The worst people on both sides desperately want to believe they're comedians, but they lack an understanding of how humor works.
My former podcast partner, Lee Stranahan, went on to be a purveyor of fake news, and now he's hosting a radio show for a reputed Russian propaganda front.
Watch Ben Cohen laugh his way through a debate with some batshit crazy conservatives.
"The debate turned into a shouting match on several occasions when both Cooper and Sauer started making up statistics and outright lying about topics they clearly didn't know anything about."
Banter Editor Ben Cohen debates conservatives over the human trafficking bill in the Senate and the success of Obamacare, and comes away with the conclusion that conservatives are no longer worth debating if they defend the Republican Party.
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.
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.
Banter editor Ben Cohen went on Thom Hartmann's show last night and got into an almighty bust up with conservative David Hogberg PhD, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, and Scott Greer, Associate Editor at The Daily Caller.
This morning on CNN's New Day, RT presenter Peter Lavelle got into an explosive 11-minute-long shouting match with anchor Chris Cuomo. Cuomo took Lavelle to task about not only Russia's continued deflection and Putin's refusal to crack down on the pro-Russia, government-aided rebels who were more than likely responsible for the shoot-down, but also about what he claimed was RT's refusal to be actual journalists and question the line they're being fed by the Kremlin.
Another RT personality has quit -- in part because of yesterday's Malaysian Airlines tragedy and the Russian reaction to it. Earlier today, Sara Firth handed in her resignation at RT and announced that she was leaving, saying on Twitter, "I'm for the truth."
The Daily Beast published an explosive article on Sunday, titled "Snowden’s Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up," detailing how Snowden's advisers acknowledge that the RT appearance was badly botched. Some highlights...
On a televised question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin on the Russian state-controlled RT network, Edward Snowden made an appearance via video and asked Putin about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance. That's a generous explanation of what happened.
The fractured relationships in the RT studio between past and present employees are now being used by other media outlets to create narratives that fit their own ideological ideals. It’s a story that, depending on who you believe, pits on you either Russia or America’s side. It is a mini cold war being used to fight a real Cold War.
There isn't a damn thing wrong with turning your back on corporate media, what it represents, and what it can occasionally mean for your process and your product. But to take that personal statement to mean that you then have to travel out into the hinterlands of ethical journalism is just shockingly stupid.
Over the past few days we've learned much more about the woman being hailed by many as a folk hero, someone who took a stand for journalistic independence and who went on to speak out valiantly against the supposed scourge of corporate media. Most of her history as a public figure is available on the internet and can be called up with little more than a couple of clicks.
The past couple of days have brought a very public show of journalistic upheaval and rebellion the likes of which hasn't been seen in quite a while. At issue is the kind of news coverage that's being cranked out by RT, a state-run, English-speaking version of Russian television. Abby Martin and Liz Wahl both spoke out against the Russian government, but in much different ways.
RT presenter Liz Wahl quit live on air today in the network's D.C. bureau. In an emotional segment, she told viewers about her Hungarian refugees who fled Soviet oppression and stated she could no longer be a part of a network funded by the Russian government that "whitewashes the actions of Putin".
You probably know Abby Martin the way a lot of people know her at the moment: as the young RT host who stood up to the Russian government and condemned its invasion of Ukraine. Unfortunately, Martin is also a staunch conspiracy theorist.