Top YouTube Sources for Progressive News, 2016 Election
Top YouTube News Sources for Progressives in the 2016 Election
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Progressive candidate Bernie Sanders blazed a unique trail on the internet. In his wake, many excellent anti-establishment news shows have become popular on YouTube as alternatives to Cable channels. I’ve been watching YouTube news for several years now and wanted to share my favorite progressive commentators on the 2016 Election.
The Young Turks is the obvious go-to for progressive news on YouTube. The YouTube giant has 2.7 million followers on their main channel and is responsible for the majority of online news consumed by people under 35. They didn’t need a political revolution to become relevant, but it’s definitely helped. In addition to a daily 2-hour live show, the self-proclaimed “rebel headquarters” hosts live debate coverage, featured coverage from Primary and Caucus locations, and hosts special election night coverage on all the major voting days. Cenk, Ana, John, Jimmy, Ben and others provide excellent insight into the 2016 election.
In addition to their main show, the TYT Network features numerous other channels. Check out the Jimmy Dore Show, TYT Politics featuring field reporter Jordan Cheritone, a Sports Channel I’d enjoy a lot more if I cared about soccer, and the recently-rebranded Think Tank.
Sam Seder’s The Majority Report operates much more like a traditional podcast than a cable news show. The New York based political talk show has impressively been voted Podcastawards.com Best News/Politics podcast for four years in a row. Seder is also a part of the Ring of Fire Network. He’s established in the non-establishment news game and is definitely worth a few hours of time while you’re working. Airing a live daily news commentary show hours before TYT, the Majority Report serves as the perfect morning entertainment. Oh, and it’s fucking hilarious. For real, check it out.
Despite the niche nature of the name, Secular Talk hosted by Kyle Kulinski is an excellent resource for following the 2016 Election. While undoubtedly leaning towards religious issues, he has managed to holistically cover candidates on both sides of the aisle. A solo Act from behind a desk with little to offer in terms of visuals, I enjoy the many daily video offerings. A perfect go-to while at work or while doing other things on my computer.
Tim Black is a Bernie-or-bust voter who provides unique perspectives on the 2016 election. He isn’t afraid to talk in-depth on issues like voter suppression, corruption, and the possibility of a rigged process affecting the Presidential Preference elections. He is a hardcore progressive and isn’t afraid to show it. His conversation with Niko House was one of the more interesting pieces I’ve listened to recently.
The Humanist Report
The Humanist report with Mike Figueredo is a relatively new show that only took off when the 2016 election became a central issue to the channel. He films in what looks like a soundproof room with two nice screens behind him. His framing looks nice and he’s utilizing a professional looking microphone. Good content and great production for a solo operation. Mike manages to have a lot of personality despite a calm and collected demeanor.
Thom Hartmann is a 10 year radio-hosting vet with additional presences on TV and YouTube. He is the most popular progressive radio host in the nation and is live daily from 12 – 3 PM ET. Multiple videos uploaded daily and a aura of legitimacy make Hartmann an excellent choice for opinion news on almost any medium.
Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman
When I originally wrote this, I forgot to mention Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!. Thanks to the Humanist Report fans for pointing it out! 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 TV, radio and Internet stations. Amy is a longtime progressive commentator. To be honest, I didn’t know the show’s YouTube channel was as full and active as it is. 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 all Progressives should be familiar with.
Bonus: Last Week Tonight
Though HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver isn’t typical of the other videos on this list, it does provide a once-a-week gem with an easy path to viral success. John Oliver’s in-depth segments are emblematic of his show’s brand and provides easy opportunities for progressives to spread their messages.