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,, Black Belt Magazine, Boxing Monthly Magazine and Originally from London, England he currently lives in Washington DC.

Top Articles by Ben Cohen

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MEMBERS ONLY: No Conservatives, The Charlie Hebdo Attack Had Nothing To Do With Strict French Gun Laws

Last week, I wrote about the tragic case of 29 year old Veronica Rutledge who was shot dead by her toddler in a Walmart in Iowa. I blamed the mother’s stupidity for keeping a loaded weapon around a two year old and argued that had America had sensible gun laws (ie it would be illegal to take a deadly weapon to a supermarket), the tragedy would not have happened. A couple of days later, an apparently well read pro gun women’s site responded by accusing me of exploiting the tragedy for political purpose (more specifically they called me a “lowlife ‘journalist’ who likes to appeal to the lowest common denominator”, and someone who has a “small brain” and a “big mouth”)

Although the death of Veronica Rutledge was certainly a tragedy, it also quite obviously happened because unlike every other civilized country on the planet, some America states allow citizens to carry guns around small children in public spaces. It’s a recipe for disaster, and it was hardly opportunistic of me to point it out. The same cannot be said of conservative commentators on Fox News though, who leapt at the chance to exploit the Charlie Hebdo tragedy to further their political motives. As is always the case in alternate reality Fox News land, a situation where people are killed with guns automatically means more guns must be the solution. Read more…


Message to Readers About Ads

(NOTE: This post doesn’t count towards your meter) A quick heads up from Management HQ – some Banter members have complained about ads showing up. We are aware of the problem and are working on figuring out why this is happening. It is frustrating, but the problem should be fixed very soon. Our apologies! Ben


Doctor Shows The Right Way to Deal With Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Kids

We’ve covered the idiocy of anti-vaccinators quite a bit here at the Banter, largely out of the goodness of our own hearts. Not vaccinating your kids puts everyone else in danger, so our relentless mockery of the likes Jenny McCarthy is sort of like a public service (okay, maybe that’s not entirely true – ridiculing… Read More


A Brilliant Idiot: Woman Shot by Two Year Old Was a Nuclear Scientist

It seems trigger happy Tea Party enthusiasts aren’t the only ones capable of terminating their lives via extreme stupidity – nuclear scientists are too.


Toddler Kills Mother With Gun Because Guns Are Great

‘Guns don’t kill people, people do’, goes the saying. Except it’s a little hard to pin the blame on the person when they are 2 years old and accidentally shoot their own mother.


Quote of the Day: Loneliness Is The New Epidemic

Environmental journalist George Monbiot savages the era of selfish individualism that he argues is creating an epidemic of loneliness: What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital… Read More


The Ultimate Christmas Gift: A Banter Membership!

With only three days to go till Christmas, the rush to buy shiny things for relatives they’ll probably only use once is on. If you are stuck for ideas, want to save time, support your favorite independent publisher and preserve the environment, a digital Daily Banter Membership is definitely your best bet!

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What is The Daily Banter? Part 1: Humble Beginnings

As part on an ongoing series, every writer at The Daily Banter will be penning an essay titled ‘What is The Daily Banter?’ Given this was my idea, it was only fair that I go first (well, everyone else on the team took the other dates so I sort of had to to go first…).

I don’t have anything particularly clever to say about the site or what we do – I’m hoping that should be evident given the amount of writing we’ve been doing these past three years. But I would like to share a bit about the beginnings site and how it got to where it is today.


MEMBERS ONLY: A Martial Artist’s Perspective on Eric Garner’s Death by Chokehold

“I have watched the video several times and can say without any uncertainty whatsoever that Eric Garner was choked, and choked extremely violently. I say this with many, many years as a self defense instructor (Krav Maga), and specifically a good deal of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have actually used choke holds in two real self defense situations, and have applied them in training literally hundreds and hundreds of times (I have also been choked out on numerous occasions in training).

The choke you can see Pantaleo applying to Garner’s neck is one Jiu Jitsu academies frown upon in training because it is so dangerous.”

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In Defense of Russell Brand

There is much to criticize Brand on – his advocacy of non participation in the current political framework is certainly contentious. But we should not diminish or dismiss what Brand has to say just because he is a celebrity with utopian beliefs and an unconventional approach.

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Ben Cohen vs Conservatives on Gitmo and Republican Obstructionism

Banter chief Ben Cohen went up against Jennifer Kerns of the Washington Times and The Blaze, and Sean Noble of American Encore on Thom Hartmann’s show ‘The Big Picture’ last night, and got into it over Gitmo and Republican obstructionism in Congress.

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24 Hours Left to Save Journalism!

(This article is unlocked and won’t count towards your meter)  Okay, the title of this piece isn’t technically true, but there are only 24 hours left to get 6 weeks of unlimited access to the Banter completely free! Journalism will probably survive in some form or another should the Banter not be able to continue,… Read More

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The First Trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is Here, and it is F*cking Awesome

(Co-authored by Bob Cesca) It’s enough to suggest that this won’t be anything like the plodding, awkward prequel trilogy and could potentially capture the swagger and excitement of the original trilogy.

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The Daily Banter Big Sale: Get 6 Weeks Free With A New Banter Membership!

If you have been toying with the idea of buying a membership to get access to everything we do here at The Daily Banter, fear not. For the next 6 days, we are giving you 6 weeks free access. It’s completely risk free – if you love your membership, you can continue, if you don’t, then simply cancel when the trial is up.


MEMBERS ONLY: Why The Biggest Fight in Boxing History Still Has Not Happened

Why has the biggest fight in the history of boxing, and the most lucrative sporting event ever not been made? Ben Cohen investigates why Floyd Mayweather refuses to fight Manny Pacquiao.

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Why You Should Become a Banter Member. And an Apology (Or Two..)

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The headline of this piece is a bit of a giveaway in regards to its aim. We want you to buy a membership from us, and this article is supposed to be a way of convincing you to make the leap.

Before you close your browser, hear us out.


Quote Of The Day: Tom Friedman Has Another Solution For The Middle East

After supporting virtually every single one of the military interventions he now admits were a disaster, Tom Friedman appears to have reached a zen like state of wisdom where he now accepts that he knows he cannot know. Except he does actually know….


Bob Marley’s Family Goes into ‘McGanja’ With Private Equity Firm

It turns out Bob Marley’s descendants are not nearly so discerning about the benefits of material wealth as he was, and are cashing in on the spiritual legacy left by the most revered reggae artist in history by selling Marley branded weed to the masses.