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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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Violent Rhetoric and Media False Balance
Yesterday in the New York Times Paul Krugman ( 1/10/11 ) suggests that we not pretend that "both sides" are responsible for toxic political rhetoric:
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Friday, January 07, 2011
Center Moves to the Center, Courting the Middle
Obama's selection of conservative Democrat William Daley as his new chief of staff didn't surprise anyone. So reporters were left to explain the political shift behind the move. Some saw little movement at all, since Daley's political views would seem more or less in line with his predecessor Rahm Emanuel .
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
NYT Oversells WikiLeaks/Iranian Missiles Story
WikiLeaks document dumps are largely what media want to make of them.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
First, Bash the Teachers
Writing on the Wall Street Journal editorial page (10/1/09) under the headline “How Teachers Unions Lost the Media,” two education writers praised the press for turning on teachers, showing a “new attitude” that is in sync with today’s politics:
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
'Same Strategy, Better Tactics': Robert Gibbs' Real 'Meet the Press' News
To hear some of the Beltway media tell it , on Sunday White House press secretary Robert Gibbs predicted that the Democrats could lose their congressional majority in the November midterms. The L.A.
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Thursday, April 08, 2010
Glenn Beck Gets Progressively More Paranoid
Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck had a surprising 2009 (Extra!, 6/09 ), becoming a high-profile advocate for the right-wing Tea Party movement and attracting millions of viewers to his late afternoon cable talk show. How does one top that? By spinning out elaborate theories about the "progressive" assault on the Constitution and the country, hinting that the left's disenchantment with Barack Obama could very easily manifest itself in violence--that's how.
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Thursday, October 08, 2009
Healthcare Reform Minus the Public Option—or the Public
It was probably a given that the corporate press would mangle the debate over this year's healthcare reform legislation, considering their poor showing in the healthcare debate of the early '90s (Extra!, 7-8/93 ). The only questions were when and how. One answer came immediately, as the media shut off discussion of a popular single-payer plan before it even started (Extra!, 6/09 ).
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Misjudging Sotomayor Coverage
Writing about Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Politico's Mike Allen (5/27/09) declared: The media's left-of-center bias is rarely more apparent than during court fights. The coverage running up to the pick was slanted heavily toward the notion of how "pragmatic" Obama's legal views are and how unlikely he was to pick a liberal.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Fearing the Future: The Corporate Press Makes the Case for Being Saved
Corporate media are in a state of severe business shock, it seems—layoffs at newspapers large and small, due to advertising revenue drying up and readers ceasing to pay for a printed copy of a newspaper that they can usually read for free online. The state of the press has generated an enormous amount of attention in the press itself, with journalists and pundits offering any number of plans to "save" dying newspapers. Congressional hearings on the state of the media suggest that lawmakers are worried about what might happen next.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Treating Civilian Deaths as a ‘Sore Point’
The White House decision to send additional ground troops to Afghanistan (see Extra!, 4/09 ) is only part of the escalation of the war in Central Asia. The increased use of airstrikes and drone-fired missiles in both that country and neighboring Pakistan are likely to increase civilian deaths. Recent coverage, however, suggests that corporate media will present such incidents as aberrations that distract from U.S. strategic interests—or highlight the supposed public relations prowess of official enemies like the Taliban.
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