My favorite news and politics show is The Young Turks. If you haven’t heard of them by now it’s time you did. Their YouTube channel has close to 700 million hits. That’s not a typo. That’s more grains of sand than in a jar of sand! For a show of substance and not one based on cleavage or auto-tuned bullshit it’s an astonishing feat.
They posted an image of the host, Cenk Uygur, on their Facebook page and asked for captions. I had a different idea:
Not bad. A proper graphic designer could pick it apart, I’m sure, but I’m self-taught at this kind of thing. Kind of a pain in the ass, if I’m to be honest. I should have been asleep well over an hour ago. But the machinery started so here we are.
I’m a huge fan of The Young Turks. They’re a vital part of my daily podcasting rotation.
The show is fun, informative and entertaining. Hosted by the charismatic Cenk Uygur (pictured above) and the lovely Ana Kasparian, with a stable of other voices who pitch in from time to time, the show has earned my loyalty by always delivering an honest take on current events. It’s grown from meager, feeble but earnest beginnings to an Internet powerhouse with a double-digit staff and a nightly show on the Current Network. Despite it’s success the show retains the do-it-yourself, take-no-prisoners charm that sustained it during those first long fruitless years.
If the minutiae and gimcrack of politics causes your eyes to glaze over but you know deep down you should be more informed then this is the perfect show for you. Cenk has an uncanny ability to articulate the issues in a way that isn’t boring or preachy. He’s just a smart, likeable guy. He’s America’s cool big brother. And he has an excellent sense of comedic timing to boot, a compliment I am loathe to hand out, even to some of my fellow comedians. (cause I’m right-darn perfect *wink*)
No corporate media outlet will hammer home the point as often or as well, if ever, that money’s corrupting influence on Washington D.C. is what is at the core of our nation’s rot. Politicians of all stripes come under the TYT microscope and they wilt under the intensity like ants on a sunny day.
You won’t agree with him all the time but you’ll always know he harbors no secret motivations. He won’t bullshit you.
He turned down a contract with MSNBC because he refused to tailor his viewpoint to what the corporate office wanted. What more do you need to know? A liberal that makes the high-hats in charge uncomfortable? About fucking time.
I’ve been a listener and member for years and because of that I am a more informed citizen, a better voter and in a small way part of the new media revolution that is taking place on the Internet. Or at least witness to something unique in American discourse— the power of honesty.
Seriously, give ‘em a look. You really need to know more about this fucked up world.