These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The Young Turks Left Biased based on story selection that always favors the progressive left and Mixed for factual reporting due to promotion of pseudoscience in regards to GMO’s.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2002 as a radio program, The Young Turks (TYT) is now an American political commentary web series that was created by journalist Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz and Dave Koller. Currently co-hosted by Uygur and Ana Kasparian, although its primary focus is on political commentary, the program provides opinion on topics of varying news genres.
Launched in 2006, TYT was the first daily streaming online talk show. In 2017, TYT won a Webby Award for best YouTube Presence and on May 17, 2018, The Young Turks launched a 24-hour linear channel on YouTube TV, which includes all of TYT’s current shows and four new shows called The Damage Report, “#NoFilter”,“The Happy Half Hour” and “Old-School Sports”.
Funded by / Ownership
The TYT website does not disclose who owns the Young Turks Network, however it is assumed to be primarily held by Cenk Uygur. In 2017, TYT received 20 million in funding “by newly formed growth equity fund 3L Capital, with additional backing from venture capital veterans Greycroft Partners and e.ventures, as well as Jeffrey Katzenberg’s recently launched WndrCo.” TYT is also supported by the Media Consortium, which is a nonprofit that supports independent journalism. The Media Consortium in turn “got funding from the Chicago Community Trust, the Park Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, and the Media Democracy Fund. The Media Democracy Fund lists 12 funding partners and one of them is Soros’ the Open Society Foundations.
The website and YouTube channel generates revenue through paid subscriptions, advertising and sales of merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Young Turks produces progressive left video news programing as well as written articles on their website. Headlines and articles often contain loaded emotional language such as this: Rep. Rashida Tlaib was sworn in using Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran and, of course, people were mad. and For Tucker Carlson Sponsors, Immigration is Complicated. TYT tends to source their information to credible media outlets such as the Washington Post, USA Today, Sec.gov and Open Secrets. Editorially, The Young Turks tend to support progressive candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In general, all news reporting favors the left and aggressively attacks the right.
TYT generally supports the consensus of science on most issues, however when it comes to GMO they tend to promote propaganda that points to the dangers of GMO and Glyphosate.
A factual search reveals that The Young Turks have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate The Young Turks Left Biased based on story selection that always favors the progressive left and Mixed for factual reporting due to promotion of pseudoscience in regards to GMO’s. (5/15/2016) Update (D. Van Zandt 1/5/2019)