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 2, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

In  Friday’s USA Today, music critic Edna Gundersen became the latest liberal journalist to hail the new Springsteen album as a 2012 soundtrack for Barack Obama as the Boss goes on “a tear to raze Wall Street and raise Main Street.” (Earth to Edna: Springsteen earns tens of millions a year. Would you dare to check his stock portfolio?)

Gundersen gushed that the new album’s “populist anthems are unlikely to be misinterpreted and appropriated by Republican candidates. President Obama, however, has a ready-made campaign playlist.” She called it his “most politically pointed” work yet."

February 29, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

As Fox News is reporting, MRC president Brent Bozell organized a group of socially conservative leaders to demand that Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for allowing a Catholic-bashing, Santorum-bashing column to be published on her website that begins: "Many of you will be shocked to learn what our possible future president believes, who he answers to, the bloody jihads his so-called church has carried on for centuries, and its current role as the tactical arm of the North American Man-Boy Love Association."

Writer Larry Doyle added, "Unlike Christians, Santorum and his fellow Roman Catholics participate in a barbaric ritual dating back two millennia, a 'mass' in which a black-robed cleric casts a spell over some bread and wine, transfiguring it into the actual living flesh and blood of their Christ. Followers then line up to eat the Jesus meat and drink his holy blood in a cannibalistic reverie not often seen outside Cinemax." Bozell and the others replied:

February 29, 2012, 7:06 AM EST

Washington's taxpayer-subsidized museums have become regular forums for the gay agenda in art. First there was "Hide/Seek" mocking Jesus on the cross at the National Portrait Gallery, followed by a Gertrude Stein-honoring exhibit at the same gallery featuring a photo of three nude black dancers and their "erotic alliance" with their choreographer.  The gay D.C. magazine Metro Weekly is touting the latest example: last Friday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian opened its doors after hours for a special free show "recommended for mature audiences."

It was a show put on by a gay Indian calling himself "Miss Chief Eagle Testickle." As Metro Weekly puts it, "The engagement marks the U.S. premiere performance of Cree-Canadian multimedia artist Kent Monkman's alter ego -- 'Miss Chief' for short."

February 28, 2012, 10:53 PM EST

Via Don Surber, we learn the London Daily Mail reported that BBC director-general Mark Thompson said that mockery of Christianity on British television was acceptable because Christianity was "an established part of our cultural-built landscape" which meant it was "a pretty broad-shouldered religion."

Thompson made these remarks after large Christian protests of the 2005 BBC2 broadcast of "Jerry Springer: The Opera." He conceded that the British broadcaster would never have aired a similar show about Mohammed because it could have had the same impact as a piece of "grotesque child pornography."  Let's review just how badly the Springer show mocked Jesus, Mary, and God:

February 28, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

CNN's Terry Frieden reported that liberal Hollywood, in the person of Michael Douglas, is coming to the aid of the Obama administration: "The FBI on Monday unveiled a videotaped message from the actor who played the infamous fictional insider trader Gordon Gekko to help bolster a wide-ranging attack on financial crimes."

Coincidentally, "Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to New York on Thursday to deliver the message that the Justice Department is committed to rooting out corporate crime." That might shore up the liberal base: looking tough on Wall Street with the liberal actor who caricatured the "greed is good" Reagan Eighties.

February 27, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

Liberal talk radio host Randi Rhodes never went to college, but she was very mad at Rick Santorum on her show Friday after he accused colleges of liberal indoctrination. “He says that universities that receive public funds should be required to have intellectual diversity.” She satirized: “Those damn colleges! They’re full of objective facts! I want it balanced with a little superstition and some ignorance!”

Rhodes acknowledged Santorum earned three degrees, but then said he is a "waste of an education" and attacked Santorum’s home-schooled children as too dumb to have important jobs:

February 27, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

On Thursday night’s Al Sharpton show, Washington Post political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson spouted that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are “overwhelmingly” hurting Republicans in the general election by seeking out conservative voters on cultural issues.

On the front page of Monday’s Post, Henderson was at it again, suggesting “Santorum’s strident rhetoric comes as his advantages in the polls, both in Michigan and nationally, have shrunk,” and the story ends with a GOP strategist who suggests this is not a winning way to grab independents.

February 27, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

Rev. Jeremiah Wright it still out giving fiery sermons, but some journalists are either lazy publicists or Obama-loving whitewashers. On Wednesday at noon, Rev. Wright will speak in Cleveland at the "Amistad Chapel" of Cleveland's United Church of Christ for Black History Month. It's open to the public, but you must register and bring photo ID. (Isn't asking for photo ID a scheme for racists?)

We'll put Washington Post columnist Lisa Miller in the "whitewasher" category for hailing Wright's "great learning" and "homiletic gifts" on Saturday. In the lazy-publicist category may be Akron Beacon-Journal religion Colette M. Jenkins, who presented Wright as a religious eminence who was misunderstood in 2008, when "many scholars and clerics have defended Wright, saying the statements publicized during the political campaign were taken out of context." 

February 26, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

MRC's Dan Gainor forwarded this embarrassing story from Jim Romenesko on Wisconsin: Madison's leftist newspaper the Capital Times apologized Saturday after associate editor John Nichols wrote up a story based on a on a prank anti-Paul Ryan press release. In this fictional scenario, Ryan and other Wisconsin Republicans supposedly were pressuring the Smithsonian to remove posters from last year’s anti-Scott Walker protests at the state Capitol from its archives.

In the release and Capital Times story, Ryan was quoted as saying, “Look, you can’t be displaying and archiving art that celebrates protests that were heavily aimed at Republicans, and then expect that Republicans are going to smile nicely and sit down and try and work with the Smithsonian.” The prankster was a local radical, "labor cartoonist" Mike Konopacki, a CapTimes freelancer:

February 26, 2012, 12:35 PM EST

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday has a strange way of judging actresses. In her review of the new grossout comedy "Wanderlust," Hornaday complained that actress Jennifer Aniston's breasts were digitally altered in a sequence where she takes off her top.

Somehow this proves she's still "more suited to TV rather than the big screen." Surely Hornaday realizes she's been a movie star for ten years and hasn't been a TV regular since 2004. Let's not state this new movie is classic cinema, but can't you be a great actress without exposing yourself? Hornaday seems to hate that she would star in a nudity-"enhanced" movie without joining in.  

February 26, 2012, 7:48 AM EST

Politico's Juana Summers is reporting Rick Santorum told Glenn Beck the pro-Obama media is just trying to divide Republicans and avoid talking about Obama's negatives. In an hour-long interview, Beck and Santorum discussed how once again, CNN's John King brought up contraception at the latest debate.

"And then they ask the question, ‘Why are you always talking about contraception?’ I said, ‘Because that’s all you want to ask me about,’” Santorum said. “I mean, it is frustrating, and maybe at times last night you can get a little frustrated. But they are trying to spin a narrative. They don’t want to talk about Obama’s record of jobs. They don’t want to talk about his record of what he’s doing to destroy the fiscal situation in this country.”


February 25, 2012, 10:53 PM EST

On February 12 many NPR stations aired the show “Smiley & West” in which comedian-actor Garrett Morris caused peals of laughter from Tavis Smiley and Cornel West by joking about the small space between “hate Whitey” and “kill Whitey.” West also lectured about how police brutality on the “vanilla side of town” in New York would get condemnations from the White House.

NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos predictably told me on Twitter that this wasn’t in his critical purview, since it’s not produced by NPR, but by Public Radio International. But on February 23, Schumacher-Matos devoted a post to charges of anti-black racism on “Fresh Air,” which is also not produced by NPR, but by Philadelpha affiliate WHYY. It was far less racially transgressive than Smiley & West.

February 25, 2012, 9:26 PM EST

Watching The Ed Show on MSNBC can spur guessing games. Is Ed Schultz seeking to make Xerox copies of liberal anti-Fox blogs? Or is he trying to suck up to his bosses at NBC Universal? On Thursday night, he pleased both by defending Universal's forthcoming computer-animated update of the Dr. Seuss eco-gloom book "The Lorax."

On Fox Business, Lou Dobbs tagged the book as a left-wing sermon, which is like describing jalapenos as spicy. Schultz ran that and then claimed "The only agenda Hollywood has is making money." In this case, Universal's hoping to make money while it savages robber-baron forest-shredding capitalists. Schultz also claimed the movie was more realistic than the "cartoon characters" on the air at Fox:


February 25, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

In Saturday's Washington Post, Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller launched into a predictable attack on Rick Santorum and Franklin Graham for daring to imply that Barack Obama might be un-Christian in some way. "Last week, the Christianity police, in the persons of Rick Santorum and Franklin Graham, came forward to discredit the president's religious beliefs." Santorum said Obama had a "phony theology," and Graham was attacked for saying "He has said he's a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is."

See how extremely defensive Miller and her fellow Obama defenders are? This is what the minister could have said on MSNBC. "Is Obama a Christian? Where do you find him on Sunday? He's much more likely to be on the golf course than in church." That would be "policing." Instead, he said he couldn't judge. So has Lisa Miller never found any politician or pastor to be un-Christian? She certainly has.

February 25, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff exposed a serious case of ignorance in a segment on Virginia’s abortion-ultrasound bill. When Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life warned “think about Kermit Gosnell and the house of horrors in Philadelphia, with abortion clinics that are horribly...” At that point, Woodruff admitted “I'm not familiar with...?” Yoest explained: “He's on trial now for women who died in his abortion clinic.”

Woodruff might be under-informed because the PBS NewsHour ignored the Gosnell story a year ago. Associated Press reported “Prosecutors described the clinic as a ‘house of horrors’ where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients, and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions.”

February 25, 2012, 7:16 AM EST

The Washington Post doesn't really hire humorists to be funny. They seem to hire liberals that think they're funny, but really want to be liberals first. The Internet chat on Tuesday with "ComPost" blogger and humorist Alexandra Petri was a Santorum-bashing festival. If you want to see how liberals ooze their intellectual superiority at each other, this is a destination. One joked that Santorum should repeal female suffrage. Petri joked back: "at the rate he and his ideas are polling among the Petticoat Despots, a 19th-amendment repeal would be a pretty savvy move on Santorum's part."

They also joked that Santorum and should really move to banning masturbation next. Petri joked back: "I think Orwell's whole 1984 world had constant sexual frustration as one of its undergirding principles."

February 24, 2012, 10:47 PM EST

Over at Townhall Finance, columnist Jeff Carter offered "15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were a Republican."

This would be more interesting if President Obama was holding regular press conferences (he hasn't had one since early October). Jake Tapper and the rest of the White House press corps should look over the Carter list and pick one or two.

February 24, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

On Tuesday, Brent Bozell took apart Bill Press and his new book "The Obama Hate Machine" for making the ridiculous claim that Obama's been treated so much more savagely than other presidents in the media. But he's not alone. Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner that in the book, Press described Examiner columnist Tim Carney "a liberal -- then a conservative."

“It’s not every day I’m called a liberal in a political book, especially the same book that attacks me as a ‘right-wing journalist’ 50 pages later,” says Carney.

February 24, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

How left-wing is The Washington Post? That they devote a large chunk of Friday’s Style section to a column by Anna Holmes celebrating MSNBC’s appointment of radical leftist Melissa Harris-Perry as a weekend talk-show host. It’s quite hilarious that Holmes never quite places Harris-Hyphen on the left, or mentions her regular column in the hard-left magazine The Nation, and quotes a bevy of left-wing blogs and websites without labeling them either.

The standout quote is Alternet’s Jennifer Pozner hyperventilating that Harris-Perry’s “accomplishment” (er, appointment) is “unheard of,” that she "may just help revolutionize mainstream news analysis" as “a black feminist, anti-racist thought leader given roughly the same kind of job as Bill O’Reilly, within commercial media?” As if O’Reilly was relegated to weekend mornings.

February 24, 2012, 8:16 AM EST

CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer has a mid-week interview offered online called “Face to Face.” On Wednesday, Schieffer welcomed socially liberal former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson. He viciously attacked Rick Santorum -- Republicans "won't have a prayer" of winning with him -- and said the social issues will cause the voters to “take us all to Alaska and float us out in the Bering Sea or something.” Schieffer began by pointing out Simpson was one of his favorites: “I have to say, I'll let my biases be known, one of my favorite people to cover over the years when he was in the Senate and since, Al Simpson.”

Schieffer wondered why Mitt Romney couldn’t nail down the conservative vote, and then pulled out the hoary quadrennial media mantra that the Republican nominee will have to lunge toward the center in the fall to have any chance: