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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

Christopher Harper

HARPER: New York Times doesn't care what you say

I tried recently to comment about a column on the Times website, but I found I could not do so. It appears they allow comments on only 17 articles each day. Moderators reject posts for being "inflammatory," including material considered off topic, name-calling, profanity ... Published October 23, 2013

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HARPER: Sharing the blame: Shallow Western press, Obama's empty promises

As the U.S. government reportedly plans to cut back significantly on its aid to Egypt against the wishes of key Arab allies and Israel, a question looms over the American relationship with one of the most important countries in the region: Who lost Egypt? Published October 16, 2013

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HARPER: Al-Jazeera due some criticism

Al-Jazeera America, the new network bankrolled by the Persian Gulf kingdom of Qatar, has criticized other U.S. news organizations for their coverage of the budget battle, despite providing little significant insight itself about the conflict. Published October 9, 2013

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HARPER: Mixed feelings as Congress weighs media shield law

It took the Senate Judiciary Committee 837 words to define a journalist. That's nearly 20 times as long as the First Amendment. The definition has become part of the Free Flow of Information Act of 2013, which passed the committee last week by a vote of 13-5. Published September 18, 2013

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HARPER: In Syria war debate, media are missing in action

As the American public, Congress and the president grappled with the apparent use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, the media failed to provide a coherent understanding of what the United States should do and why. Published September 11, 2013

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HARPER: Is U.S. willing to pay the price in Syria?

It was Sunday — a day of rest for the American troops at the Marine compound in Beirut. Sgt. Steve Russell stood guard duty early that morning when he heard a yellow flatbed truck rev its engine and head for the entrance. The truck, carrying the equivalent of 21,000 pounds of TNT, exploded. Sgt. Russell survived, but the attack killed 241 America troops, mainly Marines, who had come to Lebanon on a peacekeeping mission. Fifty-eight French soldiers died in another attack across town. Published September 4, 2013

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HARPER: Lethal toll on journalists clouds view from Syria

French journalist Yves Debay died in Aleppo. Yara Abbas, a reporter for Syrian television, was killed by a rebel sniper in Al-Qusayr. Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, a citizen-journalist working for a rebel website, died covering a battle near Syria's border with Turkey. Published August 28, 2013

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HARPER: Journalism education

As I ponder retirement, I wonder who's going to educate the next generation, particularly as journalism professors and communications scholars, including me, arrived last week in Washington, D.C., for the annual get-together of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Published August 14, 2013

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HARPER: Skepticism required in the face of Obama's terror warnings

As new information surfaces about last year's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and as the National Security Agency scandal continues to swirl throughout the media, the Obama administration has come out with a worldwide warning about the possibility of serious terrorist attacks. Published August 7, 2013

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HARPER: James O'Keefe and guerrilla journalism

James O'Keefe III may not be a household name, but his work has made headlines in the past few years. He and his colleagues provide an example of what's right about journalism. Published July 31, 2013

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HARPER: A tepid Trayvon protest, despite what you read

Despite the Rev. Al Sharpton's call for rallies and President Obama's insistence he could have been Trayvon Martin, last weekend's protests met with mostly indifference — except in the media. Published July 24, 2013

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HARPER: Media reveal their prejudices in Zimmerman coverage

If you had any doubt about the prejudicial attitude of the media toward George Zimmerman, you only needed to read or listen to the vitriol directed toward him and the Florida jury that acquitted him of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Published July 17, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman smiles as attorney Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors for Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., on June 20, 2013. (Associated Press/Orlando Sentinel)

HARPER: As case collapses, media play race card against Zimmerman

Despite a prosecution case in tatters against George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old, the media have not been shy about playing the race card throughout the trial. Published July 10, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman smiles as attorney Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors for Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., on June 20, 2013. (Associated Press/Orlando Sentinel)

HARPER: Media misreporting rampant in Trayvon Martin case

A combination of pressure through social media and poor journalism led to the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of second-degree murder in last year's shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Published June 26, 2013

** FILE ** This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels preparing to fire locally made rockets, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

HARPER: Media overlook key player in Middle East crisis

As the U.S. media have focused on the Syrian civil war and Iran's elections, news organizations have failed to concentrate on what I consider a key player in the equation: Hezbollah, the Shiite militia. Published June 19, 2013