Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jeff Cohen to Speak in Hunstville April 13th

Author, lecturer and media critic Jeff Cohen comes to Huntsville to share engaging stories about his misadventures in the corporate media. Jeff worked with three major news outlets (CNN, MSNBC, Fox News) that are, quite frankly, letting Americans down. They ignore many key issues, don't investigate the facts, and frequently air "fluff" stories to fill their time. Jeff has some very enlightening and entertaining stories to tell. A book signing will follow the presentation. (Books will be available for purchase at this event.)

Event Sponsors/Endorsers (so far): North Alabama Media Reform; UAH Communication Arts Department; Peace and Democracy; UAH Office of International Programs; Madison County Democratic Women's Division; North Alabama Green Party; Alabama A&M University Department of English, Foreign Language and Telecommunications ... others announced soon!

"My Misadventures in Corporate Media"
Friday, April 13, 2007 @ 7 PMRoberts Hall,
UAH campusAdmission: FREE, open to the public

More info or 256-489-3884

About Jeff Cohen . . .

Jeff Cohen is a well-known writer, lecturer and media critic who founded the media watch group, FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) in 1986.

He is author of five books and his latest, “Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media,” was published in 2006. This book dissects the cable news channels and finds serious failures in how they cover the most urgent issues of the day. Jeff has the personal experience to tell us what it's like. He was a senior producer on "Donahue" and on-air commentator at MSNBC in 2002-2003; a weekly "News Watch" panelist on Fox News Channel from 1997-2002; and a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" in 1996. He has been quoted on issues of media and politics in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post and TV Guide, and his columns have appeared in such dailies as USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and Miami Herald. For four years, he co-wrote the weekly, nationally syndicated Media Beat column with Norman Soloman for Creators Syndicate.

Jeff's prior books include Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News (1997); Through the Media Looking Glass: Decoding Bias and Blather in the News (1995); The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error (1995); and Adventures in Medialand: Behind the News, Beyond the Pundits (1993).

Prior to launching FAIR, Jeff worked in Los Angeles as a journalist, and as a lawyer for the ACLU. His investigative articles ran in Rolling Stone, New Times, Mother Jones and other publications. He was a board member of several public interest groups, including the ACLU of Southern California and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/L.A. Jeff did undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and did his legal studies at the Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles. He became a member of the California Bar in 1981.

More information is available on his website including articles and interviews.


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