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Jeff Cohen was director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he was an associate professor of journalism. He founded the progressive media watch group in 1986.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Mystique of “Free-Market Guy” Obama regardless of facts, some liberal activists and leaders persist in seeing Pres. Obama as a principled progressive reformer who lives and breathes the campaign rhetoric about “change you can believe in.” When he compromises, it's not Obama's fault– it's the opposition. Retreat is never a sell-out but a shrewd tactic, part of some secret long-range strategy for triumphant reform. Time for activists take a harder look
Is Joe Biden still the one to beat in the 2020 Democratic primary?, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 23, 2019
Will Joe Biden Be a Rerun of 2016 Tragedy? Either Warren or Sanders would fare better against Trump than a candidate like Biden, who is easily tied to moneyed elites and a blatantly unfair status quo. We've seen that movie before and it ended in the 2016 disaster.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Snowden Coverage: If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different? The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets -- especially TV news -- that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government as it pursues the now 30-year-old whistleblower.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 1, 2008
Stepford Republicans: All Caught on Tape! "The Stepford Wives"- tells the chilling story of once smart, independent women who get abducted and turned into tamed, mindless robots. I have a theory about a similarly subversive process that turns grown men once capable of independent and reasoned thought into robotic extremists. Call them Stepford Republicans. With video proof!
Obama Jokes About Killing Jonas Brothers With Predator Drones .The Jonas Brothers are here. (Applause.) They're out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don't get any ideas. (Laughter.) I have two ..., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 restoration!
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 19, 2011 New Independent Progressive Group In the past decade, Netroots groups have built big e-lists, raised money and hell.But some squandered their power by overly close coordination with an often spineless Democratic leadership. RootsAction will take action against Obama policies that sparked loud protests when they were Bush policies. We'll mobilize against government catering to Wall Street and the war profiteers, while the U.S. public suffers.
Jim Messina Criticizes Warren For Taking Democrats Off Message, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 13, 2020
When CNN Introduces Bernie-Bashers Only as "Former," CNN Is Lying To You CNN and CBS do it. NPR and PBS do it. They all do it. It's a "gentleman's" agreement between elite media and their establishment guests - a courtesy major news outlets bestow upon former officials who get to pontificate and editorialize about today's events with no worry they'll be identified by their jobs TODAY.
Trump advisor Larry Kudlow: 'I don't believe in systemic racism' Larry Kudlow, White House National Economic Council director, joins .Closing Bell. to talk about racial inequality. The White House economic advisor said ..., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Let Us Name the System: "Racial Capitalism" It's oddly disconcerting nowadays to hear regular mentions of the phrase "systemic racism" from mainstream journalists who adamantly refuse to criticize (or even name) the system that U.S. racism is entrenched in. That system is "CAPITALISM." Or as historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad calls it: "racial capitalism."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 24, 2011
Obama is NOT "Caving" to Corporate Interests The sad truth is that Obama had arrived at the White House looking to make cuts in benefits to the elderly. Two weeks before his inauguration, Obama echoed conservative scares about Social Security and Medicare by talking of "red ink as far as the eye can see."
Brian Roberts Comcast CEO, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where Are All the U.S. Oligarchs With Links to Washington? As Comcast's CEO, Roberts is the ultimate boss of those allegedly progressive hosts on MSNBC. Which may help to explain their silence about U.S. oligarchs, since it would be difficult to bring up the topic without mentioning their boss.
Bernie Sanders, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 5, 2020
Does the Democratic Establishment Really Fear That Bernie CAN Win in November? 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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Democrats Gather in Chicago: Elite Party or Party of the People? Despite being led by one of the most erratic & least popular presidents in modern history, the 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-oriented politicians who seem to have one firm principle: that the party's progressive base must be repeatedly insulted, repressed...
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 7, 2013
How Do You Know When President Obama is Lying? MSNBC Won't Tell You With Obama in power, MSNBC talking heads reacted to the Snowden disclosures like Fox News hosts did when they were in hysterical damage control mode for Bush--with ridiculously fact-free claims and national chauvinism that we've come to expect from the "fair and balanced" channel. We need strong, independent media not enmeshed with the corporate/political power structure and not allied with one of the two corporate parties.
BERNIE BLACKOUT | VICE VERSA An investigative deep dive into the corporate news media's coverage of Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign that asks: who actually gets a say in ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Important TV documentary: "Bernie Blackout" If you have Vice TV on your cable or satellite TV system, don't miss "BERNIE BLACKOUT," a unique documentary premiering tomorrow, May 13 at 8pm (ET/PT).
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 13, 2013
Playing the Obama Bumper Sticker Game There's no easier way to gauge the disappointment that liberals and progressives should feel toward President Obama than to look at their cars -- more specifically, their bumper stickers. I've been playing this game for years.
Bernie Sanders, From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Warren vs. Buttigieg Clash Offers Contrast with Bernie's Consistency As Sen. Warren and "Mayor Pete" heatedly question each other's career history, they put Sanders' strongest suit into the spotlight: his remarkably consistent history.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 21, 2006
Can Al Gore Be Trusted? Many solid progressives want Gore to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. A recent AlterNet readers' poll (in which Noam Chomsky won the MVP for "Most Valuable Progressive") showed Gore way in front of the pack -- with Russ Feingold second...
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 18, 2008
Announcing the P.U.- litzer Prizes for 2008 In a year filled with an array of media mendacity, the P.U.- litzer Prizes suggest a few stand-outs.
George Carlin - On Media (Paley Center, 2008) George Carlin talks about the kind of media he takes in on a regular basis. ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER: In an era of rapid change in media and technology, ..., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2019
What George Carlin Taught Us about Media Propaganda by Omission In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: "Here's a partial score from the West Coast Los Angeles 6."
Plymouth, NH Rally, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2018
Few Democrats Offer Alternatives to War-Weary Voters While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing as a foe of protracted war, his administration's Mideast policies have largely exposed that masquerade. Unfortunately, the weak and confused positions of Democratic leaders on endless war and bloated military spending offer little alternative to war-weary voters.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 28, 2011
Will ABC News' "Made in America" Series Avoid Their Boss, Disney? America's most powerful corporations, such as ABC News owner Disney, have turned against the American people in their pursuit of maximized profits on imported,inferior products.
Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2016
TV Networks Should Open Up the Presidential Debates If 10 TV networks got together and decided to nationally televise a presidential debate restricted to Donald Trump and Gary Johnson, while barring other candidates including Democrat Hillary Clinton, it would be recognized as an act of media bias or exclusion. But what if the televised debates this fall are restricted to just Trump and Clinton? That, too, needs to be recognizeds as an intentional act of media exclusion
Kos on .MTP Daily.--'It's time for an all-female ticket' in 2020 Markos Moulitsas on .MTP Daily. discussing the emerging field of 2020 presidential contenders., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2019
Mainstream Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear Although the Democratic race for president has barely launched, mainstream media bias is already in orbit.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2009
Are Liberal Netroots Groups Helping Obama Fail?
Trump supporters in Portland clash with Black Lives Matter Saturday., From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Four Years Ago, We Warned That Trump Could Win. Now We're Warning Again. Trump actually could win. If he did, we shouldn't "have an inflated view of our own power to block the policies of a President Trump."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 6, 2014
The Resurrection of Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Journalist Last Word Against CIA's Media Apologists? The assault by the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times drove Webb out of the newspaper business, and ultimately to his death. Beginning this Friday, the ghost of Gary Webb will haunt his tormenters from movie screens across the country, with the opening of the dramatic film "Kill the Messenger" -- based partly on Webb's 1998 "Dark Alliance" book.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 29, 2011
Fear Extreme Islamists in the Arab World? Blame Washington. If Washington took its heel off the Arab people and ended its embrace of the dictators, that could help secularists and democrats win hearts and minds against extreme Islamists. Democracy is a great idea. Too bad it plays almost no role in U.S. foreign policy.
Biden Flexes Executive Power In Covid Vaccine Push Rachel Maddow looks at President Joe Biden's muscular new initiative to push more Americans to get vaccinated against Covid, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 14, 2021
To Avert Failure, Biden Should Listen to the "Radicals" - Not Corporate Media If President Biden fails to act boldly and quickly in improving the material lives of poor, working-class and struggling middle-class Americans of all colors, the right wing is likely to come storming back into power through the 2022 and 2024 elections. With Biden's popularity lagging, Will he side with the "radicals" or with the go-slow, yes/no, status-quo corporate media?
Rahm Emanuel, Pointing, With Chicago Flag in Background, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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. The saga of Emanuel's three decades in politics is an epic tale of methodical contempt for progressive values.
Chomsky autographs a book for a fan, in Princeton NJ, October, 2012, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2013
Noam Chomsky Continues to Inspire An odd aspect of modern American life is that even with 24-hour news and its roster of blathering pundits, many creative thinkers with valuable insights are blacklisted from mainstream media, perhaps most notably Noam Chomsky who turned 85 on Dec. 7.
Roger Ailes, photo by US Army/Christopher Tobey, From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 19, 2017
Roger Ailes: No One Did More to Debase US Politics There would have been no Trump presidency without the decades of disinformation spewed by Fox News.
Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd The jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin convicted the former Minneapolis police officer of murder in the death of George Floyd., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Media Evasions on Racism and the Role of Derek Chauvin Chauvin has played a useful role for corporate media - a rare villain who could be identified and named, a symbol of deadly racism in news outlets that are structured to refrain from identifying the economic forces responsible for far more hardship and death in communities of color than Chauvin could ever inflict.
martin luther king, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 4, 2021
The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King's Final Year The standard liberal canon waxes fondly nostalgic about King's "I have a dream" speech in 1963 and his efforts against racial segregation. But in memory lane, the Dr. King who lived his last year is persona non grata.
Bush Bullied and Defanged the Media to Sell the Iraq War, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2018
Same Old Media Parade: Why Are Liberals Cheering? Not all foes of Trump are allies of progressives -- especially the hawks, spooks and perjurers who parade across CNN and MSNBC every day, Jeff Cohen reminds us.
Gregory Meeks%2C official portrait%2C 115th congress., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 27, 2010
WikiLeaks: Time to Celebrate, Time to Mourn When Der Spiegel asked Julian Assange about being today's most dangerous man, he replied, "The most dangerous men are those in charge of war. And they need to be stopped." And correct on both points.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 30, 2011
Mainstream Reporters: Too Close to the Field and Teams to Get the Debt Story reporting in elite U.S. media is not so much about relaying obvious and important facts as it is about positioning.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 26, 2009
Get Ready for the Obama/GOP Alliance If Obama stands tough on more troops to Afghanistan (as Clinton fought ferociously for NAFTA), only an unprecedented mobilization of progressives – including many who worked tirelessly to elect Obama – will be able to stop him.
Rep. Ilhan Omar for Congress - Twin Cities Pride Parade 2018, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 8, 2019
This Jew Tells Speaker Pelosi: "You May Well Prove Ilhan Omar correct." Speaker Nancy Pelosi's symbolic "show vote" in Congress on an anti-Semitism and "hate" resolution which offers all the authenticity and honesty of a Soviet show trial proves Rep. Ilhan Omar's point about the inordinate influence wielded over Congress by the "Israel-right or-wrong"/AIPAC lobby and its power to stifle criticism of Israel.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 16, 2010
Christine O'Donnell and Me O'Donnell's masturbation fetish troubles the right, but not for the reason you think.If all nudity is porn then we're All guilty as SIN!
Ex-Gen. Barry McCaffrey, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A Steady Diet of War Hawks, Spies and Liars 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.
Hillary Clinton, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hillary's Candid Motto for Democratic Party: "Represent Banks" In 1992, a 44-year-old attorney made the following 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 shady savings and loan bank while working at a top corporate law firm in Arkansas had erupted briefly into a campaign controversy
Pramila Jayapal, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 10, 2021
Pramila Jayapal Misses Mark with "A" Grade for Biden It's the job of progressive advocates and activists to tell inconvenient truths, without sugarcoating or cheerleading. Progressives need to soberly assess everything -- good, bad and mixed.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Obama, Sarkozy & Taxing Wall Street Americans, muddled & deluded by propaganda from financial sector apologists, are apparently unable to grasp the significance of "conservative" President Sarkozy's decision to tax financial traders & speculators for the damage they do to the rest of us.
Donald Trump, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 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 neglected to ask Trump about it -- and that's Trump's history of pointing the finger of rape at innocent men of color.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Major U.S. Media Oppose Military Aggression . . . Unless the United States Is Doing It as we rally to support Ukrainian civilians against great-power aggression from Russia, let's do so with the understanding that imperialism should always be opposed, that all civilian victims of wars and violent coups are worthy whether Iraqi or Honduran or Ukrainian -- and that all criminals who violate international law should be held accountable whether they're based in Moscow or Washington, D.C.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Trust me: Political Spying + Computers = Big Brother I know the issue of political spying -- and not just because my lawful, nonviolent activism got me spied on by local, state and federal "intelligence" agencies (whose spy files on me were unearthed through successful lawsuits and partly successful Freedom of Information requests). I also spent a dozen years as a journalist, researcher and ACLU lawyer investigating the spies.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 27, 2013
My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Elephant in the Room: Militarism Unfortunately, many liberal journalists who were vocal about war, human rights and civil liberties during the Bush era lost their voices as Obama continued and, in some cases, expanded Bush's "War on Terror" policies. And it says something about mainstream TV that the toughest, most consistent questioners of militarism and defenders of civil liberties are not on a news channel -- they're on the comedy channel.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Earth to Presidential Debate Moderators: "I'm Burning Up" A new petition asks presidential (and vice-presidential) debate moderators not to remain silent on climate, as they have in the past.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Coming to NBC: "To Catch a Cheney" Here's my idea. A series of NBC News primetime specials featuring spectacular ambushes of big time criminals lured into what they expect to be pleasurable surroundings.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 3, 2008
Studs Terkel: He'll Never Be Silenced The irrepressible Louis "Studs" Terkel was many things – oral historian, radio and TV host, actor, activist, Bronx-born icon of Chicago, the "great listener" who was hard of hearing, Pulitzer Prize-winner. But most of all he was an inspiration. He inspired every younger activist or independent journalist who ever met him. And who among us wasn't younger than Studs.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 17, 2008
Iraq Winter Soldier Hearings: Victory for Independent Media I was glued to web & radio broadcasts of Winter Soldier II hearings on Iraq all weekend. In 1971, I'd attended the first Winter Soldier. Both now and then, corporate media mostly ignored the hearings, BUT this time – thanks to Internet and independent media – word could get out, live, globally.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 22, 2009
Forget 'Centrists,' We Need Progressives in the Supreme Court -- Right-Wingers Will Fight Whomever Obama Picks In revealing comments to the Detroit Free Press last October about his models for Supreme Court picks, Obama praised liberal lions Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan of the Warren Court as "real heroes of mine." Then he added: "But that doesn't necessarily mean that I think their judicial philosophy is appropriate for today."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 13, 2008
What Indy Media Heroes Can Teach Us Independent media outlets that contributed so mightily to the stunning election result are about to be tested as to their "independence." With Democrats in control, will these outlets be guided by principle or just partisanship? Will they speak truth to power and expose corruption and injustice over the long haul – no matter who's in charge?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Big Election Winner: Indy Media Of all the factors contributing to Obama's victory – luck, economic crisis, Bush, Palin – a major factor is now so second-nature to us that we may overlook its transformative impact since just four years ago: the Internet and the progressive online boom.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 22, 2008
News Flash: Network Anchor Stands Against "Unfair" Campaign Spending The bad news is that it's taken years to see an anchor make such a stand. And that Gibson (like other media voices in recent days) is making his stand for "fairness" against a candidate who has attracted 3 million contributions from 1.5 million donors giving an average donation of $91. In other words, against a candidate who is arguably less beholden to big-moneyed interests than McCain.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 4, 2008
(The Late) M.L. King Still Silenced Most of his last speeches were recorded. But year after year, corporate networks have refused to air the tapes showing how he campaigned against US foreign and economic policy. Last night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams enthused over new color footage of King that adorned its coverage of the 40th anniversary of the assassination. But the same old blinders were in place.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Will Obama Move Supreme Court Rightward? Unfortunately, from what we've seen of Obama's general penchant for "moderate" appointees who don't inflame Republicans, it's quite possible the Court will continue trending rightward – if liberals get replaced with less liberal appointees. After Souter, the seats Obama is most likely to fill are those of the two most liberal justices: Ginsburg and Stevens.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 25, 2009
'News' Media Disgraced in Levy Case In 2001, at a crucial moment in modern American history--as evidence was mounting of an impending al-Qaeda attack on the United States--the U.S. news media obsessed over the disappearance of Chandra Levy, a young woman who was having an affair with Rep. Gary Condit. TV news executives would like us to forget this whole bizarre episode. But we shouldn't forget. I can't, since I experienced that loony summer inside Fox News
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 30, 2008
McClellan and His Media Collaborators No sooner had Bush's ex-press secretary Scott McClellan accused President Bush and his former collaborators of misleading our country into Iraq than the squeals of protest turned into a mighty roar. I'm not talking about the vitriol directed at him by former White House colleagues like Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer. I'm talking about McClellan's other war collaborators: the movers and shakers in corporate media
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Jim Webb Offers the Democratic Response... to Hillary and Obama Webb offered a populist, anti-corporate stand on economics and a blunt attack on Bush for "recklessly" dragging our country into the Iraq war-- a sharply-worded address that must have startled millions of TV viewers accustomed to Democrat vacillation.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 31, 2006
Sick Puppy Meets Media Beast John Mark Karr is one sick puppy, and TV news in the US is one ravenous beast--abandoning any notion of journalism, proportion or decency to again prey upon JonBenet's corpse for ratings and profit... There's no mystery about what created the media beast: corrupt government policies combined with corporate greed.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 6, 2006
Go to Venezuela, You Idiot I don't usually take the advice of rightwingers. But I did this time. After receiving inflamed email messages from dozens of angry rightists that I should get the hell out of the USA and go to Venezuela, I accepted their challenge and flew to Caracas.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 6, 2006
Is Olbermann on Thin Ice? I fear for Keith Olbermann. So why do I fear for Olbermann? Because I know his bosses. In the run-up to the Iraq war, I too worked for MSNBC - as an on-air pundit and a senior producer on the primetime Donahue show.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Lamont Victory -- A Media Defeat The defeat of Lieberman is not just a victory for grassroots politics and independent media, but a rejection of mainstream punditry.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 22, 2007
Senate Clown Show There is a struggle for power going on in our country between forces for peace and international diplomacy and open debate and civil liberties and social justice on the one hand – and the forces of intimidation and militarism and corporatism on the other. The Democratic base is firmly in the first camp. But not all Democratic leaders are.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 27, 2006
How to Turn This Election Into a Progressive Mandate Many pundits are comparing the expected Democratic victory in the upcoming election to the Newt Gingrich-led Republican triumph of 1994, an election in which the GOP gained 52 House seats and ended 40 years of Democratic majority in that chamber. Unfortunately, the comparison may be overstated. Even if Democrats take control of the House, this will hardly be a triumph like 1994.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 4, 2006
Being a TV Expert Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry It wasn't the news that prompted my hair-pulling (who doesn't know Iraq's a disaster?) -- but the way it was reported. On NBC News, viewers saw Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testify that he'd "never painted a rosy picture" of Iraq and that he hadn't been "overly optimistic." And NBC allowed the claim to go unrebutted
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Is Olbermann on Thin Ice? So why do I fear for Olbermann? Because I know his bosses. In the runup to the Iraq war, I too worked for MSNBC – as an on-air pundit and a senior producer on the primetime Donahue show.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Keith Olbermann: Ask Hillary About. . . onight, MSNBC will telecast a Democratic presidential forum sponsored by the AFL-CIO, with an expected audience of thousands of union members at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field. Although questions will come mostly from labor folks, the forum will be moderated by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, known for his searing anti-Bush “Special Comments.” Below I propose a few questions I’d like to hear tonight.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 4, 2006
I'm Tired of Bushes and Clintons Jeff Cohen is a media critic and writer. His latest book -- "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media" -- will be available in September.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 24, 2006
Hillary Still Hiding on War; Time Warner Provides Cover The cover story in the new issue of TIME, the flagship publication of the Time Warner media empire, informs readers that Hillary Clinton has "virtually nonexistent opposition for her senate seat." Hold that phrase in your head. Because at another outpost of the Time Warner empire, decisions have been made that help ensure Sen. Clinton will have "virtually nonexistent opposition."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 5, 2007
Pundit Elite Enraptured by Hillary's "Flawless Campaign" The reality is that Clinton and the pundit clique (with a spectrum from conservative Republican to conservative Democrat, from GE to GM) are largely in sync in holding positions that are not only unpopular among Democrats, but unpopular among the public at large. To obscure this reality, Clinton keeps issuing doubletalk, and corporate media keep cheering.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 8, 2007
Jonah Goldberg's Gambling Debt: Will Tribune Company Pay It? Right-wing pundit Jonah Goldberg made a bet two years ago that by this time Iraqis and Americans would agree the war was worth it. Time to pay up.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 27, 2006
TV Blowhard Barks at Iran: Let's Hold CNN Accountable Turn on CNN Headline News -- a supposed "news" channel -- on weekday nights and you'll be subjected to the lectures of a loudmouthed, factually-challenged, occasionally funny know-it-all whose shtick is that he's "just a regular American schmoe."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 21, 2006
The Problem Began Way Before Fox News For two decades, I've been preoccupied with one issue above all others: that both ends of the political spectrum get their say in the media. One reason (among many) that I worked so hard to retire George W. Bush in 2004 was my nightmare that a defeated John Kerry would be hired by cable news to represent "the left" day after day on a TV debate show.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 16, 2006
Smoking Gun: Washington Post Hires Top Bush Speechwriter Few media marching bands have beat the Iraq war drums more frantically and with more influence than the editorial pages of the Washington Post. On Monday, the Post announced the hiring of another drummer boy, one who played a key propaganda role inside the Bush White House.
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TV News Vultures Circling JonBenet’s Corpse -- Again The MSM couldn't be more thrilled to see new life in the tabloid story of the death of Little Miss Colorado, a story they'd grudgingly given up on years ago.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Let's Challenge TV's Lockout of Progressives If this election shakes up the corrupt, conservative political system, that should be our signal to take on the media system that has enabled the corruption to flourish.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 2, 2007
Will Healthcare Timidity Trip Up Hillary Clinton? he dividing-line issue in the upcoming primaries may turn out to be not Iraq, but healthcare. And just like on Iraq, the Democratic base is in no mood for timidity and half-way measures and vague rhetoric. Most rank-and-file Democrats support government-provided national health insurance: enhanced Medicare for All.

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