Scott Horton Interviews Peter Hart

Scott Horton, August 01, 2011

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Peter Hart, activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), discusses the media’s warm reception to Treasury Department claims that Iran’s government is actively aiding al-Qaeda; the suspicious timing of these kinds of articles every time there’s a debate on withdrawal or troop drawdowns from Iraq; how the US condemns Iranian “foreign interference” in neighboring Iraq while ignoring the foreign US military’s continued occupation of the country; and the media’s failure to develop a healthy skepticism of “anonymous government officials” since falling for the Iraq War lies.

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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.

19 Responses to “Peter Hart”

  1. Interesting as NATO and the UN also support the alkeda in Libya !
    Dont u just think it is twisted to Save Civilians With Bombs !

  2. The U.S. Government is broken. It's lawless at home and abroad. It may be beyond redemption. It turns a blind eye to its own corruption and warmongering while sanctimoniously condemning everyone else's.

    Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons. Of course, Israel–our "51st state"–says they do, and the U.S. Government never says no to its Zionist masters in Tel Aviv, now, does it? . . .

  3. If you read, eg, Ha'aretz, you'll find the blogs full of people claiming Israel's government always obeys it's US masters.

    In truth, the American people and government are responsible for their own deeds, good and bad, no one else. The Xtn Zionists and their desire to speed up the Rapture, the Second Coming, have much to answer for.

  4. This is the same method that the few have gotten the USA into most of the wars in the last 120 years. In 1914 it was just as likely that the USA would enter WWI on the side of German as on the side of England. Germans were one of the largest group of immigrants. The few loud mouths mostly connected to organized news outlets got us into a war in Europe clearly was not our fight. The same got us into WWII even if it was in our interest to let Stalin and Hitler fight it out and then deal with the winner. We got the entire mess in the middle east by the same powers how got us the useless wars.
    I am certain that we will bomb Iran and possible put boots on the ground. If this happens the USA will have many thousands crippled and lots of dead. Israel will provide more support and milk us for lots of defense money. Things will never change as long as the USA is a nation of sheep.

  5. While the debt ceiling debate is still on going, no one dare say the wars have drained the coffers yet more war provocative language is being issued hourly by the very same people debating debt ceiling, a war with Iran is pure bluffing,
    If USA attack Iran, everyone in penta-con and Whouse, con-gressors knows the consequences are to get more US soldiers back in coffins by the 1000s daily, Iran can strike inside Iraq, Afghan, Saudi-arabia and all the other gulf states. immediately. Iran readiness to an event is already in place and US general should consider these options. After all Iran is not a threat to any surrounding states or farther away.
    Shiaa Islam is based on "no one is a descendant of the prophet Mohamed pbuh"… so that is the threat to the kingdoms in the arab countries. which means that Iran does not recognize the king of any muslim state. and this is the truth why Saudi are scared shitless about the spread of Shiaa which is a fact

  6. A war with Iran will bring one good thing: How can the Pentagon then justify the missiles on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland by 2015 ? A missile threat from North Korea ? Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote on the missiles in the three countries: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." To take out the missiles surviving First Strike with Minuteman-3 and Trident-2. US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to Bob Aldridge. This leads to Launch On Warning by 2014. Bloody fools in the Pentagon !!! Bob Aldridge resigned because the Pentagon is pursuing a capability that´s suicidal. Maybe Launch On Warning won´t be announced/detectable.

  7. Maybe divine punishment for exterminating the Indians?

  8. The truth is, the US constantly fights someone or other, has since the early 1600s. Dispensationalist fantasies about a Third Temple in Jerusalem leading to the Rapture are a major reason for US support for Israel. (Israelis are certainly puzzled why we haven't switched sides for oil!) Another is our cowboys and Indians myth. Lots of Americans see Israelis as White Americans and see Palestinians as Indians who ought to just disappear. Some idiots combine the two types of folly and claim that Palestinians are Philistines or Canaanites who ought to all be killed.

  9. Part 1 of 4

    On this topic Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett’s expert, informative and sound analysis is well worth studying:: http://www.raceforiran.com/iran-and-al-qa%e2%80%9

    Additionally in my view the following issues are relevant:

    1- Recently Iran organized the first International conference on ‘Terrorism”. UN and some NAM countries participated. Apparently it was a successful event If the proceedings of that conference are referred to then one might deduce that any kind of cooperation between IRI and Al Quaeda no matter how minuscule or temporary is unlikely. The relation of IRI and Al-Queeda / Taliban has been bitterly malignant from both ideological and historical points of view.

  10. Part 2

    2- Iran is swormed by too many spies or stooges of the West / Israel. Any major political event in Iran clearly reveals the critical influence of Western manipulations. This goes back to couple of centuries ago or at least to the times when oil was discovered. I firmly believe whenever necessary the foreigners have effectively exploited the dissatisfaction and rage the of Iranian masses to engineer some form of favorable social or political outcome. This is true for many events in early 20th century, for1979 revolution, for Islamization of the country, for the demonstrations in 2009 etc etc

    2- Iran is swormed by too many spies or stooges of the West / Israel. Any major political event in Iran clearly reveals the critical influence of Western manipulations. This goes back to couple of centuries ago or at least to the times when oil was discovered. I firmly believe whenever necessary the foreigners have effectively exploited the dissatisfaction and rage the of Iranian masses to engineer some form of favorable social or political outcome. This is true for many events in early 20th century, for1979 revolution, for Islamization of the country, for the demonstrations in 2009 etc etc

  11. Part 3

    As a late example of the above spying, recently, in a TED conference a German expert on Stuxnet said something like “ they [the West/Israel] knew [even] the shoe size of the involved Iranians ”. Also according the Western media two stolen centrifuges were used to develop the Stuxnet. This long story is beyond the scope of this commentary yet I believe the assertion that foreigners would have known (with high confidence) stuff like links between IRI and Al-Quaeda is a plausible proposition.

    3- I think Iranians consider American establishment as a mighty ruthless entity. During their war with Iraq, especially after 1983 they learned that the American ruling elites have no hesitation in brutally hurting them. Iranians firmly believe US, in series of meetings (particularly in Amman, Jordan) encouraged Saddam to invade Iran. Examples of ‘arrogant’ US meddling in coming years are abundant such as helping Saddam to use dreadful chemical weapons, purposefully shooting down an Iran-Air passenger plane, humiliating them in the Persian Gulf, supplying satellite info to Iraqis about the location and size of the Iranian troops in order to subject them to WMD etc etc.

  12. Part 4

    Those lessons have made them ‘extremely’ careful not to step on the lion’s tail. Any cooperative contact with Al-Qaueda might get revealed giving US the desired excuses for military interventions such as the destruction of the entire Iranian military and infrastructure similar to what US did in Iraq during the first Gulf War.(see Ramsey Clark’s report on that destruction)

    3.1- Foreign policy analysts (even those who are moderately litrate) are aware of the ‘intensity’ of American hatred and rage towards Al-Quaeda. I think Iranians are smart enough to realize this national obsession Thus they might go to long ways to avoid any covert (and possibly traceable) affiliation with Al-Quaeda (whom they can never trust) especially when that organization is also Iran’s own serious foe..

  13. The only reason the U.S. supports Israel so slavishly is Israel's vast, powerful lobby in the United States, campaigning positively with donations and favors for politicians who toe the line, and negatively for those who don't. Dispensationalist fantasies, indeed.

  14. Its all lies to lead the public to belive the US needs to invade Iran.Just like Iraq lies not to mention it will lead to WW3.Alot of thing I don't agree with goes on in these countrys but they need to sort it out themselfs.America is broak and the biggest lieing country in the world.They are now talking about another stimulis when the last one did nothing for most Americans but the bankers made out like bandits.They should all be jailed they are as evil as it gets.Again attack Iran or Pakistan illegaly and b e ready to lose America with all there military power can't deal with countrys like Iraq and Afganistan let alone Iran,Pakistan China,Russia,North Korea,Syria and the others they are already illegaly attacking.America and Israel are the most hated and corrupt countrys in the world they just lie great and controll main stream media.There are many other countrys that will help fight the US and there main help Eroupe could not even deal with Lybia without American help.Against many of the countrys I mentioned they will be ankel biters America and Israel better real;ize they can not win and because of the size of Israel they will no longer be a country they will be totaly destroyed.Its time to be human for once and use your brains.

  15. AMEN!!!

  16. Face reality: Israeli lobbies have clout in the US because 1) Americans have identified with the Biblical Israelites for 3-4 centuries now and because of 2) Dispensational future history which requires a Jewish state with a temple in Jerusalem.

    Once Dispensationalists give up hope in the Rapture, they will join you in blaming Jews and half the rest of world for their own follies.

  17. Re Stuxnet, give up on Windows, everybody! Go Linux or something else not easily infected.

  18. Not to mention that al-Qaeda are Sunni fanatics, very hostile to Shi'is.

  19. "most … corrupt countrys [sic] in the world"

    There's a lot of competition for that title!

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