Scott Horton Interviews Peter Hart

Scott Horton, April 09, 2011

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Peter Hart, activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), discusses his article “Is There Really a Goldstone ‘Retraction’?” about the media spin-machine working to wipe any traces of Israeli war crimes in Gaza from the minds of Americans; Richard Goldstone’s minor quibbles with the Goldstone Report‘s conclusions, expressed in his Washington Post op-ed, that amount to questioning the existence of a high-level Israeli official policy of intentionally killing civilians (based on information provided by the Israeli military’s self-investigation); the significant (and seemingly effective) pressure from Israel supporters brought to bear on Goldstone; and the report’s significant evidence of Israeli war crimes that remains unchallenged – including targeting civilian infrastructure and using white phosphorous.

MP3 here. (19:22)

Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR’s magazine Extra, and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed.

8 Responses to “Peter Hart”

  1. Israel "investigating" itself is the same as your local corrupt police department exonerating itself after having shot dead some innocent bystander. They always find themselves acting "legally" and within "department guidelines". Which is to say, to the victims or those with eyes inside of their heads, "You can all go screw yourselves… we're exceptional.. oh, and by the way, here is your bill".

  2. Yes, the state of Israel is indeed an exceptional state…exceptional murderers, exceptional racists and exceptional parasites that can only live on a host (i.e, all brances of the US governement, US mainstream media, the MIC, the UN and ad infinitum…

  3. Goldstone sounds like a fool. But I guess that it should not be surprising that only a fool could be selected by the West to 'investigate' Israel's mass slaughter of Palestinian civilians.

    Give Goldstone another year & he'll do a full scale retraction.

  4. The American media is basically a 'cover-up' media when it comes to Israel. It doesn't go 'look for the truth' and if the truth comes knocking on their door they lock the door and turn up the music.

  5. I'm sure Osama did not intend to kill the specific individuals who died on 9/11. Just like the Israelis and the Americans, he had no idea who he was killing. CIA offices located in in the World Trade Center — in a civilian area full of "human shields" – made that location every bit as legitimate a military target as Gaza targets chosen by Israel. Osama can make the same argument of non-intentionality. Of course, it would be a crock of oozing shit, just as the American and Israeli arguments are bogus and disgusting.

    Given the fact that Israel is the aggressor, and a nuclear armed regional super power thanks to the US, the Israeli crimes are more reprehensible than the pathetic efforts at genuine self-defense that Hamas occasionally musters.

  6. To recap for those whose IQs are room temperature: Hamas is the freely, lawfully elected government of the Palestinians, and Hezbollah are freedom fighters.

    Israel? It's a criminal Zionist entity. It commits atrocities and war crimes as a matter of course, knowing that its sugar daddy Uncle Chump will cover for it. (Not that Israel treats the U.S. any better, mind you. Remember the "Lavon Affair"? U.S.S. LIBERTY? Theft of nuclear materials?Murders of American citizens? Endless espionage? . . .)

  7. a retraction would mean goldstone has nostones

  8. This whole idea of a "Jewish State" is absurd. I'll go along with an Israel but once you start bringing in religion and idealogy as the criteria for citizenship thats a no no. Israel isn't the only country that fits this category but being one of the newest one would have thought an example could have been set. I believe that most Israeli's have some misgivings about this hence the paranoia when something as credible and legitimate as the Goldstone Report surfaces.

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