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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November 9, 2010, 5:07 PM EST

The public-radio show "On The Media" explored the debate over defunding public broadcasting on Saturday -- but utterly stepped around any evidence from certain conservative media watchdog groups that NPR or PBS have a liberal bias. Host Brooke Gladstone perfectly characterized how the NPR elite arrogantly conceive of their mission: some say they have a liberal bias, but they are merely seekly to build a better, more informed, more thoughtful democracy. As usual, liberalism and enlightenment are the same thing:

I guess fundamentally this all boils down to what you think of public broadcasting. If you think it’s a left-wing-inflected source of information, then there would be no reason to support it. But if you think – you know, going back to that old chestnut, that it actually leads to a more informed electorate that can make a better democracy, then you might have a different view.

Speaking up for defunding (and bashing conservative Republicans) was Nick Gillespie, the editor of Reason magazine. Later, co-host Bob Garfield brought on former Washington Post editor Steve Coll for the liberal-overdrive position of massively increasing federal support for taxpayer-funded media.


November 9, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

Sunday’s Parade magazine supplement (distributed in many American newspapers) carried a column by liberal Detroit sports writer Mitch Albom titled “Mr. Smith Flees Washington.” The modern Jimmy Stewart he’s selected is departing Rep. Bart Stupak, last seen caving into Team Obama on the abortion portion of the ObamaCare bill. How was that Mr. Smith resisting Washington ways?

But in his own life, Mitch Albom is more like one of those self-interested Washington lobbyists (except in the state capital of Lansing). On The Michigan View, Henry Payne reports that in an October 17 column in the Detroit Free Press, Albom slammed GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder's “unusually specific pledge to end a 42 percent tax subsidy for the movie and television business -- a business that Albom, himself a writer of film scripts - admits to lobbying for.”' Albom's a multi-millionaire for massive book-slash-movie projects like "Tuesdays with Morrie."

Lobbyist Albom says that eliminating the tax subsidy "would be bad for Michigan. I was involved in bringing these tax incentives to our state. I helped with their creation, testified before the Legislature, met numerous times with the governor and her staff." But why stop there? Why not a subsidy for his struggling newspaper? Or fellow struggling book authors? Or....

November 9, 2010, 8:21 AM EST

On NPR's Morning Edition on Monday, anchor Steve Inskeep welcomed a regular guest, Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel (from the liberal news side, not the conservative opinion-page side). The new Congress is already too "shrill" and "ugly" with libertarian argument against Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's printing money to buy government bonds:

INSKEEP: Rand Paul is a name that got a lot of attention in the election this past Tuesday. He won a Senate seat from Kentucky. But, of course, his father, Ron Paul, ran for president a couple of years back, is still in the House, and it looks like he's going to chair the committee that oversees Ben Bernanke's Fed.

WESSEL: That's right. Ron Paul, who wrote a book called "End the Fed" - so you know what he thinks ought to happen. He'll definitely give Mr. Bernanke a hard time, but he's really seen as something of an outlier. He's a Libertarian. He doesn't believe in paper money. And I don't think many of the other Republicans are quite comfortable with that view. But it will be interesting to have him in the House and his son, a senator from Kentucky, taking a seat that was vacated by another shrill critic of the Fed, Jim Bunning. So, it will be a lot of fireworks there, I'm sure.

November 8, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

The Olbermann-lovers at the far-left Daily Kos blog believe in the Vast Keith Conspiracy – that Olbermann contributed to three Democrats as part of a large-scale plan to embarrass MSNBC president Phil Griffin and underline just how important and popular the left-wing bomb-throwing is, especially with young voters. In a Monday morning post titled “The Brilliance of Keith Olbermann,” the blogger “willynel” found only genius:

I think Keith knew exactly what he was doing.

I really think that what Keith Olbermann did was a stroke of genius.

I think he made a bet that this would happen, that the would be suspended and that he would get overwhelming support from his fans and his co-workers. Why else would he not say that he is sorry?

November 8, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

New York Times media columnist David Carr on Monday did the usual establishment cluck-clucking about how cable news is bringing down all the walls between news and opinion -- maintaining the strange pretense that the New York Times still separates the two with any effort. But Carr concluded by noting the very brief Olbermann exile underlined how partisan the cable networks are:

MSNBC ended up in a fight that resembled nothing so much as a brawl within a political party, with the base — in this case the audience — pushing back against the leadership. While Mr. Olbermann is not talking to the media, he is using Twitter to reach his supporters: “Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless. XO.”

Before its decision, there were more than 275,000 signatures on a petition demanding the return of Mr. Olbermann. The language seems less like the keening of a group of television viewers and more like an outcry from the progressive wing of the MSNBC Party.

November 8, 2010, 8:51 AM EST

Football fans watching NBC on Sunday night were presented a brief commercial at halftime for Monday night's NBC interview with former president George W. Bush. Liberals might have been disgusted, since Matt Lauer's only question was to ask Bush to explain how military families supported his war policies. But on Thursday, Lisa de Moraes of The Washington Post picked up on an earlier NBC promotion, that showed how Lauer pushed Bush around about charges of racism surrounding Hurricane Katrina, and even suggested that Bush taking offense at rapper Kanye West's racism charges (on NBC's airwaves) as the “worst moment” of his presidency was heartless, since the actual suffering of the Gulf Coast residents should have won that title.

Can anyone imagine an NBC anchor asking Barack Obama if he was heartless because he cared about his own reputation more than the people he's caused to suffer? First, NBC liberals don't think anyone is suffering because of Obama, and second, that would be rude to a fellow liberal. Here's how it will unfold tonight in prime time:

November 7, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

Recently departed Newsweek editor Jon Meacham placed an article in Sunday's Washington Post that tried to make sense of the “shellacking” that Team Obama took on Tuesday. Meacham dismisses any talk of “moving to the center” as silly, as if that's where Obama presently stands. The headline was "Obama didn't change. We did."  In Meacham's world, Obama is still likely headed to the pantheon of great presidents, and anyone who dismisses him now is dismissing the inevitable sweep of history. Meacham began with this phony thought:

For much of the 2008 election cycle, I did not think Barack Obama would win the presidency. (A Whole Foods-shopping law professor from Chicago's Hyde Park with "Hussein" as a middle name? Please.)

Whether he thought Obama would win is irrelevant, considering how much Meacham and Newsweek wanted him to win. Remember all those gooey cover stories? Before George W. Bush was inaugurated for a second term, during the holiday season of 2004, Newsweek was already banging a can for Obama as the Great Black Hope. As Brent Bozell reported then:

November 7, 2010, 4:27 PM EST

As Ethiopian runner Gebre Gebremariam closed in on a victory in his first New York City marathon, NBC announcer Al Trautwig described the unbelievable poverty in Kenya and Ethopia, and then shifted into social commentary on the Ethiopians: "They're closer to the earth. They're from the earth. They're closer to the rhythms of the planet than we ever were. We torture the planet to our needs. They don't have any of that. They're one with the earth."

November 7, 2010, 9:21 AM EST

On Thursday's Today on NBC, Matt Lauer lined up two experts to praise the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for voting 8-3 to ban toys in kids' meals that don't meet nutritional standards set by the city. Kids would only get a toy if the meal has less than 600 calories with reudced, sodium, fat, and guar. It must include a fruit and vegetable. Supervisor Eric Mar was quoted: “An as a father and legislator, I think we need to be creative in addressing the childhood obesity crisis in this country.” Correspondent Amy Robach also found critical parents. But NBC's designated experts – their own nutrition editor Madelyn Fernstrom and diet-book author David Zinczenko -- were unanimous:

LAUER: Just go. You weigh in on this. What do you think of this idea?

ZINCZENKO: I think the San Fran board deserves their own toy. I think they deserve a prize. I don't think it goes far enough. I think when you market something specifically for kids, a product, every other time you have to prove that it's safe. Not so for food. And right now you have sit-down chains that are even worse offenders. They are selling 1800-calorie meals to kids, pasta dishes, 1400 calorie mac-and-cheese quesadillas.

November 7, 2010, 6:49 AM EST

As anyone should expect, liberal talk-radio hosts were not happy with the election returns, but they turned their anger on President Obama for his perfunctory pledges to work together with Republicans in the next two years. On Wednesday afternoon, Ed Schultz attacked him as “Mister Vanilla”:

Well, just what I thought. Mr. Vanilla, Barack Obama, flat and lame, olive branches coming out all over the place, can't we all just get along, I'm ready to work with you...This is Jimmy Carter on steroids! And then some! Generic. Vanilla. Non-combatant. No lines in the sand. I think it lacks leadership. I really, really do.

Schultz doesn't seem to have enough of a grasp of modern history to recall that President Carter couldn't even work with congressional Democrats, which is why he faced a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy in 1980. Schultz seems worried that Obama will be so agreeable he won't be re-electable:

November 6, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Brian Stelter wrote a front-page story for Saturday's Times on the suspension of Keith Olbermann, but the worst sentence overstated how rare the "anti-war" voices were in the "rush to war" in Iraq:

Mr. Olbermann’s program, “Countdown,” is the most popular hour on MSNBC, with about 1.1 million viewers a night. Years ago, Mr. Olbermann gave voice to dissenting views about the Iraq war and about Bush administration policies when few others on television would, and more recently he helped advance the Obama administration’s push for a health care overhaul.

November 5, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

On Thursday, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin asked his listeners to call the office of Sen. John Cornyn (who leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee)  and ask "why he is not sending money and lawyers to Alaska to help Joe Miller in the counting of write-in votes,” and insisted  "The test for the NRSC is what it does for Joe Miller in Alaska — this is the key fight.”

In response to that "Levin surge" and other pressure, Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper reports Sen. Cornyn sent out a fundraising appeal Friday afternoon asking supporters to contribute to Miller’s campaign.

November 5, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

For the record and public amusement, we have the video of Keith Olbermann's October 7 grandstanding on the need for national legislation to restrain a "national cable-news outlet" for donating to federal candidates. Two of his questions to Congressman Jim Clyburn now look even stranger in the light of Olbermann's donations.

OLBERMANN:  What is the Democratic strategy, the political strategy, for dealing with a media outlet that has now put its money where everybody has known its mouth has always been?...

Congressman Clyburn, is there a legislative response to the idea that there is a national cable news outlet that goes beyond having a point of view and actually starts to shill for partisan causes and actually starts to donate to partisan groups of one party? (Video after the jump.)

November 5, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

Andrew Breitbart at Big Hollywood joined NewsBusters in raising questions about Arianna Huffington's strange Election Night tweet suggesting Marco Rubio resembled a Central American dictator: "On nightline set matthew dowd on sen elect rubio surrounded by flags looking like a central american dictator." A glance at ABC's on-air content at 3 am on Wednesday morning showed neither Dowd nor Huffington said that on the air:

So what exactly was the Queen of social news media’s tweet really about? Once the “dictator” part of Arianna’s insults is stripped away, what’s left is “Central American,” and that’s the crux of her tweet. She is playing the race card with Marco Rubio. Of course the mainstream media will fail to notice that this is a racist comment, which is no less racist than if a Republican compared Obama to Idi Amin. Is there any doubt that Arianna Huffington and her Huffington Post empire would not be leading the charge to destroy the person who uttered that unfortunate analogy?

Today, Huffington replied on Twitter to Breitbart: My tweet was merely quoting, with his consent, GOP strategist Matthew Dowd’s take on Rubio’s acceptance speech. Next!

November 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

For those smug ones on the left who constantly insist Fox News is remarkably synonymous with the Republican Party, they might want to play down the smugness. That might start with MSNBC chief Phil Griffin, who mocked Fox and insisted to the New York Times “Show me an example of us fund-raising." Politico's Simmi Aujla reports that Keith Olbermann couldn't just put Democrats on his show, he also gave to them after they appeared:

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election — a potential violation of NBC’s ethics policies.

Olbermann, who acknowledged the contributions in a statement to POLITICO, made the maximum legal donations of $2,400 apiece to Conway and to Arizona Reps.  Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. He donated to the Arizona pair on Oct. 28 – the same day that Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show. Grijalva, a prominent liberal who was only declared a winner in his race Thursday night, was in a tight contest against tea party-backed candidate Ruth McClung when he appeared on Countdown – one of several appearances he made on the show...Giffords had appeared on Olbermann’s program in May, as did Conway.

November 4, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

In the wee hours of Election Night came this Twitter burst from Arianna Huffington, the one who loaded buses to rally with Jon Stewart for "sanity" and calm and taking the rhetoric down a notch:

On nightline set matthew dowd on sen elect rubio surrounded by flags looking like a central american dictator

What? Dowd didn't say that, as the tweet might suggest. Arianna didn't say it on ABC, either, just on Twitter. To put that in context, Rubio did have a multi-flag backdrop for his victory speech, but that's hardly unusual for politicians.

November 3, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

If you find liberal gnashing of teeth in the aftermath of a "shellacking" to be amusing, then you should try to decide which line of argument/rage/denial at the Daily Kos is most amusing.

There is "Conn Man" armed with the usual tendency to find mental illness and stupidity in the foe: 

The American people have spoken, and their message is that obstructionist politics, refusal to play by the rules, sociopathic personalities, and semi-literacy are the qualities that they are looking for in elected officials.  They have sent the message that anti-intellectualism, emotional rather than rational thinking, the politics of fear and anger, and a complete lack of compassion for anyone other than numero uno are their ideal personality traits for the people they want to be in charge...

There is "Jhawklefty" wondering what's the matter with Kansas, and the rest of America:

November 3, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank attacked Fox News in Wednesday's paper for having a Republican "victory party" on air on Election Night. Nowhere in this piece did he acknowledge his routine appearances on MSNBC, and whether it had a partisan sound on Election Night (and every other weeknight). He also avoided the idea that NBC-Universal was helpfully doling out large chunks of air time for Barack Obama this fall to stave off Democrat losses. His column began:

At Rupert Murdoch's cable network, the entity that birthed and nurtured the Tea Party movement, Election Day was the culmination of two years of hard work to bring down Barack Obama - and it was time for an on-air celebration of a job well done....


November 2, 2010, 7:13 AM EDT

Liberals don't want to believe that anyone would oppose the Obama agenda out of a principled stand against massive government spending and massive intervention in the free enterprise system. It's easier (and dirtier) to blame it all on racism. The leftist blog Daily Kos is keeping up that smear: "It's the black man in the White House, stupid." Michael Moore truly thrilled the blogger called "blackwaterdog" by claiming "Two years of a black man who secretly holds socialist beliefs being the boss of them is more than they can stomach. They've been sick to death since the night of 11/04/08 and they are ready to purge."

MSNBC should be so proud that this blogger frames this smear with a Rachel Maddow segment celebrating all the "achievements" of Democrat-dominated Washington in the last two years. (The lowlight is Maddow celebrating that the "bureaucracy" of private student loans has been removed and it's all wonderfully streamlined and nationalized now. Or Maddow celebrating how health care "reform" is the secret to reducing the horrendous national debt. Or...) Then came the Kosmonaut song sheet:

October 31, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

Do NPR's actions in the Juan Williams firing underline how they deserve a massive new infusion of public money? The Washington Post's Sunday Outlook section clearly wanted a provocative take on NPR's firing of Juan Williams. They found it in their former managing editor, Steve Coll, with an article headlined “Why Fox News should help fund NPR.”

Coll tried to claim the “teachable moment” out of the Fox-pundit purge wasn't that NPR arrogantly and dramatically tilts its taxpayer-subidized news and talk programs to the left. It was that NPR is allegedly “a calm, nonpartisan center in American democracy.” They made an unfortunate “time-pressured” call to fire Williams, who he claimed was NPR's “most visible right-leaning voice.” Earth to Mr. Coll: If liberal Juan Williams is your “right-leaning voice,” you might be an Obama-loving left-wing sandbox.