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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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:30pm
Should Progressives Unify with the Democratic Party Establishment? Hell No!
In countless ways over the last 35 years, our society has become less economically equal and more dominated by corporate power. Less just and more jailed. Vast urban and rural areas decline as government subsidizes economic elites. Funds for education and social services are under constant threat...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:00am
Reality Check for Democrats: Would Martin Luther King Be Supporting Bernie?
Corporate mainstream media have sanitized and distorted the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., putting him in the category of a “civil rights leader” who focused narrowly on racial discrimination; end of story. Missing from the story is that Dr. King was also a tough-minded critic of our...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:45pm
Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I’m a Progressive Who Gets Things Done"
In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself “a progressive who gets things done.” I had to laugh. And it wasn’t just because former President Bill Clinton – the centrist Triangulator-in-Chief – was standing behind her, beaming and clapping. "Like her...
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Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
Why Do Conservatives Get to Question Candidates–but Not Progressives?
At the CNN -sponsored Republican Party debate last month at the Reagan Library, one of the three panelists CNN selected to question the candidates was conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt , affiliated with the proudly right-wing Salem Radio Network . But at Tuesday’s upcoming Democratic Party debate...
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Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 9:45am
Memo to Media: Ask Trump If He’s a ‘Serial Racist’
It’s easy to laugh off Donald Trump’s fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. And easy to poke fun, as Jon Stewart did , at Trump’s grudging admission that some Mexican immigrants might be “good people.” But there is a serious issue here, and mainstream media interviewers have...
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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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