Cable News Confidential

Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media
by Jeff Cohen [PoliPoint Press]

Between 1996 and 2003, Fairness and Accuracy and Reporting co-founder Jeff Cohen went into the belly of the corporate media beast, as a pundit for Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, then as producer of the latter network's ill-fated "Donahue" program. Engaging and often hilarious, Cohen's memoir of his journey from in-the-streets media activist to TV pundit is full of anecdotes revealing how news coverage and "debate" are shaped in today's craven cable news industry. In the book's hopeful epilogue, Cohen surveys some ways in which grassroots progressives are using new media technologies to circumvent the cowardly and formulaic corporate media gatekeepers. Buy extra copies—you'll want to share this book with friends and family. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey