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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Friday, January 27, 2012
Pentagon Budgets and Fuzzy Math
By the tone of some of the media coverage, you might have thought Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a plan to slash military spending yesterday. On the front page of USA Today ( 1/27/12 ), under the headline "Panetta Backs Far Leaner Military," readers learn in the first paragraph:
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Super Cuts! Military Budget, Not Social Spending, Prompts Media Concern
The failure of the Congressional “supercommittee” to come up with a $1.2 trillion, 10-year deficit reduction plan means that automatic “trigger” cuts might take place in discretionary spending—roughly half of which is supposed to come from the military budget. Corporate media have given extensive time to panicked warnings about the dangerous impact of military cuts, but made little mention of the effects of cutting other spending.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Pundits and the Romney Pass
In theory, presidential campaigns are a valuable opportunity for journalists to evaluate candidates' positions on important issues so citizens can make an informed choice. Actual media coverage is different, of course. And it's striking how some media voices diminish the importance of what the candidates are saying, treating it as meaningless theater that need not bear any relation to what they really think.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Time Magazine Cheers the Drone War
The new issue of Time magazine promises on its cover "Essential Info for the Year Ahead." One apparently essential report: U.S. drones are awesome . The report --written by Mark Thompson, available to subscribers only explains that a "hot military trend" this way:
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Up Is Down, Down Is Up: Bill O'Reilly Explains OWS
On his Friday night show , Bill O'Reilly took his viewers to a magical place--one where the right-wing Koch brothers have no connection to the Tea Party movement, while
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Did the NYT Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Just Get Worse?
Under the somewhat nonsensical headline, "Wall Street Demonstrations Test Police Trained for Bigger Threats," New York Times reporter Joseph Goldstein may have managed to turn in ( 9/27/11 ) a more offensive piece than Ginia Bellafante's June 25 dispatch (picked apart by Allis
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Tuesday, September 06, 2011
10 Years of 9/11 Wars is Enough
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is sure to bring televised images of somber reflection. Looking back is, in some ways, easier for commentators and pundits than wrestling with the current state of Washington's so-called "war on terror."
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Friday, September 02, 2011
NYT on WikiLeaks: Move Along, No Atrocity to See Here
One of the main media tropes regarding WikiLeaks ' release of State Department cables last year was that there was either nothing new to be learned, or that private conversations they revealed were remarkably consistent with what U.S. officials were saying publicly.
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Friday, August 12, 2011
Drones in Pakistan: Equal Time for Killers?
The New York Times has a long piece (8/12/11) looking at the question of how many civilians in Pakistan are killed by CIA drones. The agency doesn't even speak about the program on the record, except to make the far-fetched claim that no civilians have died in the past year or so.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Bill O'Reilly and the Imaginary Bush Tax Cut Windfall
Fox host Bill O'Reilly laughs off any calls for increasing government spending to help create jobs. Last week he derided Paul Krugman for demanding more stimulus spending. And this guy teaches economics at Princeton University? Unbelievable.
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