We’re excited to have Cenk Uygur in the studio.
As a web television pioneer and host of The Young Turks, Cenk has formed a clear media message of progressivism, and we explore politics, super pacs, right wing radio, and working both within and outside of the mainstream media.
Just as Cenk rails against the media’s handling of politicians, he shows he can take more than just softball questions. Insightful and always outspoken, the talk showcases the candor that is the mark of media that’s not beholden to the party line.
Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks on Current TV as well as the host and co-founder of The Young Turks online which is the largest news show on the Internet.The Young Turks on Current TV features Uygur and a group of progressive, outspoken journalists and commentators discussing politics and pop culture in an unscripted, no-holds-barred atmosphere that breaks the mold of traditional cable news programming.
The Young Turks (TYT) online has a verified global audience of more than 30 million views a month and over half a billion total video views of The Young Turks YouTube Channel, making it one of the most watched online news shows covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle.
00:01 Episode Intro.
00:41 Welcoming Cenk Uygur–making his mother proud.
04:19 The start of the Young Turks: The first talk show on Sirius tries to bamboozle Al Franken.
07:53 Criticising the left (legitimately), and paying the price.
10:58 Getting tough on the media for their coverage–“Fire all the editors!”
12:18 The current Iran hysteria and misleading Americans.
13:03 Star reporters and rewarding access rather than toughness.
16:02 Journalists toeing the line in a struggling economy.
18:06 Synergy between the media and government.
19:25 “Washington doesn’t like your tone,” MSNBC’s warning to Cenk.
24:00 Independent journalists raising the standard.
25:09 How to check power while still being in the establishment.
26:55 Reconciling “objectivity” with advocating legislation and mobilizing a PAC.
29:28 “Raising money to get money out of politics.”
33:49 “Neutral nonsense,” vs. being upfront with the audience.
34:41 The Keith Olberman controversy at CURRENT TV.
35:51 Addressing Iran and not marching along to war.
38:06 How things are different between Iraq then and Iran now.
40:40 The essence of politicised coverage.
42:51 “Does the NYT have to many conversations with the gov’t about national security?”
45:30 The Mayhem Round.
46:00 Dick Cheney: “At the very least, a pariah.”
47:51 Rush Limbaugh’s ratings and the future of conservative talk radio.
53:09 The Ann Romney “working woman” controversy.
59:18 Honoring Mike Wallace through action.
01:01:04 Jon Stewart–still better than CNN.
01:02:48 Response to the republican debates and Sarah Pailin.
01:04:39 The screaming debate and tactics of the right.
01:09:58 Watching the Supreme Court.
01:14:32 Thanks and goodbye.