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Producer, pundit, and media critic Jeff Cohen offers a fast-paced romp through the three major cable news channels Fox, CNN, and MSNBC and delivers a serious message about their failure to cover the most urgent issues of the day. Propelled by hilarious anecdotes featuring celebrities, famous pundits and media personalities, Cable News Confidential highlights the foibles, hypocrisies, and absurdities he witnessed at news organizations run by entertainment conglomerates.

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"Television news is so bad, says Cohen, the founder of progressive media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), that 'Walter Cronkite would have big trouble getting a job today in TV news.' Thus, the wry media critic kicks off this excellent, high-energy look back at his trials and tribulations at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Though opinionated and incisive, Cohen's memoir is not the confession of a tortured progressive; Cohen freely admits to being a 'telebimbo' and a 'well-paid party to the feeding frenzy.' In 1987, Cohen began a stint as a guest on CNN's Crossfire, representing FAIR and progressive concerns; before he knows it, he's an enthusiastic member of the media 'kakistocracy,' the 'rule of the worst.' Doing battle with conservative gadflies Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak and others proves exhilarating, but a disturbing trend of 'genuflecting to the political right' leads CNN executives to replace Crossfire co-host Michael Kinsley with two Democratic centrists. Surprisingly, Cohen finds punditry nirvana as a panelist on Fox News Channel's News Watch, 'the smartest and most balanced show on Fox and perhaps anywhere in cable news.' At the behest of Phil Donahue, Cohen moves to MSNBC, where the handwriting is literally on the wall: at network headquarters, posters celebrate news coverage 'highlights' like the death of Princess Diana and the Columbine shootings. Though he chides himself and his colleagues repeatedly for ignoring real news in favor of sensationalism ('Nuclear tensions rise; we talk sex on Fox'), Cohen's willingness to mire himself in the swamp of infotainment amply mirrors the situation of viewers drawn into the cable news runaround, doomed to get their news from 'three dogs chasing each other's tails to the right.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Producer, pundit, and media critic Jeff Cohen offers a fast-paced romp through the three major cable news channels--Fox, CNN, and MSNBC--and delivers a serious message about their failure to cover the most urgent issues of the day.

About the Author

Jeff Cohen is the founder of FAIR, the progressive media watch group based in New York. He devolved from media critic to media pundit, appearing regularly on national TV—including as a co-host of Crossfire on CNN, a weekly panelist on Fox News and a daily commentator on MSNBC. He was senior producer of MSNBC's Donahue until the show was terminated on the eve of the Iraq war. He is the co-author of a number of books, including Wizards of Media Oz and The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error.

Cohen's columns have run in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Miami Herald, Brill's Content and the Nation. Prior to FAIR, he worked in Los Angeles as an ACLU lawyer. In 2003, he was communications director of the Kucinich for President campaign. He writes and lectures widely about media and politics, reachable through jeffcohen.org. He lives in upstate New York, where he helps raise two smart, beautiful daughters.

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steele104, May 10, 2008 (view all comments by steele104)
This book is one of the best books I have ever read! It is informative, yet entertaining and I could not put it down. The book is full of compelling and critically important information about our world. Jeff Cohen's writing is easy to understand, easy to relate to, and very witty! Even while covering topics of life and death importance, Jeff can make you laugh with his sense of irony and humorous perspective. While many informative political books may be educational, they can easily become long winded and boring. I was able to read this book so quickly I actually had to slow down to enjoy it. I recommend this book for ANYONE who wants to truly understand our media - what's wrong with is, how it could be better, and who is doing what to fix it. Many people critique the media, but Jeff was on the inside! And now he is exposing the media from his first hand experience! Don't miss out on this book!
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anvil25, October 12, 2006 (view all comments by anvil25)
I have not read your book as yet. I do approve of your title and the 3 monkeys that tell us to hear, see and speak no evil. I have a wooden carving that my husband brought back from Thailand in 1962...but it has a 4th. monkey that ' Does Nothing'..it just sits there with it's arms folded. I think my carving better describes the majority of people that sit and watch such as Fox News, etc.in this country, don't you think ?
I would like to order your book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780976062165
Subtitle:
My Misadventures in Corporate Media
Author:
Cohen, Jeff
Foreword by:
Hightower, Jim
Foreword:
Hightower, Jim
Author:
Hightower, Jim
Publisher:
Polipoint Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Journalistic ethics
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Mass media -- Influence.
Subject:
Television broadcasting of news
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
221
Dimensions:
9.00x6.04x.69 in. .82 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Television news is so bad, says Cohen, the founder of progressive media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), that 'Walter Cronkite would have big trouble getting a job today in TV news.' Thus, the wry media critic kicks off this excellent, high-energy look back at his trials and tribulations at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Though opinionated and incisive, Cohen's memoir is not the confession of a tortured progressive; Cohen freely admits to being a 'telebimbo' and a 'well-paid party to the feeding frenzy.' In 1987, Cohen began a stint as a guest on CNN's Crossfire, representing FAIR and progressive concerns; before he knows it, he's an enthusiastic member of the media 'kakistocracy,' the 'rule of the worst.' Doing battle with conservative gadflies Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak and others proves exhilarating, but a disturbing trend of 'genuflecting to the political right' leads CNN executives to replace Crossfire co-host Michael Kinsley with two Democratic centrists. Surprisingly, Cohen finds punditry nirvana as a panelist on Fox News Channel's News Watch, 'the smartest and most balanced show on Fox and perhaps anywhere in cable news.' At the behest of Phil Donahue, Cohen moves to MSNBC, where the handwriting is literally on the wall: at network headquarters, posters celebrate news coverage 'highlights' like the death of Princess Diana and the Columbine shootings. Though he chides himself and his colleagues repeatedly for ignoring real news in favor of sensationalism ('Nuclear tensions rise; we talk sex on Fox'), Cohen's willingness to mire himself in the swamp of infotainment amply mirrors the situation of viewers drawn into the cable news runaround, doomed to get their news from 'three dogs chasing each other's tails to the right.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Producer, pundit, and media critic Jeff Cohen offers a fast-paced romp through the three major cable news channels--Fox, CNN, and MSNBC--and delivers a serious message about their failure to cover the most urgent issues of the day.
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