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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

A graduate of Syracuse University, Jennifer Harper writes the daily Inside the Beltway column and provides additional coverage of breaking national news, plus long-term trends in politics, media issues, public opinion, popular culture, Hollywood foibles and “eureka” moments in health and science.

She has been a frequent broadcast commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Voice of America, Citadel Broadcasting, Talk Radio Network and other news organizations. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Ms. Harper grew up in Texas and arrived in Washington in time for Watergate -- and has been tracking the political and media landscape ever since.

She is an active member of the American Federation of TV Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild. She has won 14 journalism awards during her years at The Washington Times.

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Articles by Jennifer Harper

Presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden's plans to bring two dogs and a cat to the White House was covered a lot by media outlets. Conservative media criticized this as the election hasn't been finalized. (Associated Press)

The media's dogged devotion to Biden

The season of media adoration is upon us. The press is knee-deep in cuddly coverage of presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden though the results of the contested election have not been finalized. The press has upped the ante; we're taking very cuddly coverage here. Published November 29, 2020

Conservative columnist Ben Shapiro is warning that "Biden's return to normalcy is going to be terrible" regarding the presumptive president-elect's policies and leadership style. (Associated Press)

Biden's normal America 'going to be terrible'

Psychologists have long argued about what is "normal" and what is not. Now it has become a source of contention is political circles, ever since presumed President-elect Joseph R. Biden promised he would make America "normal" again. Published November 26, 2020

In this Saturday, June 9, 2018, file photo, a U.S. paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg in North Carolina takes part in a military exercise "Saber Strike 2018" at the Gaiziunai Training Area some 130 kms (80 miles) west of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) ** FILE **

Fox News Books debuts at No. 2 on Amazon with Pete Hegseth's salute to the military

Fox News Books was only launched in October as a new publishing platform for the cable news channel. The new imprint, however, has already rattled the Amazon bestseller list with its debut book "Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes," a salute to some of the bravest Americans from Pete Hegseth, a Fox News weekend co-host and a decorated combat veteran himself. Published November 25, 2020

Independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson has a new book out that makes the case that the news media itself is causing Americans to "love censorship and hate journalism." (Associated Press)

Sharyl Attkisson nabs media 'propagandists'

Independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson has written a timely new book and the title tells all: "Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism." The author thinks the public is now conditioned to accept preferred narratives set by media companies rather than genuine news — and that these narratives are designed to "define and narrow" the public's viewpoint. Published November 24, 2020

Talk of a new civil war in America is ramping up as citizens and media alike wonder if arguments get louder and possibly irreconcilable. (Associated Press)

Is a second American civil war really brewing?

There has been persistent chatter that the United States is no longer united at all, and that a civil war or a serious schism between Americans is now within the realm of possibility. Published November 23, 2020

Fox Nation showcases heroes of military, first responders in weekend awards show

Fox News showcases the nation's most heroic populations in new programming to air live on Friday. Weekend host and decorated combat veteran Pete Hegseth will serve as master of ceremonies during the network's second annual Patriot Awards -- which lauds first responders and the genuine heroes of the military. Published November 20, 2020

A sign spells out the rules of social distancing in a Lakewood, Colorado, mall. Some critics, however, are uneasy with how far the restrictions can go. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Democrats ready to cancel everything

Some observers spot ulterior motives behind feel-good, "stay safe" cautions from Democratic politicians and officials, who persuaded much of the public on mail-in voting, lockdowns of healthy people and other ways to foil the coronavirus. Published November 19, 2020

Back in the day: Then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden watches President Obama at an event in Virginia on Jan. 4, 2017. (Associated Press)

Is Obama upstaging Biden?

Is former President Barack Obama "stealing the spotlight" from presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden, now in the middle of being a presumptive president elect? Published November 17, 2020