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 4, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

In a sort of continuation of 60 Minutes offering a platform for David Stockman to trash his former Reaganite colleagues, Stephen Colbert interviewed Stockman on Thursday night's Colbert Report. At the show's opening, the graphic was the lame pun “Reag Against the Machine” and Colbert said "I'll ask him what it was like when America had a budget."

Stockman quickly proceeded to trash supply-side economics and suggest most of our Pentagon budget is wasted in an ineffective war on terror. (He didn't repeat his call for a 15 percent national income surtax.) You can see why the liberals now love to put him on television. In this interview, Colbert actually kept up the conservative character in spots, but it was an another offering for Stockman to blame mostly conservatives for the debt problem.

COLBERT: What do you think about extending the Bush tax cuts. You don think we should do that?

STOCKMAN: No, I don't think we should do that, because extending the Bush –

December 4, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

On Wednesday's Democracy Now on taxpayer-subsidized Pacifica Radio, host Amy Goodman presented Jesse Jackson with the good news that the Tea Party and the hard left each want defense cuts. But while the Tea Party may be looking for across-the-board cuts, Jackson wants an endless "war on poverty," which is not exactly a deficit strategy:

AMY GOODMAN: ThinkProgress and the Progress Report have documented that there is a growing coalition between the Tea Party-backed conservatives and stalwart progressives, who are coming together to demand cuts to the defense budget, the coalition given further momentum with the co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission, released a report that calls for $100 billion in defense cuts.

December 3, 2010, 11:43 PM EST

On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh picked up where some of us left off in wondering why Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik would trash Norman Rockwell and suggest he would censor his exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery because he pandered to white middle-class Americans:

December 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

The Washington Post will publicize the tiniest left-wing protests. Take Thursday night's protest against removing the ants-on-Christ video from the National Portrait Gallery. On the back page of the Style section (complete with a large 3 x 6 photo of protesters), Jessica Dawson reported:

Despite Thursday evening's chill, about 100 demonstrators -- many of them artists -- gathered outside Transformer Gallery to protest Tuesday's removal of David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly" artwork from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" show.

"This is a sign of solidarity and a call to our lawmakers that silence equals death," said Transformer Executive Director Victoria Reis, invoking the name of the late-'80s "Silence=Death" campaign by the New York City activist group ACT UP.

December 2, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

Former president Jimmy Carter lied in an interview with NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm on Tuesday. She ended the interview by asking about the Tea Party and he claimed he had never criticized them -- despite smearing them as racists in 2009 in an NBC interview with Brian Williams:

REHM: Last question, very briefly, what do you think of the Tea Party movement?

CARTER: You know, I never have criticized the Tea Party movement because, strangely enough, I capitalized on the same kind of situation politically that has made the Tea Party successful -- that is, an extreme dissatisfaction with what was going on in Washington. Because I came along right after Watergate and right after the Vietnam lost and right after the assassination of the two Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr., and so I capitalized on that, and I was elected over some very wonderful people who were U.S. senators and immersed in the Washington scene.

December 2, 2010, 7:52 AM EST

Our media tells us the Internet is an unreliable source of myths because people call Barack Obama a "socialist." But a quick read of the lefties at the Daily Kos shows a more ridiculous claim: Obama is a Reagan man. The blogger "il128" is clearly distraught:

We all now know that electing Obama in 2008 was a big mistake.  It sure as Hell isn't because he's too liberal now is it?  No, the problem is that he's a Reaganite.  He doesn't care about us, the liberals, he cares about the Republicans.  

December 1, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

Dave Itzkoff reported Tuesday for The New York Times that corporate executives at Fox Television in Hollywood have never told the producers of "The Simpsons" to knock off the mockery of Fox News, even as it suggests FNC viewers are racists:

Lately “The Simpsons” has been taking potshots at its corporate siblings at Fox News. An episode shown last week, called “The Fool Monty,” opened on a helicopter supposedly belonging to that cable news channel and bearing the slogan “Fox News: Not Racist, But #1 With Racists.”

In a “Simpsons” episode that ran on Sunday night, called “How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window,” the helicopter reappeared — this time in the show’s opening credits, and with a new slogan: “Fox News: Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75.”

December 1, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik is hopping mad that the National Portrait Gallery pulled a video from its "Hide/Seek" exhibit on homosexual imagery, insisting: "Now the NPG, and the Smithsonian Institution it is part of, look set to come off as cowards." Gopnik insisted the ant-covered Jesus in the video was inconsequential, and that if he played censor, he'd keep the insect-covered Christ and scrap the Norman Rockwell:

Norman Rockwell would get the boot, too, if I believed in pulling everything that I'm offended by: I can't stand the view of America that he presents, which I feel insults a huge number of us non-mainstream folks. But I didn't call for the Smithsonian American Art Museum to pull the Rockwell show that runs through Jan. 2, just down the hall from "Hide/Seek." Rockwell and his admirers got to have their say, and his detractors, including me, got to rant about how much they hated his art. Censorship would have prevented that discussion, and that's why we don't allow it.

December 1, 2010, 8:35 AM EST

Don't let anyone claim that liberal talk radio show hosts don't wish for bad things to happen. On Monday's show, Randi Rhodes was giddy about the prospect of global warming causing the oceans to rise enough to engulf Rush Limbaugh's Florida home:

And so, the global warming deniers -- like Rush Limbaugh, whose house I can't wait until the ocean swells and eats his house -- and he will be the first to go because he's got the best location! He's on Palm Beach, which is nothing but a little island...a long, skinny, little sliver of billion dollars worth of -- crap! Mostly over-the-top, overdecorated, overpainted, overdone houses with silk draperies and Renaissance designs in a tropical setting...On the edge of this little silvered island with a rising, rising ocean -- he's going first, I live out west, my house is going to be the new Palm Beach and I can't wait. I can't freaking wait!

November 30, 2010, 5:52 PM EST

From his perch at the liberal magazine The New Yorker on Tuesday, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin recycled his lament that the Bush-Gore 2000 chad fight should have lasted several more months. (Toobin's 2001 book Too Close to Call also carried Al Gore's water.) Toobin fights against the popular notion that liberals should get over 2000, for it revealed conservative judicial activism, most appalling to Toobin when "equal protection" is applied to white males, as if they're entitled to it. But Toobin simply gets it wrong in finding media recounts were not conclusive:

Bush v. Gore would resonate, in any case, because the Court prevented Florida from determining, as best it could, whether Gore or Bush really won. (Recounts of the ballots by media organizations produced ambiguous results; they suggest that Gore would have won a full statewide recount and Bush would have won the limited recount initially sought by the Gore forces.)

Wrong. As Brent Baker reminded readers in 2008, both media recounts, including a statewide recount of undervotes, concluded the Court did not decide the election:

November 30, 2010, 7:55 AM EST

The Toronto Globe and Mail profiled Arianna Huffington as she prepares to keynote the Canada's Most Famous Women summit, and D.C.-based writer Konrad Yakabuski underlines that the Huffington Post founder is mysteriously aligning herself outside the bubble of the super-rich with her book Third World America:

Ms. Huffington's 13th book is a cri de coeur bemoaning the evisceration of the U.S. middle class and America's slide toward Third World status. As she describes it to me, “that's really a country where there are the super-rich, who live behind gates with guards protecting their kids from kidnapping, and the rest of us.”

The rest of us?

November 29, 2010, 11:11 PM EST

President Obama getting elbowed in the mouth playing basketball made liberal radio host Randi Rhodes so happy on her website Monday. The reason? We no longer had an idiot Republican president who injured  himself repeatedly. George W. Bush can be forced into any narrative, apparently:

As Presidential injuries go, it’s a lot better than passing out from eating a pretzel. George Bush fell over eating a pretzel, fell off his bike, and fell off a Segway scooter. Obama got elbowed in the mouth. It’s kind of nice to finally have a president who doesn’t cause his own injuries. Another person in the game accidentally elbowed the President in the mouth.

November 29, 2010, 8:37 AM EST

The Washington Post went to a Catholic cathedral in Washington on Sunday to survey the "faithful" on how they feel about the church's opposition to condoms -- and reporter Michael Ruane apparently could not locate a single Catholic who believed in the church teaching. The headline was "Catholics mixed on condoms," but the message the Post was sending was "All Catholics think Pope is wrong, and should be ignored."  Six Catholics quoted in the story opposed the Vatican, and one was "mixed." Most were like Mary Claire Odell of Silver Spring:

"The Catholic church is not that swift to recognize" the need for change, she said. "They just recognized Galileo. Quite honestly, it takes them a while, but hopefully they're getting there.

"I think it's about time," she said. "Let's be serious. Let's jump into the 21st century. I think you'll find a lot of people saying the same thing."

November 28, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

It was apparently such a slow news weekend that NPR seemed like it was recycling. Legal correspondent Nina Totenberg dedicated a report on Friday night's All Things Considered to the ultraliberal Supreme Court justice William Brennan, publicizing a biography that's been out for eight weeks. She touted his "incredible" legacy:

For those not familiar with Brennan's incredible record, let us recapitulate. As the conservative National Review put it in writing about the liberal justice: "An examination of Brennan's opinions and his influence upon the opinions of his colleagues, suggests that there is no individual in this country, on or off the court, who has had a more profound and sustained impact on public policy in the United States."

Saying Brennan was influential was not exactly a compliment: as Nat Hentoff put it, NR was suggesting his influence was "pernicious." But Totenberg tried to forward the claim that Brennan was "far more conservative" than his decisions:

November 28, 2010, 8:02 AM EST

Liberal Democrats would like to use the lame-duck session of Congress to squeeze out passage of the "DREAM Act" to provide a "path" for citizenship to illegal-alien students. So The Washington Post ordered up another round of sympathetic press-release coverage for Sunday's paper with the tableau of a Thanksgiving dinner, complete with a beautiful "exemplary student" named Anngie Gutierrez who wants to be a medical examiner. The headline was "Undocumented youths chasing a dream." The story used the favored liberal word "undocumented" seven times (including headlines and captions). Reporter Shankar Vedantam relayed:

Gutierrez attended Thanksgiving dinner last week at the home of one of her high school teachers, Elias Vlanton. A group called United We Dream organized 300 to 500 events where DREAM Act-eligible students could share Thanksgiving dinner with citizens - and also perform various acts of service - according to Jose Luis Marantes, a senior organizer at the group.

November 27, 2010, 7:35 AM EST

Typically, The New York Times has released its annual book reviewers' list of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2010, and they favor liberal authors, and most helpfully, current and former staffers of the New York Times. For people who may buy Christmas gifts or make Christmas lists based on this top-books list, Obama is still the hero. The Times recommended both The Bridge by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, and The Promise: Year One by Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, not to mention leftist Salon writer Rebecca Traister's book Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women. The Times calls it "A colorful, emotional argument that 2008 gave feminism a thrilling 'new life.'”

With Michelle Obama growing vegetables? 

November 27, 2010, 6:59 AM EST

Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer blog reported that the Rev. Al Sharpton used his radio show to accuse someone else of having a radio show with a racial bias. Sharpton said clearly the FCC is not trying to block "free speech" just racist or sexist speech, as defined by a wise man, like Al Sharpton:

And part of what I think the FCC needs to do is give the guidelines of what is excusable and what is not. What is permit-able or permitted I should say and what is not because clearly you’re not trying to block free speech.

But, I think that for people to engage in programming shows that will use racial or gender bias as their format, we’ve got a right to say there are standards that the FCC can say that you cannot continue to have licenses to do that. You got to remember that those stations that Rush Limbaugh is on and others are regulated by FCC, granted by FCC. They go back to them to get waivers. They go back to them to get consolidation.

November 26, 2010, 11:13 PM EST

The Big Three networks all briefly covered the conviction of former House Minority Leader Tom DeLay for campaign money laundering on Wednesday night. But none of them allowed DeLay air time to defend himself. "This is an abuse of power," he said outside the courtroom. "It's a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system, and I am very disappointed in the outcome."

CBS Evening News substitute anchor Harry Smith seemed to revel in the verdict:

He was once the most powerful Republican in Washington. Tonight, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is a convicted felon. A jury in Austin convicted him today of money laundering charges. Prosecutors said he illegally funneled corporate donations to legislative campaigns in Texas. DeLay, who is 63, could get anywhere from five to 99 years in prison. His lawyer called the verdict a miscarriage of justice and vowed to appeal.

November 26, 2010, 8:10 AM EST

Liberal journalists are forever trying to dismiss the idea that when conservative candidates win, the voters who sent them to Washington sent them for conservative goals -- to restrain relentless government growth. In Thursday's Washington Post, columnist David Broder declared, in the face of all evidence, that the defining campaign of 2010 was....the egocentric write-in campaign of moderate Republican Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. It was not the year of the Tea Party, or repealing ObamaCare. It was the year that the voters said they wanted non-ideological bipartisanship. He quoted her interview with the PBS NewsHour: 

"I think that's what voters are looking for. I don't think that most are looking for somebody that is going to follow the litmus test of one party or another, and never deviate from it. I think they want us to think, and I think they want us to work cooperatively together. So, that's my pledge to all Alaskans, regardless of whether you are the most conservative Republican or the most liberal Democrat, I'm going to try to find a way that we can find common ground to help the state and to help our country."

November 26, 2010, 7:39 AM EST

It's tough to sell the happy talk after a shellacking. For example, here's the tone of an e-mail that Mitch Stewart, director of Obama's Organizing for America, sent on Wednesday, seeking feedback on what went wrong this fall:

Friend --

In the six months leading up to Election Day, supporters like you reached out to more than 80 million voters on phone lines and doorsteps across the country -- making the difference in dozens of key races.

And -- one conversation at a time -- the commitments to vote that you secured helped grow this movement. That kind of work transcends the results of a single election. Thank you.