Top 33 Progressive News Shows on YouTube [2020 Edition]
This is the third edition of the Top Progressive News Shows on Youtube article, and my first update in over two years.
After a decade following Progressive news shows on YouTube, I feel like I have a solid understanding of the offerings of the online left.
But, if you’re just starting to watch or listen to Progressive News shows, at a time with more options than ever and a lot of time to spend on YouTube, it may be hard to find that perfect show for you.
The range of shows is wide, but all of the shows on this list share two characteristics. (1) They create content that reflects progressive values, and (2) they do it on a regular basis.
Give the channels on this list a chance if you haven’t already. I don’t love them all, but in one way or another, all of these shows speak to progressive audiences. Let me know which shows are your favorites and your thoughts on the list in the comments below.
The Young Turks
Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and John Iadarola lead the charge for the most popular and longest-running online news show in the world. The TYT team is unabashedly progressive and leans heavily towards Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
But, the opinions about the show are polarizing. You’ll regularly find the show being bashed in comments sections for not taking a harder stances against Warren’s foreign policy positions, for the false notion that they deny the Armenian Genocide, or for vague ideas about them selling-out in one way or another. All of that aside, Cenk and the TYT audience are responsible, in part, for developing the Justice Democrats which brought us Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omaar, Rashida Talib and the progressive wave that has engulfed the Democratic party. That movement has galvanized money in politics as a top-level issue and has significantly damaged the reputation and influence of PACs and corporate interests that dominate our political discourse. No matter your stance on TYT, their work towards building a progressive revolution in the United States is undeniable.
The TYT Network features a lot of content. Check out the Main Show, The Damage Report with John Iadarola, No Filter with Ana Kasparian, and The Conversation, which provides an invaluable resource for progressive candidates at all levels to reach progressive voters.
Kyle Kulinski is a really smart dude and his show has a rabid fanbase. Though his channel name suggests a focus on atheist/secular/agnostic/religious topics, he deals with the full spectrum of political discourse. Considered one of the left’s top debaters, he is a regular at Politicon where he battles right-wing grifters and crazies every year.
Kyle was a co-founder of Justice Democrats and is a must-know name on the left. He puts out a ton of daily content and should be near the top of any left-leaning media diet. Right now he is pissing a lot of people off because he said he’s not voting for Biden, and he welcomes the blame. Kyle is a badass.
The Majority Report
Sam Seder has been in the entertainment business for a long time. Based out of New Jersey/New York, Sam and the Majority Report team offer smug, dickish commentary that is second to none in terms of comedy and entertainment. Not to mention, Sam and his guests are a wealth of information about politics, the pressing issues of now, and of the past.
If you’ve never seen Sam debate a Libertarian, you aren’t really living. The daily multi-hour Livestream is an early afternoon ritual for me and many others on the left. The Majority Report is consistently a top tier show for news, commentary, education, and open debate.
Michael Brooks is Sam Seder’s counterpart on the Majority Report. His personal show, The Michael Brooks show, offers a Leftist perspective on current events and takes regular deep dives into important topics that don’t get the media attention they deserve. Brooks is particularly knowledgeable/interested in topics related to South America, the CIA, and crushing alt-right and IDW dweebs. He is, bar none, the funniest person on the left.