Peter Hart

Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra, and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly" (Seven Stories Press, 2003).

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:45am
Debating How—Not Whether—to Launch a New War
Moments after Barack Obama’s September 10 primetime address laying out a military plan to attack ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, CNN featured a debate between Republican Sen. John McCain and former White House press secretary Jay Carney. The somewhat contentious exchange went viral. “Carney,...
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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Obama's 'Hot Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric'?
With that midterm election out of the way, media are spending even more time talking about the 2016 presidential race. And one of the themes is how Hillary Clinton will create distance from the Obama administration's record. Along those lines, Politico has a piece ( 11/11/14 ) by William Cohan that...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:00am
Nonvoters Are People Too
There's plenty of chatter about the upcoming midterm elections out there–though, as the right-wing Media Research Center ( 10/22/14 ) recently reported, not very much on the high-profile network evening newscasts. But there's one common election-year observation that, while true, misses the point...
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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:15pm
The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story
With a cover that announces "Rotten Apples: It's Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher" alongside an image of a judge's gavel about to smash a fruit, you might suspect Time magazine ( 10/23/14 ) is doing some good old-fashioned teacher-bashing. You'd be right. There are a few problems with the...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 3:00pm
Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity
To his credit, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd is doing interviews with some press critics; he spoke to NYU professor Jay Rosen ( 10/9/14) recently, and also to liberal watchdog group Media Matters ( 10/22/14 ). And some of his comments to the latter are revealing; Todd really wants to mix...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:30am
A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero
In 1996, in the wake of his explosive "Dark Alliance" series for the San Jose Mercury News ( 8/18-20/96 ), the Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb ( FAIR Blog , 10/21/14 ). It's 2014, and they're still at it. Since the release of the film Kill the Messenger , there...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:15am
Missing Malala's Message of Peace: Drones Fuel Terrorism
On October 10, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai–who received worldwide attention after being attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy for girls' education–was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi. Yousafzai's work on educational equity is well-known. But...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:15pm
Why 'The Economy' Isn't Good News for Democrats
The Washington Post is having some trouble figuring out why more Americans aren't enthusiastic about the state of the economy, and why they're not giving Barack Obama and Democratic politicians more credit for turning things around. But it's not so hard to figure out. I caught the first glimpse of...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:45am
Gas Drilling: The Media’s New Climate Denial Showcase
What planet does Big Media think it’s living on? Over 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City in September as part of the worldwide People’s Climate March, a stirring call for action on global warming. But if you watched TV news that day, you may not have known it happened at all. The...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 1:15pm
TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War
Want to know what corporate media look like when they're reporting for duty? On the most recent CBS 's Face the Nation ( 9/28/14 ), host Bob Schieffer previewed the guests who would be appearing on the show: We will get the latest on the mission and what it entails from Deputy National Security...
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