He was founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he was an associate professor of journalism. He has authored or coauthored five books, including “Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media.” The book focuses on his years as a TV commentator at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and as senior producer of MSNBC’s Phil Donahue primetime show.
With Norman Solomon, he coauthored three books: “Adventures in Medialand,” ”Through the Media Looking Glass” and “Wizards of Media Oz.” He also coauthored “The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error” (with Steve Rendall and Jim Naureckas). His columns have been published online at such websites as CommonDreams, HuffPost, and Truthout — and in dozens of dailies, including USA Today, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, and Miami Herald.
He has been a coproducer of such documentary films as “The Corporate Coup d’Etat,” “The Brainwashing of My Dad” and “All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone.”
In 2011, he cofounded the online activist group RootsAction.org.