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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Monday, August 01, 2011
To Post Ombud, Critics of 'Muslims Did It' Blogger Are the Real Monsters
Washington Post ombud Patrick Pexton weighed in yesterday ( 7/31/11 ) on the criticisms of right-wing Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. She was among a handful of media personalities who declared the Norway terror attacks to be the work of Muslim jihadists.
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Tell the People about the People's Budget
If you listen to the pundits and TV commentators, the federal budget problem has a simple solution: cuts, cuts, and more cuts. They cheer politicians for making "tough choices," which usually entails taking money away from schools, stiffing public workers, and telling the poor and the elderly they need to make do with even less. Tough choices, indeed — but for whom?
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Meet the Press--But Skip the Libya Debate
There is growing Congressional opposition to the Libya war. Two House votes this month sought to challenge the White House policy-- one of which passed by a wide margin . On Saturday ( 6/18/11 ) Charlie Savage reported in the New York Times that the Office of Legal Counsel's advice to Obama was that he needed to comply with the War Powers Act.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
'Serious’ Republicans vs.‘Starry-Eyed’ Progressives
The budget proposal released on April 5 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) includes tax cuts for the wealthy, tax hikes for the middle class, drastic cuts in social spending and a radical restructuring of Medicare that would shift most of the cost of healthcare to seniors.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Friedman's Bogus Advice on Palestinian Nonviolence
In yesterday's New York Times ( 5/25/11 ), columnist Tom Friedman issues yet another call for Palestinians to practice non-violence:
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Monday, April 11, 2011
News Flash: Americans Aren't Anti-Worker
When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker decided to use a battle over his state’s budget deficit to go after public-sector workers, a lot of folks in the mainstream media thought this was a smart move. People are tired of “overpaid” government workers and their cushy benefits, according to conventional wisdom. And, after all, Walker had to do something. The state was “broke,” the TV broadcasters told us. Then came a news flash: workers weren’t buying it--and were sticking together.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Is There Really a Goldstone 'Retraction'?
The big Israel-Palestine news of the week is Richard Goldstone's op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday ( 4/3/11 ). The short version you pick up from the media is that Goldstone has "retracted" his UN-sponsored report on war crimes during Israel's Operation Cast Lead war in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Al-Jazeera English: TV You Can't Watch on TV
As street protests toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many Americans turned to Al-Jazeera English for the most comprehensive, informed coverage of those historic developments. But they mostly weren't watching the channel on television. That's right--perhaps the best television coverage of the uprising in Egypt wasn't available on your TV set.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Huffington, Olbermann and Corporate Media
We're constantly told that we're living in a media era where the old rules no longer apply. But one of those old rules--that giant media companies need to get even bigger--is staying put. Just weeks ago, cable giant Comcast swallowed NBC. This week brings news that AOL has bought the Huffington Post. As industry observers puzzle over the details and debate whether the site is really worth $300 million, others are asking what all of this means for progressive media.
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Friday, January 28, 2011
Defining a Dictatorship: The US Role in Egypt
Yesterday (FAIR Blog, 1/27/11 ) the Washington Post tried to argue that U.S. policy under the Obama administration has shifted to one of open support for pro-democracy movements in Egypt and Tunisia. There was little, if any, evidence to support this idea.
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