Crossfire with Jeff Cohen and Robert Novak, January 1996: For Vengeance.

Check out AlterNet's full interview with author and commentator Jeff Cohen: Cable News Confidential.

Novak: I don't know whether capital punishment is a deterrent. I don't much care -- what it is, it provides vengeance against some of these brutal killers, and maybe countries that don't provide this vengeance are just over-civilized.

Cohen: But, Bob, you're sounding like the ayatollahs of Iran. I think the death penalty is not a deterrent; it wastes money, because it costs more money to execute than it does to do life imprisonment. It's racist, it's immoral.

Novak: Vengeance! Do you deny vengeance?

Cohen: Yes, I am not for vengeance.

Novak: Wow.

Cohen: From the left, I'm Jeff Cohen. Good night from "Crossfire."

Novak: From the right, for vengeance, I'm Robert Novak. Join us again next time for another edition of "Crossfire."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.