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Peter Hart
Peter Hart is the communications director at the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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Long Live Banned Books Week!

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 6:07 PM

It's Banned Books Week -- but no one even bans books anymore. So what's the point?

That was the upshot of "Banned Books Week Is a Crock," a September 28 Slate piece by Ruth Graham. She argued that Banned Books Week "traffics in fear-mongering over censorship, when in...

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Palestine Solidarity... Censored?

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Last night, the Missouri History Museum was supposed to be hosting an event called "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action." The discussion was organized by the Washington University student group AltaVoz, in collaboration with several other community activist groups.


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The Only Beltway White Guy Pundits Too Hot for the Sunday Shows?

(32) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are well-known in the Beltway. They work at big-time think tanks (Brookings and American Enterprise Institute), appear on television chat shows, and write books and op-eds that powerful people pay attention to.

Lately, though, it seems they've become dangerous men.

Mann and Ornstein recently wrote...

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Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan.

(106) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 3:21 PM

For years prominent corporate media pundits have told us that the world -- and the media -- would embrace a dramatic, non-violent Palestinian resistance movement. If only such a movement -- perhaps led by a Gandhi-like figure -- were to finally emerge, we are told, the media coverage will come,...

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Bill O'Reilly Admits He Has 'No Blanking Idea'

(28) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 6:30 PM


Fox News host Bill O'Reilly celebrated the release of the White House budget by demonstrating on last night's program that there are a lot of things doesn't understand. Or at least pretends not to understand.

He started by making the...

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Stinging NPR: James O'Keefe's Big Nothing

(105) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 4:47 PM

Right-wing activist James O'Keefe's latest "work" is an undercover video that shows representatives from a fake Muslim charity trying to make a $5 million donation to NPR. The "Muslim" donors-to-be meet with two NPR development officers. In the ensuing conversation, as...

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How Many Afghan Kids Need to Die to Make the News?

(6) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 2:15 PM

The number of Afghan boys gathering firewood killed by a March 1 U.S./NATO helicopter attack in Kunar Province: Nine.

The number of stories about the killing of the nine children on ABC, CBS or NBC morning or evening news shows (as of March 6): Two.

One was an...

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How to Save Ourselves From the 'Save PBS' Routine

(17) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 4:08 PM

It is as predictable as can be: Invigorated Republican politicians announce their intention to kill public broadcasting, which they claim is a bastion of liberal bias. Defenders of NPR and PBS step in to defend the system. The Republicans, who were unlikely to win a vote on their plan, retreat...

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Pimps and Prostitutes... Again?

(105) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 2:18 PM

In late 2009 and early 2010, right-wing activist James O'Keefe concocted a story that got widespread media coverage. The tall tale went like this: O'Keefe and his associate went to offices affiliated with the community organizing group ACORN in order to solicit advice on running a brothel and evading taxes....

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Centrism Wins! Media Marvel at Obama's Move to the Right

(40) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 7:11 PM

With increasing vehemence since the midterm elections, pundits and journalists have recommended Barack Obama move to the right -- and now are citing recent polling to suggest that the president has benefited from following their advice. But there is little evidence that Obama's current approval ratings have anything to do...

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Time's Civility Panel -- Featuring Glenn Beck

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 2:26 PM

Earlier this week I wrote at the FAIR Blog, given how short corporate media's memories are, "Let's hope that when someone convenes a civility in media discussion in 2020, they don't ask Glenn Beck to weigh in."

No need to wait that long. Time magazine has

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Violent Rhetoric and Media False Balance

(26) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 4:46 PM

Today in the New York Times Paul Krugman suggests that we not pretend that "both sides" are responsible for toxic political rhetoric:

Where's that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let's not make a false pretense of balance: It's coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It's hard to imagine a Democratic...
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Rove and O'Reilly Are Wrong About Jon Stewart and the 9/11 Health Bill

(80) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 12:28 PM

Last night on Fox News, Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly attempted to defend GOP opposition to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which would provide health care for 9/11 Ground Zero workers.

As you probably know, in his final broadcast of the year, Comedy Central's Jon...

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We Support WikiLeaks, and You Should, Too

(15) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 9:53 AM

As journalists, activists, artists, scholars and citizens, we condemn the array of threats and attacks on the journalist organization WikiLeaks. After the website's decision, in collaboration with several international media organizations, to publish hundreds of classified State Department diplomatic cables, many pundits, commentators and prominent U.S. politicians have called for...

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NYT's Iran Missiles Wiki Walkback

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 2:32 PM

Certain editions of the New York Times (12/3/10) published today an update to its reporting on Iranian weapons with a much more skeptical tone than its original article.

The first article (11/29/10), headlined "Iran Fortifies Its Missilies With the Aid of North Korea," presented the case in definitive...

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New York Times Oversells WikiLeaks/Iranian Missiles Story

(24) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 2:03 PM

WikiLeaks document dumps are largely what media want to make of them. There's one conventional response, which goes something like this: "There's nothing new here, but WikiLeaks is dangerous!" But there's another option: "There's nothing here, except for the part that confirms a storyline we've been pushing." In those cases,...

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Juan Williams: NPR Worse than Nixon?

(13) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 12:10 PM

There are plenty of opinions flying around about NPR's decision to fire Juan Williams. The Washington Post editorialized against NPR's decision, arguing in part that Williams "undoubtedly spoke for many Americans who are wrestling with similar feelings" about seeing Muslims in airports. (Williams was worried primarily about those in...

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One Nation Fails to Impress Corporate Media

(38) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 4:06 PM

Thanks to the efforts of independent media outlets like Free Speech TV (10/2/10), GritTV (10/4/10) and Democracy Now! (10/4/10), you may have been able to follow the happenings at last weekend's One Nation Working Together rally. Organized and endorsed by hundreds of progressive citizens' groups, labor...

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WashPost on Wikileaks: Yawn

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 2:06 PM

The stories in today's Washington Post tell you everything you need to know about the media establishment's reaction to the Wikileaks Afghanistan documents:

"WikiLeaks Disclosures Unlikely to Change Course of Afghanistan War"

By Greg Jaffe and Peter Finn

...The documents' release could compel President Obama to...

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Liberals Are Liars: More on ABC's Factchecking Failure

(177) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 4:00 PM

Back in May FAIR wrote about the problems with a new factchecking project, where the PolitiFact website evaluates ABC's This Week. As we said then, this is theoretically a fine idea; the problem is that, in practice, what PolitiFact decides to analyze is almost as important as what...

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