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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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons) Views
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq
The turmoil in Iraq has led TV chat shows to trot out an array of hawks, many of whom had been cheerleaders for the 2003 invasion that set up the current crisis. NBC 's Meet the Press was no exception, bringing on former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney ( 6/15/14 ) and then more recently...
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Iraq Surge 'Worked' All Over Again
One thing that is implied in so much of the corporate media coverage of Iraq right now is that the presence of US troops has a stabilizing effect on that country. In a way, that's what the whole debate over the withdrawal of US forces is all about: The suggestion is that had they stayed, things...
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Monday, June 16, 2014
Debating Iraq in 2014: Wrong All Over Again
The crisis in Iraq has brought war back to the US airwaves. But if you were expecting a more robust discussion about US military action this time around, think again. The rule seems to be that if you were wrong in 2003, you're still an expert in 2014. Take the Sunday chat shows. On ABC 's This Week...
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CNN suggested that the trouble in Mosul started when the US "left the Iraqis on their own." (cc photo DoD/Jason Robertson) Views
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered
The invasion of the major Iraqi city of Mosul by the Sunni militant group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has US reporters recalling the Iraq War–and showing once again how they see that deadly conflict mostly through the prism of US sacrifice and suffering. On ABC World News (6/10/14),...
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New York Times columnist and conservative pundit David Brooks. Views
Thursday, May 22, 2014
David Brooks: Democracy Is a Drag; Put Guys Like Me in Charge
New York Times columnist and NPR / PBS pundit David Brooks ( 5/19/14 ) has a solution to the problem with American democracy: We should have less of it. Surveying the evidence around the globe, Brooks is worried that that democracy isn't up to the task of managing the present. "Democracies tend to...
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Mainstream reporting continues to avoid making the key connections between extreme weather events and climate change. (Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Weather From Another Planet: Wildfires and Climate Change
You may have heard that major wildfires broke out in Southern California. The state is in a deep drought, its fire season is starting earlier than normal and the fires that have burned so far have been incredibly intense. That might lead one to wonder if climate change plays any role at all–or, to...
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
In Corporate Media, Democratic Populism Always a Danger
One of the most consistent rules in corporate media's political coverage: If you're talking about Democrats, you should point out that those who drift too far to the left could find themselves in trouble ( Extra! , 7/06 ). With Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren out promoting a new book, you can...
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Men look at wall graffiti depicting a U.S. drone along a street in Sanaa, Yemen. November 9, 2013. (Photo: Reuters) Views
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In Yemen, Drones Don't Kill Innocents
When US military strikes kill civilians, it seems there's always someone ready to claim that US weaponry doesn't kill anyone who doesn't deserve it. Over the weekend, there were reports that noncombatants were among the dead after the US carried out drone strikes in Yemen on what were said to be...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Something You Still Won't See on MSNBC
A liberal-leaning Democrat is waging a somewhat lonely but passionate fight against a mega-corporate merger. That's the kind of thing you're going to see talked about on the liberal-leaning cable channel MSNBC , right? Not at the moment. Because that politician, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, is...
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
It's Torture–But Let's Not Call It That
The Washington Post ( 3/31/14 ) got a big scoop on the massive Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA's Bush-era torture program. But they wouldn't call it. Under the headline "CIA Misled on Interrogation Program, Senate Report Says," reporters Greg Miller , Adam Goldman and Ellen...
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