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, March 25, 2014
Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?
Under the headline "Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to US," Eric Schmitt of the New York Times ( 3/20/14 ) reported on what he figured were some very curious–and alarming–developments in Iran:
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind
It's fair to say that the complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'
Given the US media's general fondness for the Ukrainian protesters who wound up driving President Viktor Yanukovych from office, it was inevitable that Russian President Vladimir Putin's military response in the Crimea–an autonomous region of Ukraine populated largely by ethnic Russians–would generate some intense criticism. And so it did.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record
Sometimes the thing we call "media bias" isn't about what a given piece of journalism explicitly says about the world; it's more about the assumptions that must be taken for granted. Question those assumptions and the whole thing starts to fall apart.
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Friday, February 14, 2014
Good Leaks and Bad Leaks
The fall of the United States in Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index seems attributable mostly to the war on whistleblowers.
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Saturday, February 08, 2014
News You Can't Use: ABC and Your 401K
It would be strange for a news outlet to tell you that a story they're about to report isn't designed for a viewer like you. But maybe it'd be just as weird to pretend that it did mean something to you when it obviously does not.
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Friday, January 24, 2014
TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow
Former CIA deputy director Mike Morell was on Face the Nation last Sunday ( 1/19/14 ), arguing that the NSA's phone metadata program could have stopped the 9/11 attacks–a claim that many experts reject –and
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US
Last Friday, it was reported that what seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people.
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Friday, December 13, 2013
PBS Budget Debate: Wall Street, the Right and the Further Right
The budget agreement worked out between Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Patty Murray is being covered mostly as an encouraging sign of bipartisanship. To the extent that much criticism is allowed, most of it comes from those on the right, who wish that there were deeper spending cuts.
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Why Can't Karzai Be More Blase About US Killing Kids–Like US Press Is?
Over last weekend, reports emerged about a US coalition airstrike in Afghanistan that killed a two-year-old boy.
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