Jonathan Cohn

Jonathan Cohn served as an editor and writer at The American Prospect from 1991 to 1997. He is now a senior editor at The New Republic, the author of Sick, and a senior fellow at Demos.

Recent Articles

Money Talks, Reform Walks

Last time around, campaign finance reform failed because it lacked public financing. Twenty years later, Congress seems determined to make the same mistake.

Even by Washington-in-July standards, political consultant Steven Stockmeyer should have been sweating plenty this summer. In June, the Senate passed a bill banning campaign contributions from political action committees (PACs). Although the bill was weaker than many reform advocates had hoped, and although it still faced tough political obstacles in the House, the prognosis for Stockmeyer seemed grim. Stockmeyer is the spokesperson for several of Washington's largest PACs, and if the Senate bill were to become law, those clients presumably would face extinction.

Diary of the American Nightmare

The Book of Revelations does not say
whether the apocalypse will
televised. But if it is, WSVN in Miami will not have to interrupt
its regular programming.

Perrier in the Newsroom

There was a day not far distant, you know, just before World War II, when nearly all of us news people, although perhaps white collar by profession, earned blue-collar salaries. We were part of the "common people." We suffered the same budgetary restraints, the same bureaucratic indignities, waited in the same lines, suffered the same bad service. We could identify with the average man because we were him.

- Walter Cronkite