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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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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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People?
Despite being led by one of the most erratic and least popular presidents in modern history , the Trumpian Republican Party dominates U.S. politics. One of the main reasons for this awful state of affairs is that the opposition party—which calls itself “Democratic”—is led by vacillating, corporate-...
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Comcast chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Views
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Do U.S. Oligarchs Exist? Not in Mainstream Media
TV news shows are good at getting viewers riled up. Day and night, I hear the anchors on CNN and MSNBC getting us riled up about the schemes of this or that “Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin.” I’ve heard that phrase incessantly in recent weeks. And plenty of others have heard the “Russian...
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Former CIA director John Brennan has become a regular on MSNBC. Views
Monday, March 26, 2018
Same Old Media Parade: Why Are Liberals Cheering?
When the “War on Terror” was launched in 2001, mainstream media—especially cable TV news—started a parade. It was a narrow parade of hawkish retired military and intelligence brass promoting war as the response to the crime of 9/11, predicting success and identifying foreign enemies to attack. We...
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