsworthy since it was based this year in Africa (with black African contestants). Judges were looking for someone who could be a positive LGBT advocate and display their well-dressed and groomed "innate charm and sparkle." As is often the case on NPR, there was zero room for social conservatives.

Jo Ann Downs, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, objected to this pageant being held on Easter Sunday, but NPR didn't find that worth noting. The pro-gay Daily Maverick site reported on Downs:

April 10, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

During the Holy Week before Easter in 2011, Brent Bozell noticed an "Easter bonnet of mud" timed to be thrown at Christians. One of those mudballs was thrown in Italy, a comedy movie called "Habemus Papam" (Latin for "we have a pope.") Franco Zeffirelli, the director of the TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” agreed Nanni Moretti's film was an insult to the Pope and the Catholic faithful. "It's a horrible cheap shot," Zeffirelli said. "I feel especially sorry for this pontiff, who may not be a crowd-pleaser, but who is very civilized and reasonable."

So it should not be surprising that National Public Radio would applaud its American release, timed once again on Good Friday. Openly gay movie critic Bob Mondello implausibly declared "There's nothing in 'We Have a Pope' that's likely to offend, much that will amuse and also quite a bit of effective design work."

April 10, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

On Tuesday, The Washington Post highlighted a new poll showing Obama leading Romney among registered voters 51 to 44 percent. But before we break that down, alongside the poll story is this odd-sounding advice from the Post's Chris Cillizza. He seems to believe Romney should sit down with the national media because that's where Republicans go for a "positive first introduction."

"Romney needs a big megaphone to make sure general election voters who don’t know anything about him get a positive first introduction." What? "And only the national media can provide that megaphone and serve as a sort of validator for him." Predictably, he also counsels "find somewhere to break with conservatives."

April 9, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

Of all the people to blame for the Trayvon Martin shooting, Dirty Harry? On Sunday, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday had an article splashed across the front of the Outlook section. Next to a Dirty Harry photo were the words “America loves a vigilante. Until we meet one.” George Zimmerman has “undercut the mythology of the lone avenger.”

Hornaday began her dismissal of America like this: “Of the countless stories we tell ourselves, the American myth of the solitary enforcer of justice may be the most tenacious, beloved and — as the story of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin has so grievously demonstrated — distorting.”

April 9, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

Former "Today" host Bryant Gumbel told Howard Kurtz at Newsweek that he was "embarrassed" by Sarah Palin's one-day co-hosting gig on his old show. He lamented hosts "used to be judged not just on their popularity level but the extent to which they were capable of interviewing someone or reporting on a situation, or able to have a degree of gravitas. Now that is secondary to being popular."

This reeks of Gumbel implying that in the good old days when he hosted Today (1982-1997), hosts were judged on their skills. Gumbel didn't leave the impression then that he felt his female co-hosts were Queens of Gravitas.

April 9, 2012, 7:17 AM EDT

Michael Haltman at The Political Commentator blog plucked out this Saturday New York Times article as an example of how the Times serves as an Obama bulletin board instead of a newspaper:  "Obama Seizes National Security as An Issue."  Reporter Helene Cooper "spends 1,000 words discussing Obama national security policy and how his campaign is chafing at the bit to take Mitt Romney on in this arena."

Romney's team gets a tiny rebuttal at story's end, but Cooper highlighted David Rothkopf of the Foreign Policy Group (without explaining he worked in the Clinton administration) to unleash the hounds: “Barack Obama’s position in foreign policy is substantively stronger than that of any other Democratic candidate in recent memory,” he boasted. “The general Romney refrain of ‘I can do better’ is easily defused with one word: ‘How?’ ” 

April 8, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten devoted Easter morning to bashing the Republicans by suggesting his dog Murphy seems awfully Republican. She has an “inappropriate interest in the reproductive systems of women she does not know,” is by breeding a “gun-loving redneck," and so “As might be expected, she has some issues with racial diversity...and her policies on entitlements and redistribution of wealth are unambiguous: ‘I got mine.’”

Then he nominated his dog as a running mate for Mitt Romney...since Romney has a doggie scandal. He even insulted MRC's Dan Gainor on Twitter: "This guy tweets that I am insulting Repubs by comparing them to dogs. Frankly, I thought I was insulting dogs."

April 7, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

A new survey on religion and journalism released on Thursday by two collegiate study groups -- the Knight Program in Media and Religion at USC and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron -- found a majority of both the public and reporters agree the news media “does a poor job of explaining religion in society,” with 57.1 percent and 51.8 percent agreeing, respectively.

Both the public and reporters ranked TV news lowest in the quality and quantity of religion coverage compared to other media with 28.1 percent of the public and 8 percent of reporters responding that broadcast news provided “good” religion coverage. The reporters have seen more: TV coverage of religion is often terrible -- when you can find it. (See our new MRC survey, Secular Snobs.)

April 7, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

What happens when Planned Parenthood won't take a half-million-dollar donation because of negative publicity? You get a really upset publicist, in this case for the snarky humorist Tucker Max, the author of books with titles including "A--holes Finish First" and "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" and "Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers." (The money's now going to an even more shameless left-wing lobby: PETA.)

Publicist Ryan Holiday wrote at Forbes that he gave birth to this genius idea before it was mercilessly aborted by the nation's leading abortion provider:  

April 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

Recently, Politico writers Dylan Byers and Mackenzie Weinger wrote that Sarah Palin told Katie Couric on CBS that she could "see Russia from [her] house." This despite the fact that Tina Fey, portraying Palin, was the only one who ever uttered those words. That's doubly wrong. This kind of malignant confusion has unfairly discredited Palin in the public mind.

Check out what happened when MRCTV's Dan Joseph went out to interview tourists around the White House to see if the people on the street had a better grasp of reality than Politico. It ended up a little like one of those depressing Jay Leno "Jaywalking" segments:

 

April 7, 2012, 7:57 AM EDT

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's new book "Drift"  focuses heavily on Ronald Reagan, including a rehash of the Iran-Contra scandal, and Maddow clearly chafes at the idea that Reagan would seek a goal like "the restoration of American military superiority," and that he would dare to seek political gain with a saber-rattling posture during the Cold War.

Mediaite noted that Maddow appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's Now with Jane Wagner to plug her book and mocked Reagan for making an issue in the 1976 campaign about handing over the Panama Canal, which she said was "cockamamie" in retrospect. “Reagan was a genius at taking elements of patriotism and turning them toward partisan gain,” Maddow said.

April 7, 2012, 7:05 AM EDT

The close relationship between MSNBC host Al Sharpton and the Obama administration knows no bounds of propriety. The Washington Free Beacon reported "signs posted in at least 20 Department Of Labor elevators depict Secretary Hilda Solis carrying a bullhorn and rallying alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton...Next to the pictures is a quote from Solis that reads in part: 'We all march in our own way.'” A few people over in the picture is the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Now imagine if a Bush cabinet secretary put up posters of himself marching arm in arm with a Fox News personality. Would that have been skipped over by the rest of the national media?

April 6, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

NBC isn’t the only network slinking away from overcooking the case against George Zimmerman’s alleged racism. On the March 21 edition of Anderson Cooper 360, a CNN audio expert enhanced Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call and suggested he had used a racial slur, "f--ing coon," as he was following Trayvon Martin. Reporter Gary Tuchman asserted: "It certainly sounds like that word to me."

Two weeks later on the same show on April 4, CNN re-assessed the tape with another CNN expert, and now felt it suggests George Zimmerman was just chilly, muttering the words "f--ing cold" under his breath. Tuchman explained: "The reason some say that would be relevant is because it was unseasonably cold in Florida that night and raining." Oopsy. [Video and transcripts below]

April 6, 2012, 7:02 AM EDT

At the start of Thursday’s “Jansing & Co.” on Thursday morning, substitute host Luke Russert insisted Barack and Michelle Obama are popping up all over network TV, from Barack on the NCAA Final Four championship halftime show to Michelle being on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” So “There's this culture of personality that Mitt Romney just can't compete with.”

There you have it: MSNBC saying Romney can’t beat Obama because NBC and the other networks keep polishing his and his wife’s image on non-news shows. Roll Call reporter Shira Toeplitz agreed with young Russert, saying Romney looks “totally inaccurate and inauthentic” when he tries to be a “regular Joe.” Stupid voters are Obama’s, she said: “a lot of times these voters think with their hearts and not their heads. And if they find Obama more likable and optimistic end of the day, he'll probably win their vote.”