Top 33 Progressive News Shows on YouTube [2020 Edition]

The Benjamin Dixon Show

Benjamin Dixon has bounced around YouTube over the last few years. I was really pulling for the short lived “Content” Network. Today, you can find Dixon videos through versions of his podcast regularly uploaded to his Youtube channel. The production value is excellent and Dixon is a fantastic presenter. I wish I could see him in more videos. 

To me,  Dixon is the most underrated political commentator on the left. He’s a gem. Just spitballing, he’d make a great addition to the TYT Network or maybe he’ll start hosting his on YouTube show again. For now though, give his current show a listen on Youtube or find his Podcast.

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is an independent, global weekday news hour anchored by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. The show broadcasts to nearly 1,400 Television, radio, and online channels. Amy is a must-know progressive commentator. Amy is an excellent listen and can serve as an early morning alternate to The Majority Report if that’s not your style. It is a show that anyone interested in politics should be relatively familiar with.

Some More News

Cody Johnston is the host of Some More News. The weekly show offers deep dives into singular subjects, similar to John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, but with even more time and fewer strings attached. Johnston offers a disheveled look, like he’s sick and tired of having to explain whatever it is he‘s talking about. The videos are educational, entertaining, well-produced, and funny. 

His videos are perfect for sharing with your right-wing friends who don’t agree with you on things. He is easily digestible and doesn’t have any trappings of the douchey-coastal-hipster-vegan a-hole many on the right and alt-right picture when they think of the left.

The Progressive SoapBox with Jamaarl Thomas

Jamaarl Thomas is an interesting presenter. I don’t regularly watch his videos, and he doesn’t bring in the view count that most of the other channels on this list do, but from what I know and see on his channel, he is an anti-establishment progressive who regularly posts solid content. Thomas embraces Bernie Sanders and (especially) Tulsi Gabbard. 

Tim Black TV

Tim Black doesn’t give a shit what you think about him. And that’s why he’s great. He is a true independent thinker who regularly offers unique takes on current events. His show is well produced and he is a great presenter. I don’t always agree with Tim, but I really don’t have anything negative to say about him. If you want race-conscious, class-conscious, passionate progressive commentary, you have to give TBTV a try.

MCSC Network W/ Niko House

Niko was a Tulsi stan which drove me away from him. In fact, he was a Tulsi 2020 Campaign  Surrogate and posted a lot of Tulsi content. I haven’t watched him much this cycle, but you should check his channel out for yourself.

Rebel HQ

Emma Vigeland is cool. She has been consistently great for awhile now too. She flawlessly took the Rebel HQ reins from Jordan Chariton after he was ousted from TYT and has done a fantastic job making the channel her own. She especially shines when speaking with Trump supporters, offering pushback to their bizarre answers while maintaining a calm and professional composure. If you want unfiltered opinions from real voters and in depth coverage of events and issues, this is a show you should watch. 

Status Coup

Speaking of Jordan Chariton, his show Status Coup has built up quite a following since he left TYT. Chariton excels when covering the Flint water crisis and other types of on-the-ground people-powered activism. He is a journalist who breaks real news. Unfortunately his departure from TYT still leaves a bad taste in a lot of peoples’ mouths. Check his show out and decide for yourself though.

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3 Comments

  • These are all great choices but there are a couple commentators that I think are also worth pointing out:

    #1. Gleen Greenwald, host of Systems Update on The Intercept. A newer show, but definitely a must watch. Not only is he an amazing journalist, but he also has great commentary on US and International politics, especially Brazil. He has also frequent great guests including Kyle Kulinski from Secular Talk.

    #2. Kim Iversen, host of the Kim Iversen Show. Although she has the occasional odd view on politics that may break with most progressives, I enjoy watching her a lot. Her show has only been around for over a year, but it’s been SUPER FAST growing (at around 250k on YT last I checked). Although her first choice was Tulsi Gabbard throughout most of the 2020 election cycle until after New Hampshire when she switched to Bernie, her videos exemplify class A journalism. An ardent BernieOrBuster/NeverBiden voter, she is especially notable when she comments on controversial and often sensitive foreign policy issues (especially in the Middle East): her videos on Syria, Saudi Arabia, the Uyghur crisis in Xinjiang, and the Petrodollar and its relation to American Imperialism are a must-watch.

    #3. Useful Idiots podcast on The Rolling Stones, hosted by Katie Halper and Matt Taibbi. Both are very well-known among progressives. Especially Katie Halper, who’s now one of the people on the frontlines fighting for Tara Reade’s sexual assault story to be heard.

    #4. The Nomiki Show hosted by Nomiki Konst. Nomiki is a cohost of the Majority Report, but she also recently started her own show. She’s a very razor-sharp focused commentator who always has a strategy for the Not Me Us movement to continue. There is quite frankly no one else I trust more in talking about DNC politics and power structure and electoral strategy.

    #5. I’m not sure how much you are interested in this, but the Grayzone has also been a growing outlet on the left especially on issues of American Imperialism. It’s hosts Benjamin Norton, Max Blumenthal, Anya Parampil and Aaron Maté all bring great knowledge and insight to the conversation despite being accused by some as being overly reactionary in their foreign policy.
    I know there are other shows out there but I can’t really think of them right now off the top of my head 😅

    • Hey thank you so much for these. I considered including Glenn but ultimately didn’t, but now I feel like I should add him. I know of Kim Iverson but I’ve never watched. Just had heard so much negativity. I’ll check her out though. As well as the others you listed. And I totally didn’t know Nomiki had her own show. I’m a fan. A bunch of these will be added to the blog in the coming days.

      • Yeah I understand why Kim may not be everyone’s cup of tea. She does have some odd opinions on things, but I overall view her contributions to left independent media as far more useful than not.

        A great video to start with (this was from quite a while ago but it’s still relevant) is her video on Venezuela, where she breaks down very complex geopolitics behind US foreign policy in that country and its relation to the larger issue of the petrodollar (This one was probably one the most eye-opening videos I’ve ever watched on YouTube):
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a2ednyUDOM&t=16s

        Her Saudi Arabia video series are also a Must-watch; here’s part one of that series:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Od2DEVt7q0&t=36s

        She also a couple months ago travelled to the West Bank as part of a delegation. She came back and did a livestream talking about what she saw, (a very candid and detailed account):
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDJPf_JY-AE&t=2176s

        Those are the 3 videos that came to mind immediately when I thought about her show. I know people often give her crap a lot, especially with regards to some tweets she’s made in the past. But I really hate cancel culture and although there are things that I vehemently disagree with her on, I think it’s still important to give her a chance cuz she’s done a lot of great work and reporting and I try not to have one or two things that bother me about her get in the way of me watching her good stuff.

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