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 24, 2012, 8:16 AM EST

CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer has a mid-week interview offered online called “Face to Face.” On Wednesday, Schieffer welcomed socially liberal former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson. He viciously attacked Rick Santorum -- Republicans "won't have a prayer" of winning with him -- and said the social issues will cause the voters to “take us all to Alaska and float us out in the Bering Sea or something.” Schieffer began by pointing out Simpson was one of his favorites: “I have to say, I'll let my biases be known, one of my favorite people to cover over the years when he was in the Senate and since, Al Simpson.”

Schieffer wondered why Mitt Romney couldn’t nail down the conservative vote, and then pulled out the hoary quadrennial media mantra that the Republican nominee will have to lunge toward the center in the fall to have any chance:

February 23, 2012, 7:17 AM EST

Politico's Alexander Burns came out of Wednesday night's debate eager to "correct" Newt Gingrich for whapping CNN moderator John King for asking about contraception yet again (through the device of "hey, I have a question here from the audience.") Gingrich replied: “You did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide.”

Burns claimed that was wrong, and found an example (or...actually, he didn't):

February 22, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

On the Time Ideas blog, Harvard administrator Erika Christakis dismissed all the “hysteria with a fever pitch” about religious liberty, insisting that if the Catholic bishops don’t like the Obama administration making them pay for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilizations, they could do the MLK/Mandela thing and go to prison in an act of civil disobedience. That's the way liberals say "put up or shut up."

“Let’s see what our society would look like if we all had the luxury of imposing our unfettered will," Christakis lectured, as if that's not what Obama is doing. “At a minimum, the Catholic bishops and employers resisting contraceptive coverage should be willing to pay for the care of all those unwanted children. Or perhaps they’d be willing to spend some time in jail in protest. At my taxpaying expense, of course.”

February 22, 2012, 7:22 AM EST

President Obama may have trouble winning over the voters one more time, but the liberal historians are still entranced. On Monday night’s Charlie Rose show on PBS, former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham said Obama is divisive despite being a “raging moderate” and expressed disappointment that he’s not as “strong a character in the life of the country as his greatest predecessors have been.”

But historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michael Beschloss, and Robert Caro described how engaging and calm he is, how "you feel emotionally connected to him," and he creates "great conversation." Caro even said these historian chats have convinced him Obama's going to "win and have a wonderful second term."

February 21, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

Washington Post so-called humorist Alexandra Petri just can't stick to humor. The political agitation is never subordinated to jokes.  On Fat Tuesday, she wrote a snarky blog about what the presidential candidates should give up for Lent: “Rick Santorum should give up: talking....Mitt Romney should give up: spending money....Ron Paul should resolve to say only nice things about the Federal Reserve....For Lent, Newt Gingrich should give up.”

So what about Obama? Would he need to give up class warfare? Would he need to go to church for a change? No. Petri can only focus on the alleged positives:

February 21, 2012, 3:36 PM EST

The liberal media are increasingly bold in trying to “mainstream” al-Jazeera English by offering them journalism awards. Fox News is excluded from these honors -- because they're owned by an Australian-American? But networks owned by an Arab monarch like Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer al-Thani are included. The “nationally renowned George Polk awards in journalism” – that’s what they call it themselves – have followed the duPont-Columbia awards in honoring AJE.

This naturally leads leftist Reagan-haters like Will Bunch to demand Comcast start making space for al-Jazeera English propaganda.

February 21, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

Blogger Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute reports on suspended CNN pundit Roland Martin meeting in Los Angeles with a representive of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. As part of the GLAAD "rehab" routine, Martin then dutifully marched on to the set of his TV One show "Washington Watch" to repent for the Super Bowl tweets that got him suspended.

But wait -- why didn't GLAAD get Martin suspended from his TV One program? (Here's a guess: TV One is owned by Comcast, a big supporter of GLAAD and "gay rights" advocates.) Martin explained how he repeated his apologies over breakfast with GLAAD's Herndon Graddick (a former producer at CNN):

February 20, 2012, 9:13 PM EST

Leftist cartoonist Mark Fiore -- best known to NewsBusters readers as the animator who was regularly placing his cartoons on NPR.org until we slammed "How to Speak Tea Bag" -- is still delighting fans on lefty sites like the Daily Kos and Mother Jones.

His latest slams America's Catholic bishops in a cartoon titled "The Gospel According to Bishops." (Mother Jones called it "The Gospel According to Some Celibate Old Dudes.") Fiore is very sure that the Bible has nothing to say about contraception and that this whole case was somehow invented in the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae Vitae. (Here's Fiore's reading assignment.)

February 20, 2012, 5:58 PM EST

At National Review's The Corner, historian Jack Pitney reported that Rick Santorum is not the first to use the word "theology" against his opponents. He schools the shocked media.

For example: At a December 13 press briefing, White House press secretary Jay Carney said:  "Now, what we have seen from Republicans in Congress is the promulgation of this idea that passing a tax cut for middle-class Americans is somehow a favor they would be doing for the President of the United States. Most of my adult life, the Republican theology has been tax cuts for everyone are the highest priority. "

February 20, 2012, 8:03 AM EST

Brent Baker picked up on how Meet The Press host David Gregory was obsessing over Rick Santorum accusing President Obama of having a "phony theology" on his contraceptive mandate. That obsession was the first of several hardballs Gregory threw Rep. Paul Ryan. He went Full Russert on Ryan, throwing video clips of Democrats at him and pressing him to defend the Republicans, asking if the GOP would suffer for its alleged extremism.

But then there were the softball questions that Gregory threw the Democrat sharing that segment, Rep. Chris Van Hollen. This was Gregory's first softball "question" for the liberal: "Congressman Van Hollen, how do you see it?" Later, Gregory added this gem: "Congressman Van Hollen, respond."

February 19, 2012, 11:19 PM EST

On Sunday, Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever panned this week’s four-hour PBS documentary on Bill Clinton as an “honest but sometimes tediously predictable exercise.” The large headline on the front of Sunday Style read “Enough time has passed for a documentary on Bill Clinton. Just not enough time for a good one.”

Stuever seems allergic to going beyond the vaguest reference to Clinton’s irresponsible adulteries and sexual harassment. But he does assert “The film does work as an indulgent bit of nostalgia for those who still pine for the Clinton years. Who wouldn’t want the budget surpluses and robust economic recovery? It’s a wonder to think about now. Even still, that bit of fantasizing can last a viewer only so long.” Clinton even keeps a "superhero's schedule," we're told:

February 19, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

In Sunday's Washington Post, their "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler caught up with some social conservative bloggers (like Mollie Hemingway at Get Religion) and assigned "two Pinocchios" to the media -- for regurgitating a bad statistic, namely that "98 percent of Catholic women use contraception." Set aside that the source, the Guttmacher Institute, has an intimate relationship with the liberal feminists at Planned Parenthood.

"If a statistic sounds too good to be true, be wary," wrote Kessler. "A spokesman for [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi said she was saying that 98 percent of Catholic women have used birth control at some point in their lives — because that is how the media characterized it." And they did it over and over and over again, thumping on the idea that Catholic bishops were hopelessly out of touch with their flock. It turns out the media were out of touch with statistics.

February 19, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

Local DC conservative talker Chris Plante announced that Washington Post political writer Aaron Blake on Wednesday had “just exposed your own bias” for this sentence as he delighted in Newt Gingrich’s high unfavorable ratings: “Sarah Palin, even at her most divisive, never saw her unfavorable rating rise above 60 percent in the CNN poll. And even when Republicans were demonizing Nancy Pelosi in the runup to the 2010 election, her unfavorable rating never climbed beyond the high-50s.”

Palin was “divisive” in the active voice, while Pelosi was passively demonized by Republicans.  Blake began by citing a joke from Al Franken as a “fun fact” of some kind:

February 19, 2012, 7:54 AM EST

For all of those networks and newspapers who annually pretend the March for Life does not exist, we shall see if a Washington rally by thousands of atheists is considered equally as "newsworthy." Don't empty your wallet betting on that. Advertised speakers at the March 24 "Reason Rally"  include Congressman Pete Stark, author Richard Dawkins ("The God Delusion"), comedians Paul Provenza and Jamie Kilstein, "Mythbusters" co-host Adam Savage, the rock band Bad Religion and the hip-hop artist "Rational Warrior a.k.a Tombstone Da Deadman," and Jamila Bey ("former editor and producer for National Public Radio").

NPR and MSNBC have already noticed. The CBS DC website carried this promotional headline: "'We Are Stronger’: Atheists To Hold Massive Rally On National Mall Next Month.” One would hope reporters would ask where the bar is set when the Reason Rally website boasts: “Join us for the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history.”


February 19, 2012, 7:35 AM EST

AP reported that Los Angeles radio station KFI suspended talkers John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, the hosts of the "John and Ken Show," for "making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston," it said in a statement Thursday. They repeatedly called her a "crack ho." They apologized, but some lefties want to take this opportunity to get them completely removed from the radio.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition said John and Ken "promote hate speech and appealed to listeners to call and harass an advocate for immigrant rights about state legislation to give financial aid to illegal immigrant college students."

February 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EST

Liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes can talk about rape and the Republicans coming and going. On Wednesday’s program, these words spewed from her mouth: “Mitt Romney is a - he's a rapist of business! It's a gift! It's a gift!”

Then with Rick Santorum, she continued the “It’s a gift!” line and made fun of Santorum for suggesting on CNN that a child conceived in rape is an innocent child, so a woman could “make the best of a bad situation.” That led Rhodes into a rant against God:  

February 18, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

On Thursday's Ed Show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz introduced a Sarah Palin segment in the usual way: "And just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – America's worst nightmare could come true." Palin had told Eric Bolling on Fox Business that she might be willing to emerge if there's a brokered convention in Tampa this August.

Schultz called her "the entitlement candidate. She doesn't work for it by going through a messy primary and caucuses. She is only interested in campaigning for two months and serving for two years like she did when she was governor of Alaska." Then Schultz turned to former Newsweek reporter and current MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe to bring his British-accented smackdown, calling Palin "delusional" three times and "crazy" twice, including the accusation that her alleged insanity has been topped: "her brand of craziness has now been trumped by a whole bunch of other people."

February 18, 2012, 7:48 AM EST

MSNBC's newest host, leftist professor Melissa Harris-Perry debuts Saturday morning, creating an actual four-hour block for the radicals at The Nation magazine. Harris-Perry is on the cover of this week's Metro Weekly, a gay D.C. news magazine. At the end of the interview with Chris Geidner, there's this whopper: her bible is written by Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow.

"Undoubtedly, a little bit of both. Look, I love Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and The Rachel Maddow Show. And, I can't think of two shows on the same network that are more different in tone and content." Then she said: "I see them as my Old Testament and New Testament. I really need them both. I need to smite my enemies, and I need to understand them. And then I need to smite them, and then understand them. I probably will do a little bit of both on my show." But wait, there's more.

February 17, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

On its website Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times hailed “MSNBC's Ed Schultz: A rare liberal success in broadcasting.” The subhead said Schultz “has been raising his ratings while talking about the issues of the poor and middle class working people.”

As usual, reporter Alana Semuels had to creep around the dominant ratings numbers of Fox News. In the ratings after the Times celebration was posted on Thursday night , Bill O’Reilly typically crushed Schultz by almost 3 to 1 (2.9 million to 1.1 million) and by more than two to one among the prized demographic of 25-to-54 (632,000 to 267,000). But Semuels tried to tout Ed’s year-to-date tally:


February 17, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

“The Signal” blog at Yahoo!  is grabbing attention for a very, very early prediction: “With fewer than nine months to go before Election Day, The Signal predicts that Barack Obama will win the presidential contest with 303 electoral votes to the Republican nominee's 235. How do we know? We don't, of course.” What an eye-grabbing gimmick this is. That doesn’t stop some people from posting headlines like “Yahoo economists: Obama reelection's in the bag.”

Remember that Yahoo! is not only a major news site, it's now allied with ABC News. Why the Obama happy talk? A quick look at the curriculum vitae posted at Yahoo! by one of the prognosticators in the byline, David Rothschild, has a list of Democratic credentials, including an internship in the Clinton White House: