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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February 1, 2012, 6:45 AM EST

Before Obama became president, Chicago resident Tim O'Brien bought a 2005 Chrysler 300C that Sen. Obama leased. But when he tried to auction if off before the inauguration,  "jokers ran up the price to $100 million," so no sale.

The Washington Post gossips report that now O'Brien is the joker: he's put the Obama-leased car up for auction on eBay for a million dollars. (Insert Dr. Evil pinky to mouth here.) He claims to be serious. Is this a better way for an Obama fan to spend money, rather than helping out someone struggling in Obama's economy? He compares Obama's car to vehicles owned by Pope John Paul, Hitler, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

January 31, 2012, 9:53 PM EST

New York magazine political reporter John Heilemann proclaimed the obvious as he discussed media bias: "No person with eyes in his head in 2008 could have failed to see the way that soft coverage helped to propel Obama first to the Democratic nomination and then into the White House. But in the course of the past three years, reporters, as is their wont, have arrived at a more measured (and even jaundiced) view of him. Let’s hope that means that in this fall’s horse race, both ponies get ridden equally hard."

Heilemann thinks that "the press may help keep Gingrich on life support into the spring," because he knows how to play the press game and be interesting. Mitt Romney, by contrast, is already in trouble with the journalists:

January 31, 2012, 2:06 PM EST

People at National Public Radio boast about themselves as a network for the smart people. So why must they try to tell smart people that a man who writes a book called “Rules for Radicals” offered “nothing terribly ideological” in his activism?

In an attempt to "correct" Newt Gingrich on Monday night’s All Things Considered newscast, NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe became merely the latest in a line of liberal-media specialists in selling the Opposite of Reality: that Alinsky wasn’t a leftist, and that besides, the conservatives are the ones using Alinsky’s radical rules:

January 31, 2012, 6:55 AM EST

In 2008, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz harshly attacked Sarah Palin: “She knows nothing.”  But when it comes to illegal immigration, the DNC chair is the one who sounds like she needs to study up, sounding amazed last year that the Republicans believed it “should in fact be a crime.” It has long been a crime, no matter how much liberals want to sell the self-negating notion of “law-abiding illegal aliens.”

On Monday’s Stephanie Miller show, Wasserman Schultz attacked the Republican presidential candidates for “their extremism, their callous disregard for undocumented immigrants who have been here for generations.”

January 30, 2012, 10:47 PM EST

In his Sunday column, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton agreed with readers who felt the Post “downsized” the massive “March for Life” by failing to show broad crowd shots. Pexton quoted AP that it’s “consistently one of the largest protests of the year in Washington” and “One observer e-mailed that he stood at the Supreme Court and it took marchers two hours to walk by. That’s a big crowd.”

Pexton failed to compare this massive crowd – and the Post’s failure to write more than one story (in Metro) on it – to the Post’s slobbering love affair with the Occupy DC protests that have spread far and wide across the liberal newspaper. Pexton found the Post photo editor sneering that pro-lifers can never be pleased:

January 30, 2012, 6:59 AM EST

In a Monday profile of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz headlined "Obama's Bodyguard," Newsweek's Howard Kurtz reminded readers how she outraged conservatives by suggesting the shooting of her friend Gabby Giffords showed how "the discourse in America" had taken "a very precipitous turn towards edginess and a lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement.” Kurtz added “Wasserman Schultz makes no apologies. Nibbling a sandwich in her House office, she says: ‘I make strongly worded statements so people pay attention a little to what I’m saying.’”

If they don’t pay enough attention to her little outrages, she skips their show. “The congresswoman appears periodically on Fox News, although she boycotts some hosts, such as Neil Cavuto, who she feels keep talking over her.”  Kurtz began by peering in at the congresswoman in a ladies’ bathroom:

January 29, 2012, 11:47 PM EST

In the latest edition of National Review (dated February 6), comedy writer Rob Long knocks the political shtick of Stephen Colbert. He says Colbert causes a certain kind of “LOL” or laughing out loud – “mostly, they’re not laughting. They may be smiling wryly, or nodding in agreement, or noting in a subdued fashion the wit behind the statement, but they’re not laughing out loud. They’re agreeing.”

In short, they're awarding Clever Points, which is different than guffawing. Long finds the whole shtick "geriatric" in tone:

January 29, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

CNN analyst John Avlon may have worked a while back for Rudy Giuliani, but on Saturday morning, he sounded like an Obama White House spinner. On the show Your Bottom Line, host Christine Romans asked if the economy will hurt or help Obama.

Avlon tried to compare Obama in 2012 with Ronald Reagan in 1984. This is dicey because the unemployment rate had plunged 3.6 percentage points from its cyclical peak of 10.8 percent that had been reached two years earlier (November 1982). That coincided with the bottom of the deepest recession since World War II (and liberal media types always skip over how badly the economy did under Jimmy Carter). Obama's only down a point and a half from his 10.0 percent high.

January 29, 2012, 8:35 AM EST

On Monday, as thousands of Catholics were marching in the streets of Washington to protest the brutality of abortion, NPR’s Terry Gross was focusing her program “Fresh Air” on bashing the Catholic Church and the Bush administration – a liberal two-fer – with the Vanity Fair writer Cullen Murphy. His new book finds parallels between the Inquisition and the Bush team’s “persecution” of  Muslims at Guantanamo.

This kind of approach if par for the course at NPR, the network that has chummy lunches with (oops, fake) radical Muslims. On Tuesday’s Talk of the Nation, they featured a very harsh review of the tenth anniversary of the Boston Globe rooting out sex abuse by priests in Boston, featuring trial lawyer Mitchell Garabedian.A listener quickly gets the impression that the problem with the Catholic Church is its very hierarchical (and patriarchal) nature.

January 29, 2012, 7:26 AM EST

When gas prices get high, politicians love to blame the financial speculators for driving the price up. On Saturday morning, CNN's Josh Levs reported that "we have analysts telling us to get ready for national average around $4.25. That's spring. Summer, that's when it could go higher, $5 could happen in some cities."

What might high gas prices mean for the 2012 campaign? Or how might the fears of high gas prices drive government policy? Will Team Obama really go easy on upsetting Iran to avoid scaring up oil prices?

January 28, 2012, 10:39 PM EST

Adam Baldwin, the actor who played no-nonsense Reagan-loving spy John Casey on NBC's "Chuck," gave an interview to Kregg Janke at Big Hollywood now that his show just ended with a two-hour season finale.

Baldwin is a favorite of many conservatives on Twitter (at @adamsbaldwin).  He said the dirty little secret about Hollywood is that it's just like the majority of Americans, that they're center-right:

January 28, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

On The O'Reilly Factor on Thursday night, Bill O'Reilly took on MSNBC's apparent ban on their former contributor Pat Buchanan in obedience to left-wing lobbies like Color of Change, who wanted him removed form the airwaves. Cathy Areu, a contributor to The Washington Post Magazine, argued Buchanan was a "white extremist" and "white supremacist" who "absolutely" should be banned and fired.

O'Reilly shot back: "Okay, so if the litmus test is you fire extremists, MSNBC would have nobody on. Nobody on." Areu attempted to nudge O'Reilly about his friendly relationship with Rev. Al Sharpton. O'Reilly replied: "Wait, wait, so Pat Buchanan in an extremist, but Al Sharpton is not?"

January 28, 2012, 6:52 AM EST

With a little more outrage than the liberal news media, the liberal talk-radio hosts lunged at Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for merely being pictured accusingly pointing a finger at President Obama. The same people who hated reading too much into a picture of Obama not having his hand over his heart know everything about this scenario.

Al Sharpton declared “This is only one case in point of a lot of disrespectful ugly behavior, some of it motivated by just blatant racism in regard to this President and those that support him.” Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer found Stephanie Miller accusing Brewer of “playing the fragile white woman scared of black man card" and cited the movie “The Help.” She also imagined how LBJ would have violently shoved Brewer’s finger where the sun doesn’t shine: (Audio below)

January 27, 2012, 10:41 PM EST

On the "Grapevine" section of Friday night's Special Report, Fox News anchor Bret Baier reported the MRC's findings on how the networks covered this year's "March for Life" -- or, to be more precise,  how they skipped it. Once again, ABC, CBS, and NBC aired nothing on the thousands and thousands of pro-life protesters marching to the Supreme Court on the 39th anniversary of the high court legalizing abortion.

"If you were listening to the Big Three broadcast networks, you wouldn’t have heard a peep about the event," said Baier. "You would have been in the dark, too, if you were reading the print version of The New York Times. Not one word." Fox asked me for a quote which then appeared on screen: (Video below)

January 27, 2012, 1:05 PM EST

Just like CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Monday, Washington Post "She the People" blogger and columnist Melinda Henneberger took on Newt Gingrich in Friday morning's paper (page A-2) by claiming Barack Obama couldn't be further from radical-left theorist Saul Alinsky,  and found it much more believable that it was those pesky conservative Obama critics that  have been channeling the ghost of Alinsky.

"Alinsky, who died when the president was 11, would delight in all the free PR. But he also would be the first to say Obama does not President Obama much resemble that remark," she wrote. At the end, she insisted "So far, the Alinsky playbook has been used to excellent effect — against Barack Obama." If he weren't dead, Alinsky would be protesting outside Obama's house:

January 27, 2012, 7:43 AM EST

Liberals have always cartooned conservatives as the ones who would say "America, love it or leave it." But with Barack Obama in the White House, they want the Obama critics to go back to Africa. Or at least that's what "Hunter" wrote on the Daily Kos on Wednesday night.

"This won't be a particularly insightful post, mainly because I'm just tired of these people and wish they would go away, or secede,' he wrote. Although it was one long run-on sentence: "...or whatever it is they need to do to separate themselves from the rest of modern society and live out their lily-white no-immigrant no-Muslims no-athiests [sic] no-gay-people no-liberals no-moderates no-funny-dressers Talibanesque fantasies about how a country should be run (tip: land in Somalia is very, very cheap these days)." The target was Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback:

January 26, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

The Associated Press desperately wants to be associated with Obama’s re-election. Look at this headline on the road in Chandler, Arizona: “Upbeat and on a Roll, Obama Showing Some Swagger.”

Reporter Jim Kuhnhenn overhyped the latest polls, touted Obama’s soul singing being turned into a ringtone, and even cited Obama’s argument with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (unheard and untranscribed) as a positive sign of his “upbeat demeanor.” Get a load of the opening: 

January 26, 2012, 7:22 AM EST

Amnesty International, the leftist "human rights" group that called the U.S. detention center at Gitmo a "gulag for our times" and now supports abortion, has a new fundraising project. It's a 4-CD set called "Chimes of Freedom," a large collection of Bob Dylan songs covered by a wide array of musical talents -- and some of the names are a little shocking. We're not talking about the usual far-left suspects (Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Billy Bragg, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello) or the slightly trendier lefties (Sting, Sinead O'Connor, Michael Franti, even Maroon 5).

We're talking about Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") and Ke$ha, the "Tik Tok" techno-pop tart who usually sings about getting drunk and naked. The Miley Cyrus Facebook page currently urges you to "Like" Amnesty International.

January 25, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

Ed Schultz wasn’t kidding about his State of the Union affinities when he asserted on his radio show Tuesday that “I'll be in the Rotunda tonight, listening to the boss, rootin' for him, if you know what I mean.” He did not mean MSNBC boss Phil Griffin.

Schultz and CNN’s Paul Begala are participating Wednesday night in a House Democrat “Reignite the American Dream” retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge, Maryland. Chris Ariens at TVNewser reported on Wednesday “We’re told MSNBC executives gave Schultz prior approval to participate. Schultz will also conduct an on-site interview with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi which will air on his show tomorrow night.”

January 25, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

Although the media would love to present Barack Obama as seven times brainier than George W. Bush, Byron Tau of Politico reports "President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934."

Eric Ostermeier of the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics initiative conducted an analysis on the last 70 State of the Union addresses and found that President Obama's three addresses have the lowest grade average of any modern president. (Obama came in 13th out of 13; George W. Bush was at number eight.)