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 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:

March 9, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

In a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Maher claimed he’s not giving out any more million-dollar checks like the one he gave Obama’s super PAC.  "I don't want to do anything that would hurt his re-election chances…and it could because I'm the most 'out there' host. You can go on any other show, and they wouldn't hold it against you because those people don't say the things that I say.” But he also boasts "I am so much more edgy" than the other late-night comedians.

If he didn’t want to hurt Obama, why send the check? He announced it a week after the liberal media made Santorum super-PAC donor Foster Friess a controversial figure for an aspirin joke. The obvious answer is at least half-selfish: It makes him a bigger fish in the media/political mix, giving him a publicity boost (including a cover story in The Hollywood Reporter). 

March 9, 2012, 7:57 AM EST

The Washington Post has a funny headline from England on its front page Friday. "Public prayer stirs culture war in Britain." Notice that secular liberals like the Posties always blame the "culture war" on the religious, not on the secularizers. The more accurate headline is "Public prayer ban stirs culture war in Britain." In Bideford, reporter Anthony Faiola writes, a town council stocked with "a practicing pagan, a staunch atheist, and an agnostic former stripper" wants to scrap the council's opening prayer.

Faiola's story properly notes the move to "ban public prayers in tiny Bideford" erupted into a national controversy. But a few paragraphs later, Faiola breaks out the labels for whatever boomlet of conservative Christians might lobby prime minister David Cameron on this subject. Unlike America, there is only a "small fringe" on the "far right" that supports Christianity and opposes abortion:  

March 8, 2012, 10:29 PM EST

Joe Scarborough doesn't just take his Obama-landslide talk to NBC. He also spewed some of it on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS on Monday night. "This past month has been – and I was saying it this morning on the [MSNBC] show – this has been the worst month for the Republican Party since August of 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned, and I mean that."

To which Smiley replied: "Wow, wow, wow, wow." Then Scarborough delighted his NBC overlords by ripping into Rick Santorum:


March 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever praised HBO’s “Game Change” flick on Thursday, hailing Julianne Moore’s “eerily perfect take on Palin” and not only hailed the movie, but the cinematic hackwork that preceded it on HBO, the “Recount” movie on Al Gore’s “win” in Florida in 2000 (from the same producers and writers). “The two films could easily stand as a matched set of quasi-historical depictions of our dirty, early-21st-century politics,” he proclaimed.

But deep in the review, Stuever revealed that HBO is scared of the bloggers at Big Hollywood and sent an “uncharacteristic” letter to critics and editors trying to rebut conservative criticism.

March 8, 2012, 7:09 AM EST

NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered newscasts skipped covering tens of thousands protesting abortion in the “March for Life” in January, but on Wednesday night, NPR highlighted a dozen protesters of Sen. Marco Rubio, including illegal aliens.

Reporter Greg Allen began: “In Miami, a dozen young Hispanic men and women gathered outside Senator Rubio's office last week to send a message” that Rubio was "Tea Partino," not Latino:

March 7, 2012, 11:09 PM EST

Liberal humorist Andy Borowitz writes political satire for the "Borowitz Report," long featured by Newsweek. He's now a popular blogger on The Huffington Post and last year, his Twitter feed was honored as the world's best by Time magazine. This means that liberals really love humor that doesn't have to be funny as long as it's mean toward conservatives.

Borowitz began his Super Tuesday Republican-bashing on Twitter by linking back to his "news" feature: "Poll: Given Choice Between Romney and Santorum, Most Voters Choose Suicide." But Borowitz really hates Santorum, calling him a terrorist, an inquistor, and a mental patient (repeatedly).

March 7, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

On February 29, The Washington Post created a scandal for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington by dramatizing the denial of communion to lesbian activist Barbara Johnson at her mother’s funeral. Reporter Michelle Boorstein painted an emotional picture of a Catholic daughter being publicly shamed by a priest at her lowest moment.

But new details keep ruining the Post’s report. Thomas Peters at Catholic Vote today reveals that Johnson has publicly declared she is a Buddhist, and not a Catholic! The Post is going to need to fill the Corrections box.

March 7, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

MSNBC, the network that used to suspend anchors for donating a few hundred dollars to a candidate, didn’t mind that its morning anchor Thomas Roberts emceed a fundraising dinner for the gays-in-the-military group Servicemen’s Legal Defense Network on Saturday night. The keynote speaker was President Obama's senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

Roberts didn’t hesitate to obliterate any line of objectivity. He told the magazine Metro Weekly “They approached me a couple of months ago and I jumped on the opportunity right away.” He also declared MSNBC was a "fantastic brand" and he loved the opportunity to use his anchor desk to change the world for the gayer:


March 6, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

On Monday night, Rachel Maddow unleashed liberal columnist Connie Schultz to rail nonsensically against Rush Limbaugh, that his attack on Sandra Fluke was conflated into an attack on her daughters and "the girls of mothers all across this country regardless of their politics." Would someone read that back to Schultz? What about all the conservative mothers and daughters who are Limbaugh fans? They were attacked?

Schultz wants to imagine that all women love abortion and free love -- well, free as long as your estimated $3,000 of law-school contraceptives are funded by a government mandate. It was four minutes into her rant that Maddow made the tiny little point that Schultz -- introduced merely as a syndicated columnist -- is married to liberal firebrand Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who's on the ballot in 2012.

March 6, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd gave an interview to Dylan Byers of Politico where he suggested the media's coverage of politics is often wrong: "we incorrectly cover American politics 60 percent of the time."

What? What would explain this tilt? Todd insists there hasn't been liberal/ideological bias for a long time, but "we don't understand their day-to-day lives" outside the New York-DC bubble, and look down at their church-going and WalMart-shopping:

March 6, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

The Drudge Report has linked to MRC TV's Stephen Gutowski, who dug up that the Radical Feminist Heroine of the Week Sandra Fluke thinks insurance policies shouldn't just pay for contraceptives, but for "transgender" amputations and implants.

If the national media thinks this scandal-ette deserves to go for weeks on end, where is this story? Steve reports Fluke makes her view of an amputation entitlement clear in an article she co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law:

March 5, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

On The Washington Post’s “She the People” blog, Post reporter Karen Tumulty recommended a Kirsten Powers column because “all the furor over Rush Limbaugh, while totally justified, has also been one-sided. When are we going to hear similar outrage over the casual sexism of the left-leaning commentariat?”

She said Powers does an “impressive job cataloging the kinds of things that have been said by liberal commenters, with little stir.”

March 5, 2012, 6:27 AM EST

NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos is just making a cartoon out of himself in trying to be responsive after the Juan Williams firing and the Meet-a-Radical-Muslim-for-Lunch scandal. He went to discuss the idea of liberal bias on NPR with....Ralph Nader. "Nader, a five-time presidential candidate, has been calling me in recent months to hold my feet to the fire, and so I went to meet with him."

Naturally, Nader claims NPR is the home of capitalist pigs: "While the political right has been beating the drum for years that NPR is too liberal, Nader says that is not the true picture at all. He says that it is progressives on the political left, like him, who are being excluded from NPR's airwaves." Obama and Nancy Pelosi? They're in the middle.

March 4, 2012, 6:01 PM EST

Liberal talker Randi Rhodes on Wednesday insisted Mitt Romney would be desperate enough to do anything to be president, despite his claim that he wouldn't light his hair on fire to be president.

"Mitt Romney would light his hair on fire if it meant he could win the presidency, okay," said Rhodes. He'd torch the whole family. "He would light his hair on fire, set fire to his opponents' hair, the hair of his followers, he would set Ann's hair on fire, his boys' hair on fire." She said "He would fly a penis-shaped NASCAR over the Grand Canyon with his hair on fire and his dog strapped to the roof if it meant he could win the presidency."