“Part of the appeal of The Daily Banter is that it’s so personality driven — it reminds me of the early days of Talking Points Memo

– Simon Owens, PBS Media Shift

The Banter has carved its own, unique identity through its high quality journalism and unfiltered commentary. The Banter is 100% funded by reader subscriptions. We aim to prove that quality content can exist online independently.

The History

The Daily Banter started in 2007 when Editor in Chief Ben Cohen got fed up with watching the corporate news failing to hold the powerful to account. After several years as a solo blog, The Banter relaunched in 2012 bringing on several prominent columnists, including Bob Cesca, Chez Pazienza and White House reporter Tommy Christopher. The Banter grew month after month, year after year and became a highly respected voice in today’s media landscape. 

In February of 2019, The Daily Banter moved permanently to a newsletter format on the Substack platform in order to avoid reliance on social media platforms and their continually changing algorithms. It was renamed as ‘The Banter’ and is completely subscription funded.

The Banter is owned and operated by Ben Cohen, self funded, and completely independent. 

In the Industry

We have been quoted in publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, the Guardian, Salon, The Huffington Post, and Gawker for our reporting and political commentary. 

Our Work

At The Banter, we aim to provide our readers with witty, lively commentary on a broad array of topics. We are primarily a political magazine, but we also cover media, culture, and sports. We do not engage “clickbait” content, we do not trick readers with misleading headlines, and everything we publish is our own.

We are a left leaning publication, but we provide well researched, witty analysis to keep our readers sane. We crowd funded a trip to Ferguson to report on the police protests, have broken serious stories, and even helped authorities catch high profile criminals with our reporting.

“You have all helped me through some very dark times with your writing, helping to keep me afloat through some awful times in my life, giving me a lifeline of sanity at times when I felt like I was all alone and there was nothing worth living for and a dark world was swallowing me up in a black gulf of oblivion and void.”

- Aaron Litz, Banter reader

The Mission, and Your Help

Independent media is struggling to survive in the digital age. We want to prove that independent journalism and commentary can not only survive, but thrive. Ad revenue cannot sustain professionally run sites like The Banter, and we need reader support to continue to do what we do. If you believe what we do is important, become a subscriber and help us on our mission to fund real content.

Editorial Policy

At The Banter, we strive to be completely transparent about what we publish.

Corrections Policy

The Banter aims to be accurate in all reporting and opinion pieces. We are committed to being transparent in our sourcing, and adhere to a strict vetting process when referencing outside news sources, and cross check them when possible. We do not use anonymous sources as general policy, but will occasionally grant anonymity if the source specifically requests it and we view it as being immaterial to the veracity of the story. 

The Banter pledges to correct any misstatements or errors in reporting promptly with an update of the specific correction visibly on the article. We pledge to retract articles upon editorial review if the premise of the article is egregious. 

We include labeling to show whether an article is an opinion piece and prominently disclose any sponsored content. 

The Banter is owned and operated by Ben Cohen and is a subsidiary of Banter Media Group LLC.