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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

To read Jennifer Harper's Inside the Beltway columns, click here. Contact her at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jennifer Harper

President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and son Barron on the South Lawn of the White House as the Fourth of July long holiday weekend got underway. (Associated Press)

Trump wins the media war, battle by battle

There is a reason why the mainstream news media and the Democratic Party are in an uproar: They've been left out of the political equation by a player who understands the game better than they do. And that player is President Trump, who has conducted a masterful war against his media foes over the last 72 hours, launching a series of strategic tweets that deemed the hostile press not only "fake" but "fraudulent." Published July 2, 2017

Polls and analyses were already reporting that there was media bias against the presidential hopeful, and the findings have continued. (Associated Press)

Numbers don't lie: Media bias against Trump is entrenched, vicious, persistent

Pollsters have confirmed for many months that there is a clear media bias against President Trump. They also reveal that the American public is growing weary of the endless negative coverage, which masks authentic progress the president and his administration have made. Citizens are ready for some good news. And the press? Not so much. Outrage and Trump bashing have been good for ratings and readership. But tirades also allow journalists to vent about a president who pushes back against their criticism, in what they deem an "unpresidential" way. Published June 29, 2017

Analyst Mike Ciandella noted this week that Obamacare was presented as 'reform' by the media, but Trump's health care bill wasn't. (Associated Press)

Media Mission: Protect Obamacare, bash Trumpcare

It's not a bad idea to parse out strategic language deployed by news organizations intent on undermining President Trump. It is a helpful skill. Coverage these days is clever — skewing content in subtle ways, nudging along a negative narrative about the Trump administration which sounds viable to much of the public. Published June 28, 2017

In this May 20, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves after addressing the Utah GOP Convention in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Fox News hires Rep. Jason Chaffetz as a contributor

Fox News Channel has signed soon-to-be former Rep. Jason Chaffetz to be a contributor, offering political analysis for the leading cable news provider, as well as for its sister channel the Fox Business Network. The Utah Republican's new gig begins on Saturday. Published June 28, 2017

Talk radio host Lars Larson interviews then-Sen. Jeff Sessions during the 2016 "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" broadcast event organized by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (Lars Larson)

60 talk radio heavyweights take on illegal immigration

It could get noisy. Beginning Wednesday, more than 60 talk radio hosts from around the country will converge on the nation's capital for the 11th annual "Hold Their Feet to the Fire," a broadcast event sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform -- or FAIR for short. Published June 27, 2017

In this June 19, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017 as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Media obsession: 55 percent of broadcast news coverage of Trump centered on Russia probe

"A Media Research Center study of every broadcast network evening newscast in the five weeks since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller on May 17 found a whopping 353 minutes of airtime devoted to the Russia probe, or 55 percent of all coverage of the Trump presidency during those weeks," wrote Rich Noyes, a senior analyst for the conservative press watchdog. Published June 27, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Associated Press)

Nancy alert: Democratic voters crave 'new leaders'

"Some Democrats are saying it's time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go, arguing that losses in this year's special congressional elections show that their party needs new, younger leadership. Most Democrats agree," says a new Rasmussen Reports survey, which finds that 58 percent of all likely Democratic voters say the party needs new blood. Published June 26, 2017

Top Democrats are campaigning hard against the American Healthcare Act and they're following a strategic and emotional script. (Associated Press)

The script is up and running: Democrats stage a health care drama

Democrats have been busy crafting a political epic, which is the fate of the American Health Care Act. The "Trumpcare" story may prove to be great family fare with a happy ending, or a heroic saga. No doubt, Democrats would prefer the Republican legislation to either end up as a murder mystery or screwball farce — and they are ramping up an intense production. Their language is emotional and follows a strategic script, amplified by a mostly sympathetic news media, which is eager to give the Democrats' performance a good review — and much coverage. Published June 25, 2017

THE TEA PARTY BACK IN THE DAY: 100,000 people attended this 2009 Washington tea party rally, organized by the California-based Tea Party Express. (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

Democrats deal with a rickety 'resistance'

The Democratic Party is still flailing against the dominant political force in America, which is President Trump, his administration and the millions of voters who stood up to be counted in 2016. It's normal for the losing party to have an identity crisis, and the protocols are always the same: The suffering party conducts an internal "autopsy," issues mea culpas, vows to find practical answers, trots out a few new slogans, then schedules a retreat to the mountains or seaside, ostensibly for soul-searching. And maybe cocktails. Published June 22, 2017

Karen Handel's victory over opponent Jon Ossoff in Georgia's Sixth District was a surprise to Democrats, but not to Republicans. News media continue to ignore authentic grass-roots appeal of the GOP. (Associated Press)

'Obstruction and resistance' fail the Democrats

Democrats are still blinking in disbelief over Karen Handel's victory over Jon Ossoff in a much ballyhooed special election in Georgia on Tuesday. Republicans observers mark that victory as more evidence that both Democratic strategists and the news media continue to ignore the authentic grass-roots appeal, which has been percolating in the Grand Old Party since the 2016 election. Published June 21, 2017

Mark Levin's new book won't be released until June 27, but the book is already in Amazon's Top 10 list of all books and ranks No. 1 in the political section. (Threshold Books)

Mark Levin's call to rediscover 'Americanism'

Syndicated talk radio host Mark Levin's new book won't be published for another six days, but it is already selling briskly, ranked No. 5 among all books on Amazon, and No. 1 in political and social science books. Published June 20, 2017

Demonstrators with opposing views argue at a free speech rally on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Despite political differences, 76 percent say there's a greater danger of political violence today. (Associated Press)

76% of Americans now fear 'political violence'

"If there's one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on, it's that there's a greater danger of political violence these days," says a new Rasmussen Reports survey, which finds that 76 percent of likely U.S. voters believe this unique, disturbing threat has definitely increased in recent days. Published June 19, 2017

Newt Gingrich has many criticisms of the "Russia baloney" story, and he has written a new book on President Trump as well. (Center Street)

Newt Gingrich dismisses the 'Russian baloney'

Forget fancy terms like "collusion." Newt Gingrich has two words for charges by President Trump's political foes and media critics who say his campaign was in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 election: "Russian baloney." Published June 18, 2017