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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January 20, 2012, 11:05 AM EST

Dan Rather's career keeps looking sillier. Mark Cuban's HDNet has a splashy new partner -- Ryan Seacrest, the host of "American Idol" and producers of such highbrow TV as "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." The network will rebrand itself as AXS (pronounced "access") and go heavy on concerts.

Cuban said "Dan Rather Reports" will remain as is. The new moniker may fit Rather, who certain has "axes" to grind against conservatives. Here's how Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post put it:

January 20, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

CNN's John King explained after the final South Carolina debate that he started by asking Newt about his "open marriage" because it seemed like the "elephant in the room." Former Bush aide Ari Fleischer dissented and said the economy is always the number one story, not just the political insider's hot story. So let's ask: when CNN hosted a Democratic debate in South Carolina on January 21, 2008, did they lead with a hot scandal or a personal peccadillo? Nope. They started with the economy.

It was the tenth anniversary of the Monica Lewinsky story breaking, and the debate stood out when Hillary slashed Obama on his relationship with shady financier Tony Rezko. But Monica and Clinton's impeachment never came up. CNN's Joe Johns led off by asking Hillary Clinton about just how generous her "stimulus" would be:

January 20, 2012, 6:46 AM EST

Conservatives remember how everything from flammable pajamas to sexual harassment in public housing was blamed on Ronald Reagan. On NPR's All Things Considered on Wednesday night, somehow the wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia became "reminiscent of" former conservative prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Longtime NPR reporter Sylvia Poggioli described how the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, was chewed out by Italy's new hero, Coast Guard captain Gregorio De Falco, who said some Italian version of "Go back onboard, dammit" to the captain who abandoned ship instead of overseeing the evacuation of passengers. This reminded NPR of the incompetence and greed of Berlusconi's rule:

January 19, 2012, 11:09 PM EST

On Thursday, the Washington Post website posted an article at about 1 pm from reporter James Grimaldi based on a Post interview with Newt Gingrich’s second wife Marianne making claims that Gingrich asked for an “open marriage.” The standard was wham, bam, print it, ma'am.

The Post had a very different standard for Bill Clinton. Paula Jones held a press conference at CPAC on February 11, 1994. Three days later, Jones came up only briefly about 25 paragraphs into the piece with Post reporter Lloyd Grove lamenting, “David Keene seemed delighted to let his confab be turned into a staging area for yet another ascension of Mount Bimbo.” Investigative reporter Michael Isikoff later was suspended for two weeks after the Post delayed and delayed on Jones:

January 19, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

While several media liberals have praised Juan Williams of Fox News for pushing around Newt Gingrich with the idea that his campaign rhetoric is at best insensitive to black Americans, Chauncey DeVega at the Daily Kos is sticking to the theory that Williams is a tool of racist Republicans: "Juan Williams is an object of abuse, a means to prove a point. Juan Williams is a paid pinata for white conservatives."

Or Williams is a toilet: "Juan Williams is/was a repository for the fecal matter of white conservative bigotry, and a need to maintain superiority over negroes who dare not to step off of the sidewalk when white folks pass." Or Williams is actually "coprophagic," he eats feces:


January 18, 2012, 9:26 PM EST

On Tuesday, CNN repeatedly cheered Michelle Obama’s cameo appearance on the Nickeodeon teen comedy “iCarly,” offering an obsequious basket of compliments, hailing a possible “second career” in acting and honoring her dancing as “very, very cute.”

CNN entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner wasn’t quite correct in suggesting Mrs. Obama “signed up” for “iCarly.” The cameo was her idea (as was the First Lady’s appearance on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”).  The White House obviously plans on Michelle being honored for her poise and social conscience just for showing up on the set.


January 18, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

Geraldo Rivera's new radio talk show on WABC in New York is leading to Rivera blabbing at length about himself and his career. On Monday, Geraldo admitted he might not have had his high-profile career without racial quotas (or "affirmative action," in liberal-speak).

I'm a product, I think, of affirmative action, in the sense that I was a lawyer for the Young Lords [a leftist Puerto Rican nationalist group], and for poor people here in New York and then I got discovered and I was sent to Columbia Journalism School by this Ford Foundation program," Geraldo announced. [MP3 audio here]

January 18, 2012, 6:54 AM EST

Does Ryan Seacrest have a liberal bias? Maybe he's gunning to be the next Matt Lauer. On his national radio show, Seacrest announced he'll have Vice President Joe Biden on his show on Monday. Seacrest's online announcement lists the other significant political leaders he's  interviewed include the late Ted Kennedy, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Politico noted that despite this left-wing list, Seacrest tweeted on Tuesday: “Throughout 2012, I'm welcoming political leaders from all points of the spectrum.”

Seacrest touted how "the Vice President has been touring the nation holding Town Hall meetings in an effort to discuss the administration’s efforts to educate students on how to make college more affordable and student debt more manageable." He added Biden told students in Florida, “A college education is almost a prerequisite or a ticket to the middle class. It’s also a prerequisite if we’re going to lead this world again.”

January 17, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

The blog Inside Cable News is decrying "The Sharpton Sized Elephant in MSNBC’s Buchanan Room." If Pat Buchanan is banned from MSNBC for inappropriate speech, "MSNBC is all but inviting the same litmus test to be applied to Sharpton. And Sharpton would fail that test just as Buchanan apparently has."

ICN guesses that MSNBC is so concerned about being nibbled away on the left by the Current TV folks, they're shoving away Buchanan to please the liberal base. "This would put MSNBC in a real quandary. If it takes Buchanan out but leaves Sharpton in place it’s opening itself up for a whole bunch of questions it really doesn’t want to answer. It will be forced to discuss how Buchanan’s controversial history is not appropriate to the point that he has to be taken off the air but Sharpton’s at times even more inflammatory rhetoric and history is. MSNBC doesn’t want to discuss that. It’s a lose-lose scenario."

January 17, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

Keith Morelli of the Tampa Tribune is not much of a fact-checker. His story on Chris Matthews on Tuesday began: "Veteran newsman and 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews will be in Tampa this weekend, touting his new book about John F. Kennedy."

The next sentence quoted Matthews from a Monday phone interview: "No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for 10 weeks." The problem? Matthews lied. He has been on the best-seller list for 10 weeks with "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero." But it's never been number one on the NYT's Hardcover Nonfiction list. It debuted at number three on the November 20 list and sat at number 14 on the January 22 list.

January 17, 2012, 6:42 PM EST

On the Saturday edition of her radio show Both Sides Now with Huffington and Matalin, co-host Arianna Huffington lectured from her very privileged perch that Michelle Obama should be improving her "optics" by not just hobnobbing with wealthy donors in Bel Air and elsewhere. Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer noted Huffington said she should go to poor neighborhoods in "South Central" Los Angeles.

Huffington and Matalin were chatting about liberal New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor's new book on The Obamas and all the White House hatred for it. Mrs. Obama needs to be more like Eleanor Roosevelt, lectured Arianna:

January 17, 2012, 7:10 AM EST

The liberal media have returned to assaulting the crowd reaction at Republican debates. Ken Tucker, a TV critic at Entertainment Weekly (a sister publication of Time magazine), suggested the “mob” was “heavy with malice.” He thought Jon Huntsman would find relief "he didn’t have to stand on-stage Monday night to face the most raucous, roused-rabble audience of any Republican debate held thus far."

Tucker strongly suggested the audience was racist in reaction to a Juan Williams hardball question to Newt Gingrich: “The jeers that erupted the second Williams uttered the phrase ‘black Americans’ was chilling on this Martin Luther King Day.” But not only was there no outcry as Williams used the words “black Americans” early in the question, but the outburst of noise didn’t really erupt until Gingrich said “No” to the Williams question. [MP3 audio available here; video follows page break]

January 17, 2012, 6:18 AM EST

It might seem a little odd for Time magazine to promote Newt Gingrich in any way. But that's what they did on The Page blog on Sunday as they tried to make trouble for Mitt Romney on the 1983 dog-in-a-car-carrier scandal. "In [a] Georgetown, SC colloquy with Mark Halperin, Gingrich says Romney's dog-on-a-car-roof incident would be an electability issue versus President Obama." They added a link. "Bonus: Watch Gingrich's two daughters talk about high-school-aged Newt's brave attempt to rescue his dog, Pride."

As Time senior political analyst Mark Halperin tried to goad Gingrich into trashing Romney on his car trip to Canada with his Irish setter, Gingrich first professed shock that Halperin would ask such a rude question, and then energetically trashed Romney: "I think that it's fun to like your pet enough to actually be near them." A reporter less interested in bringing down Mitt over his loyalty to a dog would ask Newt a followup about his first two wives.


January 15, 2012, 10:19 PM EST

On Saturday, the NPR-distributed show On The Media recycled “The Story That Continues to Dog Romney" – a 1983 anecdote where Mitt Romney strapped his Irish setter Seamus to the top of his car in a carrier on a trip to Canada. Somehow, On The Media host Bob Garfield found it wry to compare Romney to Michael Vick, the NFL quarterback who pled guilty to hanging or drowning six to eight dogs.

“So back in 2007, you surely knew that this story would not be taken only at face value, that it would mutate" Garfield told Boston Globe reporter Neil Swidey, the original sleuth of “Seamusgate,” “and it would be used as ammunition by those who would portray Mitt Romney as the Michael Vick of presidential candidates. It still wound up as your lede. You feel any compunction about that at this stage?”

January 15, 2012, 8:27 AM EST

Newsweek’s Allison Samuels bluntly took Michelle Obama’s side against liberal New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, who somehow caused the First Lady to assert she was being painted as an angry black woman, so sad to blacks who Samuels wrote “were certain the mere presence of Michelle Obama on the international stage” would fix things.

“Surely it would be impossible to ignore the grace, charm and intellect of the 5’11” Chicago native, with her Harvard Law degree, committed marriage, and two young daughters,” pleaded the Newsweek writer. “Society would come to realize that Michelle Obama was not the exception but more often the rule in the black community. “

January 15, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is an ardent advocate for the homosexual community. In an interview with the gay newspaper The Washington Blade, she called presidential candidate Rick Santorum “un-American” for supporting a federal traditional-marriage amendment. “That would be un-American, undemocratic and entirely inappropriate and unacceptable,” she insisted.

At the same time, openly gay White House flack Shin Inouye was telling the Blade that President Obama was moving left on gay marriage (which we’d already seen with the congratulations letter to the gay newly-“weds” in New York). Romney isn't the only flip-flopper. After shifting to the right on this issue in 2008, Obama's transparently insincere opposition to gay marriage is melting away.

January 15, 2012, 7:47 AM EST

Across its listing of blogs, Time magazine is managing to achieve complete liberal harmony. While the Time Healthland blog was encouraging the broadcast of breast-feeding to pre-schoolers on "Sesame Street," the Time Ideas blog was insisting "Our Concern Over 'Indecency' Is Misguided." Don't miss the quote-marks around "indecency." Erika Christakis and her husband Nicholas Christakis have the typical liberal anti-violence, pro-nudity pose, that America is suffering from "our tawdry national love affair with violence and our prudish suspicion of unclothed human bodies. Can’t we just get over this, already?"

The last time we checked, there wasn't a lot of nudity in Time magazine, so the "prudish suspicion" even extends to national magazines. (Newsweek under tabloidish Tina Brown has a tendency toward both a little nudity and a scattering of F-bombs.) Any attempt by social conservatives to hold the line on broadcast indecency is "quaint," living in a fairy tale world:

January 14, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

On the Friday edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, Mitchell was trying to "help" Mitt Romney with all those anti-Bain Capital attacks. "It seems to me that Mitt Romney has to figure out a way to get around the vulture capitalist, you know, we are using that phrase as it comes from Rick Perry and others on the Republican side, using that phrase in quotation marks, he has to find a better narrative for that, has he so far?"

Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair -- the former New York Times reporter married to former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers -- naturally said Romney could sell this much better if he had all the charisma of liberal hero Bill Clinton: "The hard part for Mitt Romney is by the nature of his personality, the nature of his mannerisms, the nature of the way he is as communicator.He is not the ideal person to talk about that because he sounds so formal and so above it all. What he needs is somebody like Bill Clinton to explain the good side of what a company like Bain Capital did."

January 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

Leftist talk radio host Mike Malloy never stops wishing for the death of conservatives. On January 6, he talked of "Sick Santorum," and said "I think he's Catholic, right? What you ought to do is call Francis Cardinal George out in Chicago and maybe you and he can get together for a cup of -- hemlock." He wants Santorum and Cardinal George to kill themselves.

On both January 6 and January 9, Malloy launched vicious broadsides against the Catholic Church. (On the 9th, he also said libertarians were perpetrators of violence.) He began on the 6th: "I hate to see an organization like the Catholic Church --  that has been one of the bloodiest, most suppressive, most oppressive, most violent organizations in the history of not just religion but of the entire human race try to claim victim status because a bunch of queers want to march a parade down the g*ddamn street! That's what drives me crazy!"

January 14, 2012, 7:01 AM EST

The Munchkins that lead liberal talk radio really can't stop demonstrating their hatred of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. On Thursday's Bill Press Show, the lapsed Catholic host launched into another broadside about Tebow's winning touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, and how the "Tebowing" made him nauseous.

"I couldn’t believe it and then I looked up at the screen and there he was on his knees with his hand up to his head in the pose that he has now made famous. It was Tebow doing the Tebow and I just wanted to throw up," lamented Press. "Ruined the moment, ruined the moment by trying to make it an act of God, by trying to make it an act of religion instead of what it was, a lucky pass if you ask me – uh, ‘cause he’s not known for having a great throwing arm." The hate also flowed from his executive producer, Peter "I Hate His Face" Ogburn, who wanted callers to denounce Tebow.