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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

Articles by Christopher Harper

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler eyes new rules that threaten the survival of black-owned TV stations. (Associated Press)

HARPER: Misguided study highlights 'fourth branch' overreach

The Federal Communications Commission — part of what some consider the "fourth branch" of government — reared its head recently with an ill-conceived and ill-advised plan to question journalists about how they report the news. Published February 26, 2014

HARPER: A fracking good story missed by the media

The United States has become the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Published January 29, 2014

HARPER: A coordinated media assault on a pro-military film

"Lone Survivor," a movie about a failed Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan, has reopened the debate between the supporters of a strong U.S. military and its detractors, specifically those in the media. Published January 22, 2014


HARPER: A 1971 heist sheds light on Snowden dilemma for media

As President Obama prepares to change the way the U.S. gathers intelligence, he faces another difficult issue: What exactly should he do with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the extent of the spying in the first place? Published January 15, 2014

Columnist Rusty Humphries says when Rush Limbaugh and the other big nationwide conservative talk shows arrived, other forms of conservative media grew with them. (Associated Press)

HARPER: Picking a fight between Rush Limbaugh and the Pope: What a joke!

After five years reporting about the Vatican, I remain amazed how little the Western media know about the Roman Catholic Church. Simply put, the pope and Mr. Limbaugh agree on just about everything, but the average reader wouldn't know that from the reporting. Published December 18, 2013

** FILE ** The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Associated Press)

HARPER: 'Knockout game' not a myth to liberal Sharpton

As much of the media failed to acknowledge that the "knockout game" involved mostly black-on-white crime, two well-known black leaders have decried the violence: the Rev. Al Sharpton and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page. Published December 4, 2013

JONES AT JONESTOWN - Rev. Jimmy Jones, founder of People's temple, clasps an unidentified man at Jonestown, Nov. 18, 1978,  during Congressman' Leo J. Ryan's visit. Shortly after, Ryan, newsman Don Harris, Cameraman Bob Brown and San Francisco Examiner photographer Greg Robinson, who took this photo, were killed in ambush at Port Kaituma, Guyana. (AP-Photo/str/Greg Robinson)

HARPER: Horror of Jonestown tainted Thanksgiving 35 years ago

On a day when many Americans thank God for their blessings, I often recall how I spent Thanksgiving after Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, perverted the word of God, leaving more than 900 people dead. Published November 27, 2013

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HARPER: Obamacare's sticker shock

As many journalists focused on the technical problems of, the website for signing up for the Affordable Care Act, few looked at a much more serious problem — the actual cost of Obamacare for individuals and families. Published October 30, 2013

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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