Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen is an associate professor of journalism and the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, founder of the media watch group FAIR, and former board member of Progressive Democrats of America. In 2002, he was a producer and pundit at MSNBC (overseen by NBC News). He is the author of Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media - and a cofounder of the online action group, www.RootsAction.org.

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Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:00am
The Resurrection of Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Journalist Last Word Against CIA’s Media Apologists?
It’s been almost a decade since once-luminous investigative journalist Gary Webb extinguished his own life. It’s been 18 years since Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series in the San Jose Mercury News exploded across a new medium – the Internet – and definitively linked crack cocaine in Los Angeles and...
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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:15am
Hillary’s Candid Motto for Democratic Party: “Represent Banks”
In 1992, a 44-year-old attorney made the following remarkable assertion: “For goodness’ sake, you can’t be a lawyer if you don’t represent banks.” The attorney was Hillary Clinton. She made the statement to journalists during her husband’s first campaign for president. Her legal representation of a...
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Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:26am
Noam Chomsky Continues to Inspire
This month, Noam Chomsky turned 85 – and he’s the subject of a new animated movie focused on his scientific and social philosophies. He has actually seen this movie , unlike other works about him: “I can’t stand watching myself.”
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:21am
My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement
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Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 9:37am
How Do You Know When President Obama is Lying? MSNBC Won’t Tell You
I was a young person when I first heard the quip: “How do you know when the President is lying? His lips are moving.” At the time, President Nixon was expanding the war in Vietnam to other countries and deploying the White House “plumbers” to commit crimes against antiwar leakers.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 6:31am
Snowden Coverage: If US Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:26am
Trust me: Political Spying + Computers = Big Brother
I know the issue of political spying – and not just because my lawful, nonviolent activism got me spied on by local, state and federal “intelligence” agencies (whose spy files on me were unearthed through successful lawsuits and partly successful Freedom of Information requests). I also spent a dozen years as a journalist, researcher and ACLU lawyer investigating the spies.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 9:12am
Playing the Obama Bumper Sticker Game
There’s no easier way to gauge the disappointment that liberals and progressives should feel toward President Obama than to look at their cars – more specifically, their bumper stickers.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 9:39am
The Elephant in the Room: Militarism
I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV – at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:40pm
Nobel Peace Prize to Bradley Manning?
The grassroots activist group, RootsAction.org, has drafted a petition addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee calling for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to imprisoned U.S. whistleblower, Pvt. Bradley Manning. According to RootsAction co-founder Jeff Cohen, the response to the petition has been swift and substantial. More than 30,000 people signed on in a matter of days.
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