Have you seen Katie from Kansas on your local CBS TV stationâ€™s website? You probably shouldnâ€™t. This post started when I was looking for a story from Miami, but that took me straight across the country. I checked the CBS-owned TV station in the Magic City, and ended up with a story about how Macyâ€™s … Continue reading Your local reporter may be phoning it in
We all have good days and bad days, but both of these quotes refer to the bigger picture at different times in different people's careers, and they both just happened to show up today. â€œUnfortunately, the [TV] station is no longer a good fit for me. I have to respect myself enough to walk away … Continue reading The bad and the good at work (media edition)
To those of you eager to read more blog posts here (this is blog #150!), and news on ThePhillyFiles.com, Iâ€™m temporarily sorry. No, I havenâ€™t been sitting around, doing nothing. Iâ€™ve been coming up with new ideas for sections and on a separate note, going out trying to make a living. This is the email … Continue reading Havenâ€™t been in touch for a while. This is partly the reason.
I sent the following to subscribers of ThePhillyFiles on Mailchimp: Itâ€™s hard for me to believe but today marks *six weeks* since the kickoff of ThePhillyFiles.com! Of course, itâ€™s not like there was nothing on July 3, and everything suddenly appeared on July 4. I spent time experimenting with issues on the navigation, which articles to … Continue reading ThePhillyFilesâ€™ six-week milestone!
HATE-MONGER ARSONIST: Tristan Morgan. A man the BBC calls a â€œfar-right extremist â€¦ who set fire to a synagogue,â€ a year ago, first went down in flames and now the justice system. Tristan Morgan â€” of Exeter, England â€” was caught on surveillance video using a small axe to break a window and pour gasoline into the … Continue reading Video: First fiery justice, then the law
The phrase â€œDigital Firstâ€ is nothing new. Managers in TV station news departments have been saying it for years, but they really hadnâ€™t practiced what it means. Years ago, news directors thought viewers getting information sooner would not feel the need to watch TV newscasts, which was where the money was made and so was … Continue reading Adding my own few points to Nexstarâ€™s â€˜Digital Firstâ€™ strategy
You may have actually looked at the homepage of this blog, www.CohenConnect.com, and thought I hadnâ€™t been writing. It may have looked that way, but it sure wasnâ€™t the case. Not at all. Actually, Iâ€™ve been writing â€“ a whole lot! I let you know I took a job working for a local weekly newspaper … Continue reading Lennyâ€™s update, and the writing and posting you may have missed
THANK YOU to the two new followers from over the past week, bringing the total up to 116. I hope you like what you read, or at least feel strongly enough to comment. I donâ€™t think people realize thereâ€™s something in it for them! Go back over previous posts and youâ€™ll see the subjects Iâ€™ve … Continue reading Control of the media after the mosque attacks in New Zealand
Tomorrow will be a month since my last actual blog post. Iâ€™ve been very busy working and also spent a little time in Florida to welcome my new niece, and say â€œgood-byeâ€ (lehitraâ€™ot) to her and the others in my brother and sister-in-lawâ€™s family, who will be moving to Israel in two-and-a-half weeks. During the … Continue reading Pre-election politics in Israel, and where Iâ€™ve been
Itâ€™s always good to be remembered, and hopefully being your last new yearâ€™s message of the year will keep some of my thoughts on your minds. (Iâ€™d be embarrassed to post something like this more than a week late, even by a few minutes!) Let me start with the most important: that I became an … Continue reading Odds, ends and new beginnings
Sometimes, interesting things happen when you read friendsâ€™ Facebook pages. Iâ€™m not talking about going to look on purpose, which Iâ€™ve done before. Iâ€™m just referring to seeing something on your news feed and clicking on it. That got me, as the title clearly says, banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days! The one … Continue reading Banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days!
My interest started when I was looking at my Facebook feed over the weekend and saw this post from a former coworker. Obviously, weâ€™re Facebook friends. Otherwise, his post wouldn't have come up. Heâ€™s a former Marine. Weâ€™d always worked well together and even though he is the most right-wing person I know, heâ€™d never … Continue reading Exposing hate, close to home (as if acceptable anywhere)
THANK YOU! I donâ€™t know what else to say. Thereâ€™s nothing special about hitting 20,000 blog page views except that itâ€™s a big round number. The blog is a hobby and will be four years old next month. Itâ€™s just a way for me to practice writing, learn better use of the web in blog … Continue reading Blogging better in 2019 after hitting 20,000 views in 2018
It was 20 years ago tonight. Not exactly. It was actually four days off, on Nov. 25, but what really matters is it was the night before Thanksgiving in 1998. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVRhuk8kmQ I had been producing the 11pm news at CBS affiliate WFSB-3 in Connecticut. It was my last newscast there, before moving to Philadelphia â€“ … Continue reading The end of an era, and beginning of this one (Part A of this one)
I donâ€™t remember a seven-day period like the time since last Saturday. Thatâ€™s when I woke up, turned on the TV, and saw what was happening in Pittsburgh. I got very angry and couldnâ€™t stand to hear anything about it after two hours. It took until Wednesday for the anger to turn to sadness. I … Continue reading Difficult week, from anger to sadness, as election approaches
Iâ€™ve known I had another blog post â€œdueâ€ before the election, if you know how I think, but too much on my mind and so much going on â€“ personally and in the news â€“ to actually do it. After this morningâ€™s attack in a Pittsburgh neighborhood where I have family and have been to … Continue reading Not a good day for political thoughts, the USA as a whole
The â€œgameâ€ of politics is no fun anymore. Discussing anything having to do with it used to be educating and entertaining, and sometimes enlightening, among friends and on social media. Not anymore. These days, itâ€™s all for the kill. Saturday, NBC Nightly News showed skirmishes in New York and Portland, Oregon. As correspondent Matt Bradley … Continue reading Political pondering, 3 weeks before Election Day
Several times a year, before elections, a man in Florida emails me about who to support in elections down there. The goal is to receive money (Isnâ€™t that everyoneâ€™s?) for private schools. In this case, itâ€™s Jewish religious schools. And thatâ€™s despite public schools being free for everyone â€“ Jews too â€“ and paid for … Continue reading The case against us all paying for private schools
Itâ€™s a happy moment at CohenConnect.com. (Online definition of moment: â€œa very brief period of time.â€ The italics are mine.) Septemberâ€™s blog numbers were high with more than a thousand views, despite the fact I only published four posts. (I know. I have to do better on that. And I canâ€™t complain about the time, but … Continue reading News starting out good but going downhill fast
Sometimes I see or hear something so stupid, I lose control and have to call it out right away. Thatâ€™s especially true when it comes from somebody who makes herself seem like some sort of expert on a topic. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. I woke up to a lot of emails, as … Continue reading Stupid, stupid, stupid!
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be giving the Senate Judiciary Committee calendars from 1982 to back up his continued denial of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford. Thatâ€™s according to The New York Times, late Sunday afternoon. The year 1982 was 36 years ago. Do you have your calendar from back then? Heck, … Continue reading Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, justice and becoming a Justice
I try not to go more than a week without posting something. Unfortunately, it has been 11 days dues to holidays that wonâ€™t be letting up anytime soon, and also my IT support specialist classes. (Last night, I finished Course 2, Week 1, out of 5 courses.) I just donâ€™t like blogs that give a … Continue reading Eric Trump and his shekels
I donâ€™t know, but Iâ€™m pretty sure youâ€™ve had a busy week, between getting used to having your kids in school or planning what to do on this long holiday weekend. Sorry for the folks in â€œsunny Floridaâ€ with plans ruined while dealing with Tropical Storm Gordon. (But you're welcome for this souvenir to help … Continue reading Labor Day weekend leftovers
There are just 69 days until the midterm elections (for those of you who really explored all around this all-around great blog to see what's new and what it has offered for so long, like relevant countdowns) and Florida held its primary yesterday. The ballot was packed and perhaps the biggest race was for Democratic … Continue reading Ron DeSantis didnâ€™t learn from Roseanne Barr
Itâ€™s either coincidence, karma or a higher power when things come together in ways previously thought impossible. This weekend, Jewish people around the world read the Torah portion Shofetim (×©Ö¹××¤Ö°×˜Ö´×™×, or â€œJudges,â€ comprising Deuteronomy 16:18â€“21:9). The best-known line in it is the third, â€œJustice, justice shall you pursueâ€ (×¦Ö¶Ö¥×“Ö¶×§ ×¦Ö¶Ö–×“Ö¶×§ ×ªÖ¼Ö´×¨Ö°×“Ö¼Ö‘Ö¹×£, Deut. 16:20). Shofetim also … Continue reading Sanctions against Sinclair? Sounds justified
Itâ€™s a great day in broadcasting, or as great as things can get in this day and age. There will be no merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media. Today, according to Axios, Tribune announced it â€œterminated its $3.9 billion merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcasting and that it has filed a lawsuit for breach … Continue reading Tribune to Sinclair: Judge’s gavel instead of merger’s handshake
Thereâ€™s something to be said for waiting before starting to write. Thatâ€™s not my nature. I want to get things out first. I type very well but nobody can do it as quickly as my brain, so I often dictate into a phone and email myself. Then, I make any corrections and additions, and create … Continue reading Sinclair sinks, Trumpâ€™s temper, Coxâ€™s cash value
This was starting to get a little hard to keep track of, and I wrote most of this last night. Good thing I waited to publish, because I had to really rewrite today! Itâ€™s looking like the big media merger Iâ€™ve been writing about so frequently may not happen! Even better, it looks like one … Continue reading Big merger, big problem, big surprise!
Iâ€™ve had a lot on my mind lately. Thereâ€™s too much going on, between job stuff, the news and that last blog post I wrote. It was about being attacked on Facebook by someone who was angry I don't think Barack Obama is my favorite president and made nasty knee-jerk comments when I simply asked … Continue reading More moderation in politics, not so in casting calls
I tend to stay away from politics that I really, really care about -- simply due to my background as a journalist and the habit it created over all these years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ncv7QZqwxc But yesterday, while waiting for the final Bastille Day celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary which we ended up not even waiting for because … Continue reading You may be right but don’t let some on the left know (and vice versa)!
The Federal Communications Commission has a very important mission, but itâ€™s not being fulfilled. In fact, the opposite has been happening over the past few days and itâ€™ll likely lead to less childrenâ€™s programming â€“ and less attention when you complain about your TV, phone company or internet service provider. The FCC says its mission … Continue reading The FCC’s war on American children, adults
Philadelphia may be one of the biggest cities in the country and arguably the most historic, considering it is the birthplace of our country. However, it's a whole lot more than Old City and historic places like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall that attract tourists from all over the world. Philadelphia is also known … Continue reading From Philly? How your neighborhood (or one nearby) got its name
I DECIDED TO STAY WITH COMCAST. Yes, you read correctly. I made the decision yesterday after coming â€˜thiscloseâ€™ to switching to Verizon. This is the reason and in no way do I take back anything I said previously (below) about Comcast. I simply used my head instead of my heart, and took the better deal. … Continue reading Ready to ‘X out’ Comcast Xfinity from my life
NOTE: Shortly before publishing, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he'll retire effective July 31. According to Axios, that'll give President Donald Trump â€œa chance to pull the court significantly to the right for decades to come. This is seismic â€” for politics as a whole, for the court and, ultimately, for the millions of Americans … Continue reading The necessity of public unions, now no chance for compromise
Who wouldâ€™ve thought of me as some type of music expert? Definitely not anybody who knows me! Iâ€™ve been planning this blog for a little while and the lyrics immediately came to my mind as the headline. (Of course, Iâ€™ve never heard of Five Man Electrical Band. They sang Signs in 1971.) Itâ€™s actually pretty … Continue reading Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
I donâ€™t know why TV stations (and networks) allow mistakes to remain without corrections but itâ€™s certainly a disservice to viewers and readers. One could also say Fake News and fraud. Perhaps the Federal Communications Commission needs to get involved to keep them in line. Local stations use the public airwaves, are licensed to serve … Continue reading Where have you gone, Sasha Savitsky?
I hate lazy people (and stupid ones, but thatâ€™s a blog for another time). I can understand being sick. Last year, I showed up to work sick for three weeks since I wasn't contagious and learned two lessons. First, I wasn't appreciated and second, going to the doctor instead of assuming the bug would go … Continue reading The lousiness of laziness and liars
First, I want to thank you for all your reading. This is my 99th blogÂ and so far there have been more than 14,100 page views. Dozens of you are reading and clicking more than once, even when I don't post anything, and the numbers have really been going up. Reading above what's above would good … Continue reading Follow-Up Friday, plus David Hogg defeats Publix
Most of us strive for perfection. Some of us do it too hard, and it can affect our well-being. On the other hand, there are people who just donâ€™t know any better, or worse, donâ€™t care. I donâ€™t watch TV nearly as much as I used to, especially newer shows, shows not on network TV, … Continue reading The Big Bang Theoryâ€™s wedding episode succeeded where Publix failed
There's never a good time to write a story like this. We know there has been a school shooting in Texas, apparently between Houston and Galveston, and at least eight people have been killed. It's a tragedy. We can blame security, gun laws, the National Rifle Association, and so on. That's not my point right … Continue reading It happened again, and again
I donâ€™t know about you but yesterday, I couldnâ€™t stop â€œhearingâ€ about what the people who listened to a certain audio file heard. Most insisted it was one thing: just not the same thing. That became the Yanny-Laurel debate. What you think you heard became the side you were on. Sometimes listeners even switched teams. … Continue reading Forget Laurel and Yanny. Did Cecily call Adam a moron?
First, happy Mother's Day to everyone to whom that applies. I hope you're having a great day! Second, today is also the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, orÂ Jerusalem Day. It's the Hebrew anniversary of when the Israelis recaptured the eastern/holy part of the city in the Six-Day War of 1967. It's where no Arab country's leader … Continue reading In defense: The good Facebook can do when used by the right people
I hope youâ€™ve had a terrific Tuesday! I have a few thoughts (just a few) I figured Iâ€™d get out today. This morning, Axios reported several news websites â€œlaunched new paywalls within the past year.â€ Sorry! (But not this one.) It namedÂ Bloomberg,Â Vanity Fair, Wired,Â Business InsiderÂ andÂ The Atlantic, and added, â€œLegacy institutions likeÂ The New York Times,Â The Wall … Continue reading Paying for news, one candidate’s free airtime and asking for your comments
I've avoided writing much about Sinclair Broadcast Group trying to buy Tribune Media because Iâ€™ve been busy and I don't want to jinx any possibility the merger will fall through. But there has been some news, and the biggest for a local TV market could be Miami/Fort Lauderdale (of course!). Youâ€™ll remember, one of the … Continue reading Media mega-merger may be moving closer, impacting Miami
This is my 90th blog post and like most journalists, I identify mistakes all over and somehow -- often through publicity -- try to get them fixed. But not on this milestone. There's too much good to write about. I also want to point out the page CohenConnect Headlines Sitemap has a list of all the blog … Continue reading Who says everything I write is negative (but correct)?
Iâ€™m not writing to take an opinion on the issues of sanctuary cities or illegal immigration, but have to say Iâ€™m pleased a gang of Republican-appointed federal judges were willing to rule against a president from their own party. Philly.com reports from the Associated Press that this afternoon, â€œA federal appeals court in Chicago has … Continue reading Sanctuary cities judges show they know justice, not politics
I didnâ€™t know much about James Comey until about two years ago. Since then, I thought pretty highly of the guy and that really hasnâ€™t changed. Arguably, Comey was the big political story of the week â€“ so far. Today, his new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership was officially released and Sunday, … Continue reading Comey comes alive with tough talk against Trump
Iâ€™m actually going to start optimistically and thank you for reading. The blog is getting very close and may have 12,000 hits after this post. (It's at 11,927 as I start formatting at 7:11pm). Please, if you havenâ€™t, subscribe with your email address or WordPress account. There are places on the right side of your … Continue reading Salaries, senators and a spat between a Fox News host and the A.P.
Tragic story. Heartbreaking. The victims put their lives on the line and lost them, just to protect us. And reports of it were made even worse because certain people at one victim's local TV station don't know the location is HuntingDon Valley -- not HuntingTon Valley -- and it's right in their backyard, in Montgomery … Continue reading How long until local news people figure out local locations?
Listen to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJbGCZuB0rM&feature=youtu.be Ever heard anything so absurd? Itâ€™s not â€œFollow the Leaderâ€ because there is no leader. There are local TV news anchors. I donâ€™t think one of them wants to be on the air reciting the crap their corporate bosses ordered them to do. Not even their managers on the job site. … Continue reading My urge: Follow your conscience, despite the cost
They did it again! Villanova Universityâ€™s men's basketball team is celebrating its second national championship in three years. According to the schoolâ€™s president, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, â€œIn 2016, it had been 31 years since our last national championship for basketball, and now, just two years later, Villanova is once again the national … Continue reading Villanova Victory, Volume III
It's nice when Americans exercise their First Amendment rights (freedom ofÂ religion, speech, the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances) with good intentions, and that should be encouraged. Last Saturday, many in the country were shocked afterÂ March for Our Lives rallies were … Continue reading Tiffany Trump’s trouble, what unions could do to Amazon and the media
OK. Letâ€™s get this right. Lawmakers and many Americans are angry about Facebook and how it handled 50 million usersâ€™ peopleâ€™s data, but President Trump really hates Amazon. First, itâ€™s owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, which Trump also hates. Second, sources told Axios Trump has talked about changing Amazonâ€™s tax … Continue reading Who Trump hates more, Facebook or Amazon? Oh, and Stormy Daniels’ motion to make him speak!
If you were reading the Sunday paper, you may have come across this full-page ad from Facebook with a letter signed by Mark Zuckerberg. Seems like he spent a fortune but needed to for a chance to save his company. Axios reports the ad ran â€œinside the front section of today's N.Y. Times, on the back … Continue reading Facebook: Friend or foe? Keep or delete?
People who know me can never, ever say Iâ€™m not loyal to people I like and respect. Youâ€™ll see that in a moment, along with an example of the opposite. (Is your mouth watering yet?) Yesterday, one of Philadelphiaâ€™s daily newspapers published an article called â€œIs the morning news format that fuels Mike Jerrick's 'weird … Continue reading Be nicer to Mike Jerrick, and other thoughts on what’s making news
They havenâ€™t been â€œFair and Balancedâ€ in a while but stating Monday, Fox News will be marketing itself as â€œReal News. Real Honest Opinion.â€ Yesterday, Ad Age magazine made the announcement. Itâ€™ll start with Foxâ€™s own properties and then perhaps go elsewhere. The change follows the huge â€œrevelation of sexual harassment allegationsâ€ that got Fox … Continue reading Fox News: Really â€˜Real News. Real Honest Opinionâ€™?
First, I want to go thank and apologize to everyone who read my last post. It was way too long. Yes, it contained what I think was good information on several subjects. It happened to be on a snow day and I had nothing better to do then let out some of what I was … Continue reading Call to action: Help stop Sinclair from taking over Tribune
Gotta love a snow day if you donâ€™t have anywhere to be. Yes, I have a busy week ahead and things to prepare, but they donâ€™t require going out. The TV people were right this time. Itâ€™s almost 1pm and Iâ€™m supposedly getting 3 inches of snow an hour, which should end up as 6-10 … Continue reading Flakes and facts, lots on my mind
Surprisingly, I haven't seen this reported at all by South Florida media. Yes, theyâ€™re still consumed and reeling from the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentineâ€™s Day, but this involves THEM, darnit, and they know it. There was nothing in the Miami-Herald, Sun-Sentinel, or New Times about it, nor TV stations WSVN … Continue reading WSVN without Fox? It’s possible if….
Let's start by updating my latest post on television. Last Thursday, in discussing Fox Sports paying a fortune for Thursday Night Football, I brought upÂ Sinclair Broadcast GroupÂ â€“ the largest TV owner in America â€“ trying to buyÂ Tribune Broadcasting, another biggie. Sinclair had given hints on what it would divest in order to get approval from … Continue reading Sinclair, Tribune TV stations combined: Why itâ€™s not a done deal yet
Whatâ€™s famous to you obviously relies on where youâ€™ve been and what youâ€™ve noticed, but these people have had national exposure for at least part of their long working lives. It took longer than a New York minute, but Howard Stern would be happy to hear Warner Wolf is suing Don ImusÂ -- and it has … Continue reading Famous man, 80, suing famous man, 77, for age discrimination