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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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On Friday's PBS NewsHour, we were "treated" to "bipartisan" agreement among the pundits that the Ocasio-Cortez Class of Democrats is a centrist, or non-ideological bunch. The headline was "David Brooks and Ruth Marcus on a ‘moderate’ new congressional class." Pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks and liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus were energetically agreed in NewsHour style that these were moderate Democrats who would do well to vote for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They "need" her discipline in tacking to the....center. 



It’s very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove that small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On November 12, ABC, CBS, and NBC all leaped on a tweet from the left-wing talk show “The Young Turks.” It showed a months-old high-school prom photo from Baraboo, Wisconsin, where a collection of teenaged boys on the front steps of the Sauk County courthouse appeared to be giving a “Nazi salute.” But it wasn't. It was....fake news.



Jazz Shaw at Hot Air pointed out that New York Times book reviewer Jennifer Senior is trying to attract attention by retracting her book reviews. (Now, she's a columnist.) Her article is headlined "I Take Back My Praise of Jeff Flake's Book." 



CNN’s war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Circuit Court in the District of Columbia, insisting that denying their Senior White House Shouter Jim Acosta a permanent pass has caused “irreparable harm” and that Acosta has a constitutional right to shout at the president. How lame is this? Let us count the ways:



Snopes.com keeps attacking conservative website articles as "False" when the facts favor the conservatives. On November 9, these "fact checkers" tagged LifeNews.com as "False" for a headline that said "Arizona Senate Candidate Kyrsten Sinema Voted to Allow Abortions Up to Birth."



On Sundays, the Washington Post Outlook section publishes a feature called "Five Myths" about a subject, where experts try to puncture false impressions. On November 11, the subject was "Cable News," and the author was University of Virginia professor Nicole Hemmer. Hemmer did a credible job explaining false impressions about Fox News and conservatives, but Myth No. 4 was an unintentional laugh riot: "MSNBC is the liberal response to Fox." She claimed MSNBC "still tries to model balance," as in "Republicans" like Joe Scarborough, and Nicolle Wallace.



Liberal journalists routinely make the mistake of pretending only black people are insulted by Trump, when the rainbow of Trump's insults is very diverse. We showed that when he called Omarosa a "dog." She was one of many. On Friday's edition of The Situation Room, CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin took off in his critique of Trump's "constant attacks on black people" after the president insulted a series of black female reporters this week. Except....CNN's Dana Bash recalled it  happening to her.



NBC's Saturday Night Live is taking on a very sour look. It mocked its own Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin after he reportedly punched a man in the face in a parking-spot dispute. It mocked Fox News for faking news about the "caravan" after NBC aired fake news about Brett Kavanaugh raping women. And Pete Davidson mocked the looks of an Afghanistan war hero who lost an eye in a terrorist blast. 



On the last weekend of the 2018 midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was “racist” and therefore they refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook, and even Fox News took that position. Why can't it be news when an illegal immigrant shoots two cops dead and laughs about it in court?



When Netflix announced a production deal further enriching Barack and Michelle Obama in May, it was reported that “Obama's projects are not intended to address President Donald Trump or conservatives. Instead, it would focus on inspirational content.” But their first deal is to develop the Michael Lewis book The Fifth Risk as a potential series. The book details chaos at cabinet departments during the Trump administration.



Jeffrey Cimino at the Washington Free Beacon caught two MSNBC primetime stars going so gaga over Oprah Winfrey it's amazing the camera lenses in their studios didn't fog over. After Oprah campaigned in Georgia on Thursday for black female ultraliberal Democrat Stacey Abrams, the superlatives bubbled over in the transition from Rachel Maddow to Lawrence O'Donnell. Maddow actually said the words "Oprah is our hope-rah." 



In the age of Trump, the American media insist that freedom of speech is in danger because they somehow consider mocking journalists a suppression of free speech. Yet these First Amendment worshipers were missing on October 25 when the European Court of Human Rights upheld an Austrian court verdict that a woman should be punished for casting aspersions on the Islamic biography of Mohammed, the prophet, who married a child bride named Aisha.



The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a  horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing hour on the hour on the tone of our civic discourse.  Physicians, heal thyselves. These are not dispassionate observers of the national scene. These are leftist partisans and they are cynically using national tragedies to equate conservative speech...conservative thought...to violence.



At this point, is Michael Bloomberg really anywhere near the center? The Washington Post pretended it was so on Sunday in a Michael Scherer article titled "A political aberration courts the Democratic nomination." To be a stitch to the right of today's Democratic Party is not the "center," just like being a stitch to the right of the ultraliberals in Manhattan is not the "center." 



NPR media reporter David Folkenflik shoveled his network's usual loads of disgust for Fox News in his coverage of Megyn Kelly's show getting canceled, allegedly over a discussion of racially insensitive Halloween costumes. "She really took on a lot of fire as a figure who brought on ideological baggage, who brought Fox News baggage." But Folkenflik didn't take this approach to MSNBC host Al Sharpton. 



Even the awards shows on PBS have a liberal bias. Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepted the Mark Twain Prize for Humor from the Kennedy Center in Washington on October 21. In the ceremony, which airs on PBS stations, the actress slammed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (and critics of Obamacare).



Once upon a time parents, most of them anyway, were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was that? Today we're focusing our energies on what's really important. It's now all about “cultural appropriation.” White children need to “own their privilege” and not dress up and pretend to belong to a non-oppressive race. 



In the midst of the shock over bombs sent to former Democrat presidents and CNN and all, the Daily Beast boasted this misleading brief: "Former GOP Candidate Arrested for Attempting to Kill With ‘Radioactive Material’." But the accused, Jeremy Ryan, is a leftist pro-pot protester nicknamed "Segway Boy" who taunts Republicans at the state Capitol.



The New York Times located its newest, freshest outrage from the Trump administration in a Health and Human Services Department memo that’s not new – it’s been circulating since “last spring.” Some insensitive bureaucrat argued that federal policy on gender should be based on “a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The Times headline was not just skewed, it came with a hint of holocaust. “Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence.”



Soopermexican at The Right Scoop reported how The Washington Post was exposed on conservative Twitter for a complete lack of professionalism. On Friday, Post "Reliable Source" gossip columnist Emily Heil made this her top item of the day. Georgetown Prep is creating a position for alumni relations to handle the damage from the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. There was just one problem. It's not a new position, and they posted a job notice in July, not "this week." Heil was told this.