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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March 20, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

There are days when you really wonder why anyone thinks "Morning Joe" is different in ideology than the evening talk shows on MSNBC. On Monday, Joe Scarborough went after both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum for coming at President Obama from the right on Afghanistan. Joe comes from the left: Obama sent too many troops, listened too much to the generals, and Republicans want to surrender the idea of civilian control of the military.

Santorum was "wrong on all counts," said Scarborough. "The President's mistake was not creating a timeline that was two or three years off. It was tripling the number of troops in Afghanistan. And when he talks about winning the war -- headline for all Republicans and Democrats that want to continue to fight this war -- we won the war."

March 19, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

God-bashing comedian Lewis Black was honored on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Friday night. Black found great similarities between today's Republicans and yesterday's Communist Party USA: "It's a new Republican Party....I mean, I think of it like if you were in the Communist Party, toe the line."

Black is promoting a new TV special called "In God We Rust." (It's not the right season for his book "I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas.") This sourness toward religion makes him a natural for Maddow and MSNBC:

March 19, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

Time's Belinda Luscombe interviewed English actress Emily Blunt for the cover story of their special spring Style & Design issue. The profile began: "Emily Blunt has a crush on President Obama. There's no other explanation. Meeting famous people is part of the actress's day job, but when she met the Commander in Chief, she lost it. 'I just laughed hysterically in his face...That's all I could do.'"

Blunt married actor John Krasinski ("The Office") in 2010 at George Clooney's Lake Como villa in Italy. They were introduced to the Obamas after Meryl Streep was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors in December.  Blunt says she was ushered away laughing from the president's presence:

March 19, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

NPR's weekend game show "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" usually saves most of its topical humor for supposed White House drunk George W. Bush or Dick Cheney the Grim Reaper for all the usual smug-liberal laugh lines. On Saturday, host Peter Sagal went on an extended comedy routine with five jokes mocking Pope Benedict XVI, beginning with the notion that he's "another famous gay icon."

By contrast, a review of the last four shows finds there have been zero Barack Obama jokes. However, on March 10, they made fun of Rick Santorum saying if elected, he would not recite the names of former presidents to make excuses for himself. This prompted a "caliphate" joke at the Catholic candidate's expense.

March 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

CNN and Piers Morgan Tonight guest host Donnie Deutsch didn't just cue up Michael J. Fox to attack Rush Limbaugh on Thursday night. They also tossed a whiffle ball named Rick Santorum, who opposes embryo-killing stem-cell research (but not research on adult stem cells that doesn't violate pro-life ethics). To a liberal like Deutsch, Santorum is "very vociferous." Earth to Donnie: And Michael J. Fox is moderate on this issue?

Fox said Santorum is "against science" and "against education" and "all kinds of scientific research" would be shut down by President Santorum if his Dark Ages were allowed to begin. There were no fact checkers in attendance.

March 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

Washington Post columnist (and occasional humorist) Alexandra Petri had to apologize this week for wrongly reporting disreputable advertisers like Ashley Madison (who recruit people to cheat on their spouses) advertised on the Rush Limbaugh show. Still, she said, “the whole point of the piece was that the people most eager to be associated with Rush Limbaugh’s show are — well, advertisers seeking jerks. This has not changed.”

On Sunday, Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton wrote a column tited "Never hurry to be like Rush." He approved of Petri’s correction (although not this snide part) and launched into how Limbaugh is not a journalist and no reputable journalist should ever want to be like him:

March 18, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

In the Sunday Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday puts on her left-wing political beret to honor a documentary called “Maxed Out” now playing on the Showtime channel -- and its star, Elizabeth Warren, currently running as a Democrat  against Republican Sen. Scott Brown for “Ted Kennedy’s seat” in the Senate.

James Scurlock, the director of “Maxed Out,” is all gush to the Post. “You look at the way people have responded to her, I’m just in awe,” he said. “I live in L.A., which is a celebrity culture, and people get much more excited when you say you know Elizabeth Warren than if I knew Angelina Jolie or George Clooney. She’s like a rock star.”

March 18, 2012, 7:47 AM EDT

On Friday's Bill Press radio show, the former Catholic seminarian ripped into his own church again. He says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are "outrageous and wrong" to join the Republicans in their "War on Women."

"Boy, this has me really burned up," he began. "There is a war on women going on. It’s a war on women that’s being conducted by Republicans in the House, you expect that. By Republicans in the Senate, you expect that. But, it’s also being led by the Catholic bishops of this country, which is outrageous and which is wrong. Well you might say of course the Catholic Bishops are part of the war on women, you know they won’t allow women to become priests in the Catholic Church. They won’t allow Priests to get married because there’s something wrong with living with a woman, or having sex with a woman. I mean they’ve got this anti-woman thing built into them."

March 17, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller is trashing Rick Santorum again in her Saturday Washington Post “On Faith” column. Her loathing is so intense she is bizarrely claiming he has “zero qualifications” to match his “prehistoric” views. Well, for starters, Santorum has 16 years in Congress (12 in the Senate) compared to Obama having two years in the Senate before he started running. Apparently, being religious erases all your experience.

“It’s impossible for some of us to understand why and how former senator Rick Santorum, who has zero qualifications to be president of the United States and whose positions on family and social issues are prehistoric, continues to survive and even thrive this Republican primary season,” she complained. “His victories in Alabama and Mississippi this week only further our astonishment.”

March 17, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

In January, many thousands of Americans coming in on planes, trains, and automobiles to protest abortion for the "March for Life" were relegated to the bottom of the front page of the Metro section (and about 11 pro-abortion activists got equal billing). But just one protester was awarded a huge splash across most of Saturday's Style section. That would be one George Clooney, going through the typical liberal trespass-arrest protest at the Sudanese embassy.

"In tails and cuffs" were the large words above a 5-by-7-inch picture of Clooney in plastic handcuffs. Under Aaron Leitko's byline, these words came in subhead type: "A good way to close out a hectic week in Washington: Orchestrate your own arrest. For a good cause, of course." There were only five paragraphs of honorific text (some of it highlighted in yellow), but four color pictures. All told, it splashed eight inches across and 18 inches down to the bottom of the page -- 144 square inches of front-page Style goo.

March 17, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

ABC’s The View promoted the network’s Sunday night lineup on Friday, promising “Annie Potts takes on the Christian groups that are raising hell about her new hit show ‘GCB.’” Hit show? It lost by about four million viewers to “CSI Miami” on CBS.

Joy Behar quickly set up Potts to bash Newt Gingrich for bashing the show: “Newt Gingrich doesn’t like it. He’s said a few things about it...Good Christian husband that he is!” The audience laughed and applauded, and Whoopi Goldberg gave Behar a standing ovation. Then Potts took her turn with Newt:

March 17, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

On CNN’s Piers Morgan show Thursday night, CNN mysteriously brought in NBC personality Donnie Deutsch – or maybe it wasn’t mysterious because the guests were former NBC stars, Michael J. Fox and then Meredith Vieira.

But Deutsch and Fox went on a Limbaugh-bashing jaunt. Deutsch replayed the 2006 controversy – Fox’s liberal Democrat ad and Limbaugh’s mockery of Fox – and called Rush a “vicious bully.” Fox agreed, and laid into Limbaugh on the Sandra Fluke controversy, after Deutsch asked if he want to “just go smack the guy.” Fox also came to Bill Maher's defense and claimed he didn't have a "corporate-supported bully pulpit" like Rush:

March 16, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

On Friday's Inside Washington on selected PBS stations, Charles Krauthammer floated his curiosity about what would happen if the Republicans chose a new candidate for the fall election if Romney or Santorum couldn't get to the magic delegate number. Mark Shields joked about how it would be unfair to pick to someone who hasn't slogged across the country and then made a fat joke: "Chris Christie, have a little ice cream, and come in."

There goes svelte Shields again. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg promised the elite media would savage a new Republican candidate and pick apart everything "he" has ever done or said (no females are apparently allowed in this exercise):

March 16, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

On Friday’s Stephanie Miller show, the host was typically adoring Obama’s snarky remarks about how the conservatives are flat-earthers when it comes to the awesome potential for green energy solutions. The forward-thinkers and the scientific minds hand over a half-billion dollars to Solyndra, apparently.

Unfortunately for Miller, her sidekick Jim Ward (who does impressions), completely lost his cool and said Obama’s critics “should test the alleged laws of gravity by jumping out of a plane without a parachute.” It’s another Playtex bottle of the milk of human kindness from liberal talk radio.

March 16, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

NBC News President Steve Capus was throwing punches at the parent company of Fox News in Washington Thursday night as he accepted the “First Amendment Leadership Award” from the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation.

Broadcasting & Cable magazine reported he said breaking news must not come at the expense of breaking the public trust. Capus declared that the news must be “accurate, even-handed, and indeed, ethical.” Since when have NBC and MSNBC been “even-handed”?

March 16, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

On Wednesday's Al Sharpton radio show, they objected to the idea that President Obama would be "undermined" around the world by conservative media "because of his race." The guest was David A. Wilson, executive editor of the NBC-owned black "news" website TheGrio.com.

"We forget as Americans a lot of things we say really has an international reach. We live in a global community now," complained Wilson, utterly forgetting how by this standard, liberal media outlets routinely undermined Republicans like George W. Bush around the world. "It’s very important that we monitor the way in which we talk because, you know, we’re actually criticizing ourselves to the international world. [Sic] We’re not just – and not just criticizing ourselves, but sometimes we’re undermining our own leaders."

March 16, 2012, 7:05 AM EDT

Allahpundit at Hot Air noticed two reporters at The Huffington Post are reporting an "unexpected surge in support to place same-sex marriage on the Democratic Party platform." Will this end the media-enabled charade that Obama (the "committed Christian") opposes "marriage equality"? Former CNN contributor Hilary Rosen insisted “I find it impossible to believe that this presidential election will be completed without Barack Obama coming out strongly for marriage equality and Mitt Romney coming out strongly against it."

This internal party platform struggle -- which, as usual, is being conducted without the major networks or newspapers touching it -- might also be a factor in why the White House state dinner for British prime minister David Cameron had a "huge gay presence," including Rosen, who belongs to the same PR firm as former White House aide Anita Dunn. The gay magazine The Advocate was delighted to list fifteen prominent gays, including Obama bundlers and several journalists:

March 15, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

Legalizing suicide is a controversial subject, but not to the liberal media. On Monday night’s All Things Considered, NPR honored Oregon activist Peter Goodwin, a major force in passing Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act,” for employing his own law and taking his own life with some pills at 83. There was no airing or acknowledgment of the opposing side, those who believe that life should end with natural death.

Culture of death? Banish the thought. Reporter Julie Sabatier’s tone was glowing: “As he was about to turn 83 last fall, Peter Goodwin still had an elfish glint in his eye. You can hear his heritage in his lilting voice.”

March 15, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

Some days you just have to laugh out loud at the Daily Kos. This morning, the diarist known as "kestrel9000" wrote a blog headlined "Brent Bozell carries Rush's water; draws false equivalency, snarls a lot."  The first words of the article are "To be expected by a right wing s---bag like Bozell, naturally, posting on Newsbusters (of course)".  But then he brilliantly makes Brent's point that everything the Left says is harsher than Limbaugh's speech.

Kestrel quotes Talkers.com warning about the boycott threats: "If one day your programming is poison to sponsors, who's to say my programming won't be tainted next week." Then he pounces: "I can tell you right now MY programming won't be tainted next week, because I have no intention of going on the air and calling someone's daughter a slut and a prostitute." No. He only goes on the Internet and starts by calling Bozell a "s---bag."

March 14, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

On Monday, anti-capitalist radio talker Thom Hartmann was on another one of his Paul Ryan Is a Sociopath benders again, hosting radical U.K. Guardian columnist George Monbiot so they could both compare Ayn Rand’s libertarianism to Soviet communism – as if they were similar political ideologies.

He began by saying to Monbiot, “This piece you’ve written about how Ayn Rand has become to the libertarians and the Objectivists in the United States, and many members of the U.S. Congress, Paul Ryan requires all his staff members to read Atlas Shrugged, for example, and he’s one of many – has become basically what Karl Marx was to the Soviet Union. You know, it’s the marching orders in the Little Red Book.”