Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen is an activist and author. Cohen was 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 co-founder of the online action group, www.RootsAction.org. His website is here: http://jeffcohen.org

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Corporate media sometimes showed us the victims of the housing crisis, but hardly ever their victimizers—and the policymakers behind the Great Recession. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 26, 2021
Media Evasions on Racism and the Role of Derek Chauvin
Let's acknowledge at the outset that corporate liberal media—owned and sponsored by the mightiest economic forces in our society—have increased their talk about race and racism in recent years, especially since the rise of Trump. They've even learned to throw around the phrase "systemic racism"—...
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Close-up of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., May 26th, 1966 (Photo: Getty Images/Bettmann) Views
Thursday, April 01, 2021
The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King's Final Year
The anniversary of his assassination always brings a flood of tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and this Sunday will surely be no exception. But those tributes—including from countless organizations calling themselves progressive—are routinely evasive about the anti-militarist ideals that King...
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Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Anthony Souffle/Zuma Press/Corbis) Views
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Rahm Emanuel Is in the Running for a Top Ambassador Post. The Prospect Is Appalling.
Rahm Emanuel has never been associated with the word "diplomatic," but news reports say that President Biden is seriously considering him for a top position as U.S. ambassador to Japan or China. Naming Emanuel to such a post would be an affront to many of the constituencies that got Biden elected...
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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden listens to U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris make a statement at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16, 2020. (Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
President-Elect Biden: Time for YOU to Follow the Climate Science
One of the keys to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump "refuses to follow the science" on COVID-19—that "he won't listen to the scientists." It proved to be a winning campaign theme. Indeed, it's sobering to realize that without COVID—both Trump...
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President Donald J. Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing on Marine One on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Washington DC. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Four Years Ago, We Warned That Trump Could Win. Now, We’re Warning Again.
Five days before the election that put Donald Trump in the White House, a 2016 article we wrote appeared under the headline “ Dangerous Myths About Trump That Some Progressives Cling To .” The piece warned progressive activists about “three key myths”: Myth #1: “Trump can’t win.” Myth #2: “If Trump...
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"History teaches a clear lesson," writes Cohen. "The fact that our nation is the only advanced industrial country without universal healthcare cannot be blamed on Republican obstruction alone. It was also caused by Democratic leaders who've spent decades catering to corporate interests (while collecting their campaign donations)—and refusing to fight for universal coverage." (Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Democratic Leaders Have Blocked Real Healthcare Reform for Decades. Time to Give ‘Em Hell.
In 1948, Harry Truman pushed for a national nonprofit health insurance program in his successful, come-from-behind presidential campaign. When Truman’s plan was denounced as "socialized medicine" and "un-American" by the powerful American Medical Association, "Give ‘'Em Hell Harry" stood his ground...
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Martin Luther King Jr. and others march in Washington, DC in August 1963 demanding economic reforms, including full employment and better wages. (Photo: CWA/Local 7076) Views
Friday, July 03, 2020
Politicians of Color Should Not Be Immune From Criticism
To me, being an anti-racist activist means that one consistently challenges the structures of racist exclusion, exploitation, repression, and incarceration. It does not mean that one must defend or praise establishment politicians of color when their politics are an affront to our values and vision...
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At every stage in U.S. history—beginning with the brutal dispossession of Native Americans and continuing through modern methods of injustice from redlining to mass incarceration and private prisons—U.S. racism has been inextricably embedded in the system of profiteering. (Photo: Jörg Kantel/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Just Saying "Systemic Racism" Doesn't Expose Systemic Racism
If you’ve been watching mainstream TV news programs lately, you’ve probably noticed that a number of corporate journalists—prodded by the marvelous protests against police violence—seem to have learned a new phrase, which they invoke regularly: “systemic racism.” That’s an improvement from a dozen...
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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders bump elbows before the Democratic debat hosted by CNN on Sunday, March 15, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 16, 2020
Socialists for Biden and the Power of Corporate Media
It’s doubtful that Sunday night’s CNN debate shifted momentum in the presidential race currently favoring Joe Biden. The next few weeks offer the Bernie Sanders movement perhaps its last chance to win over—mostly through electronic means—Democratic primary voters. One voting bloc to focus on might...
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MSNBC host Chris Matthews opines on the state of the Democratic primary ahead of the Nevada Caucus last month. (Image: screenshot/MSNBC) Views
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Did Chris Matthews Reveal That Democratic Establishment's Real Fear Is a Bernie Win?
Mainstream news outlets keep pounding home the same message—that the "Democratic establishment" or "Democratic moderates" are worried sick that Bernie Sanders can't beat Trump. They worry about a Trump landslide, and a "down-ballot disaster" in Congressional races. Democratic insiders, we're told,...
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