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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December 23, 2010, 12:02 PM EST

Liberals have claimed that conservatives wage a war on "science," but when it comes to social liberalism, they are often at odds with scientific reality. For example, they will define a woman as "He" and a man as "She" if the person in question simply decides that's how they want to be addressed. Or, in Thursday's Washington Post, the words "reproductive care" are used, without quotes, to describe anti-reproductive actions like abortion and contraception. The ACLU is waging war on Catholic-owned hospitals, and Rob Stein began their publicity drive with this paragraph:

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked federal health officials to ensure that Catholic hospitals provide emergency reproductive care to pregnant women, saying the refusal by religiously affiliated hospitals to provide abortion and other services was becoming an increasing problem.

This matches the media template, in which abortion itself is never a social "problem" -- only the lack of "access" to it is a problem. There are no "liberals" in this piece, only "reproductive health advocates," which again is a factually inaccurate adjective:

As more hospitals have been taken over by Catholic hospital chains in recent years, reproductive health advocates have become increasingly concerned that fewer medical centers will provide abortion, contraception and other reproductive services.

December 22, 2010, 5:41 PM EST

NBC anchor Brian Williams signed off with a pom-pom line for Barack Obama and congressional Democrats at the end of his live coverage of the Obama press conference. “At least one other writer has written, as making this the most productive Congress since the Great Society era of the 1960s.”

It’s hard not to see in this a liberal definition of what “productivity” is. Reagan’s conservative legislative victories in his first two years, or George W. Bush starting two wars with congressional approval in his first two years are not defined as “productive.” Can the "stimulus" truly be defined as "productive"?

Which “writer” is Williams citing? Political scientist Norman Ornstein was selling this line – at the end of last January! – in The Washington Post:

December 22, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

In case someone hadn’t discovered The Huffington Post is a leftist website, there’s a new slide show and poll asking what will cause the apocalypse in 2012? The leading votegetter right now is “Sarah Palin becomes President of the United States.” They promoted their poll with this copy:

According to the Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Considering we only have two years left of life, it is only natural to consider how the world will eventually destroy itself.

What cosmic event will tip destiny over the edge? Will it be Justin Bieber turning 18? Or Sarah Palin becoming president of the United States? Vote on this below!

December 22, 2010, 11:11 AM EST

Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney is taking on The Competition today, mocking The Washington Post for what he reports is their unique way of reporting "That pattern we never told you about, of corporate lobbyists favoring Democrats, is ending". The Business Roundtable tapped former Republican Gov. John Engler as its CEO, and reporter Dan Eggen found it moving to the right -- but never told Post readers that they had previously moved to the left to win friends in the new socialist administration:

Today, Eggen has a piece headlined "With Republican as leader, Obama-friendly Business Roundtable may become less so." Eggen writes:

December 22, 2010, 8:23 AM EST

On Tuesday's Morning Edition, actor Ben Affleck was selling his new movie about corporate layoffs, Company Men, and anchorman Steve Inskeep carefully led the left-wing actor onto a soapbox to lecture about the immorality of American capitalism and financiers who do nothing but "move money back and forth":

INSKEEP: There's a line in Company Men that's staying with me. Tommy Lee Jones is at a corporate conference table. Someone else at the conference table is discussing their plans to lay off a bunch of workers. And nearly all the workers being laid off are older, which could be construed as being wrong or illegal. Someone at the table says: "Oh, no. This is going to pass legal scrutiny." And Jones responds: "I always thought we aimed for a little higher standard than that."

AFFLECK: That speaks so perfectly to people's feelings about our country. It's like it's just about getting by, or people can like let people go if they can get away with it, that there's no deeper sense of right or wrong. The banks shouldn't -- people shouldn't make such a giant profit off just moving money back and forth. And CEOs' pay shouldn't be 200 times the average worker. It used to be nine times.

NPR didn't have the contrarian populist toughness to ask about whether that sentiment about overpayment counts for movie stars that make $250,000 for simply showing up at a casino grand opening.

December 21, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

On Monday night's All Things Considered newscast, National Public Radio sent reporters to three different military bases looking for reaction to the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Art Silverman came last at the Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia:

SILVERMAN:  Then I march into Number Two Military barbershop and find only one customer to ask about the repeal. How will this affect people in the field doing their job?

Turn off the recorder, he says. He wants to talk frankly. He wants me to know that most Marines come from parts of the country where tolerance toward homosexuality doesn't exist. This means problems ahead. He says, "These are country boys, and they even have problems accepting blacks and women in the Corps." For him, repeal of “don't ask, don't tell” means hostility and harassment ahead for Marines who let people know they are gay or lesbian.  

December 21, 2010, 2:05 PM EST

Associated Press reports a story you probably won't see on Entertainment Tonight. After a July attack, the Muslim brother of a Harry Potter movie actress admitted his violent behavior:

LONDON – The brother of an actress who appeared in the Harry Potter movies has pleaded guilty to assaulting her, allegedly after she met a man who was not Muslim.The 22-year-old Afshan Azad plays Padma Patil, a classmate of the teenage wizard, in the movie series.

Prosecutor Richard Vardon told Manchester Crown Court that Azad's elder brother, 28-year-old Ashraf, assaulted her apparently over her association with a Hindu man. She fled her home after her brother and father threatened to kill her, Vardon said.

December 21, 2010, 8:48 AM EST

Tuesday's Washington Post reported that immigration-amnesty advocates are upset that Maryland's Prince George's County is deporting more non-criminals than criminals under the federal government's Secure Communities initiative. Team Obama promised to focus its deportation efforts on criminals. Reporter Shankar Vedantam relayed the concerns of the left (classified only as "immigration rights groups"), but there was no spot in this story for advocates for increased deportations of illegals:

Immigration rights groups say the program has led to the removal of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have committed far less serious crimes or none at all.

"The numbers out of Prince George's are absurd," said Gustavo Andrade, organizing director of CASA of Maryland, an immigrant rights group that is active in the county. "Even one family destroyed because of this kind of program makes it unacceptable."  

December 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

People clicking through MSN.com for a list of Best and Worst TV of 2010 found mostly rave reviews, but near the end of the list came the "Worst," and critic Chris Larkin really blasted Sarah Palin's Alaska with the usual disdain that anyone would kill animals (but wishes a bear would harm Palin):

See Sarah fish. She Sarah hunt. See Sarah log. All eight parts of this shameless ad for the Alaska Division of Tourism involve the killing of dozens of living things and millions of brain cells. Where's an attacking bear when you really need it? The saving grace is watching the former vice presidential candidate well up while discussing Trig, her 2-year-old son who suffers from Down syndrome. But these rare heartfelt moments can't sustain the otherwise painful tedium. Five million viewers watched the premiere, a record for TLC. Three million viewers watched the second episode. Two million viewers were not wrong.

December 20, 2010, 5:35 PM EST

When liberals count heads in a Meet the Press roundtable, they’d look at Sunday’s panel and classify it this way: two Republicans (Joe Scarborough and Mark McKinnon) one Democrat (Newark Mayor Cory Booker) and a nonpartisan reporter (Andrea Mitchell). The conservatives, on the other hand, see two centrists pandering to liberals, a liberal mayor, and a liberal reporter. Mitchell dropped two liberal bombs on Sunday. First, she joined other liberals in hailing a “really moral” stand for gays in the military:

And you have to give a lot of credit going back to the passionate and really moral stand taken by Mike Mullen, the admiral who is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. When he first testified to [tje Senate] Armed Services [Committee] and said, "You cannot ask our uniformed men and women to tell a lie about themselves. That is against the whole conduct of the military code." And that principled stand, a little more reluctantly but still going along with it, Robert Gates saying, "We, we serve. We will follow the orders." That outweighed, I think, what the combat--the Marines and some of the front line forces were saying.

Mitchell also trashed the Republicans for their stupidity in opposing the DREAM Act, since anyone who wants to win in politics panders to illegal aliens. (Was that proven in November?)

December 20, 2010, 3:10 PM EST

Let's hope the editorial page editors at the New York Times aren't too fond of the "No Labels" movement to soften the tone of our national debates. Because columnist Paul Krugman is comparing his conservative opponents to...brain-eating zombies. The column's title is "When Zombies Win." It concludes:

Yes, politics is the art of the possible. We all understand the need to deal with one’s political enemies. But it’s one thing to make deals to advance your goals; it’s another to open the door to zombie ideas. When you do that, the zombies end up eating your brain — and quite possibly your economy too.

This is just the latest metaphor that allows Krugman to pound the table once again that the near-trillion-dollar "stimulus" was ridiculously tiny and that there are no "big government policies" under Obama:

December 20, 2010, 10:41 AM EST

CNN's announcement that it would host a Republican presidential debate next September with the Tea Party Express has caused leftist anchors and bloggers to regard CNN as unethical and leaning rightward, reports Kenneth Vogel at Politico:

MSNBC’s liberal anchor Keith Olbermann contended the move puts the lie to CNN’s effort to position itself as a more objective alternative to Fox and MSNBC and exposes an ongoing rightward drift

“The alliance isn't the problem. It's the continuing pretense that CNN is neutral,” he wrote in an email to POLITICO. “They've been hemorrhaging viewers not because they're non-partisan but because the viewers recognize they are arrogantly and condescendingly pretending to be.”

December 20, 2010, 8:19 AM EST

As much as Barack Obama promised a new era of transparency in Washington, there are still plenty of activities reporters can't attend. In a Monday story on Obama trying to keep his liberal base happy, Washington Post reporter Peter Wallsten explained:

Much of the White House's interaction with liberal groups has taken place at a weekly Tuesday meeting at a downtown Washington hotel. The "common purpose" gatherings are closed-door sessions between top Obama aides and officials from dozens of left-leaning interest groups such as unions, youth voting groups, women's organizations, gay rights advocates and civil rights activists. Attendees are required to keep all proceedings secret and off the record.

December 19, 2010, 5:16 PM EST

Saturday's Washington Post published a religion-year-in-review piece by Kevin Eckstrom, editor of the Religion News Service. Eckstrom thought the year was defined by vengeful "Islamophobia" and disdained that "extreme voices" were opposing Islamic extremism:

Lingering questions about President Obama's Christian faith morphed into a belief among one in five Americans that he's actually a Muslim. Nearly 10 years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Islamophobia returned with a vengeance as a Florida pastor threatened to torch a pile of Korans, and Tennessee officials debated whether Islam is a religion.

This time, the resurrected stories were more pointed, the debates more polarizing. Old stories found new life online, and voices that once would have been dismissed as extreme were amplified by Facebook and Twitter.

December 18, 2010, 11:09 PM EST

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City reported that Christianity was apparently offensive, government bank examiners determined in a bank visit in Perkins, Oklahoma.

Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter, and buttons that say "Merry Christmas, God With Us" were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank's Internet site also had to be taken down.

December 18, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

CNN's failing and flailing Parker Spitzer show ended Friday night with the supposedly (at least slightly) differing hosts joining in a round of Hosannas for the Kennedys, making the common error that there's been a Kennedy serving on Capitol Hill for 53 years straight. Wrong. There was a hole from 1960 to 1962, while Ben Smith warmed JFK's seat for Teddy.)

Kathleen Parker thinks Palin's too dumb for national office, but all the copy editors at CNN couldn't Google the Kennedys to get these facts straight. Parker lamented how the Kennedys were giving way to lesser, more regressive political families like Ron and Rand Paul:

SPITZER: Time for "P.S.," our postscript. Today marked the end of an era as Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy, Teddy's youngest son, packed his bags, the last Kennedy still in office in Washington, D.C.

PARKER: It seems unimaginable. Since 1947, when John F. Kennedy became a congressman at age 29, there has always been a Kennedy serving on Capitol Hill.

December 18, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

Nancy Frazier O'Brien of the Catholic News Service reports that the number of Catholics in Congress will decline from 162 to 150 -- but underneath the numbers is a dramatic party shift among Congressional Catholics:

For the first time in recent memory, the number of Catholic Republicans in the House -- 61 -- nearly equals the number of Catholic Democratic House members, at 65. That marks a dramatic shift since the last Congress convened two years ago with a Catholic House contingent of 98 Democrats and 38 Republicans.

December 18, 2010, 7:44 AM EST

The New York Times promoted the "DREAM Act" on Saturday with a Julia Preston article that never located a single lobbyist for stricter immigration enforcement. Instead, Preston assisted in publicizing a major administration push: "Five cabinet secretaries have made calls, held news conferences or blogged on the issue." It didn't matter how ridiculous it sounded to border enforcers: 

On a call organized by the White House on Friday, David Aguilar, the deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said that strict eligibility requirements in the bill for young immigrants who are here would dissuade others outside the country from trying coming to the country illegally. Addressing concerns from lawmakers who say they want more border security before voting for the legislation, Mr. Aguilar said, “At no point in history has the border been as secure as it is today.”

December 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

It was bad enough when The Washington Post put four heads of Jon Stewart on Mount Rushmore just before Stewart's pompous "Rally for Sanity" on the Washington mall. But when Post TV critic Tom Shales recounted Thursday night's farewell episode of CNN's Larry King Live, he named four network news anchors as the "living Mount Rushmore of News," as if Katie Couric is Lincolnesque and Brian Williams is so much like Thomas Jefferson:

Auspiciously enough, four of broadcast television's best-known news anchors gathered in the New York studio to wish King well: ABC's Diane Sawyer, CBS's Katie Couric, NBC's Brian Williams and the godmother of them all, pioneering anchor Barbara Walters of ABC (by way of NBC). The show's director, however, strangely chose to delay a wide shot of this living Mount Rushmore of news - thus muting the luster of having all four in the same place at the same time.

December 17, 2010, 8:32 AM EST

The Washington Post simply cannot stop putting protesters of the removal of an ants-on-Jesus video on the front page of the Style section. Once again in Friday's paper, art critic Blake Gopnik is publicizing gay artist A.A. Bronson's request that his huge color photo of his skeletal lover Felix Partz in his bed hours after he died in 1994 be removed from the exhibit: 

"I had resisted taking this step, hoping that some reconciliation could be reached regarding the censorship of the David Wojnarowicz video," Bronson wrote, "but it is clear that this is not coming anytime soon. As an artist who saw firsthand the tremendous agony and pain that so many of my generation lived through, and died with, I cannot take the decision of the Smithsonian lightly. To edit queer history in this way is hurtful and disrespectful."

The part in bold type was also a pull quote in large letters accompanying the story. Gopnik called Bronson "a pioneer of gay-themed contemporary art" and oozed "The photo is one of the exhibition's linchpin works, which this writer praised as a 'harrowing, almost unbearable image' in a review of 'Hide/Seek.'"