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Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper is a professor of journalism at Temple University. He worked for The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and "20/20" for more than 20 years. He can be contacted at charper@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Christopher Harper

President Obama met with new Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  (Associated Press)

Media recasting late Saudi king as a reformer

The media have come up with some serious neck-snappers — as a colleague likes to call amazing events — about Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria: articles and analyses that rewrite history and obscure recent U.S. foreign policy. Published January 28, 2015

FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, file photo, a woman with her mouth taped displaying the word Freedom, gathers with several thousand people in Berlin to honor the 17 victims who died during three days of bloodshed in Paris last week, and to support freedom of expression. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Beyond Charlie, a worrisome world for press freedom

Although the massacre of Jews, journalists and police officers in Paris has sparked a debate over freedom of expression — both speech and the press — few analysts have focused on the significant deterioration in such rights throughout the world. Published January 21, 2015

In this June 17, 1994 file photo, a white Ford Bronco, driven by Al Cowlings carrying O.J. Simpson, is trailed by Los Angeles police cars as it travels on a Southern California freeway in Los Angeles. Cowlings and Simpson led authorities on a chase after Simpson was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. (AP Photo/Joseph Villarin, File)

Twenty years on, a penetrating look at media missteps

One of the country's best media watchers has turned his attention to some major reporting debacles, missteps and missed opportunities which have had continuing repercussions over the past 20 years. Published December 31, 2014

University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Media ethics take a back seat to sensationalism in sex assault stories

Sensational stories about alleged sexual assaults at the University of Virginia and Oberlin College have raised serious questions about how two prominent writers apparently chose to ignore long-standing ethical standards and reporting practices. Published December 10, 2014

A television news reporter conducts a broadcast outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a grand jury is expected to convene Monday to consider possible charges against the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman) **FILE**

Ferguson coverage brings out the worst in reporters, pundits

The coverage of the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri has provided some of the worst excesses of journalistic practice, starting from the death of Michael Brown in August to the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson. Published December 3, 2014

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Economist Paul Krugman speaks at a symposium in Malaysia on Monday. Aggressive stimulus spending by governments helped the world avoid a second Great Depression, he said.

Obamacare commentators deaf to strong voice of voters

Ignoring an overwhelming mandate in the midterm elections opposing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, liberal pundits launched the opening — albeit errant — salvos in the battle over possible changes to the law. Published November 12, 2014

Rebecca Yam, left, and Hannah Quire watch a television update for Senate races across the country at Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn's election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis) **FILE**

Preferring 'The Voice,' networks MIA on election night

Political coverage on the major television networks continued the slide toward its inevitable demise this week as ABC, CBS and NBC decided that programs like "Selfie," "The Voice" and "NCIS: New Orleans" were more important than the midterm elections. Published November 5, 2014

 President Barack Obama shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before speaking outside at Asbury Park Convention Hall ,Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Obama traveled to New Jersey to join Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Media move on, but Sandy problems linger

The flotsam and jetsam that lay strewn across much of New Jersey and New York may be gone for the most part, but the ramifications of Superstorm Sandy persist despite much of the media's lack of attention to the storm's aftermath two years later. Published October 22, 2014

** FILE ** Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera speaks on the "Fox & Friends" television program in New York on June 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

The extent of the media's Ebola idiocy

The media frenzy over the Ebola virus has created so much fear and loathing among the public that it won't be easy to dial back from the panic mode any time soon. Published October 15, 2014

Abu Mosa, Islamic State Press officer. (Image: YouTube, Vice News)

Breaking the rules and making money is media's Vice

If you want to see the future of news, take a look at Vice.com, a media conglomerate aimed at millennials. It is brash, in your face and unabashedly liberal on topics such as the environment. Published September 17, 2014