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 18, 2017
Roger Ailes: No One Did More to Debase US Politics
Roger Ailes, the man who pioneered “alternative facts,” is dead. During the first five years of Fox News —which was built almost single-handedly by Ailes’ genius—I was a regular on-air contributor/panelist there. I dealt with his right-wing lieutenants plenty, but only met Ailes once, at a Fox News...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016
Dangerous Myths About Trump That Some Progressives Cling To
Even now, in the last days of this horrendous campaign, we’re amazed by fervent assertions coming from some progressives about Donald Trump. Here are three key myths: Myth #1: “Trump can’t win.” "A Trump presidency—made possible by his demagogic appeals to racism, misogyny, immigrant-bashing and...
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Monday, August 15, 2016
TV Networks Should Open Up the Presidential Debates
If ten major TV networks got together and decided to nationally televise a presidential debate restricted to Republican nominee Donald Trump and right-leaning Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, while barring other candidates including Democrat Hillary Clinton, it would be recognized as an act of...
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Hillary’s VP Choice Will Show If “Unity” Talk Is Just Hot Air
When he introduced Christian conservative Mike Pence as his running-mate on Saturday , Donald Trump made a point of acknowledging that “party unity” was a reason for his choice. Pence, who’d endorsed Trump’s main rival, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz,” is beloved by the Republican Party’s loyal base of religious...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
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
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 04, 2016
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 09, 2015
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 04, 2015
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 06, 2014
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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