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! 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.
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.
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.