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 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.

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.”

April 5, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

Liberal radio hosts were not happy with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for her appearance getting sneered at by Joy Behar on "The View" Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, Randi Rhodes was angry she insisted women don't care about contraception as much as other issues like the economy. Rhodes summed up: "She told me that I as a woman voter don’t care about contraception. I don’t care about it. Like I’m a cat, and I’m supposed to go into a closet and give birth every nine months."

She repeated the birthing-in-a-closet meme a minute later: "I’m supposed to just you know, go in the closet and give birth like a good little girl and then you know, pray about it. " Rhodes labored to miss the point about the contraceptive mandate violating the religious liberty of Catholic institutions and employers:

April 5, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

They really shouldn't call that 5 pm show "Hardball" on MSNBC when Obama spokesmen appear. Perhaps they could have an announcer intone that "Tonight's 'Hardball' has been canceled for a special edition tonight of 'Softball.' Hardball will return tomorrow."

On Tuesday night, substitute host Michael Smerconish invited in White House press secretary Jay Carney to spew talking points, and his three questions were so gentle he should have just said, "Go."

April 4, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

This is how the Daily Kos folks say Happy Easter: a diarist with the byline "maf1029" absolutely, positively refuses to grant any respect to anyone holding those foolish religious beliefs. The headline was "I will NOT respect your beliefs...." He's a cradle Catholic who escaped the church with 'the icky wood carvings of torture and a 25 foot tall hanging statue of a bleeded and brutalized person nailed to two planks of wood."

“I do not respect the beliefs of others WRT [with regard to] religion/spirituality. It is a conscious and willful choice not to. It is deliberate," he wrote. "It is my choice, just as it was my choice to dump religion and to clear my mind and my life from the superimposed guilt, fear, more guilt, self-loathing, bigotry, and the silly forced eating of seafood on Fridays.”

April 4, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

Christians are entering the most important season on the annual calendar, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. But the national media often treat Christianity as a religion that imposes itself too aggressively on American society. To review this hostility, MRC has compiled a new Special Report titled "Secular Snobs: Documenting the National Media's Long-Standing Hostility to Religion."

Even in this campaign, reporters have sneered that conservatives like Rick Santorum are seeking a theocracy like Iran or a Christian version of Sharia law. We've gone all the way back to the MRC's founding in 1987 to remember this bias over the years.

April 4, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

The Health & Science section of Tuesday's Washington Post threatened to ruin reader breakfasts by touting something that is not exactly a hot trend: how some women eat their own placenta after childbirth.

Freelancer Julie Wan relayed that "Web sites suggest using it in recipes like any other organ meat, pan frying it or cooking it in lasagna. Some strong-stomached mothers have used it raw in smoothies." Urp.

April 4, 2012, 6:51 AM EDT

Brent Bozell mentioned that NPR "Fresh Air" host read from her own contributor John Powers for The American Prospect liberals on how many ways Rachel Maddow was fabulous. The long tribute is worth more attention.

Powers began: "I can’t say for sure when it happened—it was after Barack Obama’s swearing-in yet before Keith Olbermann got suspended for giving money to Democrats—but at some point it began dawning on people that the face of MSNBC was Rachel Maddow." That, Powers thinks, is excellent, and Maddow is the Obama era's "defining liberal newsman": 

April 3, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

On Saturday, blogger Erik Wemple at The Washington Post reported NBC would investigate its shoddy editing of a George Zimmerman 9-1-1 call "As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters." On Tuesday night, NBC apologized with a brief statement.

"During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers," the network said.

April 3, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

On Monday’s edition of the Thom Hartmann radio show, he talked about Rep. Paul Ryan with leftist John Nichols, a political correspondent for The Nation magazine and associate editor of the Madison newspaper The Capital Times. But this Wisconsin-based “expert” has apparently never looked at a map of Ryan’s district, because he mangled the geographic facts as he strangely implied Ryan was vulnerable to defeat this fall in his allegedly rural redneck district. (This is the same genius who fell for a fabricated prank anti-Ryan press release in February.)

“Paul Ryan comes from a district that has no TV stations in it. It's a rural, small-city district,” Nichols bizarrely claimed, “and so he's kind of been able to fool Wisconsinites and keep getting re-elected because he's a nice guy, he's a hail-fellow-well-met personally, and I think until this year most Wisconsinites didn't know that he was an Ayn Rand-reading, you know, hard-right point man for the Republican agenda. Now the truth is out.”

April 3, 2012, 6:58 AM EDT

If it’s an important Christian occasion, you can predict National Public Radio will seek out an atheist expert. In 2008, NPR marked Good Friday by interviewing John Dominic Crossan, who believed the body of Jesus was not resurrected, but was perhaps eaten by wild dogs.

On Palm Sunday, NPR found it was the perfect day for atheist scholar Bart Ehrman, who has a new book out titled "Did Jesus Exist?" NPR weekend All Things Considered anchor Guy Raz was a big fan: “There are probably few people in the world who know more about the life of Jesus than Bart Ehrman. He's a New Testament scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where his lectures are among the most popular on campus.” Raz was such a fan he even told Ehrman later that he had bought his lectures on tape:

April 2, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

When Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor as a stunt to publicize his opposition to the handling of Trayvon Martin's death in Florida, McClatchy News Service cooed, "For the 65-year-old former 1960s Black Panther Party activist, an act of civil disobedience never felt so good."

But Washington Post columnist Lisa Miller inflated the stunt way beyond its significance --- comparing it to lynching -- with a white Republican congressman from Mississippi, Rep. Gregg Harper, as the alleged metaphorical hangman for pounding the gavel and calling Rep. Rush out of order:

April 1, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

American conservatives have lost trust in science over the last 40 years while moderates and liberals have remained constant in the stock they put in the scientific community, a new study finds. The most educated conservatives have slipped the most, according to the research set to appear in the April issue of the journal American Sociological Review.

Gordon Gaulet, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina, told the blog Live Science "There's been this need to cultivate conservative ideas in reaction to what is perceived as mainstream culture, which a lot of conservatives would suggest is biased toward secular liberalism."

April 1, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

How about a little Sunday preview of the latest edition of Notable Quotables? There's a very current mix of quotes on everything from ObamaCare and the Paul Ryan budget to conservative racism charges and Katie Couric's turn at the morning news table of ABC. Dig in:

April 1, 2012, 7:08 AM EDT

On Friday's Diane Rehm Show distributed across America by NPR, the host could not stand Republicans getting praised -- the Paul Ryan budget to be precise.

Doyle McManus, a columnist and former Washington bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, acknowledged, "this is a huge, ambitious, bold budget that would restructure the tax system. It would lower the top tax rate to 25 percent. That would be a great gift to upper-income families...You have to give Republicans credit for doubling down, sticking to their guns and sticking to the Tea Party government-cutting and deficit-cutting proposals that they made two years ago in the face of a lot of public skepticism." Diane Rehm wasn't having it:

March 31, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

On Friday's Morning Joe, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was smearing "his" party with aggression. He mocked Mitt Romney for mutilating himself (rhetorically) -- "He is a cutter, a political cutter" -- and then smart-mouthed a poll result showing the GOP losing by 25 to Obama among women: "I guess that idea of chaining women to a radiator in the kitchen, that the Republicans wanted to put on platform, not going over."

"They should have polled it first," counter-quipped cooperative co-host Willie Geist.

March 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

On Friday's Daily Rundown on MSNBC, anchor Chuck Todd asked about the sour outlook for ObamaCare: “There’s a lot of panic at the White House, to be frank. They really thought this wasn’t going to be that hard of a case....Now they’re biting their fingernails. Should they be biting their fingernails?”

NPR’s Nina Totenberg responded: “Yeah, they should be biting their fingernails." Totenberg insisted that everyone thought this was constitutional, a "piece of cake." But the Bush appointments were "very, very, very conservative." This is not the first time she's loaded the "very" boat: