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 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.”

March 14, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

On Monday, liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes ripped into the South, including a wish that it would secede again. She played clips of HBO interviews of Southerners done for Bill Maher and complained "Bobby Jindal even converted from Hinduism -- Nikki Haley, too -- in order to be acceptable to the conservative South in Louisiana and uh -- [about a five second pause] Georgia! I mean, that is crazy that in order to be acceptable to the party you have to, you know, pretend that you've given up your religion!"

Haley is governor of South Carolina, not Georgia, and her family are Sikh, not Hindu. Jindal converted to Catholicism in high school, so it's a little tough to argue it was all political calculation. Haley and her husband attend a Methodist church but she also was married in the Sikh faith out of respect for her parents. Liberal outlets like NPR have raised questions about the sincerity of her conversion.

March 14, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

Alex Burns of Politico has developed a bad case of Peter Jennings Syndrome, right down to accusing the voters of a "tantrum-like response" directed at Obama on gas prices. So far, he writes, the campaign "has been more like a game of Marco Polo, as a hapless gang of Republican candidates and a damaged, frantic incumbent try to connect with a historically fickle and frustrated electorate."

The voters are a gaggle of Gumps: "And 'fickle' is a nice way of describing the voters of 2012, who appear to be wandering, confused and Forrest Gump-like through the experience of a presidential campaign. It isn’t just unclear which party’s vision they’d rather embrace; it’s entirely questionable whether the great mass of voters has even the most basic grasp of the details – or for that matter, the most elementary factual components – of the national political debate."

March 13, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

On Monday, Clay Waters noted the New York Times slanted its story on the official Mitt Romney playlist. Even his list of selected campaign-trail songs is somehow sexist: "On Romney Song List, Guys Win, 18 to 1." The Times produced no affirmative-action breakdown of the Obama list.

But last month, David Graham at the Atlantic underlined just how shameless this Times treatment was when he broke down the official Obama playlist, which also skewed very male, 19 to six: "Only six of these songs center around a female singer, while 19 have male lead singers. Four are mixed, and one is an instrumental."

March 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

No one in the media is pressuring Obama or his super PAC boss Bill Burton to send back Bill Maher's million dollar check. But Time humorist/columnist Joel Stein wrote in the March 19 issue about trying to talk Maher out of his donation.

Maher disagreed “This is the biggest cause there is. Every cause is subsumed by what happens in Washington,” he said. “If you think we can solve the enviroment with everyone recycling, you’re crazy,” he added. “It’s like saying World War II could have been won by everyone saving tin. The government also had to make tanks.” Fighting for Obama is just like fighting the Nazis?

March 13, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

On the national weekend radio show "Both Sides Now With Huffington and Matalin," Arianna Huffington was replaced this weekend with disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. So when the topic of Sandra Fluke came up, radio listeners were treated to Eliot Spitzer declaring that Republicans will lose "moderate, centrist, independent women" due to Rush Limbaugh's language.

Spitzer also attacked the Virginia statute requiring an external ultrasound as part of informed consent before an abortion, insisting it went "way beyond" what was medically necessary and was a "dramatic invasion" of a woman's rights. Spitzer is best known for being on the wrong side of the prostitution statutes at Washington's Mayflower Hotel. The fact that Arianna or any other liberal media figures (like the executives at CNN) think he can credibly discuss outrage toward women is something to behold. The "moderator" of the radio show, Naderite leftist Mark Green, asked Spitzer to describe how Limbaugh would hurt the GOP:

March 13, 2012, 6:32 AM EDT

After five weeks with his nose turned to the corner, CNN is withdrawing the suspension of liberal political analyst Roland Martin for Super Bowl Sunday tweets that offended the gay censorship lobby. CNN is apparently pleased with Martin's sackcloth-and-ashes apology tour with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Martin met with GLAAD lobbyist (and former CNN producer) Herndon Graddick on Valentine's Day.

Fishbowl DC reported late Monday that "CNN staff was alerted today on the 10 am conference call that Roland Martin's suspension has been lifted." He no doubt pleased GLAAD by complaining on Twitter Monday that no one had a sense of humor who was "tripping" at the show "GCB."  He said Christians should "lighten up." The show could not be made if it was titled "Good Gay Bitches."

March 12, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

How rabid are leftists right now to attach anything and everything to Rush Limbaugh? See the Daily Kos with their Sunday night diatribe titled "Did Soldier who Killed 16 in Afghanistan Receive his Diploma from the Rush Limbaugh Show?" No one knows the reasons why this man would shoot innocent civilians, but the Kosmonauts have great imaginations and have already declared Limbaugh is an accessory to mass murder. The author is Constance Hilliard, a professor of African and Middle East History at North Texas University.

Hilliard complained "The Rush Limbaugh Show is being broadcast to troops on bases all over the world.  However, America has too much at stake, to allow this seedy, ugly-spirited man to roll around in the minds of vulnerable young men. These soldiers are thousands of miles from home, getting shot at by an enemy indistinguishable from our Afghan allies, for a war whose rationale nobody even remembers any more. They need something better than an education in anti-Muslim hatred."

March 12, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

Brandon Griggs of CNN.com reported from the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, that a panel of leftist comedians and comedy writers said yes to his question “Is political comedy inherently leftist?”

“Comedy has a recklessness that doesn't lend itself to the conservative lifestyle,” said Rory Albanese, an executive producer and writer for The Daily Show on Comedy Central.  “It's the same reason why Christian rock bands aren't as good as regular rock bands.”

March 12, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

On his Mullings blog Sunday, Rich Galen recalled being on CNN’s Situation Room to discuss the difference between Rush Limbaugh’s Sandra Fluke comments and Bill Maher on Sarah Palin, and Begala “said that the difference was the law school student was defenseless. Sarah Palin is a major political figure and can defend herself.”

Galen confessed “I wasn't quick enough on my feet to ask Paul, ‘So, you're saying if Limbaugh had called Rep. Nancy Pelosi a slut and a prostitute you would have shrugged it off as a fair fight?’ But, I didn't, so a potential moment of great TV theater was lost.”

March 12, 2012, 7:07 AM EDT

Monday's Washington Post announces their new poll with ABC News with the headline "As gasoline prices rise, president's ratings fall." Reporters Dan Balz and Jon Cohen announce the bad news upfront that "a record number of Americans now give the president 'strongly' negative reviews" on the economy. But you'd have to turn inside for the real numbers, as the reporters clear their throats about the overall trends among the "steadily brightening employment picture."

The Post did note on the front page that "nearly two-thirds" of respondents disapproved of Obama's handling of gas prices (65 percent disapprove, 26 percent approve). On the Post website Monday morning, they encouraged people to read the comments, as they normally do, but with this pro-Obama commenter headline: “1,300+ comments: 'How exactly are rising gas prices Obama's fault?’”

March 11, 2012, 6:21 AM EDT

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski displayed her Food Police views across the country Sunday in the nationally circulated Parade Magazine newspaper supplement.

“In our country when it comes to processed foods, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup, unless they’re regulated, we’re going to continue on a downward spiral toward obesity and bad health," she proclaimed. "I think the government should step in. One way to do that is to put a tax on soda.” She was matched by Joe Scarborough mocking her as a nanny statist:

March 11, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

They're having a "pass the popcorn" moment at the Daily Kos imagining that we're all watching the Decline and Fall of Limbaugh. The Kosmonaut known as "Killer of Sacred Cows" is calling it "Rush Limbaugh's McCarthy Moment."

"Watching the implosion of right-wing hate talk radio as 98 advertisers pull their support not just from Rush but from Hannity, Beck, Savage, and other programs deemed to have 'content... deemed to be offensive or controversial,' I am reminded of the denoument of the McCarthy trials," Cow Killer wrote, "and what finally shocked the nation into realizing that they hadn't been listening to actual facts but just the ravings of a demented, paranoid madman".

March 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni is  celebrating "ABC's Gay Wednesdays," especially how the sitcom "Modern Family" has brought "an Ozzie-and-Ozzie reverie for the age of marriage equality."

Gay-left advocates routinely cite popular culture as the proof society is "evolving," making the Disney network an evolutionary force. Bruni reported, "Almost a decade and a half since that show debuted, gay themes and characters factored into 24 percent of broadcast prime-time shows last season, as Frank Rich noted in a recent piece in New York magazine."

March 10, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

Tom Moroney of Bloomberg BusinessWeek wrote about Elizabeth Warren's "war of imagery" on Sen. Scott Brown. He started by noting the way Democrats still think they own the Senate seat. "Vengeance colors the race as well, with Brown viewed by Democrats as a usurper when he became the first Republican elected to the Senate from Massachusetts since Edward Brooke won re-election in 1972."

“People were in a state of clinical depression,” Philip Johnston, a former state Democratic Party chairman, said of the reaction to Brown’s win. “Uppers and alcohol were the only ways we could deal with it.” But Warren is behind in the polls, and is trying to cast moderate Brown as an "extremist," which is pretty hard to do:

March 10, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

At his Super Tuesday scene-stealing press conference, President Obama quite transparently avoided the question when asked if he would condemn anything Bill Maher's said that was demeaning to women. (The questioner did not ask about returning the million-dollar Maher check to Obama's super PAC, Priorities USA, and no other reporter followed up).

So when Priorities USA chief (and former Obama spokesman) Bill Burton showed up on Andrea Mitchell Live on Thursday, it's safe to assume that Burton proclaimed the official Obama Squad position: you can't compare that little old "comedian" Bill Maher to Limbaugh the "de facto leader of the Republican Party." Would Reince Priebus agree that Rush Limbaugh really runs the GOP? But that alleged tough reporter Mitchell found the answer acceptable, and it was quite a love fest, as you can see from this exchange about the ridiculous Obama campaign propaganda film:

March 10, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

Liberals have never been fans of the Federal Communications Commission interfering with the “free speech” of broadcast obscenity, from the “seven dirty words” to anything else. They have, however, loved the idea of reinstating a “Fairness Doctrine to curb conservative talk radio hosts.

On Thursday, The Huffington Post published an article by “award-winning creative marketer” and “issues-driven independent” [!!] Sarah O’Leary demanding Limbaugh be punished by the FCC for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut.” It was titled “Has Anyone Seen the FCC? How Rush Limbaugh Broke the Law and Got Away With It.” Which law? An actual expert, my friend Dan Isett, the director of public policy of the Parents Television Council, found it was “profoundly ignorant.” Let’s list how many ways this article is wrong:

March 10, 2012, 6:16 AM EST

Cam Edwards at NRANews.com pointed out to me that liberals in California (and "animal welfare" lobbyists across the country) are trying to demote the head of the California Game and Wildlife Commission for hunting and shooting a mountain lion in Idaho (where it's legal).

Dan Richards was pictured in a hunting newsletter smiling over his kill. Hunting mountain lions in California has been illegal for 40 years, first banned by Gov. Ronald Reagan and then by a statewide ballot initiative. The San Jose Mercury News reported: