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 26, 2015, 11:02 PM EST

One of the more tiresome cliches of political coverage is the “secret weapon.” Twenty years ago, Hillary Clinton was promoted as her husband’s “secret weapon.” Now it’s the reverse. Peter Nicholas of  The Wall Street Journal wrote a story aping the Clinton spin, headlined “Hillary Clinton’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Could Escalate Campaign Rhetoric.”

Bill has been described by reporters as a secret weapon and a not-so-secret weapon, as if no one knows what he brings. Eight years ago, Hillary's mom was the "secret weapon." Surely, daughter Chelsea has also been the secret weapon. Nicholas seems to think Slick Willie is a weapon first and foremost against Trump....and less so against Sanders. 

December 26, 2015, 11:20 AM EST

Time columnist Joe Klein conceives of himself as outside the “blinkered orthodoxy” of the political parties, but for many years he’s been a blinkered adorer of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, touting them both as centrists despite the governing realities. In handing out his “Teddy” (for Roosevelt) awards for "doers, diplomats, and leaders who ignored our worst instincts," the trend continued. He deeply bowed to Obama for making a deal with Iran, and then proclaimed his alleged moderation:

December 26, 2015, 8:12 AM EST

ABC News devoted a fluffy two-hour special to the year in review, studying the news and pop culture. They had a “Dishonor Roll” segment where they mocked the adultery of Josh Duggar and the scandal of the adultery website Ashley Madison when its client list leaked. They scorned the dentist that shot “Cecil the Lion,” white activist Rachel Dolezal pretending to be black, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards getting arrested for shoplifting, and pop singer Ariana Grande caught on video licking donuts.

But nowhere in this summary were the grisly tapes exposing Planned Parenthood for its effort to profit from selling the organs of babies it killed in its abortion clinics.

December 24, 2015, 7:23 AM EST

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal had some fun with the liberal praise for the latest global-warming accord in Paris, which was uniformly described as “historic.” For example he noticed this from Elizabeth Kolbert for The New Yorker: “The climate accord approved in Paris over the weekend has, justifiably, been described as ‘historic.’ It represents the most significant step forward since international climate negotiations began, more than two decades ago.” But is it really historic? Or could it end up being a phantom achievement, since most countries fail to live up to whatever emission-reduction goals they pledge to achieve at these confabs?

December 23, 2015, 9:46 PM EST

Within hours of sliming Ted Cruz’s daughters as cartoon monkeys, The Washington Post presses were churning out Wednesday’s front page. At the top, it read “The quiet impact of Obama’s Christian faith.

Next to the story came this summary: "President Obama, who did not grow up in a religious household, has relied on his Christian faith in trying to bring civility to the nation’s political debates. But no modern president has had his faith more routinely questioned or disparaged, and the nation has grown more polarized during his presidency."

December 23, 2015, 12:16 PM EST

The Washington Post is already trying to make lemonade out of its bitter-lemon cartoon attack on Ted Cruz and his little daughters Catherine and Caroline, dehumanizing and denigrating the Cruz girls as monkeys. Media writer Callum Borchers wrote a piece titled “Why that now-retracted Washington Post cartoon is a gift to Ted Cruz.”

Spare us.

December 23, 2015, 7:24 AM EST

It's always encouraging to hear that Rush Limbaugh's outraged by the same leftist media gunk that we've highlighted here at NewsBusters. On Monday's radio show, El Rushbo highlighted the "unhinged" Rolling Stone interview with John Kerry that we noted, picking up on a piece by Kevin Williamson at National Review.

Rush also brought up (as we did) Rebecca Traister's article in New York magazine on how Obama and Hillary represent “the death throes of exclusive white male power in the United States.”

December 22, 2015, 10:39 PM EST

If we’re counting press clips, the year 2015 in politics was dominated by Donald Trump. The liberal press is emotionally conflicted on this one. Some are delighted with the notion that he’s going to destroy the Republican brand with oafish overstatements. Some are disgusted that he’s still in the race despite all the negativity they’ve piled all over him. And now some are worried he might even win and in so doing, end civilization as we know it.

Liberals would have you believe they are far more nuanced and far less mean-spirited than the Trumps of the world. It’s a good reason for unveiling our annual “Worst of the Worst” awards for the year’s worst media outrages. Once again, a panel of esteemed judges in the conservative media have helped us identify the most ridiculous of the ridiculous.

December 22, 2015, 6:52 AM EST

James Warren at Poynter MediaWire noted that last week, Bernie Sanders picked up the endorsement of the Communications Workers of America, a 600,000-member union that includes 26,000 members of the NewsGuild – representing “journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, digital start-up Truthout and the digital operations at many, but not all, big print publications, such as Philly.com.”

Warren protested: “For those who believe nearly all journalists not on the Fox News payroll must be knee-jerk lefties pushing an agenda, be informed that the Guild heeded a nearly reflexive tradition and abstained in its parent's endorsement vote.”

December 21, 2015, 8:04 PM EST

On Monday morning, NPR Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep aired some of his end-of-year interview with President Obama (also recorded on video). Obama drew ten minutes of air time, and Inskeep only aired five of his own questions in that time span, about one every two minutes. Often, he explained Obama’s viewpoint on the world in between the quotes. Compare that to the recent Inskeep interview with Ted Cruz. In 7 minutes and 19 seconds, Inskeep challenged Cruz at least 12 times.

December 21, 2015, 1:51 PM EST

While The New York Times Book Review ignores books by conservatives from David Limbaugh to Mark Levin, they analyze conservatism by going to Sam Tanenhaus, who edited the Book Review from 2004 to 2013. One small problem: He wrote a book issued in 2009 predicting The Death of Conservatism. Tanenhaus proclaimed today's conservative movement was like "the exhumed figures of Pompeii, trapped in postures of frozen flight, clenched in the rigor mortis of a defunct ideology." So how wise does he look?     

On Sunday, Tanenhaus reviewed two obscure books from the Left purporting to explain the origins of today’s conservatism. First, there was the book Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller.

December 20, 2015, 4:24 PM EST

The leftist website The Intercept is taking apart Friday’s CBS panel discussion on Muslims in America: “two Muslim Americans who took part in the group complained that CBS edited out parts of the discussion where they raised their own concerns — including critiques of U.S. militarism, surveillance and entrapment.”

They also said that Frank Luntz, “the right-wing pollster who led the focus group, silenced members of the group when they criticized discriminatory U.S. government policies.” They ripped into Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but CBS wanted its own tidy narrative of patriotic Muslims who have no problem with this president.

December 19, 2015, 4:54 PM EST

Since taking over the evening-news baton from Diane Sawyer, ABC anchorman David Muir has become known for a newscast that's tighter, brighter, and lighter -- or, just dumber. Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi noted Muir's newscast has a severe aversion to leading with international news when it can lead with, oh, thunderstorms.

His interviews have been the same. His interview a couple of months ago with Hillary Clinton was another classic of the "what would your mommy say to you" variety.

December 19, 2015, 8:04 AM EST

When Ted Turner was running CNN back in 1991, he banned the use of the word “foreign” on air. In a memo to employees, he made a threat to fine employees with a forced donation to UNICEF. To avoid offense, they were told they should use the word “international” instead because it “promotes a sense of unity."

Today, this is Jeff Zucker’s CNN, and unity be damned. Offending the audience is part of the ratings gambit. On December 13, as many Christians celebrated the third Sunday of Advent and rejoiced over the incarnation of Jesus Christ, CNN was celebrating Satan. Literally.

December 19, 2015, 7:37 AM EST

Joe Flint at The Wall Street Journal reports that among the top 10 cable networks in terms of prime-time viewers, only Fox News Channel, HGTV and Discovery Channel are on track to finish 2015 on an upswing. According to Nielsen, Fox News averaged 1.8 million viewers in prime time through Dec. 15, a 4 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago.

“The GOP debates and the emergence of Donald Trump as a Republican contender were definitely a boost for Fox News and CNN,” Flint reported. CNN is up 40 percent in prime-time, but it’s only 718,000 viewers, far below Fox. MSNBC was down one percent to 580,000, which suggests they’re still pondering the futures of Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell.

December 17, 2015, 5:53 PM EST

James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal wrote his last column of 2015 on a John Kerry profile by New Yorker editor David Remnick, and a Rolling Stone interview with Kerry. "He denies -- too strongly -- that he's still bitter over 2004. Taranto saw liberal media hypocrisy as Kerry was noncommittal on Rolling Stone's suggestion that Exxon Mobil and the Koch brothers should be considered treasonous "enemies of the state."

December 16, 2015, 12:37 PM EST

The “All The News That’s Fit to Print” people at The New York Times clearly had a journalistic malfunction overnight. A look at the paper’s Washington edition shows no story on the Republican debate on the front page. Well, surely it’s mentioned at bottom in the text box about what’s inside? No. Well, it’s listed on “Inside the Times” on A-2? No.

You have to find it on A-21, three pages into the National section, right? Actually, no! It’s a Trip Gabriel story on the undercard debate. A trip to the website shows there’s a debate story by Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin on the front page of the New York edition.

December 16, 2015, 6:29 AM EST

Our news media are so overwhelmingly obsequious with the Democrats that Hillary Clinton can imply the relatives of the Americans killed in Benghazi are liars on national TV, and no one in the press blinks an eye or finds it newsworthy.

ABC is about to host another one of those hide-and-seek Saturday night Democrat debates. There is something very ironic here: It was on this network where she made that outrageous statement.

December 15, 2015, 12:30 PM EST

The media elites are a little obsessed about who is the secretive new owner who paid $140 million to buy The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest daily newspaper with a circulation in excess of 175,000.  “But one rumored purchaser tells Fortune — via a spokesman — that it wasn’t them: Charles and David Koch, co-founders of Koch Industries and major donors to conservative candidates.”

December 14, 2015, 9:23 PM EST

On the first Sunday after the San Bernardino attacks, CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter ignored that in favor of a one-hour program focused on Donald Trump. Then on December 13, Stelter talked to al-Jazeera host (and former CNN anchor) Ali Velshi, and again he skipped over the murders of San Bernardino. Syed Farook? Tashfeen Malik? Stelter's only villain worth discussing was Trump.

Stelter failed to ask the al-Jazeera staffer about the bizarre opinion by an al-Jazeera staffer that mass murderer Malik should not have pictured without her burqa. It was “disrespectful” to the mass shooter. Stelter only felt the pain of Muslim journalists, that they don’t have a “Muslim Jorge Ramos.” In other words, Muslims need an aggressive loudmouth leftist activist or better yet, a leftist activist group of reporters.