Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen was 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. His website is here: http://jeffcohen.org

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Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Spin Room after the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 16, 2019
What George Carlin Taught Us About Media Propaganda by Omission: On Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal
In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: “Here’s a partial score from the West Coast – Los Angeles 6.” For a brilliant comedian like Carlin—who skewered corporate power , class structure and political / media propaganda—that’s one of his more innocuous jokes. But it’s sharply...
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Saturday, August 17, 2019
Memo to Mainstream Journalists: Can the Phony Outrage; Bernie Is Right About Bias
Mainstream journalists are having a ridiculous hissy fit over Sen. Bernie Sanders’ suggestion that there may be a connection between the owner of a news outlet and the content or biases of that outlet’s coverage. If Sanders had suggested that Rupert Murdoch’s ownership of Fox News impacts its...
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With plenty of Democratic members of Congress with terrible voting records, a grassroots primary campaign can put a scare into those who pay more attention to big donors than consituents and voters. (Photo: Gordon_Frets/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Meet the 'Bad Blues': House Democrats Who Deserve to Be Primaried by Progressives
The following report is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative. There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial and...
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In pure math, Obama’s tenure was a boon to the GOP—Democrats lost their big majorities in the US House and Senate and nearly 1,000 state legislative seats, while the 50 governorships shifted from a strong Democratic margin to strong Republican majority.(Photo: @THR/Twitter) Views
Friday, March 22, 2019
Let’s Not Restore or Mythologize Obama
With former Vice President Joe Biden seemingly ready to join the presidential race, a Washington Post reporter wrote: “Biden and his allies picture an election that poses a choice between four more years of Trump disruption and a chance to restore the Obama administration.” Ah, the hope of an Obama...
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Thursday, March 07, 2019
This Jew Tells Speaker Pelosi: "You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar Correct"
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly still considering a symbolic “show vote” in Congress on an anti-Semitism and “hate” resolution – which would offer all the authenticity and honesty of a Soviet show trial. If Pelosi proceeds, it will prove Rep. Ilhan Omar’s point about the inordinate influence...
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Tuesday, March 05, 2019
WaPo Warns Dems That Progressive Policies Could Bring Them Many Victories
A standard bias in news coverage in elite outlets ( Washington Post , New York Times , NPR , etc.) is centrism —using an allegedly objective voice to warn against or critique “extremism” of left and right. Centrist bias sometimes takes the form of inaccurate critiques of broadly popular progressive...
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Monday, January 21, 2019
The System’s Falling Apart: Were the Dogmatic Marxists Right After All?
As a young activist in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, I heard plenty of Marxist dogma from left-wing sects that proselytized in major colleges and cities about how “monopoly capitalism is entering its final crisis.” The warnings of apocalyptic collapse were constant. They sounded absurd, more so as...
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Corporate Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear
After having been a mainstream TV news pundit, I’m unfortunately addicted to cable news (mostly MSNBC and CNN ) and all the blather and repetition—laughably overhyped as "breaking news." Even when it's the same news that’s been breaking... and breaking... for hours or days. But I'm more bothered by...
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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later
In October 2017, a team of progressive researchers published “ Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis ,” which probed the causes of the disastrous 2016 election defeat. The report came in the wake of the party leadership’s failure to do its own autopsy. In a cover story for The Nation , William...
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Monday, October 15, 2018
Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters
Chants of “No More War” from delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention gave voice to sentiments that still resonate through the base of the party and the broad U.S. public , notably in communities with higher rates of military sacrifice . While Trump’s 2016 victories in swing states may...
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