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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

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, walks past a burned out shoe store while visiting local businesses, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore, that were damaged in the rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Moments of clarity in Baltimore's riots

Few people made sense during the Baltimore riots and the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. But David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan provided two examples of those who did. Published May 6, 2015

Correspondents fiddle around while Baltimore burns

The juxtaposition of the riots in Baltimore this weekend as "all-news" television networks delivered extensive coverage of the White House Correspondents' Association's soiree underlined the disconnect between the press and the rest of the country. Published April 29, 2015

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Connecting Engel to Rolling Stone a spin factory bias

The caustic attacks on NBC reporter Richard Engel about the circumstances surrounding his 2012 abduction in Syria puzzled and troubled me — until I listened to some of his comments about the Obama administration's failures, particularly in the Middle East. Published April 22, 2015

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks to journalists after a meeting of foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine at Villa Borsig, the official guest house of the foreign ministry, in Berlin in the early hours of Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Russia and Ukraine agreed Monday to call for the pullback of smaller caliber weapons from the front lines in eastern Ukraine as part of a fresh push to end the region's yearlong conflict. Foreign ministers from the two countries — meeting with their French and German counterparts in Berlin — also agreed to support international monitors and establish four working groups to address the most pressing issues faced by people in the embattled region, where Russian-backed separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces. (Clemens Bilan/Pool Photo via AP)

It's time for journalists to come clean

Journalists must become more transparent about their biases in order to regain credibility with the public, particularly after recent scandals involving Rolling Stone and other news organizations. Published April 15, 2015

Media won't let facts stand in the way of a good story

Many analysts have decried Rolling Stone magazine's malfeasance about a University of Virginia rape claim, but much of the media have not recognized that this failure of journalistic ethics is far from rare. Published April 8, 2015

In this frame grab from video provided by CBSNews/60 Minutes, in New York, "60 Minutes" contributor Charlie Rose, left, interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Damascus, Syria. Assad says he would be open to a dialogue with the United States, but that it must be "based on mutual respect," during the interview scheduled to be broadcast Sunday, March 29. (AP Photo/CBSNews/60 Minutes)

Assad interview just latest case of malfeasance for ‘60 Minutes’

In the latest abuse of journalism, "60 Minutes" and host Charlie Rose should be ashamed of an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the brutal dictator who has led his country into a murderous civil war that has left more than 200,000 dead and more than 4 million refugees. Published April 1, 2015

In this April 1, 2014 file photo, students stand outside a building to find an Internet signal for their phones in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Social media technologies create socially awkward generation gaps

As mothers and grandfathers post family photos on Facebook and tweet occasionally, teenagers have moved on to Snapchat and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Meanwhile, millennials and GenXers are stuck somewhere in between, wondering whether LinkedIn and Google Plus are worth the time. Published March 25, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton's silence has left fellow Democrats to field pointed questions, with some saying she needs to be more forthcoming, while others have wavered, saying they believe the issue has been stoked by Republicans eager to score political points on the presumptive front-runner for Democrats' 2016 presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Media turn on Hillary as recent scandals stick

President-in-waiting Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared arrogant, dismissive and uncomfortable when answering questions about her role in two scandals, including her private email account and the funding of her foundation. Published March 11, 2015

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures near the end of a hearing for a vote on Net Neutrality, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the FCC in Washington. Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

After 'net neutrality' win, FCC's power needs to be dialed back

In one of the most important decisions in its history, the Federal Communications Commission, a pernicious government agency set up more than 70 years ago to regulate radio interference, may undermine key aspects of the Internet. Published March 4, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks at his table before President Barack Obama arrived to speaks to members of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in the State Dining Room of White House in Washington. President Barack Obama warned the nation's governors Monday that a looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would have a direct impact on their states' economies, as well as on security throughout the U.S.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The 'got you' questions of take-down journalism

In the Whack-A-Mole style of many political reporters, the pundits attacked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with errant criticism exactly as he started to gain traction as a GOP presidential possibility. Published February 25, 2015

Citizen journalist scoops war news from home in England

As Syria and Iraq have become increasingly dangerous for reporters, a citizen journalist has provided extraordinary information from his laptop in England about what is happening in the Middle East and in other dangerous locales, such as Ukraine. Published February 18, 2015

Nicholas Kristof (above, at Syracuse University's 2013 commencement) was taking hits from his liberal media compatriots this week. (Kevin Rivoli/AP Images for Syracuse University)

Liberal media on the defense — from liberal media

Two liberal media icons spent much of the past week defending themselves from attacks by their fellow travelers, while conservatives chuckled as the left trashed some of its progeny. Published February 4, 2015

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