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 1, 2011, 6:39 AM EDT

Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of the Daily Kos, demonstrated that he can locate a vast right-wing conspiracy just like the rest of the Kosmonauts. Mark Halperin's suspension, for him, proved once again that Halperin is a right-wing fellow traveler with Joe Scarborough, who's the "real president" of MSNBC:

I think it's wonderful that Halperin betrayed his full feelings about Obama on the air. It's tiresome seeing people pretend that he's some sort of neutral political arbitrer [sic], when he's engaged in a long-running jihad against the truth.

June 30, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

On Monday, PBS talk show host Charlie Rose decided to discuss the passage of a "gay marriage" law in New York with two New York Times reporters and a writer for The New Yorker -- not exactly a divided or diverse panel. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (also with The New Yorker) predicted to Rose that we're less then ten years out from the Supreme Court proclaiming "gay marriage" must be recognized in all 50 states:

The question I have is, when will the Supreme Court arrest the issue, because I don't think they are in any rush to do it. I think at the end of the day they will say that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. You can`t have one kind of marriage for straight people and one kind of non-marriage for gay people. But I don't think they are in any rush to do that and I think it will maybe be five years or maybe be ten years, and at that point the whole country will have it.

June 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Via TV Newser, we learn that MSNBC has "suspended indefinitely" its senior political analyst Mark Halperin for stating on Morning Joe that President Obama was "kind of a [male appendage]." This is not exactly what the "No Labels" crowd at Morning Joe were expecting. The official MSNBC statement:

Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.  Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.


June 30, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

The Washington Post's adjectives in Thursday's coverage of the Obama press conference signaled their approval. "Obama takes tougher tone on economy, foreign policy" was the headline at the top of Page One. Post reporters Peter Wallsten and Zachary Goldfarb led off with how Obama "belittled" congressional Republicans for taking vacations during debt-limit talks and contrasted their work effort with his young daughters. But his mission was to "reassert a commanding presence" on the issues. He was not "petulant" or "whiny," he was "showing a combative side that Americans rarely see."

The front-page promo underneath hailed Dana Milbank's "Washington Sketch" full of praise. "The pugilist in chief: A press corps gathered to hear our regularly scheduled president meets a rather feisty gentleman instead."

June 30, 2011, 6:45 AM EDT

On Tuesday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean slashed at the “radical right” justices on the Supreme Court as “bought and paid for” by billionaires like the Koch brothers (who “don’t fundamentally believe in democracy”) and are “selling America to the corporations.”

But what about the liberal justices? Dean didn’t think there were any: “Barack Obama has appointed two very solid middle-of-the-road justices” in Sotomayor and Kagan. Maddow raised the idea of the court ruling against remedial campaign subsidization in Arizona:

June 29, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

Yesterday, NewsBusters published an account of the Morning Joe crew seemingly sticking up for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and how he was victimized by prosecutors. Going past the original transcript I reviewed yesterday to the video, it became obvious Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, and Mike Barnicle were all joking. When Mika Brzezinski proclaimed she didn't want to waste a segment on this, she meant the silly pretense. NewsBusters regrets our collective failure to grasp the elongated joke. Whether you find it hilarious is another matter.

It became really obvious when Scarborough started to suggest an American hero was executed serial killer Ted Bundy, who represented Florida values. (Eric Ames, who reported on this segment, is 21 and wasn't born until after Bundy was executed.) Fortune editor Andy Serwer was mocked on the set for not seeming to get the joke until that point. Video below the fold.

June 29, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

Fox Nation pointed out that Alec Baldwin bashed Michele Bachmann on Twitter on Tuesday night:

Fear Bachman bc she is raising so much money. Anyone that inarticulate and full of s--- who is raising money that fast

...is beholden to some mighty thuggish interests.

June 28, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

Over the weekend, NPR’s On The Media found that the New York Times was so fascinated by self-proclaimed illegal alien activist Jose Antonio Vargas and found his story so compelling, the credibility of the author was not an issue. New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Hugo Lindgren (that "great magazine head") said all the lying about his citizenship is not an issue for journalists:

That's something that's come up today. You know, people say, you know, you lie about one thing and people can't stop lying if they do that. And I think some of that misses the point. This is not unprecedented in journalism. This is not the first person who's ever told a lie who then goes on to write about it.

June 28, 2011, 7:45 AM EDT

Labor unions might not be the best judges of "responsible journalism." Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer blog is horrified that harsh left-wing talk radio host Randi Rhodes was honored for "responsible journalism" from a probation officers union in Los Angeles County.

If in need of further evidence that our Californian "progressive" friends have indeed lost their marbles, we direct you to today's Exhibit A...Signed by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (D-56), the public sector labor union-sponsored award doesn't appear to specify any particular examples of excellence in reporting.

June 27, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

Cragg Hines, a longtime Washington bureau chief and columnist for the Houston Chronicle (who retired in 2007), announced his very strong backing of a liberal gay Democrat for the Virginia State Senate. In the gay magazine Metro Weekly, Hines wrote "it would be worth electing him just to see the look on the faces of right-wing Republican legislators and their sometimes vicious, off-the-wall supporters" when he was sworn in. 

Hines has also put his money where his mouth is, donating $250 to Delegate Adam Ebbin's Senate campaign.

June 27, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

Former Washington Postie Jose Antonio Vargas has granted TV interviews to ABC and CNN since he “came out” as an illegal alien and pledged to lobby for the “DREAM Act. On Sunday, Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton couldn’t understand why Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli punted on publishing the Vargas coming-out opus after careful vetting, but he  found a few disturbing echoes from former co-workers:

I, too, see cautionary notes about Vargas that might have led to Brauchli’s decision. He left behind a reputation in The Post’s newsroom for being tenacious and talented but also for being a relentless self-promoter whom many colleagues didn’t trust. Editors said that he needed direction, coaching and constant watching.

June 27, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

The latest Obama fundraising gimmick arrived in an e-mail from deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot: "I've worked for President Obama for almost five years -- but I've never actually sat down for dinner with him. That's why I'm excited about (and maybe a little jealous of) the opportunity you have to join the President for dinner. He's going to sit down and swap stories over a meal with four supporters, and you could be one of them."

In Bloomberg Businessweek, reporter Diane Brady insists that this is actually an attempt to get small-donor names, but it could backfire and look like a raffle for the riff-raff:

June 27, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT

Last week, NewsBusters explored how the new Pixar cartoon Cars 2 promoted a Big Oil vs. Alternative Fuel plot. But blogger Josh Berta of the Design Observer Group has an entirely different worry. He thinks the cartoon is promoting the religious view of an Intelligent Designer who made the world:

While it was less than loved by critics, there is no question it was a commercial success. In fact, some would say it is Pixar’s most obvious grab at a pay day, appealing to the NASCAR set without even the thinnest of veils. But I would argue its middle-American appeal goes much deeper than its subject matter. Indeed, I believe Cars is a vehicle for the conservative, science-denying belief known as Intelligent Design.

June 26, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

How far would a New York sportswriter get in his career if he mocked a black liberal football player for sounding like he was playing without a helmet (brain-damaged)? New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica certainly feels safe trashing former NFL wide receiver David Tyree for opposing gay marriage:

On the sports pages we get the ex-Giant, David Tyree, who once made the greatest catch in Super Bowl history pressing a ball against his helmet one night against the Patriots in Glendale, Ariz.  and now sounds as if he might have occasionally played without one. A helmet. And this isn't because Tyree says he would give up his Super Bowl win to prevent gay marriage from becoming the law in New York.

June 26, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

Journalists in Washington don’t want just to write. They want the top government officials to take their advice, to use their wisdom to govern. Here’s what happens next: a dance between journalist and government official to build a mutually beneficial relationship. The official provides access, makes the journalist feel important and consulted, and then the journalist announces that the official is wise and is making all the right moves.

This is exactly what CNN host and Time columnist Fareed Zakaria has been doing with President Obama. He’s advising Obama (informally, of course) and then going on CNN and declaring the president’s speeches are quite good.  In an interview with Keach Hagey of Politico, Zakaria tried to deflect critics:

June 26, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

CNN founder Ted Turner took his UN Foundation show on the road to the northernmost point of Norway -- islands halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole -- on his latest stop to convince the world it’s going to fry in dramatic global warming without massive government intervention.

In a conversation with reporters, Turner tried to be generous with the “deniers” of his apocalyptic vision, which has included a future of major die-offs and cannibalism for the unfortunate few left behind: “It's really easy to understand how some people don’t get it because it’s so complex, and complicated.

June 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

If if is Friday, that means New York Times columnist David Brooks is hammering conservatives on the PBS NewsHour. On Friday, he condemned Grover Norquist and the entire no-new-taxes contingent as "completely wrong" in the current budget battle:

JIM LEHRER: David, how do you see the Republican divide on taxes?

DAVID BROOKS: Tom Coburn is completely right, and Grover Norquist is completely wrong.

June 25, 2011, 7:55 AM EDT

Kaili Joy Gray at the Daily Kos obviously subscribes to the tired old theory of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz that the Republicans are waging a "war on women." On Thursday, she mocked the idea that GOP women like Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota could speak for the fairer sex.

Noem told the AP "The Republican agenda is indeed pro-woman. It is pro-woman because it is pro-small business, pro-entrepreneur, pro-family and pro-economic growth." Gray wouldn't tolerate that: 

June 25, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

Rep. Keith Ellison, ultraliberal Democrat of Minnesota, appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Thursday morning, and was asked about his Gopher State colleague Michele Bachmann. What unfolded was a classic elaboration of today's liberal creed -- which Ellison dressed up as "liberty and justice for all" -- and then insisted Bachmann was opposed to that concept down the line:

PETER SLEN, C-SPAN host: Your district borders Michele Bachmann’s.

June 24, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

Who on Earth would claim the next election matchup is Pragmatic Democrat vs. Radical End-of-All-Regulation Republican? Time’s Joe Klein would, in Time’s June 27 cover story on the GOP candidates. He ended the piece like this:

Some presidential campaigns - 1960, 1980, 1992, 2008 - are exhilarating, suffused with hope and excitement. This is not likely to be one of those. It is likely to be an election that no one wins but someone loses. It will be a reversal of politics past: a pragmatic Democrat will be facing a Republican with all sorts of big ideas, promising an unregulated, laissez-faire American paradise.