Praise for The Banter:

“Part of the appeal of The 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 powerful commentary.

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 100% independent. 

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Ben Cohen 

Editor of The Banter Newsletter, Brit living in Washington DC, occasional contributor to The Daily Beast, former boxing and MMA scribe for ESPN (many moons ago).