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 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."

March 4, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

On its "MSN Now" page dedicated to what is "trending," MSN swatted at a CNN interview with the headline "Kirk Cameron provokes with anti-gay comments." The unnamed writer began with a sneer: "Kirk Cameron alarmed GLAAD and all 12 of his fans after making statements on CNN against not just gay marriage but the existence of homosexuality. "I think it's unnatural, I think it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," he said. When asked what he would say if one of his own children was gay, he answered, "Just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on everything that we feel."

MSN didn't even spell out the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Debate (or Defamation, if you want to be formal about it.) Their headline was "Tell Kirk Cameron It's Time to Finally Grow Up". It came with a graphic decrying how Cameron went from "Teen Idol" to "Anti-Gay Extremist."

March 4, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

President Obama granted a sports-themed interview to Bill Simmons, hailed as "ESPN's most popular sports writer," and even though the talk of politics was rare, there were several noticeable exchanges that can lead to political or media analysis. Here are five points.

1. Obama is constantly telling interviewers he has five more years in office. Obama told Simmons it's very likely he'll welcome a world-champion Chicago Bulls team to the White House, because hey, he has five years left:

March 3, 2012, 11:10 PM EST

Washington Post religion columnist Lisa Miller has one child, and she seems quite smug about it. She thanks God “I live in a time and place where I can get up every morning and go to work, and with the money I earn help feed and educate my child.” But in her Saturday column, the slams the Republican candidates for their “smug fecundity,” that they turned their women into retrograde doormats who make babies.

“There’s nothing wrong with big families, of course,” she says fruitlessly before saying there actually is. “But the smug fecundity of the Republican field this primary season has me worried. Their family photos, with members of their respective broods spilling out to the margins, seem to convey a subliminal message that goes far beyond a father’s pride in being able to field his own basketball team. What the Republican front-runners seem to be saying is this: We are like the biblical patriarchs. As conservative religious believers, we take seriously the biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply.”

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."