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Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen is the editor of The Daily Banter and founder of Banter Media Group. Ben writes a regular column for the Huffington Post and is a regular guest on the RT Network. Ben covered boxing and Mixed Martial Arts for TrueSlant.com, Secondsouts.com, Black Belt Magazine, Boxing Monthly Magazine and ESPN.com. Originally from London, England he currently lives in Washington DC.


Top Articles by Ben Cohen

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As Bill O’Reilly’s Lies Expand, So Does His Audience

Disturbingly, as O’Reilly’s lies get bigger and bigger, so too does his audience.

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Rand Paul Provides Dumbest Blue Print Ever to Beat Hillary in 2016

The scandal that clearly wasn’t a scandal will apparently provide enough ammunition to take down the Democratic front runner for the 2016 Presidential election. Welcome to the world of Rand Paul…

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Why Netanyahu’s Grandstanding to Congress Will Irreversibly Damage Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before a joint session of Congress next week after being invited by House Speaker John Boehner. Netanyahu will use the occasion to bang the drums for a confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program and shame the Obama administration for negotiating rather than dictating terms for an agreement. To say that… Read More

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MEMBERS ONLY: Why Germany Should Remember History As It Starves Greece

Germany is taking Greece to the brink of destruction, creating poverty, famine and political extremism. Austerity is not only creating a humanitarian crisis, but seething resentment and unrest – two things Germany should acutely be aware of.

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There is No Liberal Media in America

As the war rages on between Bill O’Reilly and reality (or ‘guttersnipes’ and ‘far left zealots’ as O’Reilly likes to call them), the American news media is coming under greater scrutiny for its role in informing the public. Can we trust the media? Do they have an agenda, and is there, as O’Reilly implies, a… Read More

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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Biggest Fight in History Now Official!!!

Finally, the two biggest stars in boxing (if not all sports) are finally set to fight in what is guaranteed to be the biggest and most lucrative fight in the history of boxing. After years of waiting, excuses, mishaps and failed negotiations, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will do battle most likely at the MGM… Read More

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Liar Bill O’Reilly Probably Lied About a War Story, Has History of Lying Anyway

If Bill O’Reilly had a modicum of shame, he would have kept himself well away from the Brian Williams saga. But then he is the Fox News network’s major star, and you don’t get on Fox by having any shame.

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Shouting Match With Conservatives on Washington’s Marijuana Laws, AP History and Malcolm X

Traditionally in America conservatives haven’t been crazy, but the modern Republican is a totally new breed. The toxic combination of underfunded public schools, relentless Fox News propaganda, and the cynical culture of anti-intellectualism has resulted in a truly terrifying generation of non-thinkers.

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MEMBERS ONLY: The US Broke Iraq and Now it Can’t Fix it

What happens when you invade the wrong country for the wrong reasons, fail to stop a civil war by refusing to rebuild it properly, then start bombing neighboring countries? If your answer is: “A complete and utter nightmare,” you’d be right.

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UK Conservative’s Tax Dodge Advice Video is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

What do we make of political leaders in already deeply unequal countries explicitly giving out advice to the wealthy on how to game the tax system?

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New York Times Journalist David Carr Dies in the Worst Month For Media Ever

In what is quickly becoming the worst month for media ever, the New York Time’s David Carr has passed away at the age of 58. If you needed reminding just how bad February of 2015 has been (and we’re only 13 days into the month as of time of publishing), here’s what has gone down so far:

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We Are All Responsible For Steroid Abuse in Sports

Over the past week, the world of Mixed Martial Arts has been rocked to its core by the revelation that Anderson Silva, widely recognized as the greatest Martial Artist in history, had tested positive for Drostanolone and Adrostane metabolites before his fight with Nick Diaz.

Assuming Silva’s test result is correct, why would an athlete of his stature take such a stupid risk?

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Debating Conservatives on the Economy and a Tiny Glimmer of Hope

“I had a funny experience after going on the Thom Hartmann’s show ‘The Big Picture’ last night, and one that made me cautiously optimistic for the future of America.”

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When Rich People Are Worried About Wealth Inequality Expect The Pitchforks

When the rich begin to worry that poor people are too poor and that they might be too rich, it is probably a fairly good indicator that society is on the brink of big change.

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Mike Huckabee Gearing Up For 2016 By Accusing Obama of Hating Christians and Loving Muslims

At the risk of serious overkill following Mike Huckabee’s trail of idiocy these past few weeks, this latest story of stupidity really does warrant attention because it reveals a stark preview of what we should expect over the coming months as he gears up for 2016.

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If McDonald’s Wants to Spread Lovin’, They Should Start With Their Employees

McDonald’s workers are the arbiters of the lovin’ for food deals, and if the commercial is anything to go by, they are positively giddy about spreading it.

Except they probably aren’t given the average worker at McDonald’s doesn’t earn enough money to actually live on.

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A Huge Month For The Banter

It has been a while since we updated our readers on our progress here at the Banter, so we figured our stellar traffic numbers in January would be a good time to do it.

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MEMBERS ONLY: Tony Robbins And The Bullsh*t Behind ‘Self Help’ America

Of all the bullshitters in the industry, the most dangerous are the most seemingly genuine, and Tony Robbins is probably the best in the business. Much of what Robbins says is probably quite helpful, and it would be dishonest to dismiss him as a complete fraud. Many people swear by his methods and based on testimonials, it appears he has helped a lot of people. Robbins is engaged in a lot of charity and does (sometimes) come across as a genuinely compassionate person. But there is a sinister side to his personal empowerment empire, and it is built upon the same fraudulent premise as the US economy itself.