Peter Hart

Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra, and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly" (Seven Stories Press, 2003).

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:15pm
The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story
With a cover that announces "Rotten Apples: It's Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher" alongside an image of a judge's gavel about to smash a fruit, you might suspect Time magazine ( 10/23/14 ) is doing some good old-fashioned teacher-bashing. You'd be right. There are a few problems with the...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 3:00pm
Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity
To his credit, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd is doing interviews with some press critics; he spoke to NYU professor Jay Rosen ( 10/9/14) recently, and also to liberal watchdog group Media Matters ( 10/22/14 ). And some of his comments to the latter are revealing; Todd really wants to mix...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:30am
A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero
In 1996, in the wake of his explosive "Dark Alliance" series for the San Jose Mercury News ( 8/18-20/96 ), the Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb ( FAIR Blog , 10/21/14 ). It's 2014, and they're still at it. Since the release of the film Kill the Messenger , there...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:15am
Missing Malala's Message of Peace: Drones Fuel Terrorism
On October 10, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai–who received worldwide attention after being attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy for girls' education–was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi. Yousafzai's work on educational equity is well-known. But...
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:15pm
Why 'The Economy' Isn't Good News for Democrats
The Washington Post is having some trouble figuring out why more Americans aren't enthusiastic about the state of the economy, and why they're not giving Barack Obama and Democratic politicians more credit for turning things around. But it's not so hard to figure out. I caught the first glimpse of...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:45am
Gas Drilling: The Media’s New Climate Denial Showcase
What planet does Big Media think it’s living on? Over 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City in September as part of the worldwide People’s Climate March, a stirring call for action on global warming. But if you watched TV news that day, you may not have known it happened at all. The...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 1:15pm
TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War
Want to know what corporate media look like when they're reporting for duty? On the most recent CBS 's Face the Nation ( 9/28/14 ), host Bob Schieffer previewed the guests who would be appearing on the show: We will get the latest on the mission and what it entails from Deputy National Security...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:30am
Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country
If there's one thing elite media seem to know for sure, it's that Barack Obama doesn't like war. One phrase in particular seems to stand out: It was a remarkable moment for a reluctant warrior. –Jonathan Karl ( ABC Nightline , 9/10/14) He's a very reluctant warrior, didn't want to do this. But you...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:15pm
Deep US Concern for Human Rights in Egypt? Time Says So
In a piece about Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to build a coalition to support the attack the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, Time magazine's Michael Crowley ( 9/18/14 ) made a curious assertion about the US government's position on Egypt: When Kerry appeared with Egypt's...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 9:15am
The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'
Every week, the PBS NewsHour gives viewers its version of a left/right debate segment. On the right is well-known conservative pundit David Brooks . On the left is Mark Shields, who is not especially well-known outside of the NewsHour , and certainly has no meaningful connection to leftish politics...
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