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Thread Starter 

In the past year, I've mentioned a few writers and political commentators / shows that I like to follow and I'm curious about the go to guys for Chewers.

 

It's been a rough year for me as a previously appreciative TYT follower, but I've since unsubscribed from their YouTube channel and cancelled my membership on TYT proper. The only person w/in their network that I still follow is Sam Seder. 

 

So how about it? Who have you stuck with? 

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I really only stick with On The Media's podcasts in terms of regular appointment listening.

I love Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone.

Their recent podcast extra was a raw 17 minute recorded post-election conversation between them... and Garfield sounded like he was ready to kill something. It was like hearing parents arguing heatedly.
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 I like Rolling Stone for the social/political stories.

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Used to subscribe to The New Republic, but then they had a change in ownership and lost direction and relevance. 

 

Recently they came out with some really good reportage on the election so I just re-upped. 

 

I also recently discovered the Politico Nerdast and Off Message Podcasts. The later has long form interviews with people in front and behind the scenes, and Glenn Thrush is good at bringing some level of humanity and insight to politicians. 

 

I also dip my toe into Talk Radio, including Chud favorite Rush Limbaugh. He's good at parsing internal GOP conflicts: When we starts on "the Left" it's just rote bullshit so I tune out. 

 

I've also found The Washington Post is decent for "what happened" reportage. 

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Maddow and Chris Hayes are the two tv journalists I trust pretty implicitly - because both are authors and bomb-throwers outside of their cable lives. 

 

Jesse Berney on Twitter and in Rolling Stone. I also admire the analysis of the Keeping it 1600 crew. I like both their writing and the Keeping It 1600 podcasts. 

David Farentholt, obviously.
 

In these times, Anne Helen Peterson on Buzzfeed is writing a lot of really good stuff about celebrity media as a tool of normalization. 

 

The Slate Political Gabfest has been a staple of my diet for close to a decade now, and I don't see quitting on it anytime soon. Dickerson might be trying to keep everyone calm, but I think he's balanced out by the other two raising genuine concerns. 

If you want to truly get your blood up, go track down Chris Hedges at TruthDig. Both he and Matt Tabbi are very much in the "death to neoliberal capitalist structures of power," which I can find kind of difficult but necessary.

I also recommend the Pantsuit Politics podcast - two women, one on the left and one on the right, discussing contemporary issues. Both provide nuance and a sense of calm even though "this is not fine." 

 

I am woefully bereft of good podcasts/regular columnists of color (aside from Ta-Nehisi Coates, who I will read anything by). 

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I know a bunch of Chewers are fans of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History but do any of you also listen to his Common Sense political podcast?
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If I'm not listening to NPR, I'm listening to either Democracy Now! or Letters and Politics on Pacifica Radio.
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I listen to everything and rely on myself to filter out the bullshit.

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I listen to everything and rely on myself to filter out the bullshit.

wait, isn't that kind of the point of the thread to begin with?

 

heheheh

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I know a bunch of Chewers are fans of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History but do any of you also listen to his Common Sense political podcast?

I don't usually, but I did listen to his election postmortem. It's worthwhile.
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I know a bunch of Chewers are fans of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History but do any of you also listen to his Common Sense political podcast?

Religiously.  Dont always agree with him, but he's always great.

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I know a bunch of Chewers are fans of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History but do any of you also listen to his Common Sense political podcast?

 

Right here. I adore Dan's wonderfully level head, even if I don't always agree with it. He's my favorite honestly.

For US news, still a TYT kid personally, along with Sam Seder, Kyle Kulinski, David Pakman, Thom Hartmann etc.

Here in Australia I'm a big fan of Walid Aly and Clive Hamilton, also a big fan of crikey.com.

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I haven't followed TYT but I did notice a couple of articles by NZ political journalists giving Cenk Uygur, along with Michael Moore, credit for being pretty much the main/only ones who warned for months in advance to take the Trump threat seriously.
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Friendly reminder Cenk Uygur is often loose with the facts, and has alternatively denied and been an apologist for the Armenian genocide. 

post #15 of 37
Thread Starter 
I abandoned TYT because it became a haven of false equivalency and liberals adopting Conservative talking points. Make no mistake, they did some damage here and before the election, I actually sent an email to one of their admins specifically citing Jimmy Dore as one of the reasons I was rescinding my support. I occasionally looked at Secular Talk but was never a serious follower and am certainly not now.
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I abandoned TYT because it became a haven of false equivalency and liberals adopting Conservative talking points. Make no mistake, they did some damage here and before the election, I actually sent an email to one of their admins specifically citing Jimmy Dore as one of the reasons I was rescinding my support. I occasionally looked at Secular Talk but was never a serious follower and am certainly not now.

Gotcha.

Aside from Seder you didn't mention the other commentators you still value. Don't be such a tease.
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I watch TYT just for the laughs. they are comedy gold.

 

some youtubers you might like are.

 

Progressive News with Tim Black https://www.youtube.com/user/TimsTakeLive

 

H. A. Goodman https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDB5XReUyyqt-FTNdkzFN-A

 

Sargon of Akkad https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-yewGHQbNFpDrGM0diZOLA

 

 

most of you would will like Black and Goodman. some of you will hate Sargon.

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Here's some more on Sargon. He's a schmuck:

 

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Sargon of Akkad (SOA; also known as Carl Benjamin[3]) is a British YouTube pundit who attacks people he calls regressive leftists, SJWs, and radical feminists (esp. Anita Sarkeesian, who is definitely radical).

 

Sargon argues that these groups are too politically correct, abuse identity politics, find racism/sexism/homophobia/etc. where there is none, fail to criticize Islam for the crimes of Islamists, and use left-wing politics (such as feminism) as a shield against criticism. He also identifies as a "classical liberal". Accordingly, he has defended Gamergate and reactionaries, such as Donald Trump. He has gained a rather large following, but his support cleaves along political lines: supporters think he trashes the bad parts of liberalism, and detractors think that he promotes illiberal and ultimately prejudicial ideas.

 

Although he also criticizes religion, this is much smaller than his anti-progressive content.

 

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Sargon_of_Akkad

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Been watching Sam Seder this week and he looks tired. Existentially weary even. David Pakman still has the idealistic flush of youth and seems newly charged, Thom Hartmann seems to be, well, Thom Hartmann, but older guys who's opinions I deeply respect like Seder and Ben Mankiewicz look almost broken. Certainly exhausted.

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Anyone else notice how NPR seems more and more devoid of real content? I hear the same 3 stories recycled over and over every day, and more Filler than ever before. 

 

An odd exception is "Here and Now" which started as Audio USA Today crap (and replaced the excellent Diane Reems show) but has evolved into a really good new program. Must be that mad BBC money. 

post #21 of 37
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Gotcha.

Aside from Seder you didn't mention the other commentators you still value. Don't be such a tease.

 

The Guardian, NYT, and Seder mostly...

 

Speaking of Seder and since I fucking loathe Jimmy Dore (who probably joined us last year as El Whatshiscock)...

 

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Yeah, Jimmy Dore turned me off TYT too. Maybe it's just me but during the campaign he seemed to morph into a paranoid conspiracy theorist, just on the left. And Hilary was his target. Sure she was very flawed but his loathing for her was ridiculous. I stopped watchibg when he said a Clinton presidency would be no better than a Trump one.
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That said I do like Cenk, Ana, Ben Mankiewicz and John Ladorala.
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Yeah, Jimmy Dore turned me off TYT too. Maybe it's just me but during the campaign he seemed to morph into a paranoid conspiracy theorist, just on the left. And Hilary was his target. Sure she was very flawed but his loathing for her was ridiculous. I stopped watchibg when he said a Clinton presidency would be no better than a Trump one.

 

 

Dore's rambling is bad enough but he always has that dickish smirk on his face that makes me want to punch him. The other Young Turks are fine but their Bernie worship gets a little grating sometimes and I voted for the guy. 

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I also recommend the Pantsuit Politics podcast - two women, one on the left and one on the right, discussing contemporary issues. Both provide nuance and a sense of calm even though "this is not fine." 

I can't second this one enough.  It's the only political podcast I listen to, and the value they place on nuance, ditching talking points, and searching for common ground is pretty much exactly how I try to go about things.

 

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I listen to everything and rely on myself to filter out the bullshit.

I'm like you.  I consume media from a variety of sources across the spectrum and am able to sort of triangulate what the most probable "real story" is.

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Is Bob Woodward's beloved Washington Post no longer considered worth a damn?
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Is Bob Woodward's beloved Washington Post no longer considered worth a damn?

 

Um, David Farenholdt did some of the most essential reporting of the campaign and it's run by Spawtlight's Marty Baron, so I'd say it's essential. 

Anyway, reminder that TYT is run by a genocide denier. 

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Um, David Farenholdt did some of the most essential reporting of the campaign and it's run by Spawtlight's Marty Baron, so I'd say it's essential.

Yeah, that's what I thought, I was just wondering why it's barely been mentioned in this thread and figured I might have missed some scandal or other.
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I also recommend the Pantsuit Politics podcast - two women, one on the left and one on the right, discussing contemporary issues. Both provide nuance and a sense of calm even though "this is not fine." 

 

Thanks for this one.

 

Just listened to them talking about Trump winning his candidacy earlier last year.  Whoooboy, did the one on the right get that one right...

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I've come to really enjoy Still Processing, which is an arts, culture, and politics podcast run by the NY Times, hosted by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham. They both wear their hearts on their sleeves, they have a great, friendly rapport, and they're both smart as hell. 

Also, Pod Save America is great if you liked Keeping it 1600. 

 

Also, also, this is more "a twitter person," but I really recommend following Mark Harris, who, in addition to being an Oscar pundit/film historian/husband of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and writer of Lincoln Tony Kushner, was heavily involved in AIDS activism. He easily blends snark with historical perspective, humor with anger. It's been very centering: 
 

https://twitter.com/markharrisnyc

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David Farentholt, obviously.

In "one for the good guys" news, just nabbed a well deserved Pulitzer.
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In "one for the good guys" news, just nabbed a well deserved Pulitzer.

 

Yeah, the same year they gave it to fucking Peggy Noonan. Best quote I saw was from Rembert Browne - 

 

"Is Peggy Noonan code for Jamelle Bouie?" 

post #33 of 37
Thread Starter 

I didn't know that Jimmy Dore got on the Seth Rich train (though it doesn't surprise me b/c he hopped on the "Hillary is secretly dying" train as well) and because I fucking hate Jimmy Dore, I love it when Sam Seder calls him out for being the delusional, so-called "progressive" hack that he is. First 29 minutes of the video. It's brutal and the contempt dripping from every pore of Seder's body as he excoriates Dore is really delicious.  

 

 

post #34 of 37

Pajiba has quietly been killing it since even before the election, but they have really stepped up their game in terms of editorials/bringing you that daily dose of snark and hope: 

http://www.pajiba.com/politics/republicans-think-theyre-in-the-drivers-seat-now-think-again-bitches.php

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my political views are some were between these two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UI9cF9OJaU

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 I was disappointed that MSNBC didn't drop out of Locked Up to cover Charlottesville. CNN's History of Comedy was scheduled to run in the one o'clock hour and they pull it to cover the story. I don't get the point of Locked Up either. I seriously doubt there are people who need convinced prison sucks.

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