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. 

Latest from Tim Graham
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.)

January 25, 2012, 7:28 AM EST

Time political reporter Michael Scherer is really impressed with the looks of NBC anchor Brian Williams -- or he'd like to work for NBC Nightly News. In his minute-by-minute summary of the Monday night Republican debate, titled "What You Missed While Not Watching the NBC GOP Debate in Florida," what Scherer thought was most striking was the handsomeness of Williams.

The first time, he wrote, "Brian Williams, the handsomest man to have never been a movie star, is not wasting any time." On and on it went, as Williams was dapper and debonair and detective-like:

January 24, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

Any liberal with two eyes can see that tens of thousands of activists turn out every year in Washington for the March for Life. By contrast, abortion advocates have a turnout on the Supreme Court steps that couldn’t fill a classroom. In their only story on Tuesday (on the bottom of the Metro section front page), the Post once again treated these two groups as equally newsworthy -- except one side was indoctrinating its youth in "antiabortion ideology."

I saw a cluster of about eight or ten “feminist majority” signs yesterday that could have been easily missed. But the Post centered its online photo montage on the feminists and pro-lifers yelling at the feminists.

January 24, 2012, 6:33 AM EST

On Sunday, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton noted that Deborah Howell, Post ombudsman from 2005 through 2008, said at the end of her tenure that “some of the conservatives’ complaints about a liberal tilt [at The Post] are valid.” He added: “I won’t quibble with her conclusion. I think she was right.”

Pexton said this even as he characterized his electronic mailbox as a harsh place when conservatives get going on the paper’s fawning Obama coverage:

January 23, 2012, 8:43 AM EST

Longtime Washington Post reporter David Maraniss, author of several books on Bill Clinton, took to the Post op-ed page on Monday to plead for his subject. With Newt Gingrich on the rise, "Democrats have only one illogically rational response in this modern American political hall of mirrors. They should bring back Bill Clinton."

"Of course, the law prohibits the Comeback Kid from coming back to serve a third term, and Obama might not go for it, but only old-school twits would let any of that get in the way," wrote Maraniss. "The Constitution and its amendments are so 18th, 19th and 20th century. The notion of persuading good ol’ Joe Biden to step aside in favor of Hillary as vice president is not sufficiently grandiose when it comes to going after Gingrich."

January 23, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

One of the hoariest tactics of liberal media personalities is to single out strongly pro-life candidates and ask them if they’d let their daughters get an abortion, even in a case of rape. Piers Morgan dragged out this line of questioning on Rick Santorum on Friday night, adding that in this far-fetched hypothetical, the daughter would be “begging you to let her have an abortion.”

Piers may have borrowed from his CNN predecessor Larry King's playbook, since Larry threw a version of this at Dan Quayle in 1992. This is not a tactic they’ve tried on Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Can you imagine a liberal interviewer asking if they would accompany their daughter to the clinic? Or what they would do if the daughter regretted their abortion? No, only the pro-lifers get this hardball. (Video below).

January 23, 2012, 6:59 AM EST

On Friday night’s PBS NewsHour, pseudo-conservative analyst David Brooks insisted Obama’s new campaign ad is bogus and un-factual, but since that sounded too anti-Obama, he added that "if the Republican Party is going to look backwards, at least he can try to look forwards. And that's probably a good, decent strategy.”

Brooks felt no such need to balance when Mark Shields suggested Gingrich (politically) was a “great first date,” and Brooks mocked Gingrich’s multiple wives:

January 22, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

Over at Think Progress, liberal culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg loves the new Bruce Springsteen single titled “We Take Care Of Our Own”: “The Boss is in full rallying cry mode...This seems practically designed to be played at Obama-Biden rallies (if not the Democratic National Convention itself). The choice of Chicago as the origin point for that sense of mutual care seems pretty deliberate.”

So it’s funny to see music writer Randall Roberts in the Los Angeles Times slamming the Boss for “jingoism” and overtones from the movie “Deliverance," perhaps because the lyrics refer to a flag being flown:    

January 22, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

Via MRC's Dan Gainor, there's this captured Saturday morning headline on an Alex Burns piece from Politico: "Mitt vs. the walking dead." That certainly looks silly now. In fact, it was quickly changed on Saturday morning.

The headline writer may have been borrowing from the leftists at the Guardian newspaper in Britain, who came out of the New Hampshire results with a "Mitt vs. the Zombies" spin:

January 22, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

In Saturday’s Washington Post, longtime Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller predicted pro-lifers would be disgusting on Monday: “Anti-abortion activists are preparing for Monday’s Right to Life rally and are planning to launch a graphic abortion video that makes the old, pro-choice coat-hanger signs look like Disney movies.” As usual, abortion advocates find videos of abortion distasteful, while abortion as a concept is a glorious exercise in freedom of choice.

Miller lectured “Politicians may not be able to hold two contradictory ideas in their head at the same time, but people can.” She moved on to mangle the polls on abortion to paint a picture of a large pro-abortion majority:

January 22, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

MRC-TV captured video of a Stephen Colbert event in South Carolina where he sang "This Little Light of Mine"  with a gospel choir. Which message does this send? Does this send a Christian message? Or is it much more likely that Colbert is using this Christian song as a typical rock for his character's bottomless pit of self-regard? Perhaps he's just being an entertainer.

The video also features a nice version of the national anthem, although Colbert gets a little goofy with a bass line near the end. Are you charmed or annoyed? Video below:

January 21, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

It's not often that Newt Gingrich looks like a winner in The Washington Post. But on Saturday, Post media reporter Paul Farhi lined up a set of liberal media veterans and journalism professors to attack CNN reporter John King for walking into a Gingrich buzzsaw by opening the debate with his second wife's "open marriage" assertion at Thursday night's CNN debate.

“Gingrich was clearly waiting for the question, clearly was prepared to pounce,” said W. Joseph Campbell, a communications professor and media historian at American University. “King seemed taken off guard. He looked a little sickened. And he did himself no favors by lamely pointing out that it wasn’t CNN but another network that dug out the Gingrich-infidelity story. That allowed Gingrich to pounce again.”