Peter Hart

Peter Hart is the Communications Director at the National Coalition Against Censorship. Previously at the media watchdog group FAIR, Hart is also the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. (Seven Stories Press, 2003).

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 4:45pm
Palestine Solidarity…Censored?
Tonight, the Missouri History Museum was supposed to be hosting an event called “Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action.” The discussion was organized by the Washington University student group AltaVoz, in collaboration with several other community activist groups...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 2:45pm
NBC: Someday We Might Learn That Drones Kill Civilians
A critical look at US drone attacks is not the kind of thing you expect to see on a Sunday chat show, but that is what NBC 's Meet the Press gave viewers on December 14. Still, there were some problems. Anchor Chuck Todd explained at the beginning that Barack Obama's foreign policy has been drone-...
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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:30am
In NYT's Retelling of Eric Garner's Death, the Officer's Arm Has a Mind of Its Own
A piece in the New York Times ( 12/3/14 ) about Eric Garner's death included a weird description of the videotaped chokehold that killed him: On the videos, Mr. Garner, a 350-pound man who was about to be arrested for illegally selling cigarettes, can be seen first complaining of harassment, then...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 2:00pm
Big Media’s Crummy Advice for Democrats
Before anyone even knew just how badly the Democrats would get trounced in the 2014 midterm elections, some pundits were already sending the party a message: Be more like the Republicans. Now they don’t put it that way, exactly. The professional campaign watchers like to say instead that the...
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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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