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, August 26, 2014
Michael Brown, According to the New York Times
A New York Times piece ( 8/24/14 ) about Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot dead in Ferguson this month by police officer Darren Wilson, has been the subject of harsh criticism because of its declaration that Brown was "no angel." In the version that ran in today's print edition, the Times '...
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Friday, August 22, 2014
How the New York Times Twists Gaza
Though it has faded somewhat from the headlines, Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times ? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement. Jodi Rudoren's dispatch ( 8/21/14 ) begins with a rather...
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Friday, August 08, 2014
And Now, Our Expert on Africa… US Billionaire Michael Bloomberg
This week the White House has gathered dozens of heads of state from across Africa for a summit in Washington, DC. It has the potential to raise some interesting issues about economic development, major corporations and debates over human rights and the US-led war on terrorism. But the Sunday chat...
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
When Meet The Press Meets a Palestinian
It's fair to say that US media don't do enough to feature Palestinian voices in discussions of Palestinian issues. NBC 's Meet the Press managed to interview a Palestinian on August 3 –but host David Gregory saw this mostly as a chance to determine how much his guest dislikes Hamas. David Gregory...
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Monday, July 28, 2014
CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids
Recent controversies over coverage of Gaza suggest that reporters can get into trouble over appearing too sympathetic to Palestinians ( NBC 's Ayman Mohyeldin ) or too critical of some Israelis ( CNN 's Diana Magna y). But some opinions are perfectly acceptable. On his July 27 show, CBS Face the...
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?
A survey of major cable news discussion programs shows a stunning lack of diversity among the guests. FAIR surveyed five weeks of broadcasts of the interview/discussion segments on several leading one-hour cable shows: CNN 's Anderson Cooper 360 ° and OutFront With Erin Burnett , All In With Chris...
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Friday, July 18, 2014
New York Times Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?
Wednesday (7/16/14) the New York Times posted its first account of the Israeli strike that killed four young Palestinians on a beach in Gaza. The headline looked like this: That headline appropriately conveys the horrors witnessed and documented by the Times reporters. But at some point–around 9:00...
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis
On July 8 , ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer gave viewers the latest on the violence in the Gaza Strip–by stressing the threat to Israel: We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel…. And here an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can, one woman standing speechless among the ruins.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had
The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case might not have been surprising, but there's at least one aspect of the media coverage of the company that fails in a big way: Few outlets note that the company was providing the very type of health coverage it finds impossible to reconcile with its...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
TIME on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?
With Iraq in crisis, many corporate news accounts treat the US war there as if it was something that was done to us , and the ensuing chaos proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley 's cover story for Time ( 6/19/14 ), "The End of Iraq,"...
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