This is just a slight rant. I’ve been mumbling about it here, but I want folks in the Indie media, particularly those with investigative reporting and punditry that is progressive liberal left, to hopefully see this via tags. Not centrists or neo-liberals but Democratic Socialists like me, aka Berners.
I got this e-mail addressed by TYT’s Cenk Uygur to me today:
You helped us create one of the best teams in news. In the past few months, we’ve added some great new contributors to our team. We brought on new producers, hired new editors, and revamped and expanded our news gathering resources.
Now I’m going to ask you to continue on this journey with us as we completely transform the news landscape. We need continuous, sustained support from our fans to keep innovating and to keep making more bold additions to our team. Here’s how you can make that happen: Become a TYT member. Not only does membership provide the best experience for our viewers, but by becoming a member you’re joining a community of individuals from around the world who value TYT and our mission to hold truth to power.
For just $10/month, provide support to our tough-hitting, independent news outlet. Membership also means getting access to:The Young Turks and TYT Network shows
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This is totally unprecedented. There’s never been a major news organization like ours funded by so much viewer support. This means that we’re accountable to YOU, our TYT audience.
This was my response back:
Dear TYT,I am a member, unless my $$ didn’t count for membership. Other things on my mind:
- Second, please do more stories about the DNC Fraud cases (there are two now, not just one). Jordan covered one, but the other one (about the DNC paying out bonuses while not paying convention workers $15 an hour they were cheated out of) has been sitting idle. Also, what happened in the murder of Seth Rich and the possible connection with Wikileaks?
- Third, quit attacking HA Goodman and Tim Black. All of you in independent media have your strengths. I know there is squabbling going on and it’s gotten too public. Indie media organizations do compete for our contributions, but attacking each other is rigueur and not cool to an indie audience either. You’re not MSNBC and shouldn’t be.
- Fourth, you do not need more reporters as you are contracting with folks that I don’t see posting under the TYT brand, such as David Sirota. But you do need to provide some equipment and facilities to folks like Jordan, Emma, Naomi, etc. Using Skype is OK for recording interviews, but the sound quality from their off-the shelf home computer microphones and cameras don’t do their work much justice.
It wouldn’t hurt if a TYT person appeared once in awhile on Democracy Now like Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept does. I am a Free Speech TV watcher and fan.
I liked the reporting on Flint, the DNC Platform, DAPL, and the Politico article TYT unpacked about the Establishment Democrats, media & Bernie Sanders yesterday. Who cares about the Fox News folks on The Five who got canned They are irrelevant.
Ask for a poll what we like to see first instead of asking for money again.
This message goes equally for Tim Black, Secular Talk, and Counterpropa in the pundit category. (I’m excluding THR and Catlin Johnstone for now because they seem to be more focused). I like them all for different points of view. But TYT Network has more capability for investigative reporting these days and should complement The Intercept. I hope TYT will be out in force at the People’s Summit that I am attending in June.
There, I said my piece as an Indie, non-Davos crowd progressive liberal leftie. And proud of it.
And please add your comments!