Peter Bart

  • Film

Hold That Euphemism


The outbreak of war always seems to take its subtle toll on our language. When generals start dropping terms like “collateral damage” (i.e., blown up civilians), it inevitably invites the private…

Rupert On Rebound


Each of the nine tv monitors dominating the office wall was turned to a different channel, but the man holding the remote control was still switching briskly, his eyes flicking from screen to screen…

CNN’s Best Shot


It was gonzo journalism at its best. For the first 16 hours of the Persian Gulf war, CNN owned the story. Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney cited what he saw on CNN. Tom Brokaw of NBC interviewed…

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