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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

FILE - This March 1, 2014, file photo shows part of the website for as photographed in Washington. The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

HARPER: A little late, media step up on Obamacare’s woes

As the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, lumbers toward its rather flexible deadline Monday when individuals are supposed to sign up for the federal exchange, the public has become increasingly critical of the media's coverage of the program. Published March 26, 2014

Students from the Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino High School walk on a mural depicting the missing Malaysia Airlines plane Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at their campus at Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame. The search for Flight 370, which vanished early March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, has now been expanded deep into the northern and southern hemispheres.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

HARPER: Flight 370 disappearance stymies reporters

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has posed some significant hurdles for Western reporters for of a variety of reasons. Few Western reporters have sources in Malaysia. Speculation has run amok since the beginning of the story. The aircraft has not been found, creating huge logistical problems for the governments looking for the plane and for journalists trying to cover the search. Published March 19, 2014

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

This fracking site in Washington, Pa., is one of many in the country shaking up world energy markets as the U.S. moves toward no longer needing to import natural gas. The stakes are particularly large in Russia. “This is where everything is being turned on its head,” said Fiona Hill, an expert on Russia at the Brookings Institution. (Associated Press)

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

FILE - This file photo released by Universal Pictures shows Taylor Kitsch, left, as Michael Murphy and Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell in a scene from the film, “Lone Survivor." The Navy SEAL drama earned $37.8 million in its first weekend of wide release. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Gregory R. Peters, File)

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