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 23, 2011, 7:19 AM EST

A classic form of media bias is this: if someone the liberal media considers to be a dummy (Sarah Palin, or for an older example, Dan Quayle) says something that suggests serious confusion, it's a big gaffe story sent directly to the desks of Leno and Letterman. But if we put the same words in the mouth of say, a liberal Supreme Court justice the media considers a genius, then no one blinks. At National Review's Bench Memos, Matthew Franck offered an example: 

First I read it in the New York Times this morning, but it didn't hit me. Then my coffee kicked in, and by the time I was reading the Washington Post, I was awake enough to say "huh?" It seems that [Tuesday], during oral argument at the Supreme Court--the context is unimportant--Justice Stephen Breyer said that if a certain course of reasoning were to be adopted, "we are not just throwing a monkey wrench into the gears of government contracting; we're throwing the whole monkey."

January 22, 2011, 8:19 AM EST

NewsBusters was the first to find Katie Couric proposing a Muslim version of The Cosby Show to fight American "Islamophobia." Many found that entertaining. Chicago Tribune columnist (and McLaughlin Group regular) Clarence Page endorsed the idea in his column, since Muslims are the new blacks:

Okay, let's clear the air on that one: A group of Muslim SOBs did kill Americans on 9/11. They have allies who are out to kill more of us. They are our enemy. But that does not make all Muslim-Americans our enemies. Our diversity needs to be an asset to our national security, not a nuisance.

Unfortunately, Couric's comment expresses something my own cynical side has noticed ever since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: Muslims have become the new "Negroes," the new occupants of the bottom-rung scary-minority status long occupied by us African-Americans.

January 21, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

Bill Carter in The New York Times reports:

Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.

The host, who has had a stormy relationship with the management of the network for some time, especially since he was suspended for two days last November, came to an agreement with NBC’s corporate management late this week to settle his contract and step down.

In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.

Mr. Olbermann thanked his viewers for their enthusiastic support of a show that had “gradually established its position as anti-establishment.”

In a statement, MSNBC said : “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

MSNBC announced that “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell would replace “Countdown” at 8 p.m., with “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz taking Mr. O’Donnell’s slot at 10 p.m. Mr. Olbermann did not discuss any future plans, but NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time.

January 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

On Monday's Morning Edition, National Public Radio offered the latest entry in its year-long series "The Hidden World of Girls," which is subsidized by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Naturally, any series with this title might disappoint if it didn't explore lesbians in Islamic countries, in this case, Pakistan.

Apparently, though, the definition of "girls" is quite flexible. On the October 16 All Things Considered, NPR celebrated the journey of Adam "Theresa" Sparks, running to be the first transgender member of the San Francisco City Council. 

For this story, reporter Habiba Nosheen told listeners that the names of the lesbians had been changed to protect them:

January 19, 2011, 8:29 AM EST

Wednesday's Washington Post features a story from Richmond by reporter Rosalind Helderman on how the state's Democrats are going to introducing a bill trying to curb the powers of conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to subpoena public universities for information. Taxpayer-funded universities should be  spared any public accountability? The topic here is controversial Climategate scientist Michael Mann, and his tendency to "hide the decline" in temperature records when it's politically convenient. But the Post suggests the conflict is between conservative and "academics," between politicians and "honest" researchers:

Cuccinelli's demand has pleased conservatives, who say that global warming is a hoax, but has outraged many academics, who say he is smearing an honest researcher because he does not approve of his findings.

Why can't liberals ever just be liberals? The Post lets left-wing radicals like the Union of Concerned Scientists pose merely as "academics." Let's recall what Brent Bozell noted was revealed in the Climategate e-mails: these global-warming scientist/activists are politicians just as much as Cuccinelli is:

January 18, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan is primarily known in America as a judge on America's Got Talent. But in a Time magazine Q&A, Morgan wants America to know he's a longtime journalist and interviewer. Since CNN and Time share the same corporate parent, Time Warner -- there's a disclaimer online, but not in the magazine -- Time's Tara Kelly may have shocked some by underlining how Morgan is Britain's version of Dan Rather, falling for a journalistic hoax as editor of the Daily Mirror in 2004, getting sacked, and still refusing to acknowledge error to this day: 

TIME: In 2004 you were fired as editor of the Daily Mirror after the tabloid ran photos allegedly doctored to show British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.

MORGAN: I stand completely by what the Mirror published. I've never apologized for it. As for the veracity of this particular set of pictures, it remains unanswered. I've never seen any hard evidence that they are fakes.

CNN'S "Get to Know Piers Morgan" page shamelessly oozes right past this scandalous hoax:

January 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

Time magazine asked a panel of 16 experts to answer the question "Are We Becoming An Uncivil Society?" While Time's selected Republicans and conservatives (including Glenn Beck) stayed civil and didn't point explicit fingers at liberals for trying to smear the Tucson shooting on conservatives, leftist Daily Kos blogger Markos Moulitsas rudely predicted (again) that one side of the aisle, inspired by people like Beck, Sarah Palin, and Sharron Angle were going to get Americans killed:

We have always been an uncivil society. Just ask John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. But being harsh and passionate in one's political discourse isn't the same as walking around with guns intimidating the opposition, or using apocalyptic and Armageddon-style rhetoric to paint your opponents as terrorists and enemies of democracy and freedom. Problem is, we now have a side that is gun-obsessed, whipping people up into a frenzy with lies about Obama taking their guns away and interning conservatives in FEMA concentration camps (to name just two conspiracy theories).

When Sarah Palin tells her followers not to retreat, but to "reload," when Sharron Angle says people should resort to "Second Amendment remedies" if they don't get their way at the ballot box, and when Glenn Beck spreads the latest insane conspiracy theory, well then, it's only a matter of time before people start getting killed.

January 17, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

Nine days after the Tucson shooting, the front page of The Washington Post kept relentlessly recycling the debunked view that “vitriol” was the real cause of Jared Loughner’s Safeway shooting spree. In a story headlined “A place where passions run high,” reporters Kimberly Kindy and Philip Rucker explained Giffords couldn’t even shoot a campaign commercial without some foam-flecked conservative attacking her:

A moderate Democrat in a classic swing district, she walked a main street where American flags hang outside shoe stores and barber shops. A voice-over emphasized her strengths: independence...courage...integrity.

The camera rolling, a man stormed out of the Gadsden Hotel, a historic landmark. He screamed that Giffords was about to get "thrown out" of office, creating such a scene that police intervened.

January 16, 2011, 11:27 PM EST

Washington Post reporter and TV critic Hank Stuever helpfully provided a book-cover blurb for Sean Bugg, editor of the DC gay news magazine Metro Weekly. Bugg's new book is titled Boy Does World: Fifteen Years of Bad Behaviors, Bad Attitudes, and Happy Endings. The January 6 Metro Weekly featured this Stuever blurb, with a hurrah for gay "equality" of respect:

Sean was fearlessly funny in a fearful era clouded by AIDS, and Boy Does World is a wonderful chance to enjoy a retro romp into that past. It’s also an affirming look at some happy endings – the hard-won, worth-fighting-for future of gay equality and domestic bliss.”

But that's not all the blurb Stuever offered. On his website, Bugg uses this Stuever line, too:

January 16, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

Long past the time when it was debunked that Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner might have been motivated by talk radio or TV, NPR was still entertaining the "vitriol" attack line, as anchor Scott Simon interviewed liberal St. Petersburg Times TV critic Eric Deggans on Saturday morning's Weekend Edition. Simon even bizarrely claimed that this kind of violence didn't happen when "63 million people watched Walter Cronkite every night."

First, that exaggerates Cronkite's nightly audience (it's more likely the networks might have attracted 63 million between the three of them). But does Simon really believe that in the Sixties and Seventies, there was never a mass shooting with six deaths in America? Or say, a Jonestown mass suicide of Americans (preceded by a congressman being shot there)? Or the shootings of JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm X, George Wallace, or two attempts at Gerald Ford? Facts were being mangled:

SIMON: People have observed over the past few years, for example, that, you know, this just didn't happen when 63 million people watched Walter Cronkite every night. But I don't know, hasn't colorful and even intemperate speech been a part of politics and journalism?

January 16, 2011, 6:38 AM EST

It's not shocking that Organizing for America, identifying themselves as a project of the Democratic National Committee, would send an e-mail arguing that Republican attempts to repeal ObamaCare were cynical and pandering to insurance companies. No, what's shocking is that they would lie so shamelessly that "We don't take our cues from special interests or lobbyists, and we never will" and "We don't their take their money either." This would seem like an occasion for the returning Fact Checker feature at The Washington Post. An e-mail sent on January 7 by Yohannes Abraham of OFA insisted the Republicans were turning back the clock:

The motivations here have little to do with good policy. Repeal is just the first agenda item of a new Republican majority that is much more interested in appeasing their right-wing base and looking out for special interests than working together to create jobs and grow the economy.

January 15, 2011, 11:37 PM EST

On NPR's On The Media on January 8, NPR's Bob Garfield assessed the tenure of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs with New York Times political reporter Mark Leibovich. Garfield's primary concern was Gibbs attacking the "professional left" for being unsatisfied. Garfield thought that was unnecessary, prodding Leibovich to tout Team Obama's achievements:

BOB GARFIELD: It seems to me that Gibbs may have observed that, but maybe deserves some of the blame? Was the dissatisfaction among that constituency partly the fault of Gibbs and the administration for not doing a better selling job?

MARK LEIBOVICH: Look, there has been a widespread criticism of this White House, which is that it has a, quote, “communications problem,” that this is an administration that has legitimately accomplished a great deal, they've passed some historic legislation, and yet, has not, for whatever reason, been successful in promoting the good points of these accomplishments in a way that would make the American people truly understand what’s gone on.

January 15, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

Although it's been one week since the horrific Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 13 (including liberal Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) and days since the world has discovered that conservative politicians and talkers cannot be factually blamed, The Washington Post's Saturday "On Faith" page is recycling the attacks. A story by Daniel Burke of the Religion News Service doesn't let reality penetrate the brains of the religious left:

Loughner's political views were unclear. In a video posted on YouTube, the 22-year-old rails against what he sees as government conspiracies to brainwash Americans through grammar, and he rants about currency. Loughner's former philosophy professor described him to Slate magazine as "someone whose brains were scrambled." Although the suspect's intentions are unknown [?], Americans cannot ignore the country's increasing culture of violence, particularly in political discourse, said Rabbi David Saperstein, whose Reform Action Center of Reform Judaism has worked with Giffords.

January 14, 2011, 10:42 PM EST

While a wave of conservatives denounced the flagrant act of  socialist Sen. Bernard Sanders sending out a fundraising letter on Tuesday, Cam Edwards at NRANews.com sends along another example. Sarah Brady also sent out a fundraising appeal for the anti-gun rights Brady Campaign on Thursday, complete with the usual photos of the Reagan assassination scene in 1981 where her husband Jim was shot:

Dear Friend,

Now is the time for tears, and to mourn the loss of life.  [And apparently to cash in. Ka-ching!] My heart goes out to Rep. Giffords's family and all the victims of Saturday's shooting.  Jim and I know all too well their pain.  As Jim said on CNN yesterday, "been there, know that." 

Now is also the time to ask "why?".  Why do these mass shootings continue to happen?

After Jim was shot I asked that question and the answer was clear — because of our weak gun laws.  And they are still too weak.

January 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

NPR demonstrated a shameless double standard in interviewing members of House of Representatives about the Tucson shooting on their evening newscast All Things Considered. On Tuesday, anchor Robert Siegel upbraided just-retired conservative Rep. John Shadegg for "over the top" rhetoric in using the word "gulag" to describe Obama's health care plan in the fall of 2009. But on Monday, Siegel interviewed liberal Rep. Jim Clyburn, and offered no scolding for extreme rhetoric, when Clyburn compared ObamaCare protesters to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War.

On Tuesday, Siegel pressed Shadegg to apologize, perhaps borrowing from the Democrat blog Think Progress

SIEGEL: But typically, people regard their opponents' rhetoric as extreme and their own as, you know, perhaps a bit strong but justified. You use the phrase to describe the Democrats' health care bill as full of Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag health care. I mean, I think those of us who have read some Solzhenitsyn, I think you might concede that wasn't a literal comment that you were making. Perhaps it was, but over the top, possibly, a little extreme?

January 14, 2011, 6:27 AM EST

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal noticed that President Obama seemed to dismiss the media's Tuscon blame-mongering by inserting the phrase "It did not" outside his prepared text to say hot rhetoric wasn't the cause of violence. He dared to observe Wednesday that, in general, liberal politicians have behaved far more decently than liberal journalists in the aftermath of Saturday's horrific shooting. On Thursday, Taranto offered space to a reader, Don Rubottom, to offer his insights as to why:

As a staunch Republican, and then a state senator in Oklahoma, I was present when Bill Clinton participated in the citywide memorial service at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. His gifts were then on display, and that is the reason for his political gains from that tragedy. Despite accompanying vitriolic noise about talk radio, etc., Clinton showed his amazing gift for connecting with human hearts. He was everyone's president that day, notwithstanding Dick Morris' calculations back at his indecent hotel room.

As you acknowledged today, all successful politicians have at least a capacity to imitate civility and compassion in a way that makes voters willing to believe them to be human. (Hence the practicing fire breathers calling for an end to fire breathing. Hypocrisy is a nod of vice to virtue.) You call it a sense of decency. I consider it a connection to reality.

Our journalist friends, on the other hand--including some on both sides of the political divide--do not require such capacities. They don't need people to vote for them or identify with them, only to notice them. The more hostility they incite, the higher their ratings. They are rarely made accountable to good taste or any standard of decency. (Did Dan Rather err? Not in his eyes!)

January 13, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

On his PBS talk show on Tuesday, Tavis Smiley brought on liberal Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to discuss the Tucson shooting, but he was still reliving the much tinier, nonviolent nightmare of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelling "You lie!" at President Obama during a September 2009 address to Congress to sell ObamaCare. He suggested it was the greatest moment of incivility in the history of the House of Representatives. 

This would seem to be skipping incidents like Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina savagely beating Sen. Charles Sumner with his cane over slavery in 1856. The History Channel says "Brooks became an instant hero in the South, and supporters sent him many replacement canes." (Or there's the Puerto Rican terrorists shooting up the place and wounding five House members in 1956...) But Smiley was adamant:

Clearly, no one was shot, nobody lost his or her life in this process, but it's hard to find a greater moment of incivility in the history of the House than when your colleague on the other side of the aisle, Mr. Wilson, stood up in the president's speech, President Obama's speech, and said, "You lie" for the nation and the world to hear. If ever there were a moment of incivility in our politics, it was that moment.

January 13, 2011, 8:35 AM EST

On the very same day that The Washington Post is shaming Sarah Palin on the front page for using the phrase "blood libel," the Post editorial page welcomed the shameless Rev. Al Sharpton to paint himself as a peacemaker in the post-Tucson political games. The headline was "Passion without poison." Nowhere in the article did the supposedly reformed Sharpton find the words to apologize for smearing innocent people with the Tawana Brawley rape hoax, something he's never apologized for. But the Post finds him worthy to deliver their sermon.

This may have been organized by Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart, one of the first on Wednesday to attack Sarah Palin on TV for using the words "blood libel" to describe the evidence-free charge that Palin and other conservatives were guilty for Jared Loughner's murderous rampage. On the Post website,  Capehart honored Sharpton for his maturation:

January 12, 2011, 10:34 PM EST

On Tuesday night's Charlie Rose show on PBS, New Yorker editor (and former Washington Post reporter) David Remnick equated Team Obama's attempt to demonize and "freeze out" Fox News Channel with a campaign to create civil discourse. Demonizing equals civility?

CHARLIE ROSE: Do you think that the president had an opportunity that he did not seize in order to make a real contribution to the civil discourse that we`re talking about and to exhibit those things that he spoke about and those things he believed in?

DAVID REMNICK: He was laughed out of court. Remember the attack on Fox News? I mean, it might not have been as smoothly done as one would have liked but there was an attempt by the Obama administration -- a very concerted attempt with Anita Dunn, David Axelrod, and even the president, to either freeze out or do a critique of the rhetoric of Fox News and whether, in fact, they're news at all and all the rest of the critique that you see elsewhere in the media. And it was laughed out of court by a lot of people.

January 12, 2011, 5:37 PM EST

As should seem obvious, the bloggers of the Daily Kos have been at the forefront of talking up how the "American Taliban" are to blame in Tucson. The blogger "lutznancy" summed up Kosmonaut History in a Tuesday  post-mortem: "This started decades ago. And slowly but surely it has, like a slow-growing cancer, metastasized to point of sure death, the death of America, or to be more clear, America as a beacon of a functioning democracy in the world."

Thanks for toning down the rhetoric, Daily Kos!

To this blogger, the GOP is the Party of Fear Itself: "[W]hat do Republicans have to lose by stopping the practice of hate speech, vitriol, paranoid conspiracy theories, whipping up the fear?  Elections, supporters and money. Power. The power to be elected to positions where they can change policies that affect them and their rich corporate sponsors.  If they can whip up fear to the exclusion of critical thinking, they can win elections. They have no other way to do that...NONE."

This same blogger was one of the quickest Internet hounds to demand on Saturday afternoon the media report as "FACT" that Republicans kill Democrats: